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Hi all,
we were chatting in the shop during the week over one of John’s fit inducing cups of coffee and we had an idea. Basically we’re going to attempt to bring you some of our interesting jobs to give you an idea of what we do every week (or until we get bored of updating the blog).

So here goes the first one and apologies in advance for the poor pictures, they were taken by my phone.

Anyhoo as we all know last winter was a killer. We were having temps of -13 C down here in Kerry, pipes were bursting, houses were flooding, plumbers were laughing, batteries were dying and for those who didn’t have the proper coolant, blocks were cracking. As you can see the rear endplate here is cracked from the pressure of the expanding ice the engine and it also lost a frost penny from the front endplate.

Cracked Rx7 endplate.

Luckily the owner had a back-up car until funds allowed for it to be fixed (insert recession rant here). Below you can seen the old endplate versus the new, notice how the intakes are different. For rotary engines aka wankel engines (heh heh he said wankel) a relatively small increase in intake size can make huge gains in power as you can see from the streetport below. This 1.3l engine was making 320hp at 0.8 bar.

Ported vs non ported

Obviously if a ported plate comes out, a ported plate must go back in. We were lucky to have a similar porting template on hand to match the profile of the port.

Pineapple racing porting template.

Just to show you that you don’t go chopping massive chunks out of the ports, this is considered a good medium sized port which would be 3mm oversized. Another few mm and you could be in danger of the corner seal dropping into or both the corner and side seals catching the port and then you’re in for a rebuild again. If you are looking for much more air flow than this you are looking at a bridge port or a peripheral port.

Port size

So after a bit of work with the sledge and chisel (only messing I’m not allowed near the sledge anymore) this is the result. I threw in a small bottle of cola to give you an idea of the size of the endplate.

Porting done

Porting done.

See this little ******* of a dowel. Getting this ****** out of the old plate was hardest part of the job (and I still wasn’t allowed to used the sledge). It’s used to align the stationary gear (so you can bolt it in straight) which in turn keeps the rotor aligned (think of a spirograph) so therefore is handy to have (damnit).

Stationary gear alignment dowel.


Stationary gear ready to go back in.

Here we have all the bits and bobs that have to be transfered from the old plate to the new, stationary gear, tins, sensor and oil system parts. As Mr Miyagi would say wax on, wax off, although in this case it’s screw off, screw on.

Endplate sundries.

Et voila! With a sprinkling of fairy dust and a liberal spreading of jam it’s all back together, just like that, it’s magic. All that’s left to do is put it back on the engine once the replacement seals come in (now where’d they hide that sledge).

Endplate ready to go back on.

Tune in again next week for more amazing adventures with the WCP crew, same bat time, same bat channel.

P.S. If you like what you see tell your friends and if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see on this blog please leave a comment (obviously it might take while depending on what jobs we have on and/or if we are too busy drinking coffee and taking the micky out of each other).

Japfest update

Posted: September 5, 2010 in History

Poor Dave ran a bearing in the Starlet so the debate over having a baffled sump is over. Not a serious problem as he wisely pitted as soon as he noticed a problem. We’ll just pop off the sump during the week and sort it out with new bearings and fab a baffle. The great thing about the track is that it will always show up the weak links, it’s R&D IN FAST FORWARD.

Hello from Japfest

Posted: September 5, 2010 in History

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Morning all we’re shattered but we’re here. Have been up for about six hrs already and it’s still morning, we decided to get up a bit earlier than usual to make sure we avoided the traffic jams going into Mondello. Plenty to do so we’ll give an update later if we can.

WCP EP82 TA

WCP EP82 TA

Jap-fest

Posted: September 2, 2010 in History

Hello again,
We’re heading to Mondello again on Sunday for Dave’s time attack, should be good craic, although we’re not looking forward to the early rise. Have to get up @ 5:30, spray the deo under the armpits, put on a massive pot of coffee, make sure the van is pointed towards Kildare and probably put on some clothes (I think there are laws about that). If you see us in the pits pop in and say hello. We’ll try to be nice between the yawns

We’ve decided what we want for Xmas as well.

Dear Santa,
we’ve been good boys and girls all year, we’ve done loads of work for customers forsaking our own projects. Please Santa build us a track in Kerry so that when we have time to work on our own cars and they are ready, we can drive them all day long until we run out of petrol (and don’t have to get up in the wee hours of the morning anymore).
Thanks
WCP Crew

P.S. a years supply of fuel would be nice too….

www.westcoastperformance.ie

Posted: August 26, 2010 in History

Hi all,

Our website is up and running again, woohoo!  Still not 100% finished but we’ll be adding to it as we go.  Hopefully we’ll be able to dig out some pictures for our gallery and projects pages that haven’t been taken by a phone 😉 .  Here is a link to Dave’s build diary of his Time Attack GT Starlet Click here for Dave’s build diary on the WCP EP82TA

Thanks for reading,
WCP Crew

P.S. here’s some random pics from the old shop on a RX7 dyno day

Hello all!

Posted: August 16, 2010 in History

Welcome to WCP’S blog,

Since our main website is still a work in progress you’ll soon be able to get a lot of the information you need here while we put a little more polish on it. When the site is ready  we hope to continue this blog to show the lighter side of  WCP and also indulge in some shameless self promotion.

We’ve had a very busy couple of years, so we decided we’d let people know what is happening in this blog.

For those of you who don’t know we’ve been building up our facilities with a custom fabricated dyno cell to house our dyno dynamics rolling road. We’ll get some pictures up soon so you’ll know what we’re talking about. It’s this state of the art piece of equipment that allows us map cars correctly giving both power gains and longevity to your engine, and also the all important (to some) power figures.

Mapping is not the only string to our bow, we do all types of modifications and maintenance from a simply radiator upgrade to full on ridiculous engine swaps. To be honest we probably have the largest collection of RB30s outside of Australia, definitely in Ireland. It’s not only the Nissan engines but all Japanese and European marques even the notorious Mazda rotary (we’re one of less than a  handful in Ireland that do).

We also supply parts which we’ll mention in more detail later, but I think I’ve bored you enough for now .

Keep an eye on this blog for more info in the future

Cheers

The WCP Crew