Category Archives: Race Prep/Build Updates

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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Just another Larry weekend

And that transmission in the bus video below DID work!

Other than the mundane stuff, like a new clutch on an MK4 Jetta that no one wants to hear about, it was a pretty successful weekend with progress made. The engine is on the floor now, but we just never got around to firing it this weekend. More to come on that, and a super special awesome new TLR toy to unveil!

One car of note was the ’82 Van. Folks, if your sunroof is not opening easily or correctly, don’t just crank on it until it gives. You know what happens? The gear strips out, or in this case, completely broke a tooth off. Luckily we hoard VW parts and happened to have an extra gear for it! But that doesn’t fix the messy, gooey awfulness of so many years of cable neglect. Even worse, the at-least-a-decade-old silicone. OH the silicone! This is another lesson on sunroofs, if its leaking somewhere, chances are that the drains are plugged. You must snake those out (I used a speedo cable). Did the previous owner do that? Nope, I am not that lucky. What they DID do was apply copious amounts of clear silicone in the channels and bridging the entire sunroof to roof-line. At least an entire tube’s worth, if not more. No amount of scraping, razoring, or heat-gunning removes it completely so I resigned myself to the grinder with the sanding disc and the orbital sander. At that point, I just sanded the whole unit to metal to take care of the worst of it. The worst of it being, of course, silicone actually does the opposite and TRAPPED moisture along the bead, so the poor sunroof was plagued by random areas of flaky rust along the edges. Lesson for today: don’t use silicone, people.

A quick coat of primer applied (still wet in this picture) to the sunroof.

A quick coat of primer applied (still wet in this picture) to the sunroof.

Rail and cable maintenance as well as cleaning MORE silicone from the Van itself to come later. 😛

Next came the ’67 Bug that needed a look-over and pre-sale fixes. Originally we planned for minor things we had been told about – diagnosing and fixing the weird sound in the tunnel when the clutch pedal was pressed, a head torque/valve adjustment, and possibly a carb adjustment. After driving it and then putting it on the lift, it turns out the ball joints had been installed upside down, the nuts on the shocks weren’t tightened (none of this was by the current owner), the carbs are way out of adjustment, the timing is off, the pedals are in terrible need of grease, the shift coupler and bushings were broken and/or missing, the brakes have the ORIGINAL lines on them and they are ballooning to cause a weird pedal/braking, and the clutch tube was broken in the middle and end of the tunnel. Arts and crafts were extended by many hours!

Arts and crafts with Larry G! Fixing the clutch tube and putting in a brace so it won't happen again.

Arts and crafts with Larry G! Fixing the clutch tube and putting in a brace so it won’t happen again.

And SURPRISE! Another racecar! Actually it was a surprise. Originally our friend Tony Bond was coming to take the 5/1600 we had used the link-pin suspension and parts from for the Thing project and drop off a 2332cc engine to be rebuilt. When he arrived, he asked if we could get old veteran 1007 running again! Since it’s here already…yes?

Sportsman class 1007.

Sportsman class 1007.

1007 in a more recognizable form in 2011 at the VORRA Prairie City short course races. We have clearly upgraded cameras since then.

1007 in a more recognizable form in 2011 at the VORRA Prairie City short course races. We have clearly upgraded cameras since then.

Since it's no fun to move race cars with flat tires and REALLY stiff steering, here's the obligatory Justin Case photo for the weekend, who actually had to work for a living.

Since it’s no fun to move race cars with flat tires and REALLY stiff steering, here’s the obligatory Justin Case photo for the weekend, who actually had to work for a living.

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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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CBCFS Racing #1116 takes the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000!

And I should have made that title in all-caps, because I cannot convey how EXCITED we are for them! Unfortunately they did not make it to the finish within the allotted 33 hours, they made it in roughly 38 hours. THREE Class 11’s finished this year out of seven, in what proved to actually be a difficult course.

Paul Nauleau, head of CBCFS Racing, contacted us again in early 2015 about his plans for making November’s 2015 BugLight SCORE Baja 1000. Well, of course we would love to help him race it again! As a refresher, you can read about their previous experiences prepping for the 2013 Tecate Baja 1000 with us at Two Larrys Racing headquarters HERE.

I must say, it has been an honor and privilege to work with CBCFS Racing. Their team is organized, determined, learn quickly, and overall generally just NICE people. A more worthy team of the Baja title is hard to imagine. I will post here later when team experience stories have been shared, and let them tell you in their own words. We followed the race online and via cell phone communication from start to end, and what an anxiety-ridden, close race with some well-matched competition it was. Leads and placements were swapped more times than I can count.

#1116 CBCFS Racing/Paul Nauleau for the first place finisher in the Baja 1000! It unfortunately does not count as a win, as they did not make it to the finish within the 33 hour mark. But a finish in the Baja is bragging rights within itself, so regardless of trophy or no, this is a win on our book! Congratulations!

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

Erick Sala photo of #1116.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1116. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

For second Class 11 finisher, #1121 Team H12:One Racing, Dennis Hollenbeck proved a worthy competitor and defender of his 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 championship! This team races for a fantastic cause as well, and supports their local women/children’s shelter and needy folk.

#1121 at the finish line, photo by Kailen Hill

#1121 at the finish line, photo by Kailen Hill

#1121 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

#1121 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

Third place finisher was #1113 Wallentine Motorsports, Brian Wallentine. You probably won’t recognize this car the way it is now, but this used to be #1106 PetFinder (the red car) owned by Jeff Lee. How awesome it’s gone on to participate on the Baja 1000!

#1113 on the move, photo by Erick Sala. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

#1113 on the move, photo by Erick Sala. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

#1113 at the finish line early morning

#1113 at the finish line early morning, photo by West Coast Bajas

Fourth in line was multi-Baja 1000 champion Eric Solorzano with #1111, racing with Robert Johnson who said the track was one of the roughest he’s experienced. Unfortunately he did not finish, but he gave CBCFS Racing quite an exciting lead swap several times! We are still unclear as to what happened to take them out around the 350 mile mark, though it was reported the race was really hard on their front suspension and they were tightening ball joints, etc..

#1111 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez.

#1111 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez.

Fifth was #1101, the Cops Racing Class 11 with Rene Rodriguez. We are still unclear what took them out of the race, but they provided some exciting placement swapping as well!

#1101 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

#1101 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

Sixth were #1129 3 Amigos Racing with Dave Bolles. They were taken out at 67 miles with a rock that slammed into their head and removed the valve cover and dumped the oil. Engine failure occurred, resulting in their return to Ensenada.

Erick Sala photo of #1129.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1129. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Seventh were #1107 the Desert Dingoes and Jim Graham. They experienced issues from almost the beginning of the race (prior actually) and had the wrong mixture of fuel. They added a fuel additive that was supposed to bump the octane, but it had an adverse affect on their fuel sponges and turned them essentially to mush. The mush made its way through the system, and they were unable to flush it fully. They were stopped around race mile 31, but made their way to around rm 50 before being towed back.

Erick Sala photo of #1107.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1107. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Congratulations to everyone! Just being there is an accomplishment in itself.

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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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Video of Meek Racing #1142 Testing

Over the last few weeks, we have had the honor of working with Meek Racing on freshening up #1142 and getting her ready for the 2015 season. They are pointing her towards the $10,000 bonus offered in the World Series of Bugs this year, and the first race is SNORE Battle at Primm this coming weekend. Here is some footage of testing from this last week:

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