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Updates…and PARTS! It’s like Christmas came early.

I haven’t done an update in a couple of weeks, so I will go backwards. Starting with this weekend!

Headway is being made on CBCFS Racing Paul Nauleau’s VW Bug rally car. You may remember them from being the first Class 11 finisher at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000. We are excited to be a part of his next adventure, a rally car that retains the Class 11 look. More on that as the build progresses! But for now, things have to get worse before they are better, so it’s just a mess of parts and pieces.

Paul and crew prepped the pan for welding when they were here in October, so that is what we have been working on.

Larry G in his welding glory.

Larry G in his welding glory.

And with all race cars, you need lots of new parts! The parts have starting arriving. Here is the first drool-worthy photo of them.

Parts, parts, and more parts to come!

Parts, parts, and more parts to come!

Some close-ups:

Wilwood calipers, front and rear

Wilwood calipers, front and rear

Airweld rotors. They are machined and have custom hubs just for us! There are four of them, though the front and rear differ.

Airweld rotors. They are machined and have custom hubs just for us! There are four of them, though the front and rear differ.

Beam prepped, it has to start somewhere.

Beam prepped, it has to start somewhere.

For more randomness, here is a ’98 VR6 Jetta that really needed a cleaning. And I mean REALLY, inside and out, as the inside smelled like a moldy foot. It took three days, with the steamer, carpet cleaner, shop vac, various cleaners and conditioners, and tons of elbow grease. But wouldn’t you say she cleaned up pretty? It smells much, much better now as well. But other than cosmetic, this beauty also needed a heater core, thermostat, and ignition switch.

It looks WAY better. Trust me.

It looks WAY better. Trust me.

Then there’s this fun toy. We built an engine stand out of leftover cage tubing and some other parts we had lying around. This is especially awesome because we can start and tune engines on it too.

Reaching back into October, we had a visit from Paul, Dave, and Hunter to work on the rally car! What was originally going to be Frankenshine #1121 (and here) in 2011 for TLR will now be the rally car for CBCFS.

Here are some photos from that weekend as the prep commenced. Remember, sometimes you need to take a break and ride a bike.

And for your viewing pleasure, here is some racing stuff in the spirit up the upcoming Baja 1000! My internet is bunk tonight so I cannot load it to embed it here, you’ll have to visit it directly:
RedBull Class 11 Profiles, by Driving Dirty: BTS
And Dangerous Road Ahead:
Driving Dirty – Season 1 Episode 1

Here is also the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 event schedule. Race starts at 6am NOVEMBER 18!
Livestream Mobile Ap link for tracking
Race information in general
– And don’t forget the main website for SCORE for when the Live Tracking is available.

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Who says old Jettas aren’t worth anything?!

This beast is called the Juck (Jetta+Truck), and does everything. Hay bales, engines, wheels and tires, ebrake slides, you name it. You see, today it was the only legal vehicle that could make it up the driveway in the rain (yep…the old Beast [Suburban] and Soccer Dad Jetta [MK4] are cuddling together down the hill…the Vanagon makes it fine and saved the Suburban’s bacon by towing the trailer yesterday). But this lifted two point slow Frankenstein of a Juck? It said, “RAWR I got this,” and with over 300 pounds worth of race car parts, groceries, and kids in the back, it dug out a new ditch for us LOL.

I am looking forward to the day we put the new differential in there – omg amazing. It’s getting VR6 springs soon too, because it’s old and saggy in the rear. No one wants to be saggy in the rear.

Yay for old cars! Whee for mud!
Have a great weekend everyone. 😀

jetta_muddy2016

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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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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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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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On the cover of TWO magazines…

A huge congratulations to Brad Martin of Placerville, CA and his lovely fuel injected 1914cc turbo-charged oval-window ragtop built with Gary Herrod of Two Larrys Racing. Not only did they make the cover of major European magazine UltraVW in February 2015, but he duplicated the feat in major US magazine HotVW’s for June 2015! Click on the photos below to view the articles. You can navigate the menu above under Custom Engines to read more about the birth of this beautiful car.

On the cover of Europe's UltraVW February 2015. Click to view the article in PDF format.

On the cover of Europe’s UltraVW February 2015. Click to view the article in PDF format.

On the cover of the US' HotVW Magazine for June 2015. Click the photo to view the article in PDF format.

On the cover of the US’ HotVW Magazine for June 2015. Click the photo to view the article in PDF format.

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#2016 Testing at Priarie City 4/12/15

Testing with Sandy Schwab’s #2016 1/2 1600 car at Prairie City, CA after engine rebuild by Two Larrys Racing from after the 2015 Mint 400. #2016 is scheduled to race at the upcoming Silver State in the beginning of May.

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