1956 Bus Engine Flame Fun

So this happened…we really needed this 1956 VW Bus to move on its own so we can utilize that side of the shop. Last weekend we threw a transmission into it (link: http://twolarrysracing.com/blog/?p=2455), and this weekend we threw a 1500S engine we had on a stand into it. The engine hasn’t run in about six years (came to us as just an engine), and the Bus hasn’t move on it’s own in about fifteen years. Let’s hope the transmission is actually good hahaha. No muffler on it gave a pleasant side-effect of flames and popping that we could startle the kids with. And that is always fun.

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

Absence of course, being posts here.

But an absence of posts doesn’t mean we are idle! There’s been a lot going on and we simply didn’t post it. I suppose an update is in order after months (!) of ignoring this site. Apologies for that, by the way. And it must be said – we really miss giving you guys race updates, and most certainly being in the races of said updates.

Do you remember our February post about the newly acquired VW Thing? We did indeed POR-15 that new pan and do a little more work on it, like custom-fitting the bus transmission. Funny thing, we used the pan after we fit the transmission to it to start Kenyon Whetsell’s #1147 (Optimized Motorsports Group) engine, which you can read about here. This weekend the link-pin race suspension and rear trailing arms came out of the retired racing 5/1600 Baja, and installing the new torsion bars we’ve collected. It’s a slow project. So here are some pictures to bring you up to date.

Seeing as the theme is simply just this weekend’s work, here is a photo of Charles Knight’s engine we are almost finished with. This is going into a 1961 Ragtop Bug. You may recognize Charles from Ruffhaus Hotdog Co. and his gorgeous black and white split window bus turned hot dog van.

1835cc

1835cc

Then there’s this 1982 Diesel Vanagon that we thought deserved a new life, on the road. It has served us well as a hay barn since we bought it a couple of years ago (seriously, vans are great hay barns and even have lights) but it really is time for it to find its voice again. It last ran in 1999 until it blew the engine with the previous owner. So with the procurement of a donor diesel Jetta, you can expect to see a running, driving, professionally upgraded Vanagon soon. One that, you know, will go faster than 35mph on a grade and is water-cooled.

It was used for a time as a hay barns. Vans make great hay barns.

It was used for a time as a hay barns. Vans make great hay barns.

Diesel Jetta donor car.

Diesel Jetta donor car.

This lovely van had its radiator and fan removed today too.

This lovely van had its radiator and fan removed today too.

Of course these updates by no means are the only thing we have done. It’s simply what I have photos of, or is any kind of substantial update. No one wants mundane pictures of a 1973 Suburban fuel tank drop to replace cracked fuel lines and update to an electric fuel pump, radiator replacement on a 2003 VW Jetta wagon, upholstery cleaning on a 1998 Jetta Wolfsberg, a 1993 VW Fox radiator installed into a 1964 Case 310 Backhoe, replacing a keyway on the slider of a transmission, etc. etc.

And I leave you with this jewel.

Bus on the lift. It hasn't moved in almost 15 years. We moved it with two jacks and both of us pushing/pulling.

Bus on the lift. It hasn’t moved in almost 15 years. We moved it with two jacks and both of us pushing/pulling.

Swing axle transmission installed, among other things. It finally rolls on its own again.

Swing axle transmission installed, among other things. It finally rolls on its own again.

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And one for Devin…

Who is apparently a TLR fan and has seen ALL of our videos at the young age of nine! Thank you for being a fan Devin! We owe you a signed Green Booger picture, to be delivered this week. 😉

And someone had a special message for you:

Little Larry E at the 2011 VORRA Yerington 300

Little Larry E at the 2011 VORRA Yerington 300

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Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 Engine!

Two Larrys Racing is pleased to announce we have been working with Kenyon Whetsell of Optimized Motorsports Group to freshen up Stockbug Class 11 #1147 to prepare it for the 2016 racing season. If you would like to see photos of the build, and also updates of the installation when #1147 makes its way to TLR, please navigate the menu above at Projects > Racing Engines > Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 Engine or directly HERE.

#1147 Optimized Motorsports Groups with Kenyon Whetsell at the wheel at Primm, NV for 2015 SNORE Battle at Primm. Photographer unknown, taken from https://www.facebook.com/Optimized-Motorsports-Group-308441911334/

#1147 Optimized Motorsports Groups with Kenyon Whetsell at the wheel at Primm, NV for 2015 SNORE Battle at Primm. Photographer unknown, taken from https://www.facebook.com/Optimized-Motorsports-Group-308441911334/

Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 first fire video:

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New Coloring Pages For Kids! Or adults too…

TLR is pleased to present the kids’ first coloring page of what may end up many. You can also find a list of all pages available in our Menu above, under Videos & Media to Downloads to Kid’s Coloring Pages. We hope your race car crazy kids enjoy giving #1112 a make-over!

You can download or print the following by clicking on the picture, which will take you to the PDF file.

#1112 the Green Booger, Class 11 Stockbug

#1112 the Green Booger, Class 11 Stockbug

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Random update – Busy, busy!

There may be a lack of posting here, but that’s not for lack of activity. Honestly there hasn’t been much to post about, as machining heads and cases, prepping pans and tunnels for welds, tearing down and diagnosing engines, collecting parts to finish projects, Jetta control arm bushings, Chevy Suburban overhauls, and getting golf carts running again aren’t terribly exciting posts.

But what DID happen was finally we finished this buggy. What originally was supposed to be an easy custom roll cage build ended up turning into a long project of diagnosing and fixing what needed to be fixed. The clutch tube had been shortened inside the tunnel to about less than a foot in length with a plastic sheath used instead. This caused the cable to coil on itself inside the tunnel, as well as rub a section away at the pedals in the tunnel that pinched it, effectively rendering the cable [eventually] inoperable. We had to not only get a doner tube from a Ghia pan but also cut two holes in the buggy tunnel to install it. The pedals themselves were broken and missing their plate, so we fabricated a fix for that. The single master cylinder had failed, so that was replaced with a dual master. A too-long bolt was installed backwards in the rear suspension, severely cutting down travel. And several other random issues to make it safer and more reliable.

But we are very pleased with the outcome, and the buggy’s owner was thrilled when she finally got to drive it again (immediately noting that it actually shifted!). Seeing people happy with the results always makes us happy, too. And just in time for convertible weather!

Next up was a friend who brought us his transmission to have a Quaife differential installed in it. I haven’t seen his project yet, but it’s a custom flatbed Bug truck with a Corrado engine. He will really enjoy the handling better with this Quaife.

Installed differential in this transmission.

Installed differential in this transmission.

And to quell the rumors (or maybe start them?) we have indeed uncovered the Green Booger and have commenced prep. Slowly, anyway, as we have time for it. It has been fun working on the Booger again. Alas, I forgot to tell Ken Porter of Porter’s Precision I planned to paint it green as well, but he did a nice job painting it black while refreshing it. So black it will stay for now!

As we have time to do so, we have been working on a complete tear down of a 1973 VW Thing (T181). Acquired from the second owner, who purchased it in 1975, it had been sitting for quite some time. To do it right, we took it completely down to square 1 – just the tunnel, and even only partial of that! In the long run, it will make this Thing much more reliable as we will be will addressing every single part of it.

So as we continue work on this, we’ll post updates. The ultimate plan is for link-pin suspension with Fox shocks and fully caged, among other things.

Thanks for reading!

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Help let Emma know racers CAN be girls!

This was pasted and shared to a group on Facebook called Women of Off Road Racing. TLR would like to share it with you here as well and has copied it over.

ATTENTION RACERS ???

Recently, a little girl named Emma who races quarter midgets at Rocky Mountain Raceways went to school and was asked to make a personal goal. She said that she wanted to improve on her summer and winter racing. The teacher quickly shut her down and said that couldn’t be a goal because girls aren’t supposed to be race car drivers and made her redo the assignment. Emma was crushed and went home crying and asking her parents to sell her stuff ‘since girls cant be race car drivers’. Her family has since convinced her that they shouldn’t sell her stuff.

This is where you guys come in! The awesome people at Rocky Mountain Raceways are trying to round up hero cards/ letters of encouragement/ anything you got to present to Emma to show that girls can indeed be race car drivers! Tag the female drivers you know as well or share the status!

Please send the pictures or letters of encouragement to:

Rocky Mountain Raceways
Attn: Dan Breach
6555 W 2100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84128
dbreach@rmrracing.com

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