[200q20v] a modest proposal for signatures
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Mon Jul 23 00:58:45 EDT 2001
At 3:49 PM -0400 7/21/01, DAK wrote:
> Phil Rose mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
> '91 200q
> Rochester, NY Home and Birthplace of the Torsen Differential
>Yes, is is nice to know where someone is from, the e-mail address
>doesn't work as well as it used to in the days before yahoo mail,
>Related to the Torsen comment, I have my own story about that.
>A friend of mine (actually, mutual best-men) worked for Gleason for
>a year between his BA and MS/PhD schooling. It was near the airport
>(about 1.5 miles from our house we just sold). It changed to DK
>Gleason, to Zexel Gleason, and now says Zexel Torsen on the
>building. My friend worked there during the '90/'91 school year. I
>stopped by to visit and he showed my the '85.5 5KTQ from the One-Lap
>race. He said it didn't have the race engine in it anymore. I guess
>they had made some mods to the rear to stiffen the suspension
>mounting points. They also had a 90 there which was instrumented for
>torque testing. It has the back seat removed and a rack with 286 PC
>bolted in. It had custom hubs/wheels with torque sensors. He used to
>tell me stories about testing the driveline. I guess they used to
>regularly rev the engine and side-step the clutch. They were
>experimenting with different coatings for the gears to help with
>break in. He mentioned copper as one of them.
>During that year, I played volleyball with the team from there at a
>local beach volleyball bar. Great guys (and ladies).
>He had other stories about cross town jaunts to get the audis
>serviced and one off roading story that made me laugh... Anyway, I
>bought my first Audi soon after that!
I mentioned the Torsen-Rochester connection to my son this afternoon.
He told me that his boss has a friend who is (or was) an exec with
Zexel Torsen. A few years back this friend had my son's boss come by
the Zexel plant with his Mustang, and--as a favor--they fitted it
with a Torsen rear diff--just for kicks. Beats getting some free film
from a friend at Kodak, huh?
Phil Rose mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
Rochester, NY Home and Birthplace of the Torsen Differential
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