Thursday, June 02, 2011


out·law [out-law]
1.a lawless person or habitual criminal, especially one who is a fugitive from the law.
2.a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law.
3.a person under sentence of outlawry.
4.a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group; rebel;
nonconformist: one of the outlaws of country music.
5.Chiefly Western U.S.
a.a horse that cannot be broken; a mean, intractable horse.
b.any rogue animal.

An increasingly popular trend among Porsche circles today is the proliferation of what is known as the Outlaw 356s.

Most of the people who build outlaw 356s normally are not taking historically significant, rare, or untouchable 356s and cutting them up. Instead of restoring more common 356 models which could prove to be extremely expensive, many would rather customize these cars.

However, there is nary a line that is not crossed which upsets the Porsche purists greatly.

Dean Jeffries is generally credited with building the very first 356 Outlaw. In 1957, he immediately customized his new 1956 356 Carrera to draw attention to his fledgling custom shop in Southern California. "Back then", he said, "only the sports car guys had any money. Most of the hot rodders were broke."

Following Jeffries was Gary "The Oulaw" Emory. Emory was christened "The Outlaw" because of his extensive collection of customized 356s. After an exceptional career in concours restoration, he found himself building cars he could enjoy more, and drive more, much like an Outlaw 356.

One of the Outlaw 356s I've lusted after is the black 1964 Porsche 356 owned by Chris Toy. At first glance, you could mistake it for a well-cared for classic Porsche. Chris intentionally kept the exterior as original as possible, concentrating on stealthy performance. Open the hood and you would not believe the engine he managed to squeeze into the 356 engine bay. Chris dropped a 1979 930 Turbo engine into the car. This is a 356 with the soul of a Porsche 911 Turbo.

Mama Mia!!!……..

My passion for cars is epitomized by the Outlaw 356. Having a car that blends modern technology with vintage romance has always boiled my kettle. A vintage car that is fun to drive. Old school with new vibe!

For this concept, I would have gladly started out with a clapped-out 356 Speedster but a fiberglass replica makes the process that much faster.

Flared fenders front and rear covers massive 18x7 inch front and 19x10 inch rear Fuchs. The interior is gutted and a rollcage protects the driver from serious injury in the event of a rollover.

In order to escape the long arm of the law, this outlaw packs a Turbonetics ceramic coated T-66
turbocharger that feeds a fire-breathing 2387 monster engine. Plumbed completely with AN fittings and hoses, a 5/8 inch fuel line delivers the juice to the fuel injectors at a constant 75 pounds. Aeromotive billet fuel system with filter pump and rising rate regulator combine with a Canton Accusump/pre-oiler and a Canton high flow filter to protect the engine/bearings from
start-ups. The system has an additional 2 quarts of oil ready if pressure drops below 25 psi.

A CB performance fully clearanced raised roof aluminum case wears 86 Scat forged billet crankshaft with 5.7 inch Pauter rods with Chevy journals. 94mm JE pistons with Mahle Millenium cylinders push the gases through a pair of CB Performance Street Eliminator heads with titanium 46mm intake and 38mm exhaust valves reshaped 66cc chambers and k800 springs. An Engle FK87 camshaft wity .320 degree duration and .561 inch lift at the valves with 28mm lightweight lifters and CB chromoly pushrods, forged 1.4:1 ratio rockers. An 8:1
compression ratio ignition system consists of a JayCee crank trigger firing an MSD 1AL3 box with HVC2 coil going through a JayCee billet distributor. A CB Performance fuel injection system with Quick Tune computer and trick Sync Link cable linkage and a 1 5/8 inch Hideaway Turbo System exhaust, lightened 200mm flywheel, and KEP Stage 2 clutch and Super Black Magic
disc round out the engine specs.

The engine is dynoed at well over 500 HP with VP race fuel, methanol and 30 pounds of boost. For the street, the detuned setup with 12 pounds of boost, using premium fuel still tips the dyno at 300 HP.

A race-tough transmission using a gusseted Rhino case, Weddle 1st through 4th gears, Gene Berg side covers, case stiffeners, solid mounts and a Pro Shift was built to handle the massive horsepower.

Despite the fender flares, a custom 4 inch narrowed beam with offset shock towers and longer arms by KCW in Colorado fiited with QA1 adjustable billet shocks, CB dropped spindles and disk brakes with Airkewld master cylinders were needed to fit the massive front tires.

Sway-A-Way adjustable spring plates, JayCee retainers, Eyeball Engineering torque bar, camber compensator, Sway-A-Way axles, torsion bars, CB performance disc brakes were also fitted to the rear to fill in the full rear flairings.

Custom windscreen, side windows and an aerodeck pump up the bodywork while a quartet of foglights brighten night-time assaults on the twisties.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Porsche 356 Speedster R

In order to give better performance and handling for races in the 50s and 60s, several Porsche 356s were stripped down in weight and modified. A few notable examples include the factory Porsche 356 SL, and the uber-delectable Porsche 356A Carrera GT with it’s infamous 4-cam engine. With racing seared into the Porsche DNA, many owners wasted no time in proving the car’s worth in racing. In Porsche’s own unending quest to improve performance over merely face-lifting their cars, each year brought some performance gain in either the powertrain, suspension or brake system. This trend continues to this very day with Porsche-philes incorporating modern Porsche technology into the popular 356 frame.

This particlar concept, the Speedster R marries the Porsche 356 with modern Porsche and Volkswagen components. Starting with the obvious 18 inch Porsche Fuchs instead of the 15 inch steelies. Koni adjustable shock absorbers and stouter sway bars firm up the suspension while CB performance front and rear disc brakes handle the stops.

A 200hp 2332 nose-bleeder engine using a machined late model Volkswagen case stuffed with a 84mm Pauter forged crankshaft, 5.5-inch Scat H-beam rods and 94mm Cima pistons. Engle FK-46 camshaft with straight-cut gears blow fuel and air through fully ported and polished heads with 46mm x 37.5mm vaqlves. The compression ratio is set at 10.0:1. The springs are ERCO triples and dual-tapered CB performance pushrods. A pair of 48mm Italian Weber 48s with modified 3rd progression hole and 42mm venturis are used. The much ported Skat Track manifolds is matched with a 1 3/4 inch LowDown system with 3 inch Renn Kafer muffler and V-band clamp. A Setrab oil cooler and Mallory 70 GPH fuel pump and bypass regulator are also brought into action.

A Berg 5 speed with a modified Erco one piece mainshaft is used. A Berg Positraction unit with Erco side covers, a 12.5 pound flywheel and a Berg/Kennedy 1700 pound pressure plate with Super-Diff round out the transmission.

Of course all of this drives the Porsche purists nuts.