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    225mm Magnesium Small Fan Housing...

    Just a feeler….

    In an effort to make the 2.5 litre short stroke engine I'm currently having built as close to a factory ST engine as possible I started looking for a small racing fan housing, 901 106 103 00 ….



    ….a trawl through the threads shows this is going to prove rather difficult!

    Looking at aftermarket items available, although I couldn't comment on quality having not seen any, the price seems prohibitive considering non-correct production materials.

    I asked Ben Coles why he has never manufactured these items?……

    Ben Coles is an extremely talented engineer who, in his spare time, reproduces rare Porsche parts - http://www.bencoles.co.uk/ - Ben manufactures these to an exact standard using the same techniques and materials as original items, they even have the same flaws and blemishes just as they did in the day……his philosophy is to produce exact reproductions that in time and use are indistinguishable from genuine items….

    If you look at the quality of his high butterflies, fuel pump bracket (note the base plate ) and Magneti Marelli distributor, to highlight just a few, he would certainly be the man for the job….







    So the questions are…..

    Does have a good genuine 901 106 103 00 fan housing they would be willing to loan for a period of 4-6 months?…….alternatively, would someone be willing to sell me a genuine item at reasonable cost with the promise that I will donate the unit to enable reproduction fans to be produced along with returning a reproduction item when available (or even the original)?….

    … and (obviously demand will always determine final cost)….is there a market for perfect reproduction fan housings cast in magnesium, hopefully in the range of $800-$900?

    Just a thought…..I appreciate all feedback.

    Cheers,

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    Darren i have a original on a 2.8 engine,but not keen to remove.Eb motorsport sell them and use them on there engines.Its probably not worth tooling up for i would think a limited market.

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    Thanks for the feedback, would welcome more ....

    ....never a need when you have one!......wish I did!

    I have seen the aluminium housing at EB Motorsport and they do look good... http://www.eb-motorsport.co.uk/productinfo.asp?id=217 .....

    ....magnesium would be better though!

    A better photo (kindly stolen from another thread).....



    ....obviously I'm just talking about the outer housing, the fan can be machined to suit.

    Cheers,

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    Call Crawford composites in Denver North Carolina. Max Crawford will sell you all the small fan housings you will ever need. He also makes the Glasfiber sheetmertal for all the 6 cylinder engines. Max also makes the 914-6 GT "Special" sheetmetal.

    Feast yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby1953 View Post
    Call Crawford composites in Denver North Carolina. Max Crawford will sell you all the small fan housings you will ever need.
    Thanks for the lead, will check them .....looking at their website I'm guessing they are produced in a composite material?

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    I think Kevin's referring to the fan shroud rather than the magnesium fan housing ...
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    We did a small run of 225mm mag housings a couple years ago, and they are of excellent quality. We had molds made from an original housing, so they are identical in every respect.

    225mm Magnesium Fan Housings @ Retro Sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by bxd View Post
    We did a small run of 225mm mag housings a couple years ago, and they are of excellent quality. We had molds made from an original housing, so they are identical in every respect.

    225mm Magnesium Fan Housings @ Retro Sport
    They look great Jordan, do you still have these?.....states out of stock on your website.

    Cheers,

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    I'm in for the Retro Sport sand cast Mag housing. Cost was not low but the quality and perfect fit met my needs. The casting number on top has been modified so as not to confuse with an original, it is a reproduction after all. Gled
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren65 View Post
    They look great Jordan, do you still have these?.....states out of stock on your website.
    Damn, my apologies, it looks like we are running-out... however, we do have a couple more at the shop that have been earmarked for specific projects. I'll check-in with the people who have laid claim and verify if they still want them or not. I'm also checking with the foundry to see if they have more. Plus, if more people want them, we can always requisition another batch. Yes, they are not cheap, but they are really nice pieces, maybe even (dare I say it) nicer than the originals =)

    I'll keep you posted, Darren.
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