Eric @ PMB was kind enough to pick up my primo fresh 3.0 with 3.2 heads with custom cam with 46 PMO’s blueprinted and balanced to race tolerances from Scott Kinder at Kindersport in Oakland, CA area.
The engine should be good for 240HP matted to a 901 Transmission Rebuilt 2000 Miles ago by Performance Haus in 1980 with hand polished close ratio 906 gears Late model "side shift" linkage, Adjustable 19mm front sway bar with Teflon bushings, Bilstein Carrera RS front struts, Bilstein rear shocks, Modified front early 911S brakes and PMB vented 914-6 rears. Done by the Maestro Eric himself. Lots of more goodies on the car first reworked in the 70’s. It was a project car of a guy that worked at a OC local Porsche speed shop. This has always been a California car. It has never seen salt and has no rust. This car has been at PMB for a couple of years waiting for the Engine. Number 41 is from what we know to be the 30th. 914-6 in production. I am sure I will hear something from someone that knows more. This car has not been on the road in CA since the early 80s when it would not pass smog. It had a 69S engine when I bought it.
The 911 engine is really a thing of ART, well all Porsche/VW parts when clean and polished /painted are art. The cam timing is critical. Scott sent me several pictures from the build. Eric’s work at PMB is also a work of art.
More to come!
A real beauty Bob...congrats!
Some of the guys have asked what is in this Engine. Scott Kinder built it for me and this is what it has inside.
1978 3.0 SC big-port base (case, crank, rods, oil pump)
Custom JE Pistons, replated Nikasil cylinders, 9.8:1
New valves, 38/37 ports (stock)
ARP head studs & rod bolts
GE40 "Mod-S" cams
PMO 46 carbs & manifolds
JWE custom curve on SC distributor to match the carbs/cams
930 tensioners, idler arms--all rebuilt
Otherwise just everything new or refinished, redone, rebuilt
Let the body work begin...
Doors braced. Removing (yes, removing) the long kit.
Factory chassis stiffening kit
Mount for suspension ear brace...
Factory engine mount stiffening modification.
-6 mount for oil line from the tank to the engine.
Pan shot with Wurth then properly over-sprayed with body color.
Rear trunk details.
Body in paint.
Very nice, Bob! But I think that engine is going to be stronger than 240 HP. It'll be really nice.
Scott (the engine builder) was up in the San Francisco and the dyno guy was in San Diego and well, we where getting impatient with the long wait so Eric said lets just get it back to my shop and we will finish the tune and the first breaking in at PMB.
We will get it on a dyno when it is done. We will let you know. The build of #41 will be a little out of order as I did a lot of work on her way before Eric picked her up to take her back to PMB for the full show quality paint job and restoration. Some of the back-story I posted on my 914World VIN info but I will put what info was in the ad when I bought #41 in December of 2007. It was on EBay and I was on a Disney Cruz and using the on board Internet to bid. I think it was $15,000.
This is the info from the Ebay ad from the PO when I got the car, Dec.27th 2006
As I said this was a real 914-6 Porsche/VW hot rod built in the 70’s with some of the best stuff they could find at there shop.
This is a great project car for the right person. I bought it in 1980, and stopped driving it when it couldn't pass smog. It last ran in 1990 and has been stored under cover in my garage since 1990. Before I owned it, it was a project car of a guy that worked at a local Porsche speed shop. This has always been a California car. It has never seen salt and has no rust. Engine 2.5 L 20k Miles Aluminum case 2.2. Rods EMPI, 88 mm pistons and cylinders, Ported heads and manifolds 40 IDS Weber Carbs, CD ignition, 911S Distributor 67 911S Cams Front 914/6-GT oil cooler with GT ducting, Aeroquip Stainless Steel Lines and oil thermostat, Sport Muffler, Transmission Rebuilt 2000 Miles ago by Performance Haus, 911S copper faced clutch, Hand polished close ratio 906 gears Late model "side shift" linkage, Suspension Adjustable 19mm front sway bar with Teflon bushings, Bilstein Carrera RS front struts, adjustable perches, Bilstein rear shocks, Modified front 911S calibers with cross-drilled "S" rotors Five 15x7" BBS modular rims Magnesium centers Titanium lug nuts, 12mm torsion bars. Body
Body seams bead welded Fuel filler moved to cowl. Aircraft style cover Side markers removed European front turn assemblies, French tail light lenses Factory Convex RH mirror
Quartz Iodide headlights European 911S gages including oil level
LeCarrera steering wheel Scheel 914 seat.-------
I have had many questions about the fuel filler area. Peter Dawe of Dawe's Motorsports helped build this car at Dick Troutmans's in the late 70s. I asked Petr how this was done, below is his answer.
Hi Lloyd From what i can remember the hinge and the flush mount latch was aircraft surplus. I believe all those parts are offered thru Aircraft Spruce Co. Peter welded a shaped piece of steel under the body cowl for the gas door to sit on. He also welded a fill pipe on to the gas tank. (Only for pros to weld) Then because of the pipe bends he had to put a vent from the original fill to the neck so the tank could be filled up to the top. All this was 20 years ago but I think that’s about it. But you have to be as talented as Peter to do it right. That’s the TRICK. Thanks and happy holidays Petr Dawe
Please note that #41 was put in the garage of PO after it would not pass smog in Dec of 1985. It sat till I bought it 25 or so years later. Picture of plates for 41 plus the picture of Scheel Sport seat that I cleaned up today. My ass is too big for the Scheel.
Eric said eat salads. I eat them every day.
Cool car. Thanks for the pics and the back story.
Wow!----- I'd be afraid to drive that beauty!
Stunning! Looks like Andys twin!
Really Cool..Nice story.. Cant wait to see it in neighborhood..
I have the factory heat exchangers that where on the car and they are in pretty good shape. I sold the 10/69-date muffler that was on the car on ebay for $300. The PMP
Maestro E, will tune in on this input.
Good GAWD that paint is tasty looking .
Who's going to rebuild the calipers???
Some cool stuff or what I think is cool stuff: The owner’s book says it had its engine rebuilt at 64,828 miles.
The speedometer now says 110,000 or so. It has been so long scene I have looked at it.
#41 delivered on 1-4-70 to Dick Barbour Porsche. Engine number 640-4016 long gone.
The book was validated by Porsche Audi Pacific in Culver City CA not 1 mile from where I live now and 3 miles from where I grew up. I live 1,000 Ft from where Howard Hughes built the Spruce Goose. My house was built on land that Hughes Aircraft owned on the bluffs above the old Hughes Aircraft. Today that is called Silicone Beach and Playa Vista
Tool kit was in the car as well as factory jack. I had to buy copy red screwdrivers but what the hell. I have a Hot Rod VW. Waite till you see the NOS radio that I bought. 41 had a 80s loud radio with huge amp put in. I deiced to leave 41 in the spirit of the late 70s and not put her back to what a 914-6 was from the factory. I had to thing on it hard and a number of guys here back when it was up for sale, posted that it was a solid car but did not have the original Eng. and trans and it had the oil cooler and the trick body cowl door for fueling and it would never bring the big bucks.
Well I have really not wanted to sell her and build in this form is what I am doing. With some help from my friends.
Lets go to the front and the Fuel Door on the cowl. The PO was pissed because he had opened the front hood when the fuel door was open and it had bent it. No can do. His lesson that I have to remember. I bent it back somewhat and E’s body shop fixed it up. The early bodywork was done at Dick Troutmans’s in the 70’s Peter Dawe of Dawe’s Motorsport helped build this car an told the PO how he did this welding.
So I bought the car and when Lloyd delivered it to me at my Plastic Shop, he did not know how to open the front hood because the cable broke or something and I said, I knew of a great bunch of 914 guys that may answer it for us. I posted on this board and someone came back with an answer in less that one minute. Guys are still answering me and helping out. Posted pictures of before and after on the finishing of the body in that area.
Before we go to far with the assembly, I have more pictures of each part that was in the “as received from a long sleep”. After these are cleaned and restored and Eric put his new Copper lines instead of the braded stainless in the rockers and we will see more of “the art of the build”. Not deal
I am getting the hang of this
Good job !
Very nice restoration
thanks for all the detail pictures !
Eric at PMB Performance will post more pictures as the rebuild continues. Ever part of this car is restored. I was very lucky that the body was in such great shape. It sat in the PO garage from 1986 on till 2007 then it has been shops. No rust on the battery tray. Very lucky on this car.
Work goes on with 41. Trans rebuilt. Lower gears from the 70s hot rod days. Suspension is yet to be detailed. Engine and trans are going in,
I will post, as this is moving along. PMB has a few cars in the shop. E sent me pictures of the restored Euro turn style buckets with 2 blubs and horn restore but I cannot find them now.
PMB put the stacks on my PMOs. The PO had non 914-6 air cleaner on it and I am going with the same set up. Will show more. Also the trans after PMB re freshened it. I got a NOS case from AA 9 years ago and it looked great in its Porsche box but after PMB inspected it had a cracked bearing seating area so we are trashing (recycling it)
I got it in the first place, as the old Transmission case looked pickled from what I guess was engine cleaner.
This was the info on the transmission. From the PO. “Transmission Rebuilt 2000 Miles ago by Performance Haus, , Hand polished close ratio 906 gears Late model "side shift" linkage” PMB found that it needed more than just new seals and gaskets. You really have to CK out everything on a restoration. Even N.O.S. parts or you can be S.O.L. That 2,000 miles was 30 years ago.
Looking good..Can't wait to see in our Neighborhood..
Sorry for posting on my car out of order but as Eric feeds me pictures I will put them up.
My Wife says that I really do not own a 6 it is just in my dreams. It is a distance from LA to Sandy Utah
I have big-time bumper envy!
Who did it?
Eric did it or had it done a few years ago.
It is very nice.
Back in the 70s these French’s did not cost too much.
Yep, the French ones used to be the same price as the Euro's. Loving the pictures.
First you give me bumper envy, now it's tail light envy!
This is going to be a beauty...
Fuel Door from an aircraft. A 70s touch from early POs One of a kind so I know it is #41 Done really well. Just seemed right to leave it in the sprit that the car as it was modified in the 70’s
Car has come a long way Bob ...should be finshing up nice in the hands of Eric at PMB ¡ I dig that fuel door set up, the po had some good hot rod techniques there
I'm new here and just so overwhelmed with so much great work.
Great. Looking forward to seeing the next round of pictures. Your car is in great hands for sure.
Me too. I bought this car in 2007 for $15,000.
Did a bunch of work to it in the way of parts and body paint removal. Now it is at the master’s hand to get it done.
The car had an Scheel Racing seat and Eric and I are making the final decisions on how to finish the car. We have decided on full Black leather with hound’s-tooth inserts. Instruments from a 69 S are out for rebuilding. I need to take a trip to PMBs shop to see it. What you see is what I get or if someone want to make an up-date that is fine.
The instruments are in a somewhat different order but it was the vision of the POs back in the 70s to build this hotrod version of a 6. We are only changing it a little from that vision. To be clear this is not a stock 6. It will never win a concourse for a stock car but the level of restoration should win. Hey I have the original tool kit, book and service book.
It has all the good stuff. I am focusing on my V8 car and letting E do 41.
O, I decided to run 7 and 8 x15 Fuchs instead of the 8 and 9s x16 that are on the car now.
Today’s pictures from PMB Performance. Clearing out my garage to get ready!
Note: the guys wrap the car in plastic to keep the paint safe during the work on the body.
I also got a call from www.FuchsRestoration.com Rick that my 7 and 8 15s and spare 6 x 15 are ready. He said 6 weeks but it only took 10 days.
Bringing back my 8s and 9s x 16in that are on there now.
Cant wait to see..
Great attention to detail. Can't wait for the finished project.
Will be interested in what you think about your Fuchs when you get them back. I had a set of 15x6's done and they were very good, but the black could have been less flat. You'll see what I'm talking about when you get them back. Car is looking fine.
Today I picked up my wheels 15” 7s, 8s, and one 6” spare for space saver from Rick at http://www.porschewheelservices.com/ To go on number 41. We are getting closer. I have a bunch of progress work pictures to up-load from Eric
As I had said before, I do not have my rebuild in a set order as far as the photos go, so please excuse me if there is more than one copy of some shots.
Some points on my car that are different than a GT car is with the Troutman touches in the cowl fuel door and there touch as far as the front Sheet Metal oil cooling shroud and shaped metal goes. Very nice curves up front under the hood. The work is tremendous. That is the way they did it back in the late 70s.
the black shroud is yet to be repainted.
better than new. That is awesome!!
I just got up to date with your build. Hadn't kept up since the summer. Impressive would be an understatement. Exceptionally nice would be more fitting.
Just fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
Looks like we'll be seeing this beauty rolling around here soon. Nice job guys..
Very Very nice work !!! Looks great.
Eric moving on closing her up. I am making room in my Garage and increasing my insurance as we have been going along: My wife says I just talk #41 but it really does not exist.
New rubber on all body seals. New Shocks, New, or rebuilt everything. Changing out long lugs to standard lugs and factory BK caps. Had 3 piece BBS wheels that I sold to Jamie 8 years ago. S heads and Cams that I sold to Mark Henrey 7 or 8 years ago. Clutch that went to Mark. (Euro911) last month.
I really like seeing these cars get put back on the road.
Some pictures of before of jack post side, under shot of oil tank and cooler lines, front drivers side front sway bar and Bilstein strut minus earls S caliper. Wait to see how pretty that turns out from the Maestro’s team.
Picture of linkage carburetors that I misplaced in my bead blasting cabinet. I had not been in it for 5 years and found the parts just in time.
Air box restored by PMB to a level that may look better than new. Special things on 41? I guess some things look a little different. I am so impressed on the level or work on my car.
7 and 8 x 15 Fuchs refinished and in route. 8 and 9 16 Fuchs coming back to me. Great work by PMB and I am very happy with the way it looks. Eric playing a great riff on my car.
These plastic parts where early prototypes pieces that had to be restored. Eric has had to do a lot of research as well as use all of his talents to get the 30 six this far. I sound like the Godfather. “Use all your talents”.
Great job PMB
I want to thank Gusti for sending me these pictures from the 916 that was sent back to Europe and Gusti got these pictures. This is helping me decide just how I will do 41’S interior with Cork Leather. Making 41 a very unique car. Eric says he has the man to do the interior. I painted the car Cannery yellow as suggested to me (Iris blue) is my favorite color combo as I had a 1978 911SC Targa in this 916 color combo, at least I can match the interior color now.
More work: installed vent and wiper mechanism
Fantastic stuff, looks gorgeous. I can't wait to get to this rebuild stage with my build.
Looking very good. PMB does great work all the way around.
Thanks for posting those 916 interior pictures, very interesting. Also noted the ashtray is leather wrapped.
What steering wheel are you going with? Here is one of mine 380mm and thick wrap to 3 5/8".
That door panel looks like it's out of a Cadillac Eldorado.
The really great thing about working with Eric is that when he gets rare brake calipers in for rebuild or in this case, a very early numbered car, he is truly honored to be working on it.
Still makes you write the checks though!
I like the shortened center arm rest exposing the center tray.(also leather wrapped)
Out of order but: Hell Hole (not) in 41 when I got it 2007
Paint was Brown when I got it but when I striped it I found Green in the engine compartment but no any other spot on car. I painted the battery tray and support with blue that I was going to paint the car. I could not find any green on any other area but the Eng. compartment.
I personally removed all the paint before took the car.
Wednesday 2/14/18 update of pictures on #41
Today on Thursday lots of stuff going on with the rear left suspensions.
Trying to pick up my new license plates. “30TH 6 “
CA only has black with yellow so I will need to paint them as 70s CA blue.
The DMV where dicks and would not let me use the PO plates innless I paid the registration all the way back to 1985.
Daily Add on from Eric at PMB
He says “Prototype Latch Mechanisms” Must be a first 50 thing?
This was 4 years ago at Anaheim, CA The unveiling of Andy Thonet’s Cannery Yellow 914-6 and #41 on the way to PMB Performance
PMB will be there one more time at the indoor ... The All-Porsche Swap & Car Display will again be held on the day after the Lit Meet on Saturday, March 4th, 2018 at the Phoenix Club
If you want a PMB Restoration it takes some time to get a seat at the table.
No new pictures this week but sometimes I do not get anything from PMB till Friday. I picked up my new plates for 41 and registered the car. I will have to paint the plates Blue like the custom plates that where it in 1985. I will take the other plates in and get a year of Mfg. and put them on my 74 car with V8.
I used my 914-4 76 to store my custom plates for my Tesla (ETesla) way back as you have to have a car to put the plates on in California. I ordered them when the S was just an idea and I singed up on the list. Number 120th person to sign up. Jeffery was over at my shop and said. I have a (quick 14er) QUIK14R I never saw that but now I like it.
I like the look of the Singer interior in this color. I am getting samples of leather weave.
My car will be one of a kind. Looking for an update from PMB
That is a great looking interior.
The woman at AA said that a Police person can tell from info on line that the plates
are 1960 Legacy plates and not 70 blue plates?
I think I will not get any tickets for that. Just like lots of guys do not put plates on the front in CA. At 65 I do not think it will be a problem as I am not a dick to cops and I do not think I am a profile that will be a problem.
If I am wrong and have to repaint them I will. I am betting no problem.
Gauges look sweet. Where is the smaller one going? Are you doing a 911 type dash?
I've often wondered what happen to these rusty rat (2) 914-6's FS locally in 2003??
I didn't think they were worth the money back in 2003
Well new tires and wheels. Gone from 16 inch 8s and 9 911part # to 7 and 8s 15in 911 #
Seat has gone from perfect good-looking upholstery to the workshop for widening for my fat ass and then the specialty leather
The studs in the hubs where changed from longer ones that worked with the 7 in BBS that it came to me with, down to a shorter stock length. E says we have a lose stud hole that needs work or change to one new (used) hub.
Each step along the way even with NOS stock parts need a bit of love (money to clean up and rework). NOS Fuel pump had assembly lube that had become funky and needed to be cleaned up along with the contacts. It is each and every part in this car that is getting love to make it like a brand new car. Well almost the wiring is old but in great shape but still needed some love from PMB.
Covered and in a covered environment from 86 on. Made this car a great one to restore.
In the last 12 years we have seen the price of 6s go ape shit. Glade I got #41 then.
Looking good Bob. What size tires?
Not sure. I told E to get the right tires for me. I see they are Go, Go, Goodrich TA radials. The back wheel does not look much different that the fronts. They looked very different on the floor of my shop. One 6, 2- 7s and 2- 8s
Thanks for the update
"Only" ones available in those sizes at this time.
So, Eric and I decided to go with refinished 7 and 8 16s in RS finish. Going to sell the fresh polished ones on there now. I am going to a 16’ x 6 RS finish for the spare and it is being done now to match. I have a primo Space Saver in 16 inch to go on it.
Eric says things are going to move forward on 41 in a couple of weeks.
It takes a long time to get a car like this done like it is brand new.
Absolutely beautiful finish.
*subscribed. Fantastic build. Thank you for posting.
Back at it at PMB. E is looking for bushings for the headlights that are new. There was a member that had them several years ago when there were guys doing the hand flip up headlight kits. We cannot seem to find him or them. Any help would make us happy.
To say that I am itchy to get my car is an understatement.
Nice sir Bob! Seems ur car is a twin sister of Eric’s yellow 6 with wide fender.
E's old 6 that he sold to Europe. But a little different. All good stuff coming out of Sandy.
My 6 x 16 with RS finish that just got in from Rick @Fuchs Restoration. I bought a super clean 16 in space saver. I could not find any more off of a rim. I guess these are not made anymore.
All the wheels off to PMB for more magic.
Well moving along with #41. Headlights are LED. E will find some sticky tires for my fresh RS finished 7in and 8in 16inch and we are looking for a buyer for 15” 7 and 8 fresh polished finish plus the 15 x 6 spare with same polished finish.
Bumpers are ready to go on and I am hearing talk of starting the Eng. Up. Interior up next. Getting cork leather weave for centers of seats and center of dash. Leather all over.
(Singer like) More pictures coming!!
Not sure on 14s but when I had my 15-inch done several years ago, the shop next door did it for me. The tires guys do not like to do it but some of them can. I think lots of lube and they have to be super careful. Maybe E will let us know how he has it done now.
I went over this with Eric and his superb interior man on facetime this week as what we are going to do with the interior soon. Looked over the samples of the basket weave leather like they use on Singer cars. Just for the custom basket weave materials for the car I have to buy enough to do 2 cars the way I want. That is around $3,500. Just for that part plus all the rest of the leather material. I love the look of this color combo. Black leather plus the orange/tan weave I believe this will be killer look. We will do #41 with the Scheel Sport seat that was in the car plus we will also do the factory driver seat that came in the car from the factory just in case I do not like the Scheel Sport seat for everyday driving. Not that this car will get any daily driving. A very special 30th car not the way it came down the line in 1969
With the extra weave I think I will do the centers of the Speedster replica that I am envisioning
In my favorite blue exterior color with the tan/orange leather interior. This picture I believe is of a Real Speedster.
That is the color that I wanted to paint #41 but all of you talked me out of that. Got to have a metallic Blue VW/Porsche
Nice build !
I like where you going with the interior. I have a similar colored interior in my 2007 Cayman S; Porsche calls the color "Terracota".
No idea, E just did what was the best. He may chime in on it?
Troutman thermostat like new from back in the day!
Hoped up oil cooling coming in now. It is all happening. Lots of details
Loving it. Keep the pics coming.
E had new tires mounted on my 16s 7 and 8 with RS finish done by Rick at Fuchsrestoration.com
Really happy with the way the tire and wheels look on number 41. My vision with PMBs help is getting there. Waite till the Singer like full leather interior goes in. It will be a killer Hot Rod VW-Porsche
Looking forward to see your "Six". NICE..
Looks amazing. Will be another benchmark build.
Well moving on with 41. PMB is finishing under the dash and putting in the windows.
Note the steering wheel on there now is a La Carrera and will get a 914-6 double wrapped leather with real early Hocky Puck that I bought 10 years ago. Note that the center support under cowl is cad plated as the 1st 50 cars where.
I have spent a bit of time going over the Singer inspired interior. With Dale, PMBs master interior man and I have gone over the materials for the interior. German Tan Basket weave for the carpets and headliner and trunks. lots of tan/Orangeesh leather in two tone weave for seats centers and door panels and center of dash, and Black leather for dash and trims. Leather everywhere vinyl was from factory. Insulation mat in the interior. Materials coming from Italy and the weave from the company that does Singers cars. $9,600. Just for the materials for the interior.
I am doing the Scheel modified seat plus the stock seat in this material just in case I do not like the feel of the Scheel seat. Passenger seat is same treatment on no moving seat that came with the car. Leather all over the back area of the interior that was Leatherette (Vinyl).
Will update here as it is happening. Custom basket weave is 10 weeks off from now.
Bob Burton / Bob B
Cant wait to see your '6'..Cool interior..
Absolutely beautiful. The photography on your updates is just stunning. I feel like I'm reading a coffee table book. Interesting detail on the cad plated support. Can't wait to see that interior.
Sorry it took so long for me to post the size of the new tires that Eric picked out for my 16s. I think they look very good.
Size and brand.
225/50R-16 DUNLOP DIREZZA ZIII SL
205/50R-16 DUNLOP DIREZZA ZIII SL
Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress.
So many killer 914 builds going on here now.
I better up my game in the new year to keep up with all of these beautiful Porsches in progress.
Kudos to Eric too, great work!!!!
As Eric messaged me. “She’s getting there Roberto”
So, what am I doing to kill time waiting for my 6 besides working on my other cars, I am building a Bass from a $215. Kit. Red body with black sides, blond neck with BK tuning head face. Lacquer paint tinted Red with my Plastic tints.
Bob B - Burton
It is easy with the kit. Well with your skillsets it will be very easy for you. basses cost more than 6 strings from these guys.
Made in China but the company is in Utah.
They have all kinds. Sam is the owner
That is super cool Bob
I like that fuel door. Very trick.
Beautiful bass as well.
Keep the pics coming.
Some pictures we may have seen but what the hell. I am putting them in as E shoots them. Look at the trick double outlet exhaust.
Pictures are excellent!
A little Guitar hijack is Ok. This is a PMB production so yea,
We are really moving on. But I have not been able to get to PMB in person yet. Second set of samples on Leather and carpet. Dale is working very closely with us on the art of the interior.
We all seem to be on the same page. Pictures are flowing
Screen is in and painted for GT front oil cooling.
Get your motor runnin',
Head out on the highway,
Lookin' for adventure,
And whatever comes our way,
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace,
Fire all of your guns at once
And, explode into space,
I like smoke and lightning,
Heavy metal thunder,
Racin' with the wind,
And the feelin' that I'm under,
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace,
Fire all of your guns at once
And, explode into space.
Like a true nature's child,
We were born, born to be wild,
We can climb so high,
I never wanna die,
Born to be wild,
Born to be wild,
Because of the custom cowl fuel filler unique to number 41, we needed a Custom Washer Fluid Tank that matches the fuel filler on the opposite side. There was no place for a standard water bottle so PMB designed this set up. Keeping it all as clean as could possibly be.
Keeping as true to the build of this special early hot rod 6 car back in the late 70s
There was no windshield water bottle thought of back then by the builders of Hot Rod #41 but PMB felt we needed a washer bottle that matched the current set up with a balanced look under the front hood. This works well.
Don’t know how I missed this build....
Eric does great work.
That motors going to be scary fast.
Hopefully we can meet up at the WCR.
Such beautiful work and creativity.
What a come back.
Enjoying the view.
Goodies off to PMB. Rebel Racing fully adjustable rears springs perches I bought for my new Brillstein shocks for my V8 car but #41 will be done much sooner than the 74 so we will put these on so we get 100% adjustment in back as we have up front.
My remanufactured Blaupunkt radio I bought 10 years ago on EBay.
My artsy shot with Lucite I make, not going to E.
Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
You've got your mother in a whirl, She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl , Hey babe, your hair's alright , Hey babe, let's go out tonight, You like me, and I like it al, We like dancing and we look divine , You love bands when they're playing hard, You want more and you want it fast , They put you down, they say I'm wrong , You tacky thing, you put them on
Rebel Rebel, you've torn your dress, Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess , Rebel Rebel, how could they know? Hot tramp, I love you so!
Don't ya? Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo
You've got your mother in a whirl, 'cause she's Not sure if you're a boy or a girl , Hey babe, your hair's alright , Hey babe, let's stay out tonight You like…
Custom washer fluid bottle done and in place, Vent that was needed for cowl fill, and welded fuel tube that was done by Peter Dawes many moons ago. Only on this car. Super early 911-S front brakes. We keep on moving forward.
So Bob, Euro front turn signals, Euro rear turn signals...but US spec fogs?
It needs Euro H3 driving lights
Amazing build and jealous as heck
WOW! Looks fantastic! You ARE getting super close.
We'll need to get together and go for a drive soon.
Looks like you're definitely "rocking." Car looks incredible.
I was going over the break in of number 41 in Sandy, UT and we have agreed that E will drive it 500 miles to break in the new engine, and change the oil and make sure that the car is as perfect as a 70 Hot Rod VW-Porsche 914 can be.
It must be nice to drive the cars you build for your customers and see just how their vision and with your guidance the product turns out.
In a season of gifts, I am happy with this gift to myself. Next to a home or building I have bought this is the most expensive item I have ever bought.
Happy birthday to me.
Congratulations Bob. That baby is beautiful. Many miles of smiles to you.
There are lots of details on every build but the level of finish on 41 is unreal. If the part is not 100% it is refinished and a number of items that I thought where good did not meet the speck of this build.
I have seen builds on the 914world that are of a super high level. A level so high that the car looks like it was delivered to a dealer back in 1970. Well a lever higher than that.
I have seen great talent in guys that are building their vision of 914. Some are doing super pro work on their cars. My hat is off to you.
I am a patient person because my father taught me how to fish and be a patient.
I know my build blog is out of order but I hope you enjoy seeing the build from PMB
Hi Bob- I am fairly certain that is in the cards for this summer.
Yes - Quite clean
More clean machine. Like new
That's a work of art!
All I do is keep the money flowing and tell Eric what my vision is. He then talks me down off some ideas. This is really a PMB production. This dream is mine and its been going on for 12 years on this car but the dream to own a fast-non-stock 6 is 40 years old. Ever since I got a ride in Burbank CA. at Galan Bieker shop in a BK real 914-6 with a hopped up 3.0.
Right turns at 55 was all that it took and getting sucked back in the seat.
good news is snow is melting in UT, for now
This is superb, and an inspiration. You're doing the hobby proud! You're also making the rest of us who are merely afflicted look almost normal!
I guess it's the quality, vision, attention to detail - and by gosh - the execution of the project that makes it so wonderful. Seriously fun to watch and read about.
I also realize posting pics and updates doesn't 'just happen' so thanks for the education and building the giddy anticipation along the way. Keep up the awesome work: long live the 914!
It has been a while since an update. Eric sent me there pictures today. The note was “It runs today or tomorrow. Depends on how much daylight we have”
I loved to hear that after 5 years. Next is to hear the sound! This car has not been run since 1985 Many moons have come and gone!
Bob - Wow! Your car is looking KILLER!!! Can't wait to see it on the road.
Man, that is looking sweet. I would be unable to sleep waiting to hear it run after all that time. Cheers.
Eric (PMB) is just a terrific guy. Had I not stumbled on The Justice League, my car would likely be at Eric's. I really like his work and attention to detail.
What type of lines and fittings are those?
the whole thing is beautiful. thanks for letting us watch. can't wait to see and hear the video when it runs
From what the PO was told, the early work on this car was done by Peter Dawes when he was at Dick Trotman’s shop in the 70s. What was on the car back then was braided Stainless lines and AN fitting for the front oil cooler and Troutman thermostat. I had thought we may change to Elephant oil lines but Eric has given my guidance on how to restore the car in the spirit of a super early 1969 delivered hot rod 914-6 back in the day. I listen to him on almost every point.
This is a Southern Cal hot rod VW back from the days when I was in High School. By the way my 1st wife had a yellow 70 914-4 back then that she could not figure how to drive. My in-laws got her a new VW Bug with auto stick.
Well, did it run?
Friday news from PMB Performance. We had some electrical problems. It was a short in the wiper motor. It had had to come back out. E says the starter is open and one of the brushes has 400 Ohms resistance and it kept blowing fuses every time they plugged in the battery. A rare 1969 911 only motor.
I said a close out to a busy week. Time for an adult beverage Sandy, Utah style
On to next week.
100 steps forward and 1 step back
We were held up by a couple of things. One was the bracket to attach the CDI box and Eric had to find a one year only 69 911 wiper motor to use the winding so we have savaged the
electrical parts needed give life back in to my 6s wipers and let us move on to the next detail.
Lots of details on a car to truly be rebuilt/restored. I am sure most cars never come back to this level of restoration. Most are just made to look good for a sale.
Wow Bob - fantastic.
With a little of this and a little of that (4 different fuel pumps including one NOS that I got 10 years ago) PMB got #41 started up. First time in 35 years
Sounds just right to these ears.
Oh My! Super Sweet Ride and heartfelt Congrats! That car is a winner
PMB at work. Had to work out some electrical stuff but now 20 min of Cam break in.
Eric@PMB sent me a text today with this message:
Custom 914-6 Oil Tank with level sender and inner fender well heat shielding added to protect it.
7-29-19 We are ready to go to Dales to start the custom interior for #41. We have all materials in hand. Singer and 916 inspired as everything will be covered in super over the top, Leather. I firggin love Leather.
Your car is looking terrific. Can't wait to see the interior.
Me too man.
So I was thinking of a song.
Hungry - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Girl you got this need to know what I'm all about,
There's something that you dig you can't figure out
Well, you wanna know what moves my soul
And what ticks inside of my brain,
But I've got this need I just can't control, and it's
A-drivin' me insane,
I can't take it! Owww!----
Because I'm hungry for those good things, baby
Hungry through and through,
Well I'm hungry for that sweet life baby
With a real fine girl like you,
I can almost taste it,
It's sweet as wine,
----There's a custom-tailored 914-6 that I wanna own someday,
Girl, I'm gonna have it all someday if you'll
Just hang on to my hand,
If I break some rules along the way, girl, you
Looking / sounding good Bob...and the Frenchies back there are hot
Is this the same 6 that I delivered parts for, to your Culver City (area) shop in old school days ¿¿
Wow those are my dream gauges.....
More pictures of custom dash by Dale Hancock – 1st thing is super soft Pussy Leather. My wife looked at me and said why do you call the leather that?
Anyway, Dale went with an ash tray delete and put some LED lights there to throw light under the dash and floor when I flip on the early 911 rear center pad light.
Contrasting color leather behind the instrument cluster. I like the way it is coming along. Love the stitching work on the dash. I told Dale what I was looking for and he did it.
Well these extra pix from Eric I guess when Dale delivered them.
This is going to be nice. Somehow, I feel much closer to actually getting my car back.
My wife jokes that there really is no #41 it is just in my mind.
Eric called me this AM to discuss the area in the front of the dash to the window. I wanted leather in every spot on my interior that we can put it.
In full discloser Eric brought up the point that in extreme heat, this area could shrink. Dale left a lot of extra material for any shrinkage so I am sure it will be OK.
Lots of small details to go over. #41 is feeling the love
Thanks all the artisans doing their magic on my car. After everything is done she gets cleaned up from the reconstruction and the paint will be touched. Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is in March on the 8Th. That is around the corner.
Looking Sweet.. Cant wait to see it in the hood..
We are going to try some special hex head fasteners for the instrument cluster. Something that looks special (Trick).
Our design team are working on the ideas for the door panels.
Working with Eric, Dale and myself we are ending up with the vision of what a custom full leather 914 interior should look like.
Very happy so far.
That is going to be one sweet looking dash/interior.
I also can't wait to see what the finished product looks like.
Some more of the dash. We will do something trick for the knobs.
The oil level gauge and sender is something special that the speedshop did when this car had a change up to a 69s engen in the early 70s
That's pretty bad ass!
I really like that your keeping a lot of the custom touches from the past and adding in your own. The older mods hold up as being period correct but not “wacky”. A lot of it reminds me of the “satanic details” thread on earlySreg.
PMB getting the speakers mounted and cleaning up my original grills.
Fancy knobs for Front lights, fog lights, and Cibie frogs like Oscar has. Plus, they are making up an Emergency flasher knob.
The speakers are Polk Audio brand and that reminds me of a song I used to sing…
“Down in Louisiana, where the alligators grow so mean,
There lived a girl, that I swear to the world,
Made the alligators look tame, …
Polk salad Annie, POLK salad Annie
Everybody said it was a shame
Cause her momma was a workin' on the chain gang
(A mean vicious woman) yea, Polk salad Annie, the gators got your granny, ah ooo,
Everybody said it was a shame,
Cause her momma was a workin' on the chain gang,
(Sock a little Polk salad to me, you know I need me a mess of it)”
I’m liking those window cranks. May I ask where you sourced those?
Rennline. We are going to wrap in leather.
My car is getting closer (Better) all the time.
Lots of details. Vent slider face new with LED lights in blue and red so we know when they are on. Custom knobs including one for the Frog lights coming. Car is balanced for load with me the big boy in driver’s seat and tank of gas. Eric is using all his skills.
It may be on the road for a test in the next few weeks.
Reminds me of a song:
Getting Better by The Beatles
It's getting better all the time
I used to get mad at my school (No, I can't complain) The teachers who taught me weren't cool (No, I can't complain) You're holding me down Turning me round Filling me up with your rules
I've got to admit it's getting better (Better) A little better all the time I have to admit it's getting better (Better) It's getting better all the time,
It can’t get much Since you've been mine
Me used to be angry young man Me hiding me head in the sand You gave me the word, I finally heard I'm doing the best that I can
I've got to admit it's getting better
One of the best looking 914 builds hands down.
Love the dash and the custom little things you are doing.
Get this baby finished quick please! Ha
Can't Wait to see your "6" in our Hood.. How many can say there are "3" Canary yellow 914's just blocks away..
An absolute dreamcar...
Bob, I see that the car is about 650 miles fm your place. I do hope you will drive her home !! If you don't have the time....give me a shout and I'll be on the next plane. In 15 hrs I am there
Changing out the inside door openers to get a leather strap opener like the 911s have from a Singer car. Eric worked out the concept, the rod now runs inside the door and it works. Just one more custom touch from PMB. Thanks! Danny buddie, you can drive it back with me.
Got LED blubs for my Cibie fog lights. We just have to paint the metal Cannery instead of the factory gray. These things will certainly light up the night on a very dark long road. Like driving up to Manounth mountain at night late. Have to keep them covered in CA but they look killer.
Same Cibie lights as mine...care to share LED bulb source?
Oscar, I have asked Eric and I will come back to you on it. Working out the need or not of wedges to get the lights just right so they are not taking out airplanes
Best Bob B
OK, Eric says XStorm. They researched and this was the one because of the 360 degrees and how it affects the reflector.
PMS say, pretty sure that these will melt people at 25 feet
I will call them Frog Torches. In a light battel guys coming my way that think that I have my high beams on I will hit my high beams. If they come on with more light I will Frog Torch them. This is why in CA you have to have them covered or get a fixit ticket
From E @PMB:
Testing fitment. Your custom German square weave would cover all of this. Mounting plate would be made to limit intrusion on the body. So far is shy of where the factory foam pieces would go so... all good.
This is the sub that we are using with a Bluetooth control so I can use my phone for a sound library. Fit should look just like a 72 interior as far as the footrest goes. This should sound good
Looking Real Nice..
That looks great!
PMB Performance is setting up the amps and sub that will fit in the panel shown. Bluetooth and Sub Volume control will be in the glove box and after the custom German carpet is in nobody will know it’s in there.
Should be very nice as all elements of 41 are.
All this sound system talk reminds me of a group I love. Saw them back in 70s a lot.
Savoy Brown – Let It Rock
Rock and Roll on the radio , Hear it every place I go, Stick McGhee singing Spo-Dee-O Let it rock to your very soul
Well the Jacquet on the saxophone , Plays it like you never heard before , Can't you feel him getting so high , Let it rock to your very soul,
Well Let It Rock to your very soul, Rock to your very soul , Hear it on the radio , Rock to your very soul, Well let it rock
Everybody knows they got to move , When they hear that funky rhythm move , When there's nothing left for you to do , Let it rock to your very soul,
Well Let It Rock to your very soul , Rock to your very soul , Hear it on the radio, Rock to your very soul , Well let it rock o Well let it rock
I would like to hear 'Tell Mama' on this sound system. My fav SB song.
From the 1971 album STREET CORNER TALKIN'. This was their 7th album.
Saw this show at The Hollywood Palladium is a theater located at 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was built in a Streamline Moderne, Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot dance floor including a mezzanine and a floor level with room for up to 3,800 people. Wikipedia
Address: 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Great place to see a group as there were no seats, just bars and people tripping around. You could go right up to the stage I was 20. I also went to the Teenage Fair there when I was 12. Gillette gave away free tract one shaving kits to the boys.
Love it! I had this one when I was a kid. I bought it mostly for the cover art and then sold it to a distant cousin for some dumb reason and regretted it.
And this is still one of my favorite albums of all time. Three months rarely pass before I give it another listen.
Seeing both in one show... now that would be something!
Every thing screwed up today but at the end of it E showed me my Plats for my 6. This took so work but my Wend ended up good because of this
Those plates are awesome, can't wait to see this 6!
I am a little behind in posting the updates on my car. Very happy to see the video from Ian when he stopped by PMB and got the info on my six.
Pictures of mods of muffler to pick up 40 HP more. E said measure, measure, measure
Happy to bring this to you.
Well a bunch of stuff going on with my 6. We decided to change out the blaupunkt stereo because it just would not make the modern sound even after we had can’s replaced. E decided it was better to go with this modern set up to look like an old radio.
He dialed it in and it sounds killer with Steely Dan on the Bluetooth from E's phone. From what I can hear on my cell phone and even with the small phone speakers it is clean and true bass like I like it. The sound is clean and it pops in a great way.
Work on the exhaust to open it up so there will be less back pressure and we decided to go for an early rear valance with duel openings and the set up for GT flairs.
As almost all fiber glass parts need to be massaged, these where no better and it takes cutting and fiber glass to make them just right. Car will be going off to paint correction’s soon.
You see on picture of custom Leather dash with Vent Controls with Billet knobs and vent face in billet.
Stay safe my brothers,
Wow you are not kidding re the rear valance. The two tips coming out are going to look great though. Progress is always great.
Sorry that I am not keeping up with the progress on 41. This is the update of the duel in and duel out on Dansk heat exchangers and sport muffler to reduce the back pressure on the heat exchangers. This is a lot of work. The 914-6 Style Valance now is set up for the duel out. Fiberglas has been massaged and just needs painting. I will put on a fresh 1970 rear bumper (Thank you Oscar)
The muffler will be polished to super bright SS finish
Custom sound by PMB and E on muffler and stereo. Both kicking hard
Well the fine people at PMB finished my rear valance to work with my custom muffler.
I just sent PMB my fresh plated rear bumper (thank you Oscar) and (Mark) for the nice used bumper top to replace what you see. I will sell the rear bumper that you see. I got it from Glenn 10 years ago for like $500. Original 1970 units are hard to come up with. Eric says we are ready for some road testing (500 miles) and then to paint corrections. $1 was finished paint work more than 6 years ago. Stuff happens when you build up a car like this from ground up.
That rear valance and exhaust looks great. Are you going to add the chrome exhaust tips? (I like them so that's my agenda.)
Your car is absolutely stunning!
1st time 41 had been on the road running since 1986.
Eric is doing the desert run of 528-mile loop to break her in.
He just stopped to richen up the PMOs and adjust the idle.
After all of the break in, then the touch up finishing of the paint.
I don’t know how I am feeling it has been so long from the start when I got her to this point. I have a really cool car.
Awesome so close now!!
Video comes up as private
Can't see the video with my reading glasses
Eric just called. Everything is looking good. Outside temp is 95 in desert. Oil temp is very good and except for an adjustment for 4th and 5 the trans shifts well. E says it feels like his car but more power. That is nice. One seat one Eric. Solo brake in.
Need the Paint touch up. Changing hoods because E came up with a better one.
Side vinyl is not on yet. It has just one seat in it now. Dale has to finish the interior.
Eric ( PMB Performance) has done the 1st 250 miles on the car for its shake down. Found that there was a small oil leak from the can towers that was dripping on the heat exchangers and has installed RSR seals on the rocker shafts. He says the seals are used by the factory on race cars.
So on to the next 250 miles for full shake down and then we are back to the paint man that did the car 6 years ago for touch up of the paint.
Then we are waiting for Dale to finish up the custom interior.
Wow - what a car Bob! Thanks for the updates.
Still waiting for paint touch up and then interior.
Engen was out for SRS cam tower seals as we had a small oil leak. They worked and E =PMB said it started first crank. She’s a good girl. Put AN fittings on the fuel lines and they look trick.
Wanting my car back.
Hard to wait but man what a car she will be.
Thanks for the update Bob.
Another 914 super badass car about to be set free. Love it!
Your car is looking great. I love the fuel line fittings.
OK, well 41 went out for paint correction and is back at PMB, we put a new front hood on as Eric said we had small imperfections in hood and better to go with a fresher hood. Adjustments were made in the rear of car. We put on a better fresh rear bumper from Oscar (thanks Oscar) The one I gave to Eric was one I got from Glen some 10 years ago.
Soon my car is off to Dales to finish up the interior. I guess I will be getting back my bad boy in near further. A little more road-testing. E put on 250 miles so far. He says he is impressed. I am excited but when you get to my age you learn to wait till it is done. More pictures to come
Best regards my 914 Brothers.
Nice looking car. Look at the BFH on the ground.....
Small adjustment of the re-plated rear bumper. I was on the phone with Eric as the adjustment was made. A couple of taps
In the spirit of Holloween, you got the treat!!!
Reminds me of the Bug Eye Sprite my aunt drove me to the beach in often. Good memories.....Beautiful car.
PMB polished my SS muffler now after they did all the super trick stuff to the factory HE with now bigger outlets. Bigger out from HE bigger in to sport muffler.
Very happy I can not wait to drive my car. Bought her in 2007
Bob, your car couldn't look any better. Period. Full stop.
41 is at Dales and we are moving on the rest of the interior. It all takes time to do it right. I will keep posting. The carpet is German weave all the way from Italy. Why do they not call it Italian weave?
There is some serious craftsmanship showing in this build, very nice!
very nice build!
Happening now! Just a few months more and this vision of my car I had back in 2007 when I bought it will be in my Garage. Interior is getting massaged by Dale. German weave imported from Italy. Leather weave custom made and well I am so happy. My wife now believes me that I have this car that she has been hearing about. I just love the smell of leather!
Thanks for the update!
VERY nice! (and great color)
Basket weave details are outrageous
I'm surprised you did not fix the jumbo door speaker cut outs while you were in there. I know you cant see them with the door cards on, but I had the same situation and just had to fix mine !
Dale is doing just we went over. The custom work is crazy good.
He says Next up is Drivers heal pad and sub speaker cover. You can see the custom dash with ashtray delete and LED light in the spot under where the ash tray used to fit in.
This is real ART...just amazing craftmanship!
Bob you're going to need white gloves and a hazmat suit just to sit in it
Epic build and progress, definitely taking notes on this master-class.
Keep the photos coming!
Like the ash tray delete!
That interior is gorgeous!
ABS plastic Cover for Sub so it does not get kicked in, and then the carpet velcroed over it. Going to have Dale cover the Dog Bone H floor cushion used on 70 and 71 cars with cork leather. Clock sent out to Palo Alto Speedometer
Big Buck cork weave treatment for headliner with Perlon for sound insulation under it.
On the cork leather weave, I had to order almost $4,000 of it as there is a minimum order for custom Weave.
Weave going in the center area on seats with cork leather on bolsters and seat back. One set for stock 914 seats and one for Scheel Sport seat made bigger for my fat ass. The driver seat can be changed in and out as we have two sets of seat brackets so I do not need to spend time in removing and bolting in the 2nd seat.
What me happy? You know it!
Wow, outstanding work.
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