#FF003

The construction of FF003 is underway. The goal with this project is to build a reliable, 1950’s influenced racer as an evolution of FF001 and shown here FF002.

I’ve appointed landspeed record setter and veteran Tom Bruch to build my powerplant. The case started life as a 1957 VW 36hp engine but don’t let that fool you. I’ve taken the original 64MM stroke crank and replaced it with a Porsche Counterbalanced 912 Crank pushing 74MM stroke. We have also added an ISKY 2J Camshaft, this is the very Cam given to Tom Bruch by Ed Iskenderian and set the land speed record in Toms own Carrera Speedster in 1966 and again in 2011. We’ve utilized Wolfsburg West dual port heads and intake with Dual carbs. The entire engine is modified for maximum oil, air and gas flow. What was once putting out “36HP” will now push over 80HP in true vintage fashion.

For the chassis I’ve taken the best of what went into FF002 and combined it with Chuck Beck’s 50 years of experience in building and modifying Porsche vehicles. Chuck built his first mid engine VW in 1956 and went on to build thousands of mid engine Beck Spyders as well as many other race vehicles. We’ve built the chassis on the basis of the early Glockler and Porsche racers with a few of our own upgrades such as a height adjustable front beam.

We’ve used the 5×205 VW Drums. Below you can see the aluminum belly pan riveted in place.

FF003 chassis is nearly ready for coachwork. Here you can see Chuck Beck has done a wonderful job in keeping with the early 1950’s period design. Tom and I installed the engine and now the tubular “Superleggera” type buck will be fabricated.

The tubular buck is finally taking shape. Once the buck is complete, the inner panels will be shaped in.

I’ve built in the paneling surrounding the engine bay. I plan to have access to every mechanical area for fast and easy maintenance. I’ve even made sliding panels accessible through the inner fenderwell for valve adjustments.

Once all of the inner paneling is complete I am now starting to skin out the shell. This is where the car comes to life.

And finally after months of work I roll the car out into daylight.

I’ve opted to build a custom tonneau cover that converts the car into a single seat racer with a wrap around windscreen. Typically this type of treatment was used in speed attempts at tracks like AVUS in Berlin.

I hand paint the livery with a brush. The black stripe represents the class this car would have run in based on engine displacement. Our current engine is 1378CC.

And finally FF003 is ready for a shakedown.

After roughly 130 miles of driving, adjusting and tuning, Tom Bruch and I give the car our stamp of approval.

Running through the hills in Minnesota.

I’ve made removable rear wheel covers as part of the “Speed Treatment.” This gives the car a completely unique look. The covers are removed in less than 5 minutes by simply unbolting them.

Stay tuned for FF004 and FF005 which will be launched shortly.

 

Happy Motoring~

Chris Runge

 

11 thoughts on “#FF003

  1. Enjoyed the video of Tom running the engine. I’ve known Tom since the mid 60’s when I was a crazy teenager bugging him at the local VW-Porsche dealership. We’ve done a lot of engines and cars over the years including a “real” 914-6, my ’71 914, which he built a turbo for, and his helping me rebuild the engine on my ’67 beetle when I was in med school- learned valuable insite I’m still trying to use! Now I enjoy doing off-roading in the desert in his baja beetle. Tom is the true Energiser bunny!!

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  2. Chris, I love what you are doing. I have a reproduction Special Edition/Beck 356 and love it but when I saw what you’re doing OMG! So very cool, I gotta win the lottery so I can commission a Runge FF.
    Thanks for making me dream.

    Pete

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  3. Hello. Saw your car at c and c today. Wanted to chat but you were pretty surrounded. Im wondering what your next move is. Will you keep it simple or will you be compelled to expand your company? If you decide to increase production i would very much like to work for your company. Thanks, Brett

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  4. Chris, Love what you’re doing! I was in Alexindria on Sunday August 16th. My son and I would have loved to take a look at one of your builds. They really are fantastic. My folks live in Vining, MN. Maybe next time. Erik

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  5. Very nice work Chris. I’ve only just come across this and it is excellent. Truly in the spirit of Ferdinand Porsche. I love this hand made aluminium excellence.
    I made a 2/3 rds scale auto union for my boys to drive. It took me 2000 hrs to design and make from photographs. Only then can you appreciate the time and skills needed for this type of work.
    Well done sir.

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