David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/28/10 9:23 p.m.

We don't really have winter here in Florida, but I have been thinking about some off-season projects: a few rubber seals to replace, some minor wiring straightening, etc. What's on your list?

boeingpilot New Reader
10/28/10 9:54 p.m.

Come hell or high water I will start the engine in my GT6 project car by April. You heard it here first...

aeronca65t Dork
10/29/10 6:18 a.m.

Now that I've run my last event of the season and we're finally settled in the new house, I'm back on task with my A35 racer.

alfadriver SuperDork
10/29/10 7:58 a.m.

Still debating whether I want a project, or take the winter off for once.

I have a Sprint that needs final assembly.

André Rousseau
André Rousseau HalfDork
10/29/10 8:50 a.m.

Some refreshing on the FIAT and I have a full interior kit for the GT6 to install.

Ian F
Ian F Dork
10/29/10 9:34 a.m.

We have an insulation kit to install in the Volvo and Spitfire... I have to finish cleaning up the BMW and either sell it or figure out a way to store it for the Winter... Might install A/C in the Volvo...

ggarrard New Reader
10/29/10 9:58 a.m.

I keep thinking I should insulate the garage so I can have a winter project... but I do like not having to brush the snow off the DD that parks where the project would go.

KaptKaos Reader
10/29/10 10:03 a.m.

Paint the Volvo 122 Wagon.

Interior in the 122 Wagon, including sound deadening, carpet, headliner and upholstery.

Swap IDF 44s for IDF 40s on the 914

New carpet for 914.

Install new seats in 914.

Continue parting out other 914

Paint 914 (not the one I am parting out)

Look for volvo B20 long block to freshen up.

Continue looking for next project.

10/29/10 1:23 p.m.

Finish the rockers and fender repairs on the 67 MGB GT, Do rocker and quarter replacements on the 68 MGB. Finish body and mechanical on the Bugeye, Install 302 in 67 MGB GT.

Other than that, gonna be a quiet winter chez-moi.

flyinlow New Reader
10/29/10 7:35 p.m.

Carillo rods in the spitfire

dougie Reader
10/29/10 11:38 p.m.

This will be the first winter in years I have no major car improvements planned. I'm thinking it might be the perfect time to improve myself (lots of room here) and enroll in an advanced racing school. Bondurant in Arizonia might work out if their schedule works with my trip to Scottsdale and Barrett Jackson Auction in January. Any input on advanced driving schools?



Raze Dork
10/30/10 9:24 p.m.

Fiat needs:

Interior work, rewire, springs cut, brakes gone through, shifter bushing, engine/carb tuning, maybe some rings...

Merkur needs:

Safety upgrades for HPDE/Track, exhaust repair, interior paint and work...

M030 HalfDork
10/31/10 1:05 p.m.

I'm hoping to complete the pan (frame) swap on my 72 VW that I started back in April. I've already got the replacement frame liberated from the parts car...

bravenrace Dork
11/1/10 9:12 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens:

My boys and I are in the middle (okay, closer to the start) of restoring our '90 Civic si. It's going to be their dd and autocross car. Lots of work to do between now and spring!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/10 9:50 a.m.

Good call on the Civic. I'm still driving (and enjoying) my '88 Honda CRX.

bravenrace Dork
11/1/10 10:25 a.m.

David, I don't know if Tom told you about the black '88 si in Orlando, but I bought it. I flew down Friday and drove it back to Ohio over the weekend. I mentioned it in your driving thread, but man it was nice in Florida! I'm headed back down over Christmas time and hope to swing by and meet you guys. Jim

rconlon HalfDork
11/1/10 4:26 p.m.

I have a perfect old stock dash to install and would like to freshen the paint. This is essentially the last piece needed to return the car to a decent original 79 interior. The car was a mixture of parts from various model years when I bought it.

Cheers Ron

OFracing Reader
11/2/10 9:25 a.m.

I'm taking a class in auto restoration. My project for the class is to replace the rocker panels on my son's Spitfire. No good will come from this, strip and paint the rest of the car is sure to follow.

Things I need to do over the winter Spitfire car; Install accusump replace head with hole in it Rebuild spare engine due to oil loss in the back 2 cylinders( See accusump install above, #1 on the list) Replace radiator with aluminum one (see replace cracked head above, # 2 on the list)

GT6 If it's back from rehab (body shop after the crash) put all the shiny bits back on it. Replace the headliner, interior panels and new carpet.

Both 1500 Spits Paint prep for the spring

Expand garage so I can work on all these projects with out doing the car shuffle.


914Driver SuperDork
11/5/10 8:42 a.m.

Build a firewall and a cage in the Cortina.


blackrabbit New Reader
11/5/10 11:20 a.m.

gotta finish filling and arranging the new storage to make room in the garage for .... finishing the 1966 toyota stout frame/drivetrain swap getting to work on the polski fiat rally car project building the motor for the fiat 850 coupe project heres a pic of the new storage... im pretty proud of this new set up... storage!! by blackrabbitracing, on Flickr

OFracing Reader
11/5/10 1:55 p.m.

Very nice, how do you access the upper deck, a 4 post lift? Are the uprights industrial shelving rack?


slantvaliant Dork
11/5/10 1:59 p.m.

I need to evict a certian Saturn from one bay of my garage and a pile of household junk from the other.

blackrabbit New Reader
11/5/10 3:08 p.m.

In reply to OFracing: yes its ex home depot pallet racking.. as for access there is a "port hole" and ladder set up in the middle of the deck for getting up and down.. the large stuff {spare trabant shell} goes on a fork lift

rconlon HalfDork
11/5/10 3:30 p.m.

I promised my wife that I would tidy up the paint on the rear bumper of the Miata. The paint is cracked and chipped from previous bumps. The plastic has held its shape but the paint is brittle. This is the famous $500 Miata that has been a terrific deal and has only wanted regular service after I refreshed a few parts.

Cheers Ron

Leo  Basile
Leo Basile Reader
11/5/10 4:15 p.m.

I decided to buy a new Ford Kent block and refresh the Cosworth BD head. Got a fly set of Arrow rods and 5 speed for the car too.


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