(11/14/00) - The
motor is going in the 917 today. This car will make
its debut at the HSR Daytona Historics in three weeks.
All of the wiring has been installed and the suspension
and brakes are on the car. Squeezing that big 12 cylinder
motor into the engine bay is always a tight squeeze,
with much care being taken to not scratch the frame.
Andy, our new GT-1 specialist from England, readies
the engine bay for the motor installation. 2" wide masking
tape is put on the frame to act as a protective layer
against scratches. You can also see the oil tank, and
rear suspension in this photo.
brake reservoirs have been installed, as have the pedal
cluster. Dave Schnorr has already applied most of the
decals, with exception of the silver foil which will
go over the numbers. Behind, you can see the tail of
the Gulf 917 which finished second at Le Mans in 1971.
A new fuel cell is being made so the car can make an
appearance at Daytona Historics.
The 5.4 liter, 12 cylinder, air cooled 917 motor just
prior to installation. The larger capacity (as the endurance
motors were either 4.5, or 4.9 liters in capacity) was
due to the fact that it was an unlimited Can Am car
(the European Interseries Championship was their version
of Can Am).
entire Gunnar Racing team installing the engine into
and carefully the motor is lowered into the aluminum
The view from the back.
finished installation. The engine hoist will be removed
once the transmission is installed. Only three bolts
hold the entire engine/gearbox unit to the car - a 14mm
bolt up front and two 10mm bolts on the transmission.
Porsche did a real engineering feat, holding over 500HP
(not to mention over 1000HP in the 917/30) in one place,
with just three bolts.
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