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.

www.oval56.de/video/okrasa%20rockers.wmv

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

Solex

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.









































DCNL?























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.

Bored, never!

When ever it gets dark and cloudy here at the OSS we take a bit of time out of our busy day to look for that ray of sun shine. Today Mr. Okrasa has provided us with just such a moment wrapped up neatly with a little bow! Oh if we were not just poor little VW mechanics we to would build such a magnificent beast.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Suggestions?























We here at the OSS are looking for suggestions on 2bbl down draft carburetors that come in the 30-40mm sizes.

We know of the IDFs, IDAs, PPII and DCNFs. But we are wondering what other suggestions people on the interweb had.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Partner in crime.

















The OSS has gone north of the border to seek advise and some help on a current engine build. This could be a start to our Secret Speed Project #3???

SSP #1 is on the back burner till the money comes around and SSP #2 is a very simple and easily completed project that has lost favor around these parts. So it may be time for a third project that has an outside moderator that can assist with the R & D and possibly get to Loring this year.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OT pulley

There is soon to be a new reproduction of the Porsche OT pulley, in aluminum instead of the OG steel. We here at the OSS have not gotten our hands on one of them yet, and thus can not vouch for the quality or fit. But the sample does not look half bad.





















Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Norton engine

The riddle has been solved.

Check out the Samba post for the answer to last nights engine riddle.

Learning about these odd little pieces of history always motivates the OSS to go out to the laboratory and start tinkering. To bad there are not more inventive people out there that could cut up a V8 head and graft it to a KDF motor... and product 70hp out of it!!!

We think this kind of invention will be the next step in the 36hp challenge and perhaps one day even some old VW road racing with 1100-1200cc engines??? Not the historical racing we see here in the US but REAL racing. Could be fun?

Monday, November 2, 2009

A guessing game.
















Not sure what the hell it is but Oh MY it is beautiful, just look at the heads on this beautiful little engine. And a 1100cc that puts out 70hp!!! This make me want to have some custom heads cast.

Now back to the engine porn













































Check out the "riddle" on the Samba

Testing, testing.

A parcel will be given to the USPS this week so they can oh so delicately bring it to our door... or PO box as the case may be. Inside of this neat little package will reside a selection of early VW distributors that will brighten up the day.

But due to the high influx of new distributor heading to the shack we are going need to track down a Sun distributor tester like this one:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

If you are interested in the 36hp challenge, or just like fast old speed VWs check this little video out. It was taken at Maxton, NC where you can take your old jalopy and see how fast it can still go.

Thanks to Bruce and Cody Cook for the use of the video. Oh and it is their car also.

Humm... The video did not post in the correct size, if anyone know why then drop us a line.

Slowing down...
























Things are slowing down here at the OSS, the cold is moving in and the leaves are falling down. That does not fair well for working on the working on the good ol' projects here in the north east. Chilly! Here is just a little eye candy, or some valve springs depending on how you look at it.