Input on this 550....

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Input on this 550....

Postby RandyM » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:21 pm

Is there any concern with a 550 that has a 2.5 Subaru engine?

Here is a link to a car that really appeals to me, any input good or bad....besides the price.
https://classiccars.com/listings/view/6 ... rnia-92101


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Re: Input on this 550....

Postby EEricson » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:53 pm

Looks like a nice car. Wide-5s, 4-wheel discs. Under $40k for a new Suby Spyder would appear to be a deal on its face.

The Subi engine is a real step up from most VW/Porsche carbureted motors—so long as the electronics, fuel delivery and cooling system were done correctly—and the SOHC version is a little better than the 4-cam, in terms of longevity and easy of maintenance. The engine spins to about 7000 rpm with power and makes 165hp at about 6000—not too shabby!

The only nits I'd pick on this setup are the tach, which appears to be the standard Chinese 6k unit from the 356 replicas, and the "3.88 freeway flyer" transmission. Don't know what that means but, if it's a .82 4th with a 3.88 r&p it will have an annoying gap between 3rd and 4th gear. I'm a partisan of the 3.44 with a .93 4th gear to keep the gear spacing reasonable.

That said, the torque band this engine—about 140 ft-lbs at idle, 160 at 5000—on will render the gap much less noticeable than with a typical 2110 or even 2180 type 1.
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Re: Input on this 550....

Postby RandyM » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:23 pm

Many thanks for the details on the car, I really appreciate the expert help on this board.
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Re: Input on this 550....

Postby TSchommer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:58 pm

That looks like a really nice car, the one strange thing I noticed is that in most of the photos it is missing the horn button from the steering wheel. I think I see the Porsche logo on the 9th photo though.
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Re: Input on this 550....

Postby danstern » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:52 pm

Who provided the kit; Beck, Vintage, Etc. More important who assembled the kit. If it was done by the reputable kit supplier as a turnkey, great, if not, what's the quality of the build. Did they torque critical assemble, . . . . . You get the idea.
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Re: Input on this 550....

Postby RandyM » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:15 am

I asked those questions with no specific answers, I don't think they took me serious at all. Maybe those folks in Beverly Hills can't understand someone with a southern accent.

Still on the hunt.......
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