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by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Sep 30th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication

For the past year, there has been a V10 from a Dodge Viper sitting around the shop.  The V10 was acquired with the crashed body, which we now use as a video game station. 

Dodge Viper Video Game Racing Machine

For Sale

A Logitech G25 steering wheel is mounted where the original one was, and hooked up to a PS3.  The current game of choice is Dirt 2.  The video game setup is also currently for sale.   

We found a good use for the body, but still have not placed the V10 in the appropriate project.  Erick Sackhoff had the idea of building a dragster around it.  The Viper dragster project has not moved any further than a rendering because of the other projects we have.  His '64 Lincoln Continental is still being worked on.  Him and Alex are also building a '84 Toyota Celica rally/sand car.  It is basically just a toy, which will be powered by an LS1 V8.  

Something is not where it belongs

Here is the Viper V10 all ready to go into a client's car. 

Since we have been so busy with other projects, the Viper V10 has gone neglected, until recently.  A client wants to put it into his car to replace the built 350 he has in there now.  Along with the V10, the fuel and electrical system will also be upgraded.  The brake system will also be receiving some attention.  This project is shaping up to be a extensive but cool build.  After all the work has be completed, the client will have a unique and powerful car.   

That is all the details I will be sharing for now, check back soon as this build progresses.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Sep 29th, 2010 | General

Ryan Davis, of Yaer Productions spends the day at PSI. 

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Davis came down to gather footage for the short documentary that he is creating for us.  We are providing the facility and cars, while he provides his creative touch and experience, to produce a short film. 

Ryan brought all his gear down to get some sick shots. 

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Ryan showing the results to the guys.  We look forward to see the footage he puts together.  It is sure not to disappoint.  Check back here for the video soon.  Thanks again Ryan.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Sep 28th, 2010 | General

One of our clients with a 2009 Porsche 997 GT2 stopped by with a quick question about his car.   

We had his Porsche on our dyno awhile back and here is the video:

2009 Porsche 997 GT2 on dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

2009 Porsche 997 GT2 on dyno at PSI 3

He is planning to take it down to Texas for the October 2010 Texas Mile event and came to get some questions answered and get a few pointers. 

This time to the shop, he drove down his Porsche 997 GT3 RS.

Porsche 997 GT3 RS

Sharing knowledge

Erick Sackhoff, John Reed, and Jason Oefelein took time to share some information with our client.  He wanted some pointers for taking his car to the edge.  At the Texas Mile, he will push his car to get the fastest time he can in a standing mile.  John Reed supports the Underground Racing Twin-Turbo Lamborghinis and Vipers at the Texas Mile and had some pointers for the client. 

John Reed, Jason Oefelein, and Erick Sackhoff plan to go to the Texas Mile this coming October.  We hope to see some of you there and some very fast cars.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Sep 27th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication

Recently, a client came to us with an idea for a more aggressive hood for his 2010 Mustang GT500.  The client felt that the dual heat extractors on the hood did not match the power of his car.  He wanted to add a hood scoop that was stylish and functional.

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Here is a rendering by Todd Johnston.

For this project, we started by purchasing a GT500 hood to work with.

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Alex Laventure, our fabricator, sanded down the hood and made some markings for the mock-up.

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Alex then attached foam on the hood and then shaped the scoop with a sanding block. 

Once the client approved the look of the hood scoop, Alex shaped the scoop out of sheet metal.  Alex formed the hood out of multiple pieces of aluminum.  The shaping and formning of the hood was a long process.  Aluminum is a harder metal to work with than steel because it can handle less heat.  If he got the hood too hot, the metal would warp and be ruined. 

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Alex needs to weld the aluminum slowly so he does not get it too hot. 

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The welding is done in sections to allow the aluminum to cool between welding. 

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Argon gas is held over the weld to allow it to cool.

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After welding a section, the weld is then brushed to remove impurities. 

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After the three piece are welded together, Alex can begin smoothing down the welds.  He does this by filing the welds. 

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A slapper and dolly are used to shape the hood.  Alex also uses an english wheel, hammers, and other dollys to shape the hood. 

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Once the outer part of the hood was formed and shaped according to the foam mockup, Alex begins to form the front lip of the hood. 

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The front of the hood scoop. 

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  Now that the scoop is complete, it is time to cut the hood and insert the scoop.  These next steps will be continued in a future blog, check back soon.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Sep 20th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

A client with a 1973 Chevy LUV, which is set up for drag racing, came to PSI for some carb tuning. 

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This LUV has a 355 cid V8 with Demon carb.  It also has Edelbrock aluminum heads and a MSD billet distributor and 6A controller. 

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Gary Rayevich and Russ Weimer discuss the dyno numbers and air/fuel ratios with the client. 

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Between dyno runs, Russ makes adjustments and checks the timing. 

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Another cool feature of this LUV was the intakes that took the place of the headlights.  The two inlets feed right to the air filter giving it a ramair effect.  To make it easier to make adjustments, the air filter with the hoses attached hangs from the hood.  This made it a easier for Russ to make the necessary adjustments.  This LUV ended up putting down 328whp and 336 ft-lbs of torque.  With that power, this is definitely a fun truck to take down the drag strip.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Sep 17th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

Recently we had another Evo VII with a PT6765 turbo.  Both of these Evo's had a front mount turbo.  This setup looks very aggressive because the turbo sits right above the intercooler. 

Here is a video of the Evo after being tuned by Jason Oefelein.

2004 Evo VIII MR (PT6765) from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

The car put down 751 whp.

The owner will be heading down to Woodburn dragstrip this Sunday for Battle of the Imports.  Go down and check it out. 


  • Precision PT6765 turbo
  • Aluminum Rods
  • Busher 272 Cams
  • No head port work
  • Tuned by PSI
by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Sep 13th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

A turbo S2000 has more power and torque than a stock one but that increase was not enough for this client.  He had a Greddy Turbo kit that he had us tune but it still did not have enough power. 

The client upgraded to a GT3076 turbo.  With the larger turbo, the client also add Injector Dynamics' ID1000s. 

With these upgrades, the client was able to make 400whp. 

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Here is the video:

2002 Turbo Honda S2000 400whp from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.


  • 2.0L F20
  • GT3076 turbo
  • ID1000s
  • Water/meth injection
  • Invidia Exhaust
by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Sep 10th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

It is not often that we would post about a Pontiac Fiero GT.  This 1988 Fiero GT  is not like your everyday ordinary Fiero.  No, it has not been transformed into a Ferrari or Lamborghini abomination.  The owner of this particular one went for a performance upgrade rather than an exterior downgrade.  This Fiero had its V6 replaced by a 6.2L LS3 V8 out of a Corvette.

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Our client, brought his LS3 powered Fiero GT to have us tune it on our dyno.

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The LS3 is mated to a European Pontiac transmission and puts down 408 whp and 408 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is a video of this LS3 powered Fiero after the tune.

LS3 powered Fiero GT from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Sep 9th, 2010 | Institute of Automotive Performance

The Institute of Automotive Performance had its first student go through an advacned course on AEM tuning.  This first course was presented as a one-on-one session over the weekend and Monday.  The course was taught by John Reed, one of the founders of IAP. 

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The course covered both a lecture and hands-on training.  The student tuned a naturally aspirated Dodge Viper and a single turbo Toyota Supra.  The student created a base map for both vehicles and began a little performance tuning. 

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Hands-on training in a Supra on the dyno.

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John Reed and Jason Oefelein, the founders of IAP, with their first student.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Sep 8th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, In The Lobby

We are fortunate to have a 1965 Bondurant Superformance Cobra in our showroom.  This Cobra takes the place of the '32 Ford Roadster that had a brief stay in our showroom.

Bondurant 460 Cobra

This particular Cobra has a 460 under the hood.  We currently don't have performance numbers for this cobra because it spends its time on our showroom floor.  We hope to have it on the dyno soon.

Cobra 460

Ford 460

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Sep 7th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Dyno Records, On The Dyno

A new vehicle has broken the highest horsepower record for naturally aspirated engines.  The V8 in this truck puts out over 700whp. 

The truck is a Pro Stock 1956 Chevy Truck. 

Pro Stock 1956 Chevy Truck on dyno at PSI

Parachute greater than brakes

With a parachute and wheelie bars, this is a very fast '56 Chevy.  The owner/driver hopes to break into the 8s with this setup. 

Under the hood is a fully built 565 cid Chevy V8. 

565 big block

This engine is running at 14.7 to 1 compression.  The list of parts is extensive and from the best component manufacturers.  Power is transferred to the ground through a Turbo 400 with 4:10 gears.

Here is the video.

Pro Stock '56 Chevy Truck from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

Here is a specs list:

  • 565 ci Dart block - tall deck
  • Pro 1 Dart Heads
  • 14.7 to 1 compression
  • Ross pistons - gas ported
  • Oliver Billet Rods
  • Callies crank - magnum
  • Comp Cams shaft rockers
  • Vickey Titanium valves
  • Comp cams belt drive
  • Sig Erson cam
  • Isky Red Zone lifters
  • Dart Tunnel Ram
  • 2 - 1050 Jet Dominators
  • MSD Crank Trigger
  • Turbo 400 with 4:10 gears
  • Trans Specialties springless conversion
by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

Today, September 3, 2010, Radium Engineering brought down their turbo Lotus Elise to Portland International Raceway, PIR.  They were attending a Lotus Track Day.  Their Elise had their stage 2 turbo kit installed.  This was their first track time with this kit on the car.  Their kit is in the testing stages and will be available soon.  Check out their website at RadiumAuto.com or check back here for some updates. 

Radium Engineering Turbo Lotus Elise on dyno at PSI

The night before, they were using our dyno to do some tuning before the race.   

Lotus Track day at PIR 002

Getting the car ready to race.

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Jason Oefelein helping out in the pits.

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Lined up and ready to go.

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by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Sep 1st, 2010 | Client Vehicles, General

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The 1967 Chevelle left on a truck to the east coast today. 


After two and half years working on this complete frame off restoration and modification, it is a sad and happy moment seeing it leave.  It is sad seeing a car leave that you have spent many hours working on over the past few years.  But also a happy moment, since the project is finally done and the client can enjoy the car you work so hard on. 

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1967 Chevelle

 LS1 in engine bay


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Also leaving on the same truck is a Toyota Supra.  This Supra is also heading to a client on the east coast. 

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The Supra received an AEM EMS and a tune before heading to its owner. 

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