I have been on 914 World for just a few weeks and with the knowledge and support of everyone was able to get up to speed quickly on values and things to look out for. when considering a vehicle to purchase.
I just acquired this matching numbers '73 Marathon Blue 2.0 up in NorCal on Wednesday. Straight car with a strong motor and minimal rust issues. Fuel lines and pump have already replaced and rear suspension and brakes were done about 5,000 miles ago back in 2012.
The required rust repairs of significance will entail a partial front trunk pan and minor hell hole repair so in the grand scheme of things a great starting point.
My plan is to get her tuned up, fix oils leaks and anything else of concern while I drive her over the summer. Once fall/winter hits I would like to do a full repaint down to the metal.
Special shout out to Arne as well as Craig from Camp 914 for the behind the scenes consults. Also shout out to John at Hayes European in Santa Cruz for the PPI!
Wish me luck!
congrats, looks like a nice one...
Marathon is a great color - hopefully you'll keep it!
.... officially now!
Well, you leap-frogged me, Jeffery, by buying a car that already runs and drives. I figure I've got a few weeks yet to get to that point. Once there, we can continue to compare notes on our progress.
I better head to the garage now, I'm behind....
Looks like a terrific car.
Must be rough living in the land where 914s are plentiful...congrats!
Looks Great! Good Luck!
Congrats, I would have a detailer look at your paint job. Seen them make old paint jobs look new again.
Congrats and great color!
Btw. You should bookmark 914Rubber.com
Not all is perfect however. Here are pics of the front pan where there was fiberglass repair and the hell hole corrosion. Paint is bubbling in areas, but nothing major.
The rest is pretty straight as you can see.
You'd think a retired guy would have more time, but I seem to be busier than ever now. In any case, I've got a new goal now - to get mine running and driving before you get yours trucked home!
Finally got my '73 delivered today and after a quick wash was amazed at how well she cleaned up. I was surprised to see a nice car under the grime. All gauges are working except the clock and interior is in better shape than I originally thought.
Off to TRE Motorsports in the morning for a more thorough once over, but she is already running great. Shifting is just a little crunchy getting into first sometimes however.
I will get her detailed and a new set of tires and start enjoying the ownership experience while I sort out the rest.
Even better, I got Porsche to verbally confirm my original matching numbers motor this morning while awaiting the COA.
Ok, so I did get mine running before you got yours home, but while I have moved it around under its own power some, I can't truly say that it is drivable yet. So you win!
We all win in 914World!!!
I think we will be in good hands here at TRE Motorsports for a Major Service!
Probably going about this the wrong way, but I decided to spring the Car from the mechanic for the weekend to get the new tires installed. Decided on the 195/65 Altimax RT 43s for handling on dry roads and ride comfort.
Also took it in for a quick detail and was able to get the exterior cleaned up and waxed. Looks like a different car altogether, but still a 10 footer.
Once the mechanics are complete, this will be a respectable driver until the repaint gets underway at some point next year.
Very Nice - Congrats!
Did you buy this car in Santa Cruz, Ca?
I thought it looked familiar, that car lived a few blocks away from me.
Cool car, great color, but GET RID OF THOSE mirrors.
The full service up at TRE Motorsports has been going very well overall. So far dealing with a lot of minor issues,
clean fuses and headlight relay
replace headlights with a new set of H4s
fuel line & pump, suspension and brakes all found to be in good condition
A large oil leak has been found under the plastic cover of the side shifter. The seal most likely has been leaking for a while as the cup is full of oil.
Needless to say, seals will be replaced in the morning and shift bushings and linkage will also be verified.
If all goes well, she will be good to go by the end of the day.
Overall, more mechanically sound than I anticipated. Hopefully there will be no surprises before they finish.
It will great to have another Marathon Blue in the neighborhood.
Sanded and Painted the Air Cleaner Cover that I bought from Mark S. with 2 coats of semi-gloss. Thanks Mark!
Had the cover installed when I picked up the Car from TRE MotorSports earlier today.
All mechanical work has been completed and the car is running great! Can't say enough good things about how great this shop is and the knowledge of their techs in getting everything sorted out.
Major Service Complete; valve adjust, plugs, points, belts, filters, fluids etc...
Oil leaks fixed, new shift bushings, wheel bearing replacement, new Hella H4s & chasing down some electrical/lighting issues with contacts, grounds & switches relays.
Now after three weeks from purchase she is home and settling in with the '72 VW Room mate.
Finally ready to be to be Driven!!!!
Great looking car - nice job getting her road worthy.
COA-Birth Certificate Arrived Today!
Turns out the car celebrated its 44th birthday yesterday unbeknownst to me as per the Production Completion Date.
So After 3 months of ownership, it has become apparent that my 105,000 mile original motor with good compression burns a shit ton of oil after spirited driving in the canyons.
It is noticeable on deceleration and the also likely the result of oil getting in where it shouldn't be from all of the sloshing around in the turns and cresting the downside of the hills.
I have been advised it is most likely valve guides and/or rings. So here is the question, would it be advisable to consider only a partial rebuild on the top half if the bottom checks out?
Or rather would it be a mistake to pull the motor and not go all the way in the event one day it could just:
I would like to hear the opinions of those that are more knowledgeable than I.
Do a leak down test first.
Make sure you are not overfilling the oil.
Assuming the problem is not as pointed out by Mark, if you are going to touch the motor, and you have the resources, I would really touch it. I would pull it and do a complete rebuild and take it to a 2056 but otherwise keep it essentially stock so it remains very reliable and trouble free.
That, of course, would be a great time to freshen the engine compartment, repair any rust issues in the engine compartment, send the tins out for powder coating, have the exhaust blasted and jet-hot coated, SS fuel lines if not already done, new clutch, etc.
Yeah, it is a slippery slope. But for me, if it goes up on jack stands, I would want to get as much of the mechanical out of the way at that time as possible. Then once it goes back together it is just the cosmetics, suspension, paint, etc.
Then again, you could just drive it and wait until you are ready to pull it apart.
COA Paint Code 89 ,is it not L96M
Whether to do just the top end or the whole enchilada at this point is a hard call. If it is in fact burning oil badly, at a minimum rings and valve guides need to be addressed. At that point, if oil pressure is good (indicating good bearing clearances) you could leave the bottom alone. Could still bump the compression and displacement while at it, but I'm not thinking that would be satisfying with the stock cam.
The performance aspect is what clouds the decision. If there was no desire to boost the output, top end only would be my choice. But trying to get more HP without splitting the case to change the cam doesn't seem viable.
If you have the money, do the whole motor to a 2056. Peace of mind. EMW did my /4 motor very quickly when I had it done for the yellow car.
Slippery slope, ask me how I know....
I am now about three weeks out from engine rebuild and paint. My air-cooled mechanic has a stash of NOS German Parts that will be used, so that is beyond awesome. Should take several weeks and I will also use the 4 NOS Bosch Injectors that I recently picked up.
I am scurrying around this week trying to pick up the last of the donor parts required, just need some rear trunk hinges (thinking about the J West kit) if anyone can chime in with their experiences with that product.
Also need to do a 914 Rubber order and source a front trunk pan and I think I will be good to go.
The paint shop is just finishing up two 911s including a '73 RS America. I can't wait to see those after final wet sand and polish next week.
As for paint, they use BASF R-M Onyx HD. Does anyone have experience with this product? In Cali, I believe they must shoot water based paint for environmental reasons.
Not sure why, but I am starting to freak out a little.
This has turned into a fairly in depth project with lots to do and learn. I am open to any advice, guidance and recommendations at this point.
You seem to be on the right track, just grab your ankles and know it will all work out in the end.
You want the painter to use what they are comfortable using. Just like most things, it's 90% prep, 9% skill and 1% materials.
I hope you are keeping the stock mirrors on the car.
HERE IS THE MONEY SHOT!
Looks like this car's many years up in Oregon & Washington State have not adversely affected it. Solid underneath as anticipated.
Hey Arne, looks like you're ahead of me after all!
No road salt in Oregon, makes a difference.
Got help from my friend and Neighbor, Carl in cutting out the front trunk pan from a '71 donor car.
It put up a good fight, but the saws and grinder prevailed.
Sooooooooo, my body shop bailed on me on Tuesday and I headed out earlier today to a restoration shop about 35 miles away to see if they could take on the project.
Their work is truly next level, so just trying to figure out when they can slot me into production (like 6-12 month wait).
After telling them how awesome and reliable my car is I go to leave and my starter sh-t the bed. With a courtesy push and a pop of the clutch, off I go to my mechanic who informs me that he can't pull the motor for another couple of weeks nor deal with my starter as he is backed up.
So now the car is DOA in my garage and all I need now is a set of jack stands!
PLEASE SOMEBODY: OFFICIALLY WELCOME ME TO 914 WORLD!
I finally get how this works now!
Came across these pics on the Original Customs website of the work that was done on my car by the PO back in 2012. I guess that's why the brakes & suspension did not require any attention.
Nice tidy car really like the colour,considering I only like silver cars .
Can't wait to see it back from the painters,BTW thanks for the drivers door box cover WAY better than mine .
Great car and great updates!
I've enjoyed following your progress.
Hang in there-
914 7T3, are you in the west valley? i saw a car that looked like yours about a month ago
Finally have my resto plan sorted and has shifted from good driver quality to excellent driver. I will be looking at a #2 car upon completion
Timeline 4 months.
Motor Drop on 10/02/17
Full rebuild with 96mm Pistons, sticking with original cam & should see a 10% or 9 HP boost up to 100 HP
Engine Tin, Fan cover & misc parts off to powder coat
Remove, clean & refinish fuel tank
steam clean & verify oil cooler and all engine parts as required
new ignition harness, starter & ignition coil
install NOS injectors & seals
Interior Removal 10/03-10/09
Off To Paint Shop 10/10
all rust to be repaired and weld as needed
interior pans/compartment, both trunks & Engine Bay repair & paint as required
down to bare metal and full prep
2 Stage paint to original L96M
New Sekurit windshield & OE trim kit, carpet kit, dash & a sh-t ton of parts from 914 rubber.
This Thread will be updated with pics regularly as things progress. Wish me luck!
Your fun is about to begin, Jeffrey!
Got so excited that I started removing some easy interior pieces/parts for about 1 1/2 hours this evening:
Passenger seat, threshold sills, speaker pods & visors. Bagged & tagged, seems pretty straight forward so far.
Got some new shiny parts in the mail today including the new ignition harness from Jeff Bowlsby. This is sweet and can't wait to get the old POS one out of there
914 Registry Engine lid grille badge for once the car is complete.
Good you drove the car to Temecular Jeffrey before this project. I guess next Temecula Fun Day your car could be converted to 6 already!
Today the awesome audio set-up was torn out. Car was brought in for engine drop and it was tough knowing that the car won't be driven again for at minimum 4 months.
In case anyone is wondering, this is what a 50 year old air cooled shop in the Valley looks like. A real blast from the past with lots of NOS parts.
Today we discovered NOS German CV joints and even a set of Boge shocks. The box says VW, but if they fit, they will replace my original Boges up front.
Things will move quickly this week to get the car ready for transport to the paint shop on Saturday.
Engine, tranny, exhaust and gas tank removed.
The Moment of Truth when the pieces/parts of your car look like all of the other POS stuff on Craigslist.
Transport Home to Remove Interior!
Arrived at Shop, things get underway first thing Monday with paint to be stripped and yes all metal work is done in-house.
Yellow BMW 1600 and freshly painted Jag XKE under the cover.
It was fun hanging out Saturday. I know we were short of time but we still got it done and delivered.
You need to decide if want to cad plate your old hardware or reuse as is. Up to you.
Motor is up on the stand and getting torn down.
Took the transmission, engine tin, fan shroud, motor support, shift rod, muffler, heat exchangers and related parts for degreasing
Once completed, off for blasting and powder coating. Muffler needs to be re coated with a high heat paint, but not sure what to do with the transmission case as far as finishing.
Car should be down to the metal by end of the week so hopefully will have pics when I get to Riverside on Saturday.
Also more parts delivered including a full set of window gutters including:
NOS & NLA Part # 914 531 824 11
Also saw these numbers painted white on the motor support and engine tin which must be something that the factory did back in the day...would love to know if anyone knows the significance.
Very nice, Jeffrey. Hope the progress continues at a pace like this.
Case has been split & everything blasted
Cam is worn and will be replaced with NOS German along with the 96mm Pistons and Cylinders
Crank is good
Valve guides were shot, but intakes good.
Original German Valves look great and will be put back in along with the crank.
Should start going back together in a few weeks.
Wow really looking good.. Keep on adding progress posts. Good luck..
Parts update: Recently acquired NOS/NLA Bumperettes & Regulator, rebuilt Koni reds with Rear Springs and 12v ignition coil
Thanks to Tom_T, was able to get an updated COA that specifically states "Marathon Blue Metallic" although they will not list the paint code of L96M
As per PCNA, "The COA will only list the Porsche Exterior Color code. It is similar to an option number/code for the exterior color that was chosen therefore the COA will list 89. We do not list paint codes on the COA"
Not sure that it matters so long as the proper color is listed as per the L96M punched into the chassis plate.
Picked up the Fan Shroud earlier today from the tumble blast procedure. The process and type of media used was not disclosed when asked.
The results far exceeded my expectation as the Magnesium case looks as new. The process actually closes the pores so it will not absorb any coatings and I am leaving it as is so as not to impede any heat dissipation once reinstalled. It looks so good that I will use the process on my transmission case as well as the decision was recently made to rebuild it now that it is out of the car.
Here are some before and after pics.
Had some Weld repairs done to the Heat Exchangers compliments of Tim at Morse Muffler & Performance Exhaust in Burbank...great shop!
Spent some time cleaning them up with a baking soda/water mixture and a soft/medium brush.
Might get into it a little more with some oxalic acid tomorrow.
Cleaned up a bit better with some Barkeeper's Friend containing Oxalic Acid. Looks like this is as good as they're going to get.
After treating the fuel tank to an acid bath and blasting prior to powder-coat, it seems the little rust demons were a little farther along than originally anticipated. Better to find out now than later.
Will now start the process over with a different tank.
Was also able to source a replacement set of rubber bumpers for the tank.
Calvin & Tucker Jumped right into this morning's Fed EX delivery thinking it was their dog food delivery from Chewy.com
But even better, turned out to be two boxes full of 914 Resto parts from 914Rubber.com. A big thank you to Mark and Scott for getting me sorted out with all this. This stuff looks really good and I'll spend some time on Saturday going through it.
Still moving along on schedule.
Doors and Trunk lids are already done up with Primer. Body work starts in earnest on Monday.
You are making great progress. Wish I had much energy as you do.
Picked Up a second fuel tank over the weekend and had the inside treated. Upon pic- up noticed that it is also rusted in the exact same spot as the original tank and will open up upon prep for powder coat.
Unbelieveable, I still need to source a fuel tank without rust! This is a real PITA!!!
I have a few good tanks... PM sent.
Sir Jeffrey, maybe just need to buy new fuel cell!
Back from Powder Coating, clean and ready for re-installation! All I need is a matching Fuel Tank
Disassembled two sets of head light buckets and need to figure out whether or not to media blast and powder coat these. Would also need to refinish all of the hardware and re-assemble.
Right brain would feel very accomplished in doing that. Left brain wants to buy a nice clean set and not even bother. What would you do?
Here are some pics of the inside of Fuel tank #3 that I picked up from Bob B. As you can see its pretty clean.
I had treated the previous two tanks, however I am thinking to just go with it as is and just get the exterior powder coated.
Problem with rust treatment is that it needs to be resealed, but neutralized first with Muriatic acid and I'm not into burning the insides of my lungs with that stuff.
Is there any reason why I couldn't go with this tank as is on the inside? If so, let me know.
That tank looks fine. I'd run it.
Just PC or paint the headlight stuff proper gray color.
Run that tank.
Its great you met Bob B. as he lives really close to me..
Looks like you 914 is really coming along as its a labor of love..
PS.Haven't done anything with the Lic Plates..Been busy..
with the others, run the tank as is, Jeffery. I’m not a big fan of inside tank coating anyway, as if the prep isn’t perfect the coating may not adhere to the inside properly and can cause just as many problems as rust does.
Thanks to all who have responded. Tank and headlight assemblies went off for Powder Coating earlier today.
For anyone that is looking in the Valley contact Marcille at Powder Craft. Their work is excellent.
After an exhaustive search, I was able to find the correct NOS VW Camshaft for my build. It is actually the part that supersedes part #021109015M. Its listed as a 1.7, but we know that all 1.7-2.0 D-Jet Cams were the same so all good. Below is the listing and called the supplier to verify and its being shipped out today.
Item#: 021109015K Camshaft, w/ -3 Riveted on Gear p/n 021109111B, 1700 Solid Lifter Bus Typ. II IV 72-74, 914 Porsche 70-76
NOS Genuine German Box, still coated in Cosmoline
Once it gets here, the motor will start to go back together next week. Almost ready to turn the corner on this project!
Decided to also provide a link to the back story if anyone is interested in the details.
Transmission Case # HA 04 05 3 Cleaned Up and Ready For Rebuild.
Rotisserie time yet?????
Progressing Well. Should be ready for paint in 3 weeks!
Four Spray Outs of L96M (Marathon Blue) from several different paint manufacturers.
Amazing how far off some of them are from the actual color. They had to shoot it with a camera to get the right match. Can anyone guess which is closest to the original?
Marathon Blue is a strange color to look at in the context of individual pieces. Here's what my bumpers looked like after paint, in the booth:
This is what it looked like when it was all back together:
You're going to love the color!
That looks terrific.
When you where out at my place getting the gas tank I told you back in 1972 I had a brand new 1972 Super Beatle in Marathon blue I bought new for $2.700.
What ever paint you get for your car, get much more than you think you will need and if they mix it out in quarts, mix them all together and then pour them back in the quarts so the colors are all the same. If you need to do a fender or a repair you will have the right color. Ask the paint shop what pressure they are shooting at and mark it on the cans.
Great color for 2-stage paint.
Picture is Not my car but a special edition Baja Bug with its special wheels that where silver gray from VW just like mine. It was my first brand new car.
VW dealer 5 houses from my house.
Now the motor is officially ready for reassembly with this fresh batch of zinc plating.
Very nice. I love plated and powder coated parts.
Looking good.. You doing a great Job..
Great job Jeff. Can’t wait to see the final product.
My new clutch kit has been AWOL since November 21st, but finally arrived today
Have also been working with Kevin @KCR Transmissions and he advised me on required parts for the rebuild. I have sourced all Genuine Porsche parts including:
main shaft bearing Part #: 999-053-025-00
1st/Reverse slider, Part # 911-302-226-00 (bag is marked made in West Germany so you know its been around for a few years )
(5) synchronizers for all gears, Part # 911-302-301-13
Complete Gasket Set, Part # 901-300-901-00
1st gear engagement teeth, Part # 901 302 241 06
Shout out to all the vendors including:
She is going to shift silky smooth for sure when put back together.
Your car is looking great and the level of detail you are putting into it make me want it. If you ever want to sell this car call me. It’s the color that I want and the rest makes it a good deal.
You are the man for the info on who does good work in the L.A. area. Very good information to have and share. Who did your bumpers around here?
Great restoration project, so glad to see people go the extra mile to make up for the slackers and hacks such as myself
Thanks for the encouragement, My motivation is that I never want to tear it apart again so might as well do it right. So far I have been very fortunate to source the Genuine Parts required especially for the engine and transmission build among others.
For the rest, there is 914Rubber so there is no compromise with this car. If it wasn't a '73 2.0 there is no way I would undertake such a project.
As another Marathon Blue car owner, I am thoroughly enjoying your restoration. Thanks for all the pictures.
Which paint manufacturer had the best color match? I painted the interior and front trunk of my car years ago, but the color wasn't exact. The original had some gold tones that weren't in the new paint. That paint came from NAPA.
nice 914. I'm on my second. Adding the finishing touches on once and about to get stuck into another.
Lock cylinders have been cleaned and several new tumblers added to replace the worn ones. Now paired with a new and shiny set of door handles.
Before and after pics
Body work is progressing slowly with the Holidays taking up a big chunk of time and now the push is on for completion of prep and hope to get the car into the booth within 3 weeks.
Donor Front trunk pan has been welded in and just needs some prepping and seam sealer....
Spare no expense with my car. O, your car but my future car.
Super Shiny Yellow Zinc Plating too.
Transmission Rebuild is Now Complete!
Both Lids & Doors are in the booth and ready to be installed on the car for blocking. Fluorescent lighting is harsh as evidenced by the color difference in the photos.
Wowzers. I'm jealous.
So shiny... Your car is going to look amazing.
Just received my set of back up gauges as my original set went AWOL! Long story, but should have them here on Monday.
Shout out to Mark Heard for hooking me up with this gorgeous refurbed set...and remember to support our member vendors!!!
Looks great and very jealous.
Got my original set of Restored Gauges back today to go along with the back up set that was acquired just in case.
Fill my eyes with that double vision
No disguise for that double vision
Ooh, when it gets through to me, it's always new to me
My double vision always seems to get the best of me, the best of me, yeah-ah
Ooh, double vision, I need my double vision
Ooh, It takes me out of my head, takin' me out of my head
Ooh, I get my double vision
Ooh, seeing double double, double vision
Ooh, oh my double vision
Ooh, double vision
Yeah-ah, I get double vision, ooh . . .Songwriters: Lou Gramm / Mick Jones
Picked up a second round of parts for powder coating from the body shop. In particular need of extra attention are the fog lights:
-fog light housings will be powder coated inside & out
-procured a new set of Hella TN4 lenses with seals & protectors from 914 Rubber
-just need advice on how to refurb the inside of the reflectors where corrosion is present
Some More Pieces Parts getting sorted. Will bring required hardware back to the body shop on Thursday so the doors can be hung and blocking will begin.
Nice fresh parts!
Bumpers are on their way to Mexico for Re-Chroming & The Clean Up Continues! Car Is Scheduled for the Paint Booth late next week, however, that probably means week after next! Regardless, getting closer......
Paint has been delayed several weeks, but final prep should be completed by the end of the week. Doubtful though that the car will get into the booth with this much rain and humidity.
In the meantime, have been collecting many NOS and excellent condition parts required. As stated, this thread will serve as the documentation for the restoration so going to keep posting parts as they get acquired:
Window Regulators and Lifters. Was shocked to see that these regulators are original and not re-furbed like the accompanying lifters. Acquired these along with an original 12V ignition coil from Retro Automotive Products in NH. They don't get much bandwidth on the forum, but they have a great selection of really clean parts at fair pricing.
Scored a spare MPS and trigger points because you just never know when that may come in handy. NOS seat belt light and low tone horn from 914Sixer Also a set of rear targa latches from bdstone914
Vacuum Hose Kit & Interior Hardware Kit from AA. I know they get a bad rap here, but overall a decent experience. One billing issue with respect to delivery charges, but that was rectified and I'm OK with it.
Hope to have more updates by later in the week.
Once they get this '65 out of the booth and final prep, it'll be the 914's turn.
Just need the trunks and doors put on and then blocked and car will be painted in short order.
Bumpers are back from Chroming and came out AAAmazing!
I'll bet it's getting harder to sleep at night. Looking good.
Side note: when I bought a new 914 1.7 in '73, my trade-in was a '66 2+2 Mustang. I went from one great car to another.
just read thru the whole thread and we are about at the same point in our peojects- i just didnt do the 2056 like i wanted, not in the budget- i would have liked to have bought the 2056 that Mike Blizzard sold but i didnt see it soon enough- i might still do upper end i have not decided,- you will be glad you did- also just sent my COA in so i wonder if i will get that same issue as you had with the color code, i have custom one year color L99k-copper metallic so it will be interesting to see how that shows up on the COA- looking forward to seeing your car back on the road- my paint should be done about the same time as yours!
oh and there was a 65 mustang in the same shop as my car as well! keeping it in good company- I didn't take any pictures, but there was a '69 jag convertible that was just painted and being reassembled
Who did your chrome?? they look great!
Nice Jeffrey! Your car will be running soon and hoping Oscar will do the Temecula Fun Day again! And maybe your son can drive ur boxster and you drive your beautiful restored 73 914!
45 Year Old, original set of Blue & Yellow Plates now officially assigned to a certain 1973 Porsche 914 thanks to CA DMV Year of Manufacture program!
I need to learn to put on a bib before opening this thread so I don't get drool all over my shirt!
Was able to piece together an early '73 tool kit from 3 different purchases. Although my car is late, it is certainly possible that some late cars may have come with the earlier tool kits. Baby Steps....
It looks amazing!
If you could, please post what brand of paint you're using.
Looks great. Now for some sanding.
It's is looking like it is coming along nicely!
Great project and I dig the Marathon Blue !
Slight change in direction away from the 96MM P&Cs as the block is ready to go back together. I have since learned that the set of 96mm NPR P&Cs will tend to make the engine run hotter and will not be as quiet at idle. The quality is good, but not on par with German.
So decision was made to go with a NOS set of Kolben Schmidt 94mm P&Cs. Although, I'll be giving up the 10% power boost, the motor will be stock through and through with all German OEM parts.
Had the Opportunity to finally see my car out of paint in the natural light. Color is a perfect match to the original and she is as straight as an arrow!
Couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. Still need to get the bottom coated and sprayed and some partial reassembly before I can get her home.
And These too, spamming my own thread!
You have to be happy with that result!
Now the joy of working on reassembly and working near all that perfect paint!
I have that to look forward to, as well...
Lots of tape and padded materials, a bit of patience and you'll do fine! Keep the pics coming.
Eric at PMB Performance wraps the cars in his shop with a clear cling wrap to protect the paint jobs while the cars are getting reassembled.
A good tip as people can get near the new paint with tools or anything and even if they do not break paint you will be freeking out.
You car is a super nice Blue and from here it looks very good.
Assembly is going to be a big job and take more time than you may think but if steady you will get it done.
wow that paint job is pretty.
Nothing like new paint! Congrats! Looks great.
Appreciate the tips & suggestions along with all of the positive feedback and encouragement from the 914 World community.
I realize that there is a lot to be done and will have less than a 4 month time frame to complete the project in order to have the car ready for the Werks Reunion in late August. Everything has taken longer than it should and that's just how it goes.
Truth is the learning curve is quite steep in under taking this project, however things are going well. I will be reaching out for assistance to the local World members once I get the car back in my possession.
The plan is to drop the suspension and mount up a fully restored set up with the help of some good friends that have offered their time and expertise. Then onto reassembly of interior, dash, gauges, windshield and exterior trim. Up next will be the wiring issue of the headlight motors and then the drive train will be reinstalled.
Luckily, aside from a clean set of bumper tops, I've got everything required to get this project done.
Keep posted for updates.
Long Block is fially back together. Top end will be completed next week. Here are some photos recapping the NOS parts that have been included in the rebuild. Crank has also been micropolished.
Apparently, I am not the only Porsche at the VW Shop!
That looks sweet. Was there a reason you opted for the US spec pistons? Just curious.
Finally had the car picked up today from the body shop and transported over to ValcoOscar's to do a full suspension swap next weekend. Will be working with Larmo63 and will post separately for some additional assistance. Should be a great day.
Here are some pics of where we are at today. Now the real work gets underway!
That is a sweet ride. Bravo
It did not look bad when you got it but wow. A time capsule of a Porsche dealer’s showroom back in the day.
Your car looks awesome. Nice work!
Here is an update from Suspension Swap Saturday. The link to the full thread is provided below:
We had a great day at ValcoOscar's with the OC crew. Before posting more pics from today, just wanted to take the time to thank and show appreciation to the following people:
bdstone 914 for the many hours spent prepping the parts and making sure we had everything required down to the last nut and bolt. He took charge of the project with Larmo63 and was able to see it through right to the finish well into the night. Couldn''t even imagine taking this on without your knowledge and expertise.
A special thanks to Larmo63 for getting on board early and jumping right into it with the guys. Your hands on approach is exactly what was needed to get things going and moving along to get this project completed in a single day.
ValcoOscar for your continued support and hosting the day along with the use of your facilities. We are now one more Step Forward with this build.
ED Turbo, sb914 & BoomingBeetle for coming out and wrenching on the car. Couldn't have done it without you.
Also Kahluver, Jerry J Joesph, Tdskip & abes914 for coming to check us out and lend your support
Now for the pics:
Those pictures are awesome!
The car looks like new. But, even more importantly, it shows the comradery that makes 914 ownership so rewarding.
Great job guys.
Great group of 914 Bros. My only suggestion is to get some clear removable film that PMB uses for the cars in reassembly in there shop just in case someone kisses the car with a loose tool.
Loving your car!!
Ready to bring the Powder coated tin and peripherals over to the mechanic as we get ready to test fire the motor. Just picked up the intake manifold from getting ceramic coated. Just need to clean up the unpainted portion. Think I'll go with the mothers Metal Polish on that and see what I get.
From there I need to regroup and secure everything needed for reassembly. The plan is to reinstall the main harness from the tunnel and engine Bay seal set first along with tail lights and side turn signals (head light wiring repair can wait for now). Then get the partial interior ready: dash, guages, driver seat, ebrake and front windshielsd installed.
From there the drivetrain can go back in and the car can then move under its own power.
That's the plan for now, anyway.
Started off by inflating the tires that were low from being in the body shop for 8 months and then got the car up on dollies.
Spent the day on the engine bay including installing the 4 piece 914 rubber kit. It slid in fairly easily without the need for silicone or soapy water. Just needed to use a plastic pry tool that I picked up in a multi-piece kit. The trick is it secure either the top or bottom into the channel and pry it in from the other side. The whole process was way easier than anticipated.
Also used the cloth tape from Mark to re-wrap the rear harness. Did not bother to do any cleaning on the wires as its original and I'd rather not mess with anything that could pose a problem down the road. Here are some upside down progress pics.
Spent the the morning working on the car with ValcoOscar & friend Rod. We were able to complete the reinstallation of the warts and Parking Light/Turn Signal Buckets.
Oscar meticulously cleaned the wires and connectors while we scrubbed down the buckets and hardware. I may revisit the buckets & hardware down the road. Although not visible, they are now clean, but there is room for improvement.
Special thanks to Sled9146 for hooking me up with the NOS Bumper Tops that have been eluding me for so long.
Also picked up a few other items that may be cleaner than what I've got!
More Wiring Harness Clean Up & Taping Today with Oscar's Secret Weapon: Methyl Ethyl Ketone! Some Before & After Pics!
looks so awesome, wish i could have done mine to this level! well, maybe the next one.
even as i work on my own , your documentation has helped me as well.
Do not get MEK on your paint. You should use a respirator and gloves with it as well.
Carful that shit can catch fire very easy.
IIRC the flash-point is around 80F
I've always used 3M general purpose adhesive remover.
It's good on most things.
Have to do a test on some plastics as it will melt them.
Not quite as toxic/dangerous as some of these other things.
Looking great sir Jeffrey! Hope you will able to drive it before winter comes! Or maybe you can drive it if there will be 2nd Temecula Day at sir Oscar’s place this september.
Way to go...
Keep it up.
Great project! I am sure all of us like to see progress being made, keeps some of us “slackers” a little less slackerish, and keeps us more motivated! Looks great!
Looks like it is coming along nicely, Jeffery. Sorry I couldn't get free to meet up with you when you came through these parts a bit ago. Looking forward to seeing this car complete and back on the road. Werks?
Don't think I'm going to make it to Werks this year. Too much PCA stuff gong on locally, and I seem to have my fingers in all of it.
After several weeks, finally done cleaning up the wiring harness except for repair of the pinched headlight motor wires (thats for later).
Prepped the engine bay, rear trunk & frunk with new plastic for the metal tabs and a coat of wax too. Finally in a place where various pieces/parts can be re-installed, Drive Train included!
Bonus Project-New Gas Cap Seal
Fantabulous work! I hope I can get where you are some day. Right now that seems like a long way off. Here's to the inspiration you give me.
Your car is coming along beautifully. Marathon Blue.....Mmmmm
Very nice progress. I’m sure you can’t wait to...
Certainly tuned in.
Looking great !
A suggestion - you may find it easier to remove the front hood while finishing up all the front end...
Distracted with Monterey Car Week, but had the chance to clean up some parts for reassembly a bit this afternoon:
Fresh Air Box
Windshield Fluid Resevoir
Tech tip: the plastic pry tools used to install rubber trim doubles as a great scraper for plastic parts that does not scratch. Was able tremove a great deal of baked on oil from the air deflectors with an all natural non-toxic cleaner and the the scraper with excellent results.
Only photgraphed the dirty one 2/3rds through the clean up, they were actually pretty bad to start.
Every part of this car will be cleaned, refurbished or replaced!
Actually, there have been a ton of discussion about the rear pressure compensation brake valve.
Your car is coming along very nicely, slowly but surely.
Also part of the brake restoration:
ATE 19mm Master Cylinder (only other upgrade than Turbo Tie Rods)
NOS Left & OEM Right Replacement E-Brake Cables
Heads have been finished and motor is complete awaiting test fire.
The car will now be completed underneath before the drive train gets installed including the following:
ATE 19mm Master Cylinder
rebuilt pedal cluster from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319
rebuilt pedal board
OEM accelerator pedal
Rebuilt Calipers & Pressure Regulator from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1110
ATE & FTE soft lines.
OEM Gemo cables: accelerator, clutch & speedo too!
With the wheels off the car, they are currently in for Refinishing too!
More pics to follow!
One more week and this car should be on the road already!
This restored set of rear calipers arrived today from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1110 at PMB with some cool swag! Cores were shipped yesterday.
Remember to support our member vendors!!!!
Front Drop Links are now complete with new bushings from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348
Rear Calipers & Pressure Regulator from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1110 also installed
Going to run the existing pads and rotors as they are still very good!
Clutch, Accelerator, Speedo, Ebrake Cables and Soft Lines are all in along with rebuilt Pedal Cluster and Master Cylinder.
Slowly, but surely!
Got the set of 5/73 date matched Fuchs Refinished at Al Reed Polishing in Anaheim. Also added a period correct 165 SR 15 Michelin XZX for the spare.
Wow... You'll have one of THE nicest cars on the planet! Great job.
Wow 100 point show car here,be interesting to see insurance valve,when asked the condition do you say brand new ???...….I would in this case,well done .
Who is doing your cad plating, looks really good...
Sunset Porsche comes through again. Truth be known that these Genuine Porsche Caps are closer to the @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348 version than the original 45 year old ones.
Therefore, I'll still be looking looking for a set of NOS caps.
Also refurbed the E-Brake handle with fresh Powder Coating, Plating and a new bushing!
Spent some time cleaning misc parts this afternoon. Love the before and after pics, especially when parts come out close to new!
Some progress on getting the motor completed, but got hung up on the fact that I needed to order a new set of Manifold Spacers. Should have those delivered before Thanksgiving. big push to get the car back moving under its own power by Christmas.
Spent the day organizing and prepping parts for reassembly. Front drop links are installed as is the new ATE Master Cylinder.
Also swapped out steering wheels and my rear sway bar brackets as those missed the first round of plating.
See a new thread for an upcoming mini tech session on December 8th in the Valley, all our welcome.
NIce to see the great progress! Congrats!
The fan housing looks great. Is it paint or powder coated.
Paid a visit to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 earlier today to pick up some odds & ends that needed freshening and ended up with this perfectly powder coated air filter box.
Are you familiar with the spirit lines that Navajo weavers weave into the edge of their rugs? A little flaw that allows the soul that the weaver put into the work to find a path home so it isn't trapped. Your car is so perfect, you might want to think about adding a spirit line.
Cleaned up and installed the oil cooler bracket yesterday on the rebuild.
Alternator is now attached with the new harness from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348
NOS Bosch wiper arms, washer jets and fuel pump rubber boot arrived from Bug City in CT where I found my NOS Camshaft last year.
Also received the much needed NOS Axle hardware from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3457 This stuff is labelled Made in W Germany and dates back to the '80s
Uhhhh, those are supposed to be KAMAX bolts holding everything together.
I'm calling the concours weenies and telling on you.
How did you like the fit of the new oil cooler gasket. It should grab the sheet metal better to stay on while installing.
After a 14 month slumber, GA004853 roared back to life and ran nice and smooth. New Sachs Clutch kit has been installed & balanced and she's off the motor stand. Now getting ready to re-install!
Some before and after pics for dramatic effect!
Congratulations.. Great Build..
looking great!! its nice to meet goals and hit milestones! you know its getting close when the motor goes in!
make sure you have good ground on the alternator! i found that out the hard way after it was all in and done. if paint on the fan housing is too thick it wont ground well thru the case .
Where did you get the NOS wiper assemblies?? i would love to source a set .
this is going to be a very nice , top 10 restoration for sure!
That engine cleaned up nicely!
Dash, Wiper Linkage, Fresh Air Box, Vents & Control Cables were installed yesterday as part of the SoCal Tech Session.
Details can be found in the below link to a separate thread:
Once again before and after pics for dramatic effect!
Now the drive train and fuel system can be installed along with the windshield. I hope things will move quickly from this point forward!
Finally received the 50mm diameter vent to mixing box hoses from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348 along with the wiper hose kit. Fuel tank that I picked up from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7414 is now installed as well. Happy to be finally done with the frunk junk aspect of this project!
Hopefully drivetrain goes in soon and then the the car gets back home for the final push.
Dry nic, I love it when a project comes together.
Scored a set of NOS Half Shafts yesterday! Original Boxes were still sealed too!
Drive Train Reinstalled With a Before and After Pic!
Transmission leak fixed by swapping out the Speedo Angle Drive, Seal & Gasket with OEM VDO unit.
Acquired a really clean AAR & additional NOS Parts from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3457 & AASE Sales
and this NOS driver's side seatbelt from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7418
All the mechanical pieces parts are installed. Just need to dial it in!
Before & After!
That looks fabulous! Wait... uh, oh... is that tin missing a "621" stamp?
Powder Coated Seat Frames with cleaned up hardware and new bushings from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348
Hope to have the repainted seat rail handles wet sanded and fininshed up tomorrow!
Today's project was refurbing the tail lights. Spent the afternoon cleaning and wet sanding the housings by hand with 1,000 grit progressively up to 7,000 grit. After a coat of wax, installed new German "Jahne" bulbs for the 21W double and single filaments.
Installed the set of Hellas lenses that I bought from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=13069 some time ago and was surprised by how nice they turned out.
Before & After!
After meeting Jeffrey yesterday (he kindly passed on a washer fluid tank that my 74 is missing..) I was compelled to read all 17 pages. What a journey of dedication and commitment. Wow. I'm lucky enough to live close by and look forward to seeing this on the road very soon. Did i say wow already? (and Jeffrey - if you ever need a hand on anything, just yell...)
All you guys with perfectly restored cars are going to have to find a driver so you can go out and have fun.
And I’m not knocking what you are doing in the least. It’s a beautiful car.
This is really going to be one of the prettiest, most desirable -4s out there. Wow.
And there are a lot of great 4s out there. Marathon with those wheels really pops.
Some of the restoration/resurrection projects of late are just very cool to see.
Yeah.. .great job on those rear housings. Your entire resto of your rear lights look awesome.
Original Style Speed Nuts, I must be Nuts!
Can't deal with the gooey half metal hex style speed nuts so picked up these for my rear badges & grill lettering. This project is officially on hold until after the WCR.
Nice work! Too bad Okteenerfest is so far for you , would love to see this in person
Hey Jeffrey, is ur car goin to finish before WCR?
Where did you buy the speed nuts?
They're still available through Porsche.
Those look fantastic! Can you share the process for refurbishing? I have a bag full of those I was going to try to rehab.
Duplicate Post from the below thread
Just want to update the timeline of my build.
Another Great Day in the SoCal 914 Community @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 's
Thanks for opeining your home garage to everyone:
Special thanks to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10742 for spear heading the non-spark issue on the '73 resto-project
Many thanks to
for guest wrenching and
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=18255 for the special guest appearance in getting her fired up to end the day!
So what if we burnt up a couple of PerTronix Electronic Injections and went back to points! Swapped the ignition harness back to OEM, coil, starter and cleaned up some grounds.
So awesome to have the engine finally running in the car! Another milestone acheived for sure!
Are these washers upside down. I can never remember.
Your car looks fantastic. You have the right people working on it too. I would love to make it to one of Oscar's gatherings one of these times.
Now that would be a blast.
Spent last Saturday with @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21151 & @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 working on the car and making slow but steady progress. Got some small stuff out of the way before getting back to some of the more pressing items this coming weekend.
The new ignition switch is in and now re-keying the replacement cylinder that I picked up from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=12094
Tail lights in and wired up and trunk lock installed
Wiper nozzles, mirrors and sail panel trim hardware as well. It's amazing how time consuming these seemingly easy tasks are. We fought excess paint build up on the cowl for the washer jets and retapped the mirror screw holes. Sail trim hardware required a new hole to be drilled on the passenger side as it was not there nor was there evidence of any filler.
Next up was the fuse panel restoration and cleaning up the harness in the tunnel. Pretty pleased with how it turned out thanks to the spare panel from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10825 that was used as a place holder for all of the connections.
Ready to get back at it this weekend along with helping out on @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=18749 's brake project.
3rd consecutive weekend @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 's 914 Resort & Spa!
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22446 stopped by with some plated hardware and was kind enough to spend some time getting me sorted on replacing the burnt headlight motor wire. Luckily, the damage was contained to the front of the harness. The second strand from the driver's side motor back to the remainder of the harness turned out to be unaffected as verified back to the bulkhead of the frunk.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 showed me how to bleed the brakes with @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=18749 's power bleeder and @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21151 was solid on the pedal.
The car is now back home for final assembly. So happy to be done with towing it around SoCal. It was incredible to drive it into the garage under its own power.
Hoping for a miracle and a 9-14 completion date. Don't want to miss out on the PCA LA Concours and PECLA activiites!
Great job on that wiring fix.
I'm smelling concours winner...
What an amazing build. Truly inspiring. I feel a new surge of motivation to get back to my going-on-9-years '73 2.0 marathon blue restoration.
Car is coming along so nicely. Great job.
Have you considered plating the guides for the bumper bolts inside the dog bones? I think @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22446 mentioned it and I'm now obsessed. Time to up my game!!!
I got kicked off the build crew for some reason.
I tried, but a few too many hands in the kitchen......
I'm the guy that runs out with the floor jack when Jeffrey pulls into the pits.
Spent last weekend going through the car and dealing with any plating and powdercoating that was overlooked and there was way more that anticipated. Picked up some duplicate place holders while the Kamax and other good stuff was sent out for plating. ( @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=17068 )
Spent the day in the garage installing some 914 Rubber parts including fender to windshield seal, front & rear bulk head and rear trunk seals.
Had an opportunity to reclaim my VIN # from the overspray of previous paint jobs.
Turns out the the bumpers were flash chromed and not triple plated, not to mention the poor prep so they are in the process of being redone. This allows for proper clean up of the harness up front where the fog lights and horns terminate. Happy to have the opportunity to re-address this area.
Cleaned the headlight motors too and finally finished taping up the right ride of the harness from the frunk up to the headlights. Hopefully done with the wiring from here on in.
Will get at it again tomorrow!
Got the replacement ignition lock that was rekeyed installed with the new switch. Should come as no surprise that those wires needed to be cleaned and retaped as well as the ones for the wiper and turn signal switches.
Also dealt with the wiring out of the tunnel for the dome light and defroster (in case of snow in the forecast this winter)
Speaking of wiper and turn signal switches, I managed to end up with a spring, connector and plastic piece breaking off after cleaning those up. So decided to replace them with a set of NOS SWF switches.
Hello Jeffrey.....coming along nicely. I have learned from experience that I let my new 914 Rubber parts sit out in the sun for a week or two before installing as they shrink. I have gone through window trim and fender rubber as you mention and it comes up short in a month or two on the car. I keep them in the sun for quite a while and then cut to fit.....works out great. FYI.
All the best,
I mean ANY rubber parts.....not 914 Rubber parts. 914 Rubber parts have resurrected my 914 and thank you for that.
All the best,
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10742 spent some time on Saturday getting me sorted and prioritized for future tasks. Best part is he was kind enough to remind me that I have AC in my garage that hasn't been used in over 10 years, but that fired right up and kept us comfortable throughout the day.
Started with getting the Wiper and Turn Signal switches installed and then built up the headlight buckets and installed the motors. @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22446 's wiring repair did the trick and the motors spun up right away after 22 months off of the car.
Verified all the lights front and rear and after a quick bulb replacement and reseating some others in the tail lights, we were all lit. Best part is that I didn't screw up the gauges and everything is working save fo the parking brake light, but that's for another day.
On Sunday, I went deep on the horn restoration and started to reinstall the plating that was picked up on Friday.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20845 Project Dog Bone has been completed!
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22428 Stripped Viser Cores with Corinthian leather are schedule to arrive @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348 's place on Monday.
Still lots to do.
This is one fantastic rebuild thread. Thanks for sharing! It's not just work to do the 'work' but to photo-document and comment is like another job. Really excellent to watch and read.
Delete. Opps, wrong thread.
Good call on plating those dog bone inserts. I'll add that to my to-do list. But.. Shazam!!! Look at that horn! Nice work. That headlight bezel isn't too shabby either if you are into the whole impeccable perfection thing. Spirit lines dude. You need spirit lines.
Spent some time weekend before last with @rod928 installing the front gutters, moldings and both top and bottom targa moldings.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10742 spent some time up here today trouble shooting electrical and it was pretty lit!!!
I also figured out that you can't get your wiper motor to work if you previously pulled the relays from the board without reinstalling them.
Next up was Andy's expertise in action for the sail panel vinyl installation. I then moved onto the rear gutters and moldings.
Of course no post is complete without some NOS parts including this timing plaque. Looks like a decal, but is made of aluminum.
Also here are the proofs of my decal dilemma project currently in production. Other than the extra "t" in metallic they are super great!
Okay, where does that timing plaque go and where do I get one?
Beautiful work as usual. I sure would like to see an example of the 73 49-state emission decal.
Looks great - just like every other step of the way here.
What was your approach and result on the main targa seal?
For the vinyl install did you use the 3M 99 spray?
I used the same 3M high strength contact spray adhesive on just about everything.
It really holds where the "normal" spray adhesives didn't do too well.
Worked with @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 a few weeks ago on the passenger window as it wouldn't lift properly and would tilt towards the front. Gave up on all the adjustments after figuring out that the glass was 1" too forward in the lifter. Pulled the regulator, window and lifter to correct it. Didn't want to mess with urethane so ended up having a local shop reseat it.
This also allowed the opportunity to Evapo-rust the lifter and hardware. Also installed a new triangle window seal. Glad to have the opportunity to clean that up and just need to polish the window frame.
Next up was to redo the basket weave on the dash face and glove box.
Sanded and resprayed the seat handles for the 3rd time. Finally got the desired result and just need to hit them with clear.
More to come....................................
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16427 @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22865 & @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 were kind enough to come over weekend before last to help get the passenger window sorted and installed. We fought with it for longer than I care to admit. Finally raises and lowers smoothly & properly.
Still dealing with a funky gap where the triangle window meets the frame at the top. Got the door fuzzies in and sprayed my seat handles with a couple of coats of clear and called it a day, but not before some bad guys ripped off my headlights. Picked it up on my security cams and it took all of 37 seconds from start to finish. Now dealing with a big fat insurance claim.
Spent some time in the garage on Sunday with my helper Calvin. He is patiently waiting his first drive in the teener...poor fella!
Started in the frunk adding white felt to the underside of the fuel tank strap that @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=17068 gave me.
Installed the expansion tank that I got from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3457 that was expertly painted by @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 as my other one literally "expanded" from the powder coating process.
Recently been on the wrong side of air hose shaming by @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20845 & @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10742 so had to pull the 914 Rubber hoses and replace them with the the period correct paper variety.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 stopped by to check my progress and deliver a NOS lower rear trunk latch. Already had a nice replated one, but NOS is NOS.
Man that looks good. Your build was looking a little sketchy but those paper hoses saved the day.
Great helper you've got there! Too bad about the frickin' thieves.
Oh, the expansion tank decal arrived yesterday. Looks great!!! Thanks! and also thanks to @Superhawk966
Car is looking great!!
As to those headlight thieves...we did a story on 996 headlight theft in Excellence back in the day, but I hadn't heard of it for a while. Looks like it may be pot growers.
And a possible fix:
More progress on getting the engine lid finished up. Working with the plastic speed nuts was no fun at all, but everything came together.
Got the driver side triangle window seal and fuzzy installed and just needs to go back in the door.
Dash face with new basket weave is in as well
Also had some time to replace the rear reflectors on the Sun Buggy with some NOS Hella which are getting difficult to find.
that window triangle seal was the worst thing I had to do on all my reassembly!! looks good though.
where did you get the NOS paper air hose for inside cabin and the front trunk area? mind are original and would like to replace with correct stuff not plastic repro.
Didn't realize it has been this long since this thread was updated and will add some more photos in the coming days.
Spent most of the last 1/2 dozen Saturdays working on the car. In trying to get the dash buttoned up, some electrical gremlins have appeared and have been working to get that sorted. Nothing major, but tedious nonetheless. Partial list: ebrake ground to the body, 4 Way flashers, high beam and parking light indicator lights........
Revisted E -brake install
Changed the fresh air controller and reinstalled the dash face with new basketweave.
New Battery and New Negative Battery Cable installed.
Head light and fog light installation completed.
Rear Bumper with NOS top and plate holder installed.
Front Bumper Assembled awaiting fresh paint to the Valance to correct previous damage.
Received a new loop carpet kit from Autobahn interiors.
Even went so far as to source the correct Kamax bolts for front & rear trunk lids that are in for plating.
Doesn't seem like much, but everything that was touched needed more work and is now correct.
Probably have about two days work to button up some smaller projects like sail panel trim, targa latches etc... before sending the car to the interior shop to install the Z Mat, back bad, door cards, seats, etc that have all been previously recovered.
Hope to be on the road by end of March to shake this thing down. Seems strange to be this close and so mentally fatigued by the project at the same time. Looking forward to completion.
Keep at it. Looks beautiful. Of course I’m partial to this build what a colour!
Hey Jeffrey - did you change the fresh air controller since the day I was there?
I was pretty sure you'd go back and re-do the dash face basketweave but wasn't going to say it out loud....
It looks really great. Still.
I'm out of town now - actually getting to tinker with MY 914 in Indiana - and when I get back, I'm tied up thru March 9 - wish I could help again!
Speaking of details, when @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21628 was out here back in December we figured out that the fender opening for the antenna was too small to fit a NOS Hirschmann that was acquired.
End result was that the old and tired looking original Bosch Blue Tip was reinstalled. Came across a NOS Blue Tip on Evil Bay out of Sweden at a great price and could not resist. It is these details that are really upping the level of this project.
Can't wait to get all the remaining pieces/parts back on the car.
Hubba hubba. That’s perfect!!! Your patience and internet sleuthing is amazing.
Nice find! Completely empathize about installing the old and tire antenna. Went through something similar myself.
Two sets of incorrect wiper blades & clips later, finally received the correct clips so that the Bosch blades now fit the NOS arms and got those on the car.
Also have the engine lid on the car after wet sanding the original rain tray down to 7,000 grit and its silky smooth. Used some new hardware and better release cable than what was on the car, but need to reposition the grill badge as its sitting too high. Is there a correct placement for grill badges?
Next problem is that after going through the trouble of getting the Optima R battery with terminals closer to the lid opening, the rain tray doesn't clear the battery connections. So now it has to be turned to sit like the non-R battery. Grrrrrrrrr
Moral of the story is everything was a certain way for a reason in these cars. So when you think you are improving something, you're just scewing up something else, but don't know it yet!
Ended up removing the 914 Rubber door stay kit and going back to an original replated set supplied by @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319
Driver door is still crunchy as the hole on the body where the pin sits has worn larger so will need a solution for that, but that's for another day.
Targa latches are on with the roof in place to properly seat the front targa trim.
A couple of more tweaks then off to the interior shop, final mechanical tweaks and to sort an exhaust leak. Then its shakedown time.
Had a weather window to wash the car for the first time since it came out of the body shop in June of 2018 and she looks pretty good in the daylight
Even without an interior, drove it a couple of blocks and that was pretty cool. Problem is that my flasher relay went on the fritz on start up. No parking brake indicator, no turn signals and no 4 ways. What a PITA! Need to drop the fuse box and get in there before the car goes off to have the interior installed on Thursday. Also going to need to leave the door cards off as the window fitment is still pretty FUBAR.
Call me this week if we can stay 6-feet apart and still get something done....
WOW! That car is absolutely amazing!
BTW, did you see on another thread that someone mentioned a bad flasher relay can cause the turn signal indicators to both flash at the same time? I meant to bring that to your attention but got sidetracked.
Your car is looking fabulous, Jeffery
Yes, adjusting those windows/doors so that everything closes nicely is a pain.
It took me a long time to get something I could live with.
You just have to thinking about it and which way everything needs to move.
I also had a lot of issues with the 914Rubber door stays.
They were making all kinds of noise and snapping.
Finally tracked down a set of these Porsche door stay pins and drove them home.
All is quiet on the western front....as least for now.
Just google Porsche door stay and you'll see that different folks carry these.
Received a replacement relay this week to trouble shoot the intermittent one. Also got the new door pins for replacement. Didn't get to either project over the weekend though.
Got the replacement antenna installed and had to use all hardware from the old one to get enough thread for the mounting nut to grab onto. Took way longer than it should.
Moved onto the seat belts and went with the best example of each from my stash. Got some tech tips and support from 914World seat belt expert @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21628 to get them installed. Once in, got them cleaned up and lubed the center mechanism with silicone spray. They will still need the tension adjusted and @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21628 has offered to do that so they are on their way to him
Next up was the clean up of the receivers and they came out looking really good.
Hopefully more can get done in the coming days.
looks great!! - you have a sickness sir!!! (not viral but i think contagious!)
ask me how i know, takes one to know one. it seems i keep looking for things to fix replace or refurbish but seriously that car is awesome and what i appreciate most is that you’ve done most of it yourself. nothing wrong with getting help or paying for stuff to be done but it’s cool to see people do this stuff themselves and really cool share it and help show other’s how to do it as well. thanks for the awesome documentation. my next project will be the seat belt receivers !
Appreciate the kind words, but truth be told I have not done nearly enough of the work myself. Turns out my sweet spot has been sourcing parts and light refurb, cleaning, & painting of small projects and working along side those more knowledgeable.
Outside of choosing a great mechanic, trans rebuilder & body shop, I have relied heavily on the community for their help and have learned a ton in the process. Prior to this project, I have never wrenched and that is what has made it so difficult and exetnded the timelines.
Without the support of the 914World community, the level of this build would not be possible.
And you have sourced a few crucial parts and provided plenty of wisdom for my build and others too. It's all reciprocal.
Looking good on your seat belt resto/install.
Had a nice chat with @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20845 on Saturday who was kind enough to point out that I should verify the window stop adjustment on the regulator to get the window to raise the extra 1/4" that was needed. TBH, didn't even know what that bolt to nowhere was for...
Got the seat belts back from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=21628 and was super appreciative of his offer to adjust the tension and happy to report they are really good. I am going to send him one of my old ones to crack open and experiment with the spring mechanism.
Reinstalled the belts and driver seat and went for a drive yesterday for a couple of miles.
Was super cool, but once up to operating temperature ended up heading back because I was unsure as the whether or not the burn off from the rebuild was normal. Apparently it is, so all good.
Going to get it over to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15093 at TRE Motorsports by the end of the week to give it a once over. Still needs the timing adjusted from when the distributor was off trouble shooting the non-spark issue back in August.
Although she shifts really smooth, the bushings need attention as I really need to go hunting to find first gear some of the time. Finally able to trust the transmission and downshifting into second without a grind is Aaaaaaamazing!
Once that's done, I'll address the exhaust leak before getting back to the interior.
Yay! Another step ahead (or two)!
I'll be happy to snag one of the "extra" belts when this Corona things simmers down - I've read enough to be really dangerous now.
What a great project and a great car!
Scored one on Evil Bay crack free
Drove the car 7 miles to my Porsche shop, no easy feat with the timing needing adjustment. Once I got her going again after every traffic light everything was uneventful from there.
First issue discovered, transmission leak from a loose drain plug. Let's see what else isn't doing what it should.
At least I'll get those transmission mounts turned right side up among other things.
Really nice. Almost there and all the great work really shows. This is the car I personally want for my 914 in Blue.
Best Bob B
Three weeks later, the car is still in the air as the exhaust leak was identified as a loose heat exchanger at the exhaust manifold. Upon tightening, with minimal torque, the stud snapped. A bolt was welded to the remaining thread to successfully remove it.
After looking at all of the available options, decided to go with a set of NOS & NLA German exhuast studs (8mm x 56mm). Found them on the Samba from a vendor out of the Yukon as in the North West Territories. Canada Post is slow on shipments to the USA and the seller is approx. 50 miles from the nearest post office...............hoping to get them any day now.
Check out Magnus' '67 Urban Outlaw in the next bay that was getting a new rebuild installed. Bet he's never seen a bone stock 914 before
oh, dude. SO close!! Nice that it'll be done right....like everything else on that car.
Missed it by thaaaaat much.....rats.
They use a different measuring system up there in Canada
Sorry dude. Will check my bin for some....
I wouldn't use those.
Your heat exchangers will drag on the ground.
Lookin' good, Jeffery
Finally sprung the car on Monday from TRE Motorsports and wanted to give a shoutout to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15093 for getting me sorted.
There were a lot of items overlooked or still requiring attention after the drive train went back in. Once the car was in the air, all remaining issues mechanical or otherwise were addressed.
This was the punch list:
Adjust points, dwell & timing
Install rev limiter on distributor
Verify vacuum hose install
Reinstall transmission mounts in correct position
Exhaust leak- replace all 8 Exhaust Studs & take HE for flange welding
Rocker panels secured with correct plated hardware & spacers
Swap steering pan, master cylinder & proportioning valve hardware with plated ones
Clean up previously spliced battery wires & install to new connector
Install correct grommets in rear engine tin
Replace thermostat with NOS unit & cable
Swap incorrect driver side flapper box
Took the long way home on a 20 mile run down the 405 Fwy and back across Mulholland down to the Valley. The car drives incredibly well, pulling strong and shifting very smoothly even though all synchros and 1st/reverse slider are new and yet to be worked in.
Now need to focus on my ground issue, interior install, final trim fitment and targa trim install.
Wow, she lives!!!
Very nice and a long time coming.
Awesome - love this build!
Thanks guys, almost forgot the best part. Car was running super cool in 86 degree ambient temperature with 25% humidity.
70 mile Shake Down Run this evening in the canyons of Malibu!
Now showing 240 miles and one more run before I get the break in oil out of there & bleed the brakes on Sunday.
Looking good, Jeffery
You give me inspiration sir. Proof that it CAN be done!
Nice and congrats Jeffery!
For sure lots of smile and joy driving it now!
Oh what happen to the black License plate “914 7T3”?
Blue plates are actually the correct ones for 914s
Haven’t posted for the last few weeks, so here is the update:
Was down in OC a few weeks ago and spent the day on electrical trouble shooting (more like trial and error) and solved what was originally thought to be a ground issue on the 4-way flasher circuit. Swapped in a couple of different relays and cleaned the connections where it seats in the fuse box and that did the trick.
Next issue: later that week the fog lights and high beams started going intermittent when toggling back to low beams. Correctly guessed this to be a realy issue as well. Shout out to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15438 for hooking me up with a NOS one from a 6 ½ year old FS classified.
Lesson learned, these little f-ckers fail so always have back up on hand.
Last electrical items are to crimp new connectors to the 4 pole door switch and swap out the fasten seat belt light assembly that tested bad. I think the switch may be grounding so ignition buzzer and courtesy light activated by the driver’s side is not functioning as it should. Also need to revisit the green/white wire that connects to the fan control lever. There is another wire connected there and haven’t had the chance to figure out what it is or where it goes, but the fan is not working for sure.
Restored the rear-view mirror by sanding down the trapezoid mount to ready it for new adhesive pad and hit it with Krylon plastic paint. Now good as new.
Some more shake down runs and miles are up over 300 so it was time to change out the break in oil for some Penn Grade 20W 50. I had been monitoring the oil before every drive and was at the fill line before changing it. Once under the car, realized that it was leaking from the filter. Dodged a bullet there.
Next step was to bring the car back to the body shop to revisit the gaps and touch up some boo boos that happened on reassembly. Oil level was perfect after that 75 mile run.
All the rain tray fitment issues stem from the fact that the battery tray is bolted to the quarter panel incorrectly. Tired of this oversight from the first go round so decided to source a NOS tray and support to be welded in and painted. Not the correct way to do it after the drivetrain was reinstalled and mechanicals dialed it, but it is what it is.
Heat in the rear trunk along with poor prep has caused the paint to bubble up and discolor in the area above where the muffler sits. Solution is to prep and repaint along with installing a thermal absorption pad under the heat shield.
Should be another week and then its onto the interior and install the targa trim. Rear targa bar has been sanded & polished and ready to re-anodize.
Getting really close and already looking forward to cooler driving weather in the fall.
You are doing a great job of working your way through all of the issues. You are going to be thrilled with the end result.
Looking great, Jeffrey!
Congratulations - I have one with the same color - '74.
Picked up the car in Riverside last Friday, but first got some help from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 & @jordan_29 in installing some thermal protection on the heat shield above the muffler.
Battery tray install is finally complete and the rain tray clears as it should. Also reconnected the previously repaired green/white wire to the rear fan motor lever at the tunnel. Figured out that there was never a second ground wire on it after all, but merely the broken tab from the original wire. Pulled the lever down and the fan fired up right away. Surprising how powerful it is.
Gaps are much better, but still need to get into the headlight cover and height adjustments some more. Also stumped that the rear decklid is sitting a little high on the passenger side and need to wrap my head around that.
Now the car is in process of getting the interior installed. Z-Mat insulation is in and carpets will be next.
Spent the morning sorting hardware for the door panels, carpet strips, backpad, speakers and center console. Should have that complete by the end of the week.
Next appointment will be getting full front end X-Pel clear bra installed on August 12th.
More interior install pics...
Used the original 8 piece vinyl kit as a template and re-cut with OEM German materials
Loop Carpet Kit from Autobahn Interiors
Rear Targa Pad installed
re-chromed visor clips compliments of @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3457
Should be good to go on Monday......
Should be good to go on Monday......
You are setting the bar pretty high Jeffrey.....appreciate it....I'd best get some work done on my car to get even close.....looking good!!
Coming along nicely! Keep hammering it.
Monday is gonna be a good day...
Lookin' gr8, dude
Your car is looking great. I love to see them back on the road so everyone can see and enjoy them.
How exciting! For once I'm going to implore you to ignore @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=22428 . Do not get a hammer anywhere near that beautiful ride!!!
Had the Xpel clear bra installed yesterday and was dreading the 35 mile trip back. Timing was at 5:00pm in rush hour with potential for triple digit temperatures for a portion of the drive.
Not a good plan in an air cooled, but what a great test for how the motor would perform.
Final grade A+ So glad the decision was made to keep the motor stock that would run cooler than going with 96mm P&Cs.
Hello 914_7T3....that weather report tells me the upcoming week is perfect for touching up the paint....will dry hard as a rock in about four minutes.....can do ten coats in under an hour....with sanding each coat. Was picking up my kid at 3:pm from West Hills (Chatsworth adjacent) in September and the school sign said 104 degrees.....in the pick up line for 20 minutes....car blew up days later. Stay cool
You already knew this but now you have measurable proof. Your car is cool!
Had the car in on Wednesday at American Wrap Co. for installation of XPel clear bra. This is a great shop and their installers have won many industry awards at automotive events around the country. They also do the work for Singer Automotive so I was glad to find them. Quality of service was first rate.
The film was applied to the "full front"; hood, fenders, headlight covers & brows and backs of the mirrors.
In answer to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=20845 's question, when you look from panel to panel with and without film, in this case fender to door, you can not see a difference to the naked eye. The key is to have it installed correctly and to use the 8mm film and not the 10mm.
I can see why you would want to protect that car, thanks for the updates and great thread.
Just got back the oil analysis on the break in oil and wanted to share for those that have not seen the format from Blackstone Labs. Added a quart of 20W50 at 270 miles as the oil filter was not correctly tightened and was leaking.
Finally I was able to test drove this beautiful car! yehey!
Jefferey also replaced his front hood seal.
Ok. Now you’re just showin’ off. Ha!
More excited than I should be, but the thing never worked from day one. Just got around to swapping out the housing. Started her up and nothing happened ‘til the E-brake was lowered.
I had those same thoughts re PPF on essentially the exterior. But I ended up just wrapping the hood, eye brows and headlight covers, headlights and fogs. My front fenders are fully wrapped to. I did a door edge piece from the handle down and the door handle cups. I had to drW a line in the sand there or the clear bra would have been about $3K. I went with xpel too and it looks great.
Busy weekend, picked up the car from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15093 at TRE Motorsports on Friday afternoon after the 1st valve adjust and compression check. Compression was even at 125 across all cylinders. Motor was intentionally built at slightly lower numbers to run cooler with increased durability.
On the way back, stopped in at Morro Auto interiors to get the new bulkhead perlon glued in. The adhesive was applied in a custom pattern with my name in it They will also recover the original tire board & create a new rear trunk carpet in matching material.
Also prepped and polished a second rear targa trim as the first one was anodized black by mistake instead of clear, so now it is anodize Take II!
Spent Saturday with @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 & @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 working on yet another brake bleed and getting the rear trunk torsion rods onto the rollers. All I can say is thanks for risking various body parts to get this done. Not easy and downright scary for sure, but look Ma no hands!
Also corrected some more fuse and relay issues causing the 4-way flashers and fog lights to be intermittent. Now that I'm done under the dash, will get the radio installed and lower dash pad in to finish off the interior.
Oscar also had the correct size rivets & rivet gun and so we were finally able to get the threshold plates on correctly.
Other items completed;
Swapped out engine lid hook for a freshly plated one
New element from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=4184 arrived yesterday for the replacement lighter
Cleaned up a replacement original dome light. @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1319 suggested an LED bulb to prevent heat build up and avoid cracking the lens.
Lastly, have been experimenting with waterless car wash products and have joined the converted. Super easy to work with and no reason to put a hose over the car!
So close now, I can smell it
Almost forgot, the oil pressure light was intermittient for the drive home. Pulled over immediately to make sure oil level was good, temp was good and no leaks. Phoned a friend and
searched a bunch of threads and figured it was the oil pressure sender or the green/red wire to the sender was somehow grounding.
Sure enough the wire was disconnected so got my hand in there, reconnected it and all was good again. Luckily a simple fix.
Also the throttle is starting to stick a little bit and back off slowly. Need to verify accelerator cable tightness or maybe its wrapped too closely to the clutch cable from what I have been reading in other threads. Return spring and throttle body seem to be OK. More on this later.
Nice save on the oil pressure wire! and it's so close that I can smell it!
Really exceptional work...and patience. Wow.
Had the connectors on the driver's side, 4-pole door switch re-crimped which solved my dome light & fasten belt buzzer issue. Passenger side switch is bad, but have a NOS set on the way.
Battery hold down was painted same color as the tray so went back to black.
Next project after getting the radio install done was to deal with the lower dash. The one original to the car had one nasty crack. Went through the other two that were acquired and chose the best one and the best chrome strip. Needed to remove the oxidization and clean the trim before reinstalling. Nothing a Scotch Pad, Evapo Rust and Oxcylic Acid couldn't fix. Then had it redyed for freshening.
Picked up my double wrapped wheel today. LOVE the feel, had the second layer wrapped on top of the original leather so its not too soft and of course stays "original" underneath. Shout out to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=16669 for the prep and paint.
Just need the Targa trim installed, emission & paint code decals affixed and then a hard core detailing.
Super nice car, great color! Enjoy it...
Yehey! finally you installed a knee dash pad. Last time we test drove your car, I bang my left lower knee to the corner of the lower dash frame and had the bruise for atleast 2 weeks.
Car looks very beautiful with top off with mountain road scenery!
Fantastic - love that you're gettin it on the road!!
how do you like the wheel done like that? i have a nice original wheel but leather is marked from someone wrapping it before and its pretty hard. i would like a wheel thats a bit softer, easier to grab/grip so i am curious who you had wrap it for you and what you used leather wise over the other leather, also was $$ reasonable?
oh and i left off my original commend i wanted to make, that interior looks super!!!
I'm getting rather jealous. Your car looks beautiful and is
Your car turned out beautiful, nice to see you enjoying it now!
Hey Jeff....car looks beautiful.
I've never seen it in person.
Can I? PCA meeting this weekend in Pasadena. Can you bring it?
Turned out great Jeff.
Beautiful driving car.
Thank you for sharing the local steering shop.
RS Wheel was installed today with the help of @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15093 over at TRE Motorsports as I dont have a 27mm Socket. The contacts on the cancel ring are on their last legs so @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3457 is going to hook me up with another one and we'll do it all again at some point in the future.
Also used the NOS batwing I bought from @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=13069 awhile ago. Lools & feels fantastic!
Saw @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=24470 's chrome yellow 914 over there so that was pretty cool.
That wheel is the bomb. I have a double-wrapped Dallas Customs version and love it.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=24470 @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=9489 turns out I’m going to drive in Malibu with a friend tomorrow. You’re welcome to join, just looking to avoid crowds with Covid on the rise.
Pretty amazing work, Jeffery. MUCH superior to what I did. Can't find a hat-tipping smilie, these will have to do.
I must have told you this but your car is totally outstanding. Way to go. You got it done.
Now use it in good health.
Nice job with a beautiful end result. Thanks for the window regulator adjustment tip.
Three things that I learned from the last few items on punch list in no particular order:
1-Settting the venting clearance on the calipers is a thing!
Not sure how, but this got overlooked during the reassembly. After several brake bleeds, I continued to progressively lose pedal firmness. Assumed it was a defective MC and got that swapped out, but made no difference. Turns out the restored calipers had no inner adjustment screws. Thanks to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1110 for working through this with me and getting them overnighted.
2-Installing the RMS properly is a thing!
Had a small seep of Black Gold (20 W50 to be exact) coming out of the rear of the case. After the 350 mile round trip to Julian, had three drops hanging on underneath the car and some travel along the trans. At this point, it was necesary to drop the trans and put in a new RMS and now she is dry as a bone.
3-The Targa Trim gods hate me! Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus and Targa Trim Gods too. Was unsuccessful in restoring not one but two horizontal targa trims. One was anodized black by mistake and the other came out looking worse after clear anodize. Sourced a really clean one for number three, but arrived bent in several places. Once I get that straightened out (literally), all of the targa trim can be installed.
Had a great drive today along the coast and now have 1,500 miles on the clock. Was very surprised by all of the positive reactions to the car. It was weird to see a guy in a McLaren do a touble take on the 914 on PCH and another guy in a brand new M5 lower his window to snap some pics. The 911 crowd was showing some love out there too!
Congratulations on being able to enjoy your beautiful car.
Sweet, glad the oil leak and soft pedal got resolved.
At my age, I'll take any sort of shout out that I can get from a young (legal) girl. Looking forward to seeing these types of favorable reactions to 914's. Even back in late 90's when I had my last 914 they always attracted their fair share of attention. Can only imagine that it has increased given how rarely I see a teener vs. what I used to see back then.
Targa trim gods still hate me.....
Shout out to @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3348 Just talked to Scott at 914 Rubber and he is overnighting me some replacement trim and vinyl. These guys are the best.
Not only do the Targa Trim gods hate me, but so do the shock absorber gods.
The rebuilt set of Koni reds of unknown origin have leaking seals. This is a blow to my quest for originality, but I'm over it and have a new set of adjustable Koni Sport yellows going in.
Car is beautiful.
Red Krylon . . .
You do know that you can have Koni shocks rebuilt?
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