Monday, December 28, 2009

Another couch built find.

Here is a find from the bast, a 50s hand built aluminum roadster using VW parts and an Okrasa engine. Check out the post on the samba.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More OZ racing.

These picture are of ex racer and VW/Porsche mechanic Jack Bono who passed away a few year back. Greg Mackie was nice enough to share these photos and his recollections of Jack and his little 356, which had a motor that makes use here at the OSS drool.

Here are a few of Greg's words:

"The 356 is Jack Bono's race car (pictured above) It had a super-charged (Marshal) 1500 Porshe engine and I made an aluminium bonnet (hood) and engine lid for it, along with other light-weighting mods.

If you look closely you can just make out Jack and I, standing beside Jack's Karman-Ghia tow car - probably engaged in some sort of VW talk! Jack is in white over-alls. The K.G. had a Denzel engine, and did a 15.3 quarter mile! It had Jack's signature number-plate......BON-OOO."

We then had no choose but to ask if the 356 was a 2pcs or 3pcs case and what year the 356 happened to be. This was due to the fact that we were discussing late 50/ early 60 racing and as we all know the 2pcs case ended long before the end of the 50s.

"Porsche was 1954 - from memory - it had a split screen when new. Drum brakes for sure, wheels were Kombi, drilled for cooling. The 1500 was 2 pcs case, to which Jack fitted a Carrera roller crank. The crank, which Jack got for free, had been damaged, so Jack called on his friend , Merv Waggot - a brilliant engineer - to repair it. Hirth said it couldn't be done, but Merv made a special tool to dismantle and assemble the crank. He sleeved the damaged big-end and fitted new rollers, and the motor ran for years. Merv was one of those men who loved to achieve the 'impossible'."

We here at the OSS must thank Greg for this invaluable information and also remind other out there that these pictures are owned by Greg and reproducing them with out his pr omission is forbidden.

Project OZ

Here is a sneak peak at what the OSS is currently working on. This is pre rebuild and once it is finished it will either go on the back up 36er, in to the treasure chest or up for sale. Cool little items vintage dual carb set up.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Modern Motors Okrasa Hot-up article

We here at the OSS have been skimming through lots of Australian car magazines from the 50's and early 60s as of late. And while looking for specific articles we have also stubbled upon a few other interesting articles that tell about the different options for making the little VW go faster.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Racing history from down under.

While talking to a gent about an Amal dual carburetor kit that he had constructed for his little 36hp back in 1960 the subject of VW racing was broached. With the door open an exchange of information and pictures over the interweb was commissioned. Sadly in 1961 the 40hp arrived on the scene and like any good racer, he decided to go for the "more powerful" engine and did awayt with the 36hp! : ) The good news was that some pictures of late 60's VW racing have survived the eraser of time and Greg has been generous enough to allow us to share some of them with you.

Silverdale 1962: Greg set the class and sedan record at this event!

Bathurst 1963

Catilina Park 1963

Here are a few words from the man himself:

"When the 40hp engine was released here I promptly traded my 1960, 36hp beetle in on a 1961 model. In exchange for some body work (my trade)

on Jack Bono's race car - a 356 Porsche - Jack 'worked over' my 40hp engine. He fitted bigger valves, ported & polished the heads, bored barrels

out to 80mm (1300cc), ground cam, fitted bigger oil pump, etc.

I fabricated inlet & exhaust systems, and fitted a pair of 1 3/4" SU carbs. It showed 72 hp on the dyno! It clocked 102 MPH at Bathurst!

That little Beetle gave me excellent service, a few race wins and records, and great pleasure for almost 40,000 miles - it was not only my race car, but my only car!"

The photos in the post were used with permission and can not be replicated for any purpose with out the consent of the proper owner.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Looking for the ark.

Well perhaps that is a bit of an over statement but we here at the Old Speed Shack have been delightedly searching for information on a dual carb kit that we recently acquired. Now we can't release any of the particulars till we have gathered enough info to put together at least something of a proper history.

But in the mean time we have uncovered some more cool period correct advertisements to entertain and amaze.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blown 36er...

Here is a nifty 36hp with a blower, pretty sure it is located in Germany but we have not done enough research to know for sure.

Here are the specs, listed by the owner and borrowed from the interweb:

"first the AMR300 is on a 36HP engine driven 3:1 ..the engine has some modifications but same stuff like stock engine just improved the most parts + a cam grinded to porsche preA dimensions.
29,6mm inlet valves 28 outlet valves.
the engine runs but at the moment way to lean. but it pushes 0,9 bar =13 psi.
the engine has water/methanol injection what is in off position at the moment and i have no heating problems CHT goes to 125°C.
the engine goes like hell and i think it has something between 60-70 DIN PS. if the A/F ratio is perfekt i will go on a dynotest. at the moment the clutch can't hold the power."

And if that has wetted your whistle then check out this video of the little beast running down the highway.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Busy Busy

The beginning of winter is a busy time at the OSS as we have to stash away all the rides that have been living out side for the warm season. This keeps us from posting as often as we would like so we have decided to post up some ads that we have collected for those that check back often.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving is over, BACK to work.

With the holiday over the OSS is not back at it and working harder then ever. The new motor is in the works and our dual carbs are headed this way.

We also put some new items up for sale on theIndustrial Surplus site so go check them out!

Here is a quick peak:

Friday, November 27, 2009

2000 hits and counting.

For our 2000 hit we here at the OSS have decided to post a couple of picture of something almost as beautiful as our 1000 hit model.

36hp challenge get press.

This information was sent over by Burly and we though that i would be good to disseminate it.

From Burly:

"Friends of the Challenge

Just thought I would send you information on two recent publications and a web-link that have posted results and information on our recent 36hp Challenge activities.

As always, VWMA (VolksWagen Magazine Austrailia) has given your efforts a nice write-up in their issue #24, Nov 09 - Jan 10. Thanks Craig for your interest and support.

The attachment above is from Street VW's, a longtime Japanese VW magazine which I know you will not be able to read but which shows the story written about the 36hp Challenge, Mike Manghellis Rabbit pick-up at Bonneville and Jeremy Freedmans fast 208 MPH Golf at the TEXAS Mile. Thanks Dai for sharing the 36hp Challenge and VW land speed racing with our fellow Vdubbers in Japan."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A short film on Okrasa rocker modification.

Not much to say about this other than 56Oval over on the samba posted his video on modifying the Okrasa heads for ratio rockers.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Old text 3

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Old text page 2.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Old text.

We here at the Old Speed Shack spend alot of time searching for, and through, old texts that will give us insight to the realm of VW Vintiage speed. These old writing give us isight into what can and has been done with these little motors. So we though we would share a little bit of history with everyone out there.

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Parts anyone?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Old mags on Old Speed.

1957 issue of Foreign car guide has part two of "souping" up your volkswagen. We will be giving that artical a read this weekend.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A history of a neat rally bug.

The fog rolled in early today the the OSS call it a day. Since we had a few hours before it was time to settle down for the night we explored the internet a bit. While over at the oldtimer oldspeed club we noticed that they had expanded on the history Der Thundersodder.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


When choosing a carburator, or carburators, for your old speed projects Solex has provided a handy dandy equation to help you pick the right size vacuum leak.


The mad scientists here at the OSS have been doing some extensive research on carburetors and there dark, mysterious inner workings. With hours of exhausting time spent searching for the perfect match they were able to uncover yet another unit that would be suitable for this current project. Though not a common distributor it this unit was hinted, by one of the elder engine builders, as a perfect carb for a dual port old speed project. As easy to find as hens teeth and almost as beautiful as they are hard to find.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another carb option.

In our research we have found a few different options for our newest OSS project. Some are more of a pipe dream, while other are a bit more obtainable. We now present one of the prettiest pipe dreams that we have uncovered yet.

We have a few more options that we will reveal later on.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lion GT 36hp Kit.

Here is an odd little contraption that is said to increase cruising speeds to 80-85 MPH range! Sadly we only have the post card advertisement and as of yet are still in the dark on if the kit came any where close to its claims. Perhaps one of these days the OSS will stubble upon one of these peculiar contraption.