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Ahoy. Yes I believe many Sonetts with air still had the fibre gear left in them and hard lessons were learn't. I stripped my engine back in January to fit a high lift cam, and was very pleased to find a steel gear. The engine must be more noisey as a result, but I have nothing to compare too. There is definately power loss but its still more than driveable. When competing in the car I obviously don't run th eair. Many also say the extra weight of the compressor - in forward of the front wheels makes handling as well as the acceleration worse. But it gets very hot here in South Australia and so it was too tempting when this car came on the market.
The one owner looked after it to perfection. Hence I believe the steel gear was fitted when he originally worked up the engine (larger valves and pistons. He also had fitted a high lift cam an dweber but his widow had them reomoved to mak eth ecar more drivable after he passed away. So I had to refit them.
I pulled the fuel tank out a few month sago to see if it was rusty a common issue in a 40 year old car - can you believe it was like new inside!!
By the way its going in for a dyno-tune next week to see what the power is and to try and better jet the 32/36 DGV Weber. I'll post on how I go.
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