My 1883cc Porsche 356 912 Blog

Chronology of a hot-rod street Porsche 356/912 1600 to 1883cc conversion based on LN Engineering's Nickies big bore kit.

Monday, June 26, 2006

First drive

Odometer 1000mi. My drive from Georgia back to Illinois. Drove the whole way straight, just stopping for gas. For the whole trip, I averaged 20 mpg, holding between 65-75, depending on the flow of traffic and speed limit. Trip was very, very loud, as I did the drive with an open header and no muffler. Luckily I didn't get pulled over for the noise. The car ran great, only got the heads to 400F once, and that was on blood mountain near the top- my fault really, I didn't keep the rpms up. Near the end of the trip, I was really freezing my butt off- no heat with a race header and my gas heater wasn't working! Glad to be home.

Adjusted the valves, cylinders 1 and 2 were tight with zero lash; cylinders 3 and 4 were tight, but not as much as the other banks. Engine was running a little rough and discovered the spark plug wire to cylinder 2 was bad. Replaced with a new wire and good as new.

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