Building and maintaining performance sports cars
This site was started to document the installation of a 1997 Buick 3800 V6 Supercharged L67 Series II engine and transmission into a 1985 Pontiac Fiero 2M4. With this engine swap, the result (on paper at least) is a small, two seater, mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports car with disc brakes all round and a similar power to weight ratio as a Porsche Boxster. After completing the project and driving it on the road for a few summers, I can say it was a blast to drive but I missed having a manual gearbox and when driven at the limit, the handling and brakes just weren’t quite there. I considered installing a manual gearbox and looked at modifications to the front suspension but in the end, reluctantly decided to sell and move on to another project. The best car I have owned was a rally prepped Ford Escort Mk II that consisted of RS2000 power-train and running gear in a 1.1 shell. I decided to get a front engine, rear wheel drive configuration and found a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo. Even though I am not interested in doing a ‘restore’ on the Porsche, I hadn’t anticipated how tough it was going to be to find parts at anywhere near reasonable prices. When the Fiero sold, I was in a bout of frustration with the slow progress made on the Porsche and came across a 2005 Mazda RX-8 that was running but needed a bit of work so was going cheap .. I ended up taking that on as well! The overall objective is to build and tune cars (and now dirt-bikes) to enjoy a great driving experience. Come in, have a look around, absorb the information and please get in touch if you have ideas/suggestions.
Shark 3D Modelling and Printing
Another project that I’ve been working on in the background is 3D modelling and printing. With 20 years of engineering experience, 3D models have been created using Onshape for various small tasks such as fidget spinners for the kids, automotive heater trim, oil tube elbow, etc.
Shark have recently acquired a 3D printer and can now offer modelling AND printing services to ship the finished part to your door. Please Get In Touch to find out more, get a quote, or make a suggestion.
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