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Our new faults page

March 6th, 2019

 We will be documenting some turbocharger and Sierra Cosworth technical faults in a library so that the general public can see what we do here and hopefully identify some basics, which we hope will be of help to anyone inetrested.

You can find that page by clicking the following link: https://lodgeautocentreshop.co/technical-faults/

Our Group N championship winning Sierra Cosworth RS is now for sale

January 31st, 2019

Ford Sierra Cosworth UK Group N Championship winning car.

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=2212596367

Built in 1990 by Maxted Motors in the UK from NEW motorsport shell and Ford Group N parts package. Only raced once that year. Have related documentation.

1991 Driven by Ian Khan in UK group N championship competed in only three rounds. Competed in Nürburgring and Spa 24-hour races.

1992 Driven by Ian Khan winning the UK group N championship with five wins and four 2nd places. Competed in Nürburgring (2nd in class) and Spa 24-hour races.  Have related documentation from Ian Khan. James Weaver and Will Hoy have shared drives with Ian in this vehicle. Vehicle has RAC Motor Sports Association advertising permit as it is a championship winning vehicle.

Vehicle was purchased by Lindsay O’Donnell and brought to New Zealand in 1994. Scott and Lindsay O’Donnell campaigned the car very successfully in the South Island for the next eight years. Changers were made to the car mainly for the purpose of endurance racing. Changes included dry break fuelling system, Proflex four-way adjustable shock absorbers, AP rotors and calliper’s front and rear, gear box and differential oil coilers. Fundamentally the car is still very much Group N style and specifications.

Luke Parker purchased the car from Lindsay O’Donnell in 2003. Shortly after that the engine suffered a failure. Luke had an engine built by HiTech Motorsport in Pukekohe. Unfortunately, the vehicle had a skirmish with a wall at Hampton Downs in 2010. Luke had good intensions of repairing, but other commitments waylaid this happening.

Mid 2018 I (Richard Field) purchased the vehicle in a non-repaired state. A plan was put together and the car repaired to a high standard both mechanically and body wise by Lodge Auto Centre Ltd . The car underwent a Motorsport NZ audit (with no items requiring attention) January 2019 when it ran at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon.  The handling, drive, power and brakes were most impressive to say the least, no issues or gremlins with the car all day. The car is fully compliant and ready to run in competition.  A copy of products repaired or replaced during the rebuild is available on request. All documentation comes with the vehicle.

New 3D Printing Developments

January 28th, 2019

Hi all. We are proud to announce that as of now we have purchased a brand new in-house 3D Printer. 

As of recent we have seen an increase in the price of plastic parts as they become less and less common. And if you don't want to fork out for expensive second hand parts then your only option is expensive billet alloy parts.
However we are now striving to change that. With the increase in availability of printers and plastics we plan to design and print full replacement parts and kits.

By designing, developing and printing these in house, we eliminate almost all cost factors meaning that you will be getting the best price possible. It also means that when doing a custom job, we can have a fully functioning prototype or even final production pieces in front of you within a day.

If are interested then you can contact us for more information.

2011-15 Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 Upgrade Turbo

August 16th, 2018

Turbo Model : Garrett GTB2556VK Part Number : 880862-5001W [includes gasket kit]

The Garrett PowerMax™ turbocharger upgrade is compatible on the 2011-2015 Ford Ranger PX and the Mazda BT-50 with the 3.2L Duratorq engine platform. This direct drop-in stage 1 upgrade will support up to 172kW*.

The PowerMax™ CFD designed compressor wheel increases power output due to technology innovations in wheel aerodynamics over the OE offering. Improvements in efficiency and boost response can be attributed to the light weight forged fully-machined compressor wheel composition. This major feature provides optimum power and reliability. This turbocharger kit is outline interchangeable with the OE offering for a perfect fit every time.

Upgrade for 798166-5007s, 812971-5002s, 812971-5006s, 853333-5001w (not later part numbers)

For pricing go directly to our webshop at https://lodgeautocentreshop.co/4300-2/ 

THE TARGET POWER REPRESENTED ABOVE HAS BEEN CALCULATED BASED STRICTLY ON CHOKE FLOW OF THE COMPRESSOR MAP (TOTAL TURBO CAPABILITY). WHICH REPRESENTS THE POTENTIAL FLYWHEEL POWER.*ESTIMATED. PERFORMANCE RESULTS OF THIS PRODUCT ARE HIGHLY DEPENDENT UPON YOUR VEHICLE’S MODIFICATIONS AND TUNING/CALIBRATION.

ONLINE SHOP

July 18th, 2018

Our online web shop is up and running  Check it out click on the icon to the left. Happy shopping.


Ferrari Owners Club Day

November 4th, 2017

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Lodge Auto Centre and DC Autocare hosted the Ferrari owners club to a show and tell at 505 Queen Street west Hastings. It was great to see a good turn out of club members and thier beloved Ferrari's some twenty five vehicles. There was such an amazing array of Ferrari from 1964 Lusso, to 2015 545. Names that make you more than enveoius, Dino, Boxer, GTB4, Scuderia, Testarosa the list just goes on. Both companies have a passion for these word famous cars hence being involved with repairs and sevicing for some local Ferrari owners. It certainly gained the attention of the public in the area with many stopping to view, take photos and talk with owners.

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Following an indroduction from Club member and client Hugh Franklin, Richard Field gave an over view presentation of the workings of a turbocharger, demonstrating with example product for evey one to see and touch the inner and outer working parts of a turbocharger, how the industry has changed along with technology and the use of exotic materials over the last 40 years he has been involved. There were some great questions with the owners well engaged with the pressentaion.  Owners were also given an over view of DC Autocare, "who they are" and what they do with some good examples of customer vehicles in the workshop including several customer Ferrari's.

It was a pleasure to meet and have the club members here to show of our premises along with our passion for the industry and their beloved car brand. A good day was had by all.



All Ford Day "Best Presented Race Car"

April 9th, 2017

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The All Ford day at Auckland was a real eye opener. There were so many cars of interest and people there. It was so good meeting many of my clients that I had only spoken to over the phone or by email. The show incorporated several Ford clubs; I had been invited by the RS owners club of which I am a member. After a week of cyclone David coursing major flooding in the north we were presented with a hot dry Sunday for the display. The clubs and organisers had done a great job with plenty of food stalls and kids play activities. Prize giving was unbelievable with some incredible prizes from the sponsors. These included water blasters, tools, tool boxes, gift vouches and apparel. Prizes were awarded from peoples choice and judges choices. It was a pleasure to receive "best presented race car" award from the judges.

A great day and a very big thank you to all involved and the generous sponsors.

Sierra Cosworth 3 door Ground up Build

October 1st, 2015

 

We knew it would take all our engineering skill to build this vehicle. Starting with a very average vehicle we stripped every item out until it was a bare shell. Them time for a media blasting to give us bare metal to work with where required. We then designed and fabricated mounts for pedal box, front and rear suspension, battery, drop tank, seat and of course a roll cage.

 

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Next it was of to the paint shop, this transformed the look of the vehicle, clean and sharp.

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Now the assembly process can start. Most of the mechanicals came from our tried and true Sierra Sapphire race car. The three door and Sapphire carry the same floor pan dimensions! Many items of course were remade or modified to suit.

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The assembly process seems to be the most rewarding as you can see the changes bringing it closer to a completed vehicle. Every item that had come of the car to be reused was repaired, cleaned, polished or painted. This to takes an enormous amount of time, but the reward is worth the effort.

 

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Completion was getting very close. We had fabricated so many items such as dash, fuel cell, door cards, even polycarbonate side and door windows. The car was completely rewired with a loom made to suit by lodge Auto Centre.

Completed but naked! Time for sign writing.

 

 

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To say I am proud of the work standard and commitment my staff put into this project would be an under statement. Lodge Auto Centre will use this car on the circuit and desplay it at various events.

Improving Perfection

November 6th, 2013

The Farrari 430 Scuderia.

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To most people this is a car you could only ever dream of owning, but to the odd few people this is a realitly. One of the worlds top supercars the Ferrari 430 Scuderia is as close to perfection a we think you could ever get, but here at Lodge Auto Centre we think there is always a bit of room for improvment.  

When a long time customer of ours intrusted us with his 430 Scuderia and wanted us to fit an aftermarket exhaust system we were only to happy to take such a job on! This car is awesome to start with and the sound it makes through its factory exhaust already makes you stand up and listen, I mean its a V8 Ferrari engine that revs to 9000+ rpm, it would make any petrol head go week at the knees, it was hard to think there was any need to replace what already seemed perfect, but hey we were not going to say no.

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We set too and removed the rear aerodynamic defuser fron the underneath of the engine bay and gained access to the exhaust system. After removing the factory exhaust (which was not overly complicated to remove) we unpacted a pollished stainless steel peice of art that was the new exhaust system. I already had a smile from ear to ear just working on such a car but when I saw the new exhast I was in car heaven.

Fitting the exhaust into the carbon fibre linned engine bay was a pleasure and all we wanted to do was hear this new system at work , so as soon as we were happy that everything was correct we fired up the supercar and stood back and listened. It was a sound that I had only heard before at the Melborne F1 grand prix it screamed!!! Not only did it improve the exhaust tone but increased the engine performance also, hard to believe but yes both horsepower and torque were segnificantly up on standard.

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A pic of the engine bay after the new exhaust was fitted, carbon fibre everywhere!!!!

 

We are now a Garrett Authorized sales and sevice center !!!!

August 8th, 2012

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One of the worlds largest turbocharger companies, Garrett by Honeywell, has recognised Lodge Auto Centre as one of New Zealand's industry leaders in the turbocharger market. 

Only a very select number of Turbocharger shops around the world are given the authority by Garrett to be a "Garrett by Honeywell Authorized sales and service center" and we are very proud to be one of them.

Lodge Auto Centre has been in the Turbocharger industry for some 35 years now, and with our vast range of knowledge and some of the most advanced equipment on the market we are now one of New Zealand's leaders and most trusted turbocharger workshops.

We are the only workshop in New Zealand with a Heines TC-3 vibration sorting rig, this guarantees the same high level of balancing after reconditioning, as when the turbocharger was first assembled by the factory.

The Turbocharger is a exciting and growing industry, with this new association to Garrett we look forward to continuing on working with existing and new generations of turbochargers which Garrett are continually developing.

For ALL your turbocharger needs from cars, trucks, tractors, motorsport, industrial and marine applications, from rebuilds to brand new units We are the experts!!! Give us a call.