So I bought this because it was shiny (ARPM 3 piece case)

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So I bought this because it was shiny (ARPM 3 piece case)

Post by dubberdean » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:52 pm

Hi guys,

So I'm a bit of a magpie, anything that looks like it's something a bit different, combined with being shiny and I pretty much want it!

Such a situation recently came up for an aluminium 3 piece race case made by ARPM (in the 80's I believe) and I had the idea that maybe I could build something special of a motor using this case but nothing that belongs on the drag strip, just a high power, high torque, bullet proof beast.

BUT, I don't know the first thing about engines so I've got no idea whether that's feasible or if I'm going to be building a nice coffee table with a shiny case inside it!

The only thing I know about it is that it's machined for a Type 1 main bearing and has a 94mm bore. Here's the photos -

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So does anyone know anything about the engine or could recommend an engine builder near Lincolnshire who could take a look and give me some information about what I've bought?

Thanks

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Post by Banger » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:23 pm

Cor, that's nice!
ARPM went through a few incarnations, and as they're at the "specials" end of the spectrum, Stateside Tuning might be a starting point?
Doubt you'd find anyone in Lincs but for machining work possibly Lahoma in Bourne?

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Post by dubberdean » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:51 pm

Cheers Banger.

I'd heard there was a drag beetle specialist out Doncaster way. Not heard of Lahoma before but will check that out.

Just need someone who knows what they're looking at really!

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Post by vwJim » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:04 am

Ian Clarke has moved up your way hasn't he. Could build that up in his sleep...
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Post by crankbreaker » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:15 am

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I hope you go the case bolts with it?

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Post by dubberdean » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:21 am

Yup got lots of bolts and some oil pipework and a few other bits. Really excited to find out if its usable!

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Post by wejjy » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:20 am

Im in love with a piece of metal!! Thats a work of art my friend!!!
Stock is good, its just that low and fast is better!!

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Post by tufty65 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:03 pm

Hope you have a deep wallet, the case is nice but it's an overkill if you're only putting near standard parts in it and on it, these cases are for all out racing and deserve the best parts to go in them.
Nothing stopping you building what you want though looks well cool.
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Post by dubberdean » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:22 pm

Won't be standard parts, but rather than building something that might be designed to make 10 passes down the strip and scream its way down there, I'd like something equally as fun but will last 'forever'.

So looking at something that might earn me entry into BWA but maybe a really strong 2332 or perhaps a bonkers 3 litre! I think if starting from just the case I could build up something designed from scratch to be a reliable porsche beater?

BUT I need to find an engine builder that gets the idea and thinks it would be a cool build rather than a waste of a race case!

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Post by maddison » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:33 pm

thing is, its all bout the build with this

the idea is a fun, lets see if it can be done idea

but..

….the outcome will be covered in tinware and easier to achive with a standard block more people know there way around

Hats off for having a go though - i LOVE it, very sexy, but if you just want to build a RELIABLE porsche eater, go the reliable route and use tried and tested parts for reliability
make that into a coffee table, so you can see it everyday

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Post by Alex VW Heritage » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:28 pm

No questions at all, Second vote for Ian Clarke, Wolfsburg Performance, he is up in Lincs now.

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Post by orb » Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:49 pm

Thirded - Ian Clark will not only be able to build it but he will also give you very sound advice to see if it's even worth building as a street motor.

Give him a call, he doesn't bite and is very helpful :wink:

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Post by dubberdean » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:16 pm

Thanks guys will definitely give Ian a call and report back!

You're right Maddison it's such a shame it's going to be covered in tinware :(

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Post by maddison » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:12 pm

clear perspex tinware 8) :cheers:

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Post by dubberdean » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:24 pm

I suppose porsche cooling would remove the need for some tinware.

Have to say thanks for the recommendation guys I just got this back off Ian -

"Sounds like an interesting project...just the sort of nonsense I get involved with! :-)"

I already know this is the man for the job :lol:

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