Melba (Toast) has some issues with her car, and unfortunately with Ron's passing (SLITS), she no longer has a good mechanic to help her out.
Wondering if there's some World members in the Las Vegas area that could lend her a hand making some minor repairs to her '73 914?
If there isn't a member or old school aircooled Porsche Independent that comes up, then there is Gaudin Porsche's "Classic Center" - which is one of the handful of Classic Centers around the country, & they should have someone for aircooleds there, I would think. Of course, it would be Porsche prices though.
I thought she works at "renegade"
As long as she's worked there, I'm surprised they didn't put a v8 in it with spare parts.
Vegas racer lives there. Do we know what's wrong with it?
... I was just trying to see if there was anyone closer to where lives that could lend her a hand.
I accidentally deleted the message she sent me, but I think the issue was electrical in nature. Her car has been sitting idle for about three years now, so it may need attention elsewhere as well. She really didn't go into a lot of detail
I may be passing through Vegas mid-day Thursday for a couple hours...
Do you have her phone #?
Too bad she can't get it to Red Rocks Classic in September. Some of the best 914 minds in the country will be gathered in one spot.
Maybe the next event needs to be in Las Vegas?
I've got a better idea or so I think. Let's form a Rescue Party like we did a while back for the other lady whose brother had passed. Forgot her name now. Since I thought of it I should be the first to volunteer. I'll need to wait until Vegas temps are reasonable. If she is still living in the same place there is room to toss a few sleeping bags. We can set a date if any locals there can advise me as to when Vegas drops back into the 80's. Ron bailed my ass out of a few jams. I can damned sure make time for Melba's dilemma. I'll need a few other hands to join me. I can take one person with me as well. Who's up for the challenge?
Hmm... once temp fall a bit, I might go for that Kent. 914s can hold plenty of parts and tools...
Thank you, Ethan. I'll probably take my truck so I can can load up with tools and parts. No sense working in 100F+. Everything takes 3 times as much effort.
I can meet you there if the timing works
Trying to pull a car out of Henderson....I may not go up and just have it shipped. I would do the rescue party thing.
We could call the event the West Toast Ramble
I spoke with her about an hour ago ... something to do with the ignition switch and the starter wiring off the top of her head.
Again, with it sitting for an extended period of time, there's probably a few other issues that could have developed. '73 2.0L with F.I.
I asked her to make a list of all the known issues ...
I'm going through some of the same issues, she'll be facing ... mine has been sitting idle for 2.5 years
Here is what I know.
It's been sitting for 3 years... needs tank drained and likely a fuel pump.
Been told the 2.0FI is tired & down on power... could use a rebuild.
Kinda recall something electrical under the dash.
Otherwise car is complete. Ran when parked
Won't be 80s til Halloween. Last I saw the garage had room to work, it's not too bad in the shade. I managed to survive the summer
Carl's Place is a great independent repair shop in Las Vegas. Tony is the owner, and the last time I was there April 2015, Vegasracer's black beauty was up on the lift, plus two other 914s. Tony also is the man in charge of Guidin Porsche's restoration center.
I didn't see Toast at Renegade at that time...
She needs a nice little 2.5 suby motor in it
First date was productive
1) put air in the tires and moved it into the shade.
2) diagnosed a bad wire connection to the starter solenoid. now cranks.
3) got the fuel pump removed. shorted out internally. ordering a new one from RH (job benefit)
3) pushed the car back to it's resting position
Next date hopefully there will be sparks
Now on to the pictures & wish list
Could use some fresh tires 205/60 if you just happen to have extras
You da Man! Don't understand the wish list except for tires. Thx Chris.
I have a good steering wheel hub. Just tell me where to send it and i'll have it out asap. Mark
Chris, I recently purchased a good 2-port pump from Chappy ... if that will do the trick, I can pop it in the mail tomorrow
Thanks for posting your progress
Looks like she needs a driver side Euro Turn signal lense also.
Oh and Vegas can get down right cold if you have some shade and a evaporator or mister system. Froze my butt off at a fiends place getting out of the pool, 113 degrees, and I am shivering,
If I can help let me know. work and my back are restricting my travel right now but I have parts. Drop me a pm. I haven't been active lately. No time.
I go away for a few weeks and look what happens.
Wow guys........I don't know what to say! Thank you all so very much! I've been sad seeing my 914 everyday just deteriorating out here in the Vegas heat.
THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN CHRIS!! You have been truely a great person and a great help!
I do need a door stop and tires. Those are technicalities and can get those when funds are available.
The fuel pump that went out was part# Bosh 9580810026. 927 (circled) 745.
I know there are a few different types. I had a different fuel pump on the shelf but a port on one end is too big and it is a much bigger pump.
Thank you guys again! SLITS is smiling at ya....for a change.
Chris said the pic of the pump I sent you looks exactly what he removed from your car, so it should work fine. USPS should have delivered it by now ...
Melba, isn't that my old engine that you're running? If it is, it's a 74 2.0 if it makes any difference.
Sorry, I couldn't help Toasty. We were in town for about 13 hours. Moved him in to his apartment, called NV Energy. Dinner at a fancy tapas place next to the hotel. Slept 7 hours and back to Reno. I saw your post on FB to me and I actually said to Nicho that if her car is an early model we should go put her fuel pump in because it's fairly easy. He gave me stink eye and said, "Dad! Tonight and tomorrow are the last days I get to see my girlfriend for months! Take me home please..."
I hope he's not under with that jack only.
Can't see jackstands from this angle
Great! Just checking.
A big thanks to you guys for helping Toastie out
Let me know if the fuel pump worked out
Getting ready to add gas and fire up!
No worries ConeDodger. I'm never offended when people come to Vegas and they cannot get together. It is Vegas after all. ;-)
Thanks everybody for following and all of your support this far.!
Make sure to get, yourself, (uh ha, ha, ha, ha) (ZZ-TOP) ...
... the SAE 30R9 type (ethanol/F.I. rated) hose(s)
On second look, is that your left rear caliper leaking?
Go with Gates barrier hose. The Goodyear stuff kinks very easily and may do so when you reset the tank.
Today's date was HOT (outside)
Getting the tank out required an unusual amount of effort, like the tank expanded to fill the hole But it went in easier.
While waiting for my assistants to clean the tank out I tackled the little things:
Replaced the randomly beeping horn ring
Installed the door catch. Found the old broken one hiding in the door Also lubed the latch while I was there.
Toast found an extra lens in a box of dirty
junk spare parts.
Lastly got the replacement pump installed just like Ron
would have did with fresh hose. Behind the pump is the 75-76 isolater bracket. Pretty nifty.
I thought she was exaggerating but right as we were cleaning up she got another drive-by offer.
Next step is to replace the fuel line on the engine then it should be good to start. If we're lucky none of the FI pieces went kaput.
Hi guys. Just wanted to post some updates.
So I finally got her fired up for about one minute on 9/14.
Replaced all the fuel lines. Now no leaks. Here is a before pic. Notice one of the clamps is original.
After cranking forever without starting I let it sit until 9/13. Then there was no ignition. So replaced the ignition switch.
After fire up it ran sloppy for a minute. Pulled a spark plug....
Yeah.... So going to replace those with some cheepies then see if I can burn off all this crud out of the system then replace them again with good ones.
Thanks for following and for all of your help!!
Keep plugging away at it. BTW, NGKs are good plugs
... oh, and how about an oil change?
One step at a time Mark.
Found this from old times
Those injectors look like they could stand a trip to a fuel injection rebuilder.
Craig at CAMP
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