Everybody posts what they've accomplished in the 'What Have You Done to Your 914 Today?' thread ... well, this is a special thread for us enthusiasts to post why we haven't worked on our car(s) and precisely why they're still on jack stands, and/or buried somewhere under mounds of shit in the garage, etc. ... some of them, for decades
Since I'm one of 'those guys', I guess I'll start
As some of youse guys may already know, in an effort to gain additional parking and work space, I've been prepping an area in my back yard to accommodate said space. I need more elbow room, because the cars are currently parked back-to-back in the narrow driveway, and that simply doesn't allow me to easily work on any of them. Having close access to the garage will also be a big plus.
Gravel & the rebar was installed today, need to put down some dobie blocks and the concrete is scheduled to get pumped in and troweled tomorrow ... weather permitting. The form running the length is spacing for bricks to line the edges between the new slab and the existing walkway, giving it a little more 'wife pleasing' appearance
The design retains some grass that the wife was adamant about, and a sweeping curve, which will allow any of vehicles parked there an unobstructed path through the bottleneck to the driveway. The curved portion will also receive brick edging, creating an eye appealing appearance, but retaining a more utilitarian purpose. At least, that's how I sold my wife on the whole idea
I should be able to utilize the new-found pavement in a few weeks if all goes as planned ...
Polishing my tools as we speak. Wait ... that didn't sound right
For me I am 5000mi from mine for work. Hi and staying in Waikiki so I really cannot complain!
Every once and a while I have to do work for my actual job
Because a car guy was talked into buying a house without a garage
Because my car is 50 miles away, across the Salish Sea, at 914Werke getting the head pulled and exhaust stud hole welded, tapped and threaded. Having moved to a much smaller car space I have to procrastinate from long distance.
The good news is I may actually be driving it in a couple of weeks! Woohoo!!
I had to shovel and rake about 3 yards of mulch
I hope to have nicer weather this week, and plan to driver her to work.
Married with children
There’s a pattern here somewhere
Quick answer is “Sometimes it is just easier
to ignore them”. Or, I haven’t gotten that far down the
Priority list in a while....
Kidney stones and high power pain meds (not a good mix with power tools).
I had to pick up the rent. If i get a chance today, I will braze my clutch and accelerator tubes in place.
I’m fuching lazy !
Too busy building 996/997.1 engines.
Just got a 997 job last weekend, I have to rebuild the engine, turn it into a full pop 4.0, full suspension rebuild (mods), new exhaust (mods), brakes and more mods. Ballparking prices I was up to $50K when the dude looked at me and said "I want it to be a brand new car, built the way I want it and I know it will be big budget". All righty then...I stopped ballparking and just listened.
Took him for spin in a 4.0 996 C4S I just built and I think he jizzed his pants.
Guys like this is why I've been mostly doing the newer Porsches lately.
But the downside is I haven't had much time to work on the wifes or my 914
Building what started out to be a storage shed. In typical fashion, it got a little out of control and turned into a really cool "sleeping room".
Who wants to come for a visit?
Then my wife said "Well, we should add a little fence."
This is what happens when you say that to a guy who has a welder but no wood working tools...
That looks GR8.
I have carpentry skills, but just got my first MIG welder. I'm sure there will be a learning curve involved with that
Well got a hot Boxster a few years ago, and now the 914 is just waiting to go for a cruz.
can't beat AC and speed!
I've been working on someone else's 914.... and a 39 line item to do list on a 2005 VW Beetle flip
My 914 just needs oil and a filter and a prayer that all the hiccups are finally gone.
Because its done....until I get the parts for a six swap.
Working on the window regulator for the passenger door of the 911.
found a new 914 to work on
Keep having damn skin cancer cut off me! Back for more tomorrow. Trying to keep grinding dust & crap off my wounds!
Should have worn more sunscreen in my youth. Hell, we didn't even know what sunscreen was!
Replaced Drivers window regulator on my 528i DD last weekend and finished repairing headlight switch stalk on the 308 after I couldn't take my wife out to dinner in it. One of the rare times she actually asked to ride in it!
Sort of same situation but doing a full house makeover before resale,don't need a house this big now and such a large property for that matter,my 914 is sadly stored away in a friends shed but gets a start up on a regular basis but miss working on it.
One good thing is when cleaning up my hoarded miss I'am finding parts I didn't recall having .
Finishing up some paid work yesterday and today but the rest of the week is dedicated to the 914.
Busy working all day, then tired at night. Wanted to go to get ice cream and saw I didn't install the metal cover under the front axle! Quickest four bolts I ever threw on the car. Only dedicate one day a week to work on the car. Well, got a BBQ to go to this weekend so it will be only a half day to work on the car. Told a friend I would install LED foot-well lighting in his car if he helped me with my car. Can't remember where I put those lights that were bought last year.
Well, it'll be a few weeks until the new slab will be 90~100% cured, and I won't be driving on it until at least then ... but the pour and broom-finish was completed today
(I scraped up the slag after the pix were taken)
Will yank the forms in a day or so, and hopefully start lining the edges with bricks next week
Nice restoration, @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2766 .
Hey, I just saw your CIS thread ... left you a question there.
What is it that you think I should be doing? I just turn the key and drive these days...
Finally a thread I can contribute to. There are three basic reasons:
A) I don't own a 914
B) I don't have the space to work on one
C) I have no car skills, other than minor maintenance
But that doesn't stop me from enjoying this forum as I love 914's based on owning one for 15 years in my younger years. I am astounded at what skilled people can do in their spare time.
With my daughter now driving, the 914 is my only DD
Can't really sit on jack stands, which is good But list of stuff is starting to pile up...
Jet lagged from business trip to Yuripp.
Fires to put out upon return.
Prep for Luft (there are gonna be a lot of 914s there, which I count as a win).
Really want to get those Scheels in...but don't want to do it in a rush.
waiting for parts to show up i ordered from sierra madre on Saturday.
tracking number said they sat waiting to be picked up for two days.
Because I can't start any major 914 projects until I finish rebuilding this.
Somehow I thought I could replace all the structural wood and build a new interior in a year - 5 years ago!
The entire engine, outdrive, windshields, rails, old interior and new interior are in the basement and NEED to get out!
This is the year though! Trying to get it wet by July.
How do you like my scratch built to almost original spec seats? I even made the buttons!
This. Just got a new shipment from Stag's Leap in Napa!
What are we looking at in the top pic, Jeff?
I'm gonna guess baby birds in the nest....
My buddy dropped off his right hand drive bus so I decided to drive it instead.
I removed all the temporarily-placed brick edging from the new paved area in the back yard, compacted a sand base then re-compacted the bricks into place. It took two bags of sand, because the original dig was 4+ inches. Our little Pug/Frenchie Bulldog helped with the compaction
We won't dig down as far for the remaining sections that we're going to brick, but I think we'll go through at least four more bags to get it all done.
Looking forward to clearing out some the stuff you're looking at, so I can move my mid-rise lift back there ... and finally have some usable work space
Reminded me of this:
Spent the day at Luft instead of working on my car.
In the air? ... or on a mattress?
I was too busy spanking my (Honda) Monkey. Installed a new exhaust and header.
Bought my 1st road bike, need to build up some stamina, can only put in a few blocks before needing to rest.
great to see you riding Mike!
I still try to walk 4-5 miles per day.
Might go for a bike this year...not sure.
I travel a lot, so my entire exercise program is portable, with no machines (not always at every hotel)
So, I walk and do floor stretching and some yoga (sort of)
Finally got my car home this week. Unfortunately after a year of it being gone. I could barely fit it in my damn garage. Doing a little spring cleaning to make some space
Getting "Olle" (the Road
Warrior Worrier) ready for his next trip from VA to MN and back. So far we've done the oil/filter change, basic tune-up stuff, upper strut mounts, fabricated a couple new brake lines, bled (both of us). Motor and transmission mounts next, then alignment.
Old plugs look pretty good for a car with 215K
May do 914's shift coupler this FRI--kind of dreading it.
Are you on Procrit yet Mike? It really helps; a lot! @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=87
Trying to get the boat running, need it for a party this weekend. I support a skydiving event at Disappearing Island near Daytona. Going to be about 60 skydivers jumping on to the island Sunday.
It spent 3 weeks waiting on jack stands with the tranz on the floor waiting for Throwout Bearing job etc.... parts. Drive-able now. But it rained today.
Main reason, I have a 72 VW bus on jack stands. No way I am driving that in 10 months....But I am trying.
Been busy with work work. Just finished a project that resulted in 4 patent applications.
Started on a new project today for Porsche!
If all goes well, my code will be in either the 2020 (tight deadline, probably not going to work) or 2021 models (much more likely) ...
so tired of this Spring
Yesterday the Water Softener sprung a leak.
Today the garage door sheared a pivot bolt, again, a grade 8 this time
It's like the house feels neglected with me trying to get 2 cars running for WCR
Be careful with that door, Chris ...
More of the 'same-old, some old' happening here. We got some rain in the am, then the winds picked-up in the afternoon. Blew loose dirt everywhere
However, I got more soil cut out, sand base and more bricks installed. This isn't going as fast as I had hoped, but any forward progress is ... well, forward progress
In hind-sight, I should have stopped by the local Home Depot to hire a day laborer ... but I just didn't know which Juan to pick
My old air drying desiccant system failed (I failed to replace the stuff inside in a timely manner)
So I am soldering up 50 feet of 3/4 copper tubing.
Once that is done I'll be running a line to the front of the 2 car garage for a 50 foot hose reel.
I'm waiting for the mechanic to release "Walther" from custody. He's been busy fixing the stuff the last shop didn't fix properly. (Grrrrrr......) I'll give this guy credit for wanting to be sure everything is right before he gives me the car back, but my "project car" keeps getting bumped by other, more pressing turnarounds.
That, plus unpredictable weather combined with my limited availability for pickup, has greatly delayed our reunion.
I don't have one at the moment.
I'll take 'Another Ridiculous Setback' for $5 please Alex.
30mph winds kept me away from the other 914 this weekend.
I used an aftermarket version of the VW power distribution block
Am still in the slammer. When I get my ankle bracelet I will be able to start working on it. . Ok, so I don’t have an excuse.
Nothing but I got some work done on my Yamaha also. Just cleaning it up after it's adventure. It's 95 and I just sweat working out in the garage. Need to put in the A/C. So the bike is inside.
I jacked up the car and the suspension seemed to fall out
Pipes all soldered up for the dryer. I planned on running this 3/4 inch RapidAir Maxline from outlet of air filter after the dryer. Not going to happen. Took me over 5 minutes just to straighten out that little portion.
Time to say f it and go back in the house.
Working on straightening out the airline.
Had some DOM tubing and the vise, had to buy the $20 hitch step.
I need one piece at 20 feet then a 90° for a 25 foot run to a junction.
I'd like to run an air hose or piping from the 33 gallon compressor in my garage to the front of my house (approximately 60 feet or so). I just want it for blowing debris off of the driveway and to fill vehicle tires.
What would you recommend? ... would 1/2" or 3/4" GRS pipe be appropriate?
I have air-chuck fitting with a 'T' and a drain valve at the bottom (approx 10" below the 'T') that I could install at the end of the run ... I don't think I'd need an elaborate dryer assembly.
No work on the car or even at my real job for a bit.
At Hard Rock Cancun with the family.
I was coerced into going camping up near Big Bear Lake for several days for the annual Amateur Radio Field Day event on Saturday/Sunday.
Felt good to get out of the urban setting for a little while, as I missed attending a lot of other different events from 2017 ~ 2019
Nice surf pick I learned to surf at seal beach" hey you on the green board get away from the rocks"
My excuse for today is that I am picking up the newly rebuilt engine for my 2002 Tii project.
I'm driving mine. I can't work on it whilst driving.
I'm working on Big Blue today. Had the boat in the shop. When I went to go get it, as soon as I hooked the trailer up Big Blue blew her brakes right in the middle of the driveway. She left big puddles in thier driveway. Had to have her towed home. The leak is in the main frame behind the fuel tank. Have to remove the tank to get at it. So today I moved 25 gallons of diesel so I can drop the tank. Then I will be able to see what is going on.
Betty and I spent the morning cleaning the garage. So I will be back after it tomorrow morning working to getting the 4.0 running.
After a hard day of driving in rush hour yesterday, today is a day of rest for the 914.
I started thinking about working on the 914, does that count?
I flew in from Seattle to Scottsdale small airport to have a black (Uber Black that is...) driver drop me off just to start it up. WTF! from 72 to 111 degrees F. and the damned thing fired up immediately! Now I have to drive it! and I will....
sidebar: I have a battery cut off switch that I use and I blow out the fuel from the Webers throats prior to leaving "the oven"///////// That is what I did.....
I didn’t work on the 914 because I drove it TO work then home but what kept me from working on it other than it doesn’t need anything? 8 hour of power washing the house!
I would like to hook up the CHT gauge before Okteenerfest, but priority is house projects -250 ft of railings , 1000sqrft of deck and 500+ spindles to clean- I am getting too old for this! Blew out the power washer hose, but back of house is done, tomorrow is on to the front and then tackle replacing all soft lines on the 2000 528i.
Once all that is done I can sit down and enjoy reading my Panorama mag
Up 5 am, left home at 6 am, driving around 800 km south to Celle in Germany. Tomorrow we head on to Stuttgart via Nürnberg. 36 C when we arrived today, too bloody hot for this viking....
Yesterday, replaced our leaking 50 gallon water heater with a Takagi tankless heater.
Today, had to take pull the dishwasher in the kitchen and take it apart to clean and repair that.
Both working so time to clean up and get ready for a bike ride, haven't ridden my bike in almost 2 weeks, either too hot, on vacation or sick.
I hear ya, Mike ... our dishwasher recently developed a leak that I need to address. I fixed it years ago, guess it needs new seals again. At least it's the portable/roll-around type, so it's not as bad as a built-in.
Cleaned out the basement at my parents old house
Went to Mom's new apartment installed a closet rod, a shower caddy, and a bed skirt.
Went to my daughters house looked at flooring
Came home went to the shop, tested an A/C unit I think I will install it. And then took apart the mower to find a mouses nest under the cooling tin on the engine. And started doing the tune up, and clean up of the engine. Need to replace fuel hoses, add a Tach / Hour Meter, and oil drain line support. Things I do to all my small engines now.
I hit golf balls
Gears is gears. From this:
To this: awaiting a 26 centcirclip for final assm.
I have the Smithy 1220 3-in-1 model - cool machine
Didnt do anything today, zip, zero zilch !
I'm doing this !
I have a project i'll be working on soon.
Has anyone ever built a heating system for there pool? (above ground)
I need tips.
My dog ate it?
Er....I guess that was my homework when I was 10.
i drove it one day but didn't DO anything to it because we've been finishing home projects and landscaping to prep the house for listing/sale - AND
had to replace brake lines for the E39 528i (280k miles and going!) before my daughter takes it to grad school in fall, - original lines were sorely in need of replacement, AND new front brake rotors and a leaking power steering line on the wife's '04 Jag. Now with those projects and jobs done I might actually get to finish the install of the CHT gauge on the 914 and post on that other thread-what I DID do lol!
I built a surround for our outdoor fire place.
Bees had moved in and the geniuses who installed the insert stucco'd over the flange. The only way to get it out to remove and relocate the hive was to destroy the front. So a removable cover it is!
It's BEE-UTIFUL ...
Viral conjunctivitis on the back of gastric flu... Guess I pushed myself a little too hard on my European trip.
My on again/off again relationship with a pinched sciatic nerve made itself evident this morning
Some stretching, rolling and a Norco helped relieve some of the pain, so I wandered outside mid-day, removed all 4-wheels from the '66 912, wire-brushed and painted the lug nuts, filled the tires with fresh air and reinstalled them ... all in anticipation of moving the car off of the mid-rise lift in the driveway and rolling it on the new concrete pad in front of the garage later in the week
Then, we had to take one of our pups for a vet appointment in the late afternoon ... she started coughing & hacking and looking a little run down during the w/e. We'll start her on an antibiotic regimen later this evening, so she can return to her normal self soon
I was busy watching this documentary on Jack Brabham. Awesome man, awesome driver. Some Porsche content too.
Man, that is cool cool cool. My wife is going to love that in our patio. Thanks Chris.
Now that is a legitimate excuse for not working on your car. Congratulations
Congrats and say goodbye to sleep.
Well mine has 914 content just not working on the car.
I spent the weekend in 105 degree cleaning out my father's addict at his old house. My wife and I moved 150 12ft long Walnut boards racing for 4 to 16" wide all cut from the family farm in 1955, and given to my parents as a wedding present.
Then I moved down some old school wood working stuff from the 50, 60, and 70s, stuff is heavy and built to last. Old dealt and Rockwell / Delta stuff.
Last thing I did was clean out the entire stash of Porsche parts he had, that came from a Parts car he got in 1977, ~13,000, and then a bunch of later parts that are from latter models. I remember he took a bunch of stuff to a Tweaks Swapmeet for me, when I was parting out mid west rust buckets, and he must have stored it up there also.
It was a truck and trailer full, and have another run todo to get the next truck load home.
Oh and I got home to find, a shelf had collapsed, tossing a very nice 911 muffler at the 914-6. I had a Mom service cover on the back of the -6 no scratch, nothing, that I found. And it did not bust the NOS Hella euro on the back.
I am off to purchase my lottery ticket, and it could have been so much worse.
So what will keep me from working on the car this week. Building shelves that are worth of being in my garage, and then unboxing al the 914 stuff from Dad's, cataloging it, and putting up Ads for the stuff not needed in my -6 build.
Congratulations, now you need to find a 718 Spyder and store it away for her first car, which you will have to convert over to run off algae bio fuel, but hey it is the thought that counts.
Spent the weekend hiking in the mountains with the new dog. But did drive a Cayenne to get there.
Been working on my truck, brakes went out on it. I had the boat in the shop for a tune up and when they called and told me it was done I went down to pick her up and when I backed up to her the brakes went out. Best possible spot for it to happen at. Got the truck towed home and picked up the boat the next day. The leak in the break line was behind the fuel tank inside the frame rail. Had to drain 25 gal of fuel drop the tank and move it out of the way. The leak was hidding behind part of the wire loom covered in that corrugated shielding. That plastic shit rubbed a hole in the steel brake line.
I've been SUP stand up paddling/surfing.
I drove the 914 today too, so there's that.
Also, removed the unsecured Subaru seats (that were sitting in it when I purchased it) and installed the correct seat tracks ...
... and a pair of correct seats that I re-upholstered last year.
It's up for sale now ...
Superhawk996 - I am hoping for the best for you. Skin cancer is a bitcX.
I go yearly for a full body screening and every year they cut and burn stuff off. The hard part was I was never really a go lay out in the sun kind of person. Sure, occasionally I would go lay out and relax but it was few and far between as I was always working or going to school. Not like some people who go bake everyday and look like leather. But I did spend about 5 years riding a motorcycle daily as part of my career and my face and arms got a lot of sun. I never thought of sun block back then.
Met with the Pastor to get my kids baptized. 914 takes a back seat to this one.
Glad to see that I'm not the only one with electronics diversions too!
Yesterday one of my stereo amps quit working after doing a demo for my buddy at about 600W per channel. To steal the title of a great music documentary. IT MIGHT GET LOUD!
Fortunately, it was only an internal 10A mains fuse since these particular amps are notorious for catastrophic, cascading failures when the output section goes. I run two of these amps as in a bridged mono setup. Usually, I'll just blow the 20A fuse panel for the house which is easy to reset!
Check out these power supply capacitors. There are four of them at 47,000 uF. 7oz mini Mountain Dew for relative size comparison.
Spoke - You're killing me what is it???
103 Degrees today
Every mechanic worth his/her salt should have a good assortment of dental picks, Oscar ... but I do also have a nice assortment of pliers (and pain meds) too
Yep, I still tinker with old tube and early transistor radio communications gear every now and then. The new surface mount stuff is for the kids with good eyes and steady hands
My AZ main garage door is shaded from the front deck so it doesn't get too warm in the summer, but it DID get real cold in the winter. I also installed those 1" foil-sided foam boards and it made a huge difference in the winter.
My RV garage gets full sun all day long, but I had the house painted last summer and went with a light tan color on the garage doors. It's helped to keep the heat down, but winter's a different story. It's a roll-up door so I don't think it can be insulated (?). I may have to install a roll-up curtain or something
More Ghia work. Installed a 70's circa JetSounds AM/FM/Cassette deck in the dash. It was originally in my '71 914 when I bought it. I also replaced the deteriorated cardboard glove box insert with a new one made from ABS. The trunk release lever is mounted in the glove box, and it had broken loose ripping the cardboard to shreds, and making somewhat of a trick to open the trunk. The toughest part of this task was making sure to drill the (7) holes to mount the entire mechanism in the exact spot it needed to be in, plus cutting a slot in the bottom for the release cable to exit. It was originally installed with rivets, but I used #8 screws, flat washers and nutz to reinstall it (just in case I fuched-up my measurements). Thankfully, it all worked out just fine
Found a bag with all the front 3-point seat belts parts, so those got installed too. Also found and installed the little spring that flips the gas filler door open. No more reaching in to pull the handle under the dash with the left hand while stretching to pry the door open with the finger nails on the other hand
Then I decided to wash it. A prospective buyer is coming to check it out on Wednesday, so it'll look nice and pretty
... Then I drove it around the neighborhood to make sure any water I missed while wiping it dry got blown off
Because the wifes daily decided it was too good for boost.
Because I am in Orlando and it is in Phoenix.
Lots of two wheel action this summer.
Not 103, but still too hot to work in garage until the sun goes down......
Car is in So. Cal and I’m in Maui.
Took a break from German Engineering to fix some long overdue bugs in this beast!
Our second restoration and an absolute blast to drive. 1970 Maverick 302.
Chased down and found a bad ground after 6 YEARS that was messing with the headlights and turn signals. Driver window fell off it's track, hood latch adjustment. Snug up the exhaust, a bit leaky. And installed a new harmonic balancer to hopefully solve some vibration issues.
Hope all you 914 lovers can appreciate something a little morerumbly
Hard to work on the car when asleep most of the weekends. Not sure if depressed, not motivated or just so far behind I don't care anymore..I am trying to clean my mill today after sitting idle for 4 months. Not sure what to do afterwards.
Worked on the truck, got the fuel tank back under it. Mabe tomorrow I can get it ready to put fuel back into it.
Because it’s too effin’ hot in Phoenix
Well, yesterday I was supposed to have a skin graft surgery, one and done. Nope, they pulled a bait and switch. Due to size and depth of wound, it's now at least 2 surgeries.
1st to put in a synthetic skin layer that is really shark cartilage and cow cartilage collagen matrix that encourages your own tissue to grow into it. Topped with a silicone layer to hold in moisture and keep bacteria out.
Now here's were it get's interesting. To keep it all in place and to help ensure grafting between the tissues, they put a vaccum bag type dressing on it and uses a small vacuum pump to pull slight negative pressure.
Just like carbon fiber, I've been vacuum bagged!
It literally sucks. Very annoying and feels like a giant leech or something sucking on your neck. Very weird feeling.
Get to keep this baby for at least a week, maybe two. Then about a month from now we repeat the 2nd graft with another thinner epidermis layer.
There is the element of medicine that I find fascinating like this sort of technology but then I'm totally put off by having to sign a dozen forms that state medicine is not and "exact science", and to know that even a procedure like this still has a 10% failure rate where the graft doesn't take.
I'm an engineer - what if we made everyone sign forms that engineering isn't an "exact science" and there might be a small chance that your steering system might fail or a bridge might collapse unexpectedly due to load cases that the engineers might not be able to foresee or to control. There would be hearings in front of Congress and protests in the streets. Apparently medicine gets a free pass.
I had two doctor appointments yesterday ... an annual physical with my primary care physician and a follow-up with my gastro doctor. I asked my PCP if some dark spots, that have gradually shown up on my shoulders over the past couple of years, were something we should be concerned with.
Thankfully they're not, but seeing what you're going through, and what some other friends who've developed melanoma(s), have gone through, I wanted to get in front of it if needed.
Wishing you the best outcome
107 degrees again
Good job Mark! Better to ask and investigate than ignore it. Take it seriously guys -
Melanoma can kill you if left untreated.
In my case, both myself and even my dermatologist overlooked it for about 3 years because it looked more like Rosacea (light redness but blotchy). So basically it wasn't until it was evolving over time that he did the 1st biopsy of it and then we were off to the races. This was caught pretty early but it had grown in size substantially over the 3 years. Glad it didn't go another 3 years!
Here's a good except on Melanoma:
“Is this melanoma?” This is one of the most frequently-asked questions we hear. Most cutaneous (skin) melanomas are found by patients, not doctors, so it is important to know your skin and body well so you can recognize when a mole isn’t “just a mole.” Melanoma can look different from person to person, but if you suspect that a spot on your skin fits the following descriptions, talk to your dermatologist right away. Not all skin cancers and melanomas fall into these categories, so use this list as a starting point:
A change on the skin – this could be a new spot, or a change in color, shape or size of a current spot
A spot, sore or mole that doesn’t heal, becomes painful or becomes tender
A mole that becomes itchy or begins to bleed
A spot, sore, mole or lump that looks shiny, waxy, smooth or pale
A firm red lump that bleeds or appears crusty
A flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly
A black/dark spot or streak under a fingernail or toenail (that hasn’t come from previous trauma to the nail)
Recovering from hernia surgery. B down for a month, no lifting, pulling, pushing over 10 lbs. Done with the liquid diet, and walking around the house and yard. I'm ready for a steak...
"What the Fuchs is Keeping You From Working on it?"
Such a great question.
My main answer is vineyard work but we're also building new 10,500 gallon concrete water tanks for when the next fire comes along (not if, when).
And it's nice when your neighbor lends his excavator to dig up the partially burned 4" pvc pipe.
But it's a bummer when the track comes off.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=15327 - Now THAT is real work! Here's to you never needing those tanks for their designed use case...
Hope all's well with you, Carole and Ethan!
Tearing apart a 997....no rust but just as bad as doing a 914, worse it has coolant.
My excuse is medical also- no work on the 914 for a while- has a major cardiovascular incident last week Monday- almost didn’t make it, i was on the floor face down in the dr office!
I am way ahead of what they expected- right after surgery(right after I was brought in Monday) they told Roshelle it would be 32 hours before they knew if I would make it and if I would recover - in 24 I was awake conscious and pull lung my ventilator out(I don’t remember that)
- it was my Left Anterior Descending(widow maker) and I have no cardiovascular disease or blockages (genetics are a bitch too) but that one he said was congenitally smaller and narrow and had a bend in it and over years of grown collateral circulation- we don’t know why it closed up suddenly - but if I had not turned my car around and driven back to dr office I would not be here- fell on floor of the dr office they did cpr the EMS was there in 1 minute, I was jump started 2x in ambulance, and was at the cardiac cath lab I hospital in 5 min- I was in and out with a stint in 15 minutes but it took a couple days for it all to settle down. It ICU recovery room for 3 days and 3 more to make sure I was stable, oh and then there is the pneumonia I got IN the hospital, but hey I am alive and here!
Sorry no pictures lol! I didn’t have my phone for a week.
But let me be a cautionary tale, 53, no CVD, no high BP, I don’t smoke, my cholesterol is 157, etc etc, . My warning to all if you is if your genetics are strong for a family history of heart attack at a young age, you need to be checked. Not just blood test, not a EKG, but a full work up with a ultrasound and maybe even a nuclear MRI. We probably would have found this decode it was too late I’d i had.
Glad all you fellas with the health issues are all on the mend. That some heavy duty crap. As an RN I know what all of you are dealing with. I’ve worked with patients with your scenarios.
Wish you all well! I count my blessings cause I’m in this age bracket now.
Be well. My excuse this week. Moving kids to college.
Wow Phil, that's really scary. Glad you're with us and recovering fast!
Damn! I am glad you guys are doing way better- both of those events are scary. I worry about stuff like that all of the time.
... and here I am complaining about chronic sciatica
Praying for your speedy and full recovery, Phil
DrPhil's situation sort of puts it all in perspective.
So glad you made it into the Dr's office!
Well, my wife wanted to mow our back yard, so I had to dig out some ancient lawn cutting machines that haven't been started up in over 10 years. We recently told our gardener that we'd take of the rear yard, because we grew tired of all the debris their blower blew into the many nooks & crannies in the car port area, under the cars, and everywhere else back there for that matter.
The edger wouldn't start. Going through the standard troubleshooting process, found that the air filter element was dried up and very brittle, so I had to make a new foam element. Pouring a little gas down the carburetor's throat allowed it to start for several seconds, then it died. Did the same thing on a few additional attempts, so I decided I'd get back to it after trying to start the mower.
The mower fired right up after a couple pulls, but was stuck on high speed, no matter where the speed control lever was positioned. I partially disassembled it to work on the carburetor linkages. Found that the throttle plate was stuck in the full open position, so it's working fine now after freeing the stuck shaft up
Back to the edger. I disassembled the carburetor and shot cleaner through all the passages. Put it all back together and it still didn't want to run. After watching some Youtube videos, I determined that the check ball at the base of the fuel pick-up tube wasn't completely opening, and not allowing enough fuel into the carburetor (there's no bowl), so I'll have to wait on the new tube I ordered to get here next week.
So my wife mowed the lawn, and I edged 40' of walkway with poultry shears
Oh ... it was 90° here today
We towed our non-running 914 project 1 street over to my place with a toyota tacoma and some ratchet straps.
Wow, there's a blast from the past. How ya doing Daniel?
I'm too busy driving my car to work on it. I drive it just for the fun of it, and, almost every day.
Spent the day picking up my exhaust system from Marty and Mattylite in L.A. then the afternoon looking over and hearing James MSDS system. Evening my family heading over to Mission Viejo lake for a concert on the lake. Back home happy
Dr Phil. Glad you are still alive. All the best for a fast and complete recovery.
Rebuilt a shed floor yesterday at my son's new hose. Carpenter ants got to it. Framing was okay, they where building their home between two layers of flooring. Cut it all out, laid in 3/4 pressure treated and sealed it all up. Cut in a new door on the end of the shed so, he can get his mower in.
Today I finished up the shed details, came home unloaded my tools, started charging all the batteries I have for the cordless tools, and while I was waiting, I worked on my jib crane project. I was laying out a couple of pieces of 1/4" plate I will be using to hold the I-Beam to the top of the post. When I missed the edge of the bench, and promptly learned a lesson in gravity. both plates came down on my foot, missed the steel toe by about an inch. Sitting here typing this with ice on it, trying to keep the swelling down.
Glad to hear you pulled through Dr. Phil, BTW, great idea on a FS, Trade, or WTB at Okteenerfest. I have a lot of
crap, treasurers I need to move out of the shop.
More Dr. visits, not cancer related thankfully. Latest PET scan and MRI look good.
Left eye has been blurry lately, diagnosed as L CHOROID NEOVASCULARIZATION.
Growth of new blood vessels that form on retina and pop bleeding into eye.
Had a shot into the white of my eye, will be going back monthly for anther shot.
On the plus side I have my mill running so I can attempt to make my boxster caliper adapters.
DrPhil, glad to hear you are recovering.
Working on the '64 Ghia, getting it ready for picture & getaway car duty at my daughter's wedding Sept 7.
I am making an effort to get my truck back on the road. I finally got the fuel tank back into position, it's not bolted in yet. So maybe tomorrow I can finish that and put some fuel in it. Still need to bleed the brakes. It will be nice to have it running.
This wayward orphan followed me home today, and I think Underdog was a little jealous of it getting all of the Porsche attention.......
If not for a wobbly gas pedal, I'd drive it to cars and coffee tomorrow.
Nice buy brother.
'Cause I still don't have a garage...storing the cars off site in temporary storage. But the plans are currently being made up and the bobcat has already leveled the yard for it
Worked the '70 Ghia a little more. Replaced all the old worn out window felt with new stuff, unclogged the gas filler well's drain tube, installed a new external mirror mount, washed it, took it out for a short drive, and parked it on the blvd with for sale signs on it
Still on light duty restriction and awaiting more engine parts.
Spent yesterday day trouble shooting and fixing a Rotel RB-970BX for a buddy.
$6.00 transistor replaced. Back in business. Nice little amp that will run 180W in bridged mono.
Hopefully get out in the garage yet today and do some light welding repair work on GA000099 engine tin that I can do at the bench before it goes to media blast and powder coat.
Packing for our move in 5 days, and still on restrictions, it all the tools in garage got packed yesterday, 10 guys showed up and packed my whole garage!!
So while I am not working on the 914, some work will be getting done this week, a friend of mine knows an upholstery guy and is taking my original back pad over tomorrow and he is going to put my new replacement vinyl kit from 914rubber on it! I have been holding on to my original for 10 years, vinyl was shot but the padding is very good condition, just had to fix one bracket,- anyway- once that comes back I might be able to say I actually worked on my car again
I'm still waiting on the tan interior upholstery that I ordered from them last November
I had two back-to-back medical procedures today. It involved a couple of flexible cameras ... and anesthesia
I am perty busy right now. DD is still down but getting close but Dorian is too. Got the boat ready and was finishing up the details on the fule tank in the truck, still can't drive the truck. Need to bleed the brakes. Now I need to get the house ready.
Congratulations Lawrence. I am sure they will play well together.
You do nice work, Eddy
Nice Bass Jo.
That is living the life
Bought the wrong Pertronix. Arrrgghh!
Worked on the refurbishment of PT Boat 728. Constructed a pattern for frame #4 at the bow. Can't wait to finish the pattern work so we can build in earnest. Why can't I rotate this pic Arghhhh!!!
I moved the 914 out of the garage so I could work ALL EFFING DAY on my gas pedal/linkage issues on the newly arrived 912. Bruce Stone saved the day for me too!!!
(That was my vodka/tonic I knocked over last night while working on the car coming out from under the car, a huge waste of Ketel 1 )
What a waste. The horror
That 912 is so scared it pissed on the floor....
Honey do chores.....
I took the day off to relax just like Dorain (Dorian). He is cruising at 1mph and I was taking a nap. My truck got finished yesterday and I even took it for a test drive. Now I have to get ready for court on the 9th and 10th in Santa Ana.
I sold the 912 today as I wasn't enamored with the rust I inherited.
I made some good dough on the flip, onto bigger and better things.
I spent time in the storage shed, sorted through a ton of Harley parts, took tons of pix and posted those parts for sale in several different venues.
Also, ordered another large blasting cabinet and a vacuum/reclaimer unit along with 50 lbs of soda, so I can clean a bunch of parts here in So. Cal (since my other blasting cabinet is in AZ).
Couldn’t work on it while I was driving it.
Gawd how I love how this 48 year old car performs. Acceleration is strong enough with the 3.0 and cornering ability is absolutely insane. It always puts a smile on my mug.
Had to focus my attention on a water-cooled VW that has a problem being a water-cooled VW
This thermostat housing was a pain to get off the motor ...
... and installing the new one - just as tough ... I didn't feel like removing the alternator to get this repair completed
Need to burp the system tomorrow.
OOPs ... I almost forgot ... I had to remove a thermal sensor in the cooling system's piping to start the burping process. It's held in place with a plastic U-shaped retainer clip. When I removed the clip, it disappeared to some God-forsaken place in the engine bay. I NEED that clip, as the pressure that builds up in the system will surely dislodge the thermal sensor in short order.
I searched high and low for it, but to no avail. I guess I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and get one from the local VW dealer (probably at some ridiculous price)
Yesterday, took the wife's water-cooled Beetle out front and washed it. Figured what the hell, lowered the Westy ('Eileen') off the lift, drove it out front for a wash job as well.
Also, took delivery of my new Harbor Freight blast cabinet, reclaimer/vacuum unit and a 50 lb. bag of soda. Need to assemble the cabinet and construct a dolly to move it around (like we did with my bead-blast cabinet)
Had an appointment with my spine surgeon this morning Good news, it doesn't look like I need surgery (just yet), and being referred to a pain management specialist. Bad news, until i get to see him/her, the pinched sciatic nerve still hurts like a mo-fo after standing/walking for any length of time
FedEx delivered another shipment from Harbor Freight today. Everything I ordered from them arrived yesterday, so I was at a loss as to what today's shipment could be
I was even more confused after I opened the box ...
building custom closet cabinets for my Son's new house. Found some of Dad's German wood working tools, it is so nice to work with some high quality wood tools. Made me raise my game.
I am actually enjoying working with wood I still prefer metal, but now I need a wood shop...
Because... Fuch you!
Too much heavy equipment work!
Pressed and welded in tapered inserts to fix the wallowed out tie rod end bores.
Repacked the stab cylinders on my backhoe (blew one out a few weeks ago). Of course the last guy who did the right cylinder stripped the packing gland threads and welded on the nut so I had to cut the nut welds, rebuild the thing, and then welded it back on. He also left out the o-ring...here I always wondered why it weeped. Not worth spending $400 on a new gland or the time to build it up and re-thread when a few tack welds will do the trick. Should the shaft have been re-chromed...probably...ehh
And the happy backhoe...including loader lift cylinder with an internal leak. One more thing to fix.
Final (hopefully) skin graft surgery went down yesterday.
The main downside is that I traded one surgical site for two. Both the graft and the donor site are now vacuum bagged again.
7 days with these contraptions again and I ought to be on the mend.
Looking forward to getting back to chassis work before snow flies.
Nice boy toy. Nice fab & welding! My neighbor has an old worn out Ford 545 skid steer. Last time I used it the Kingpins were shot! I think he wants your number! Kidding of course, but, nice work keeping old iron working.
This thing is one of those toys that you probably work on a day for every 4 days of working with it. But, way less expensive than renting. The field it's in there is about an acre and was heavily wooded with a lot of ledge. Cleared it all and now am finishing chipping out the ledge.
Biggest thing I'm trying to figure out now is how to replace some of the bushings and align bore without any of the correct equipment. The bucket has ~1/4" of slop in each bushing. Makes it tough to grade.
Those Ford's are nice machines-in some ways far better designed than these old Deere's. The Deere machines let you push them past their design point and break stuff while the Fords seem to just stop.
My side hustle is indoor rock climbing. The wife and I opened a new location this month. It was nearly a 5 year effort, with plenty of drama along the way. I have been able to keep up a regular if slow pace on the car up until the last few months. We're open now and I hope to claw back some time of my own to keep restoring.
What are your liability insurance premiums like?
Yesterday, had my first visit with a new pain management doctor and got a cortisone shot in the arm. Helping a little, but next week, going in for an epidural between L4 & L5.
Still plugging away building the HF soda blasting cabinet. Making several modifications to it, which are supposed to improve the efficiency many fold. Some day, I should do these upgrades to the old bead blasting cabinet too.
My buddy had a minor incident at his last track day. Too hot into turn 11 at Sonoma Raceway, ran wide on the brakes, got into the marbles and glanced off the tire wall.
It was enough to crack his splitter.
So today was "Fun with Composites!"
I'm just getting started on it. Probably a few day effort, but that includes curing time.
Celebrating 35 years of marriage today. Have to keep my hands spotless, so no dirty work of any kind ... until this evening
Continued with the soda blast cabinet build/modifications. Still waiting for an air pressure regulator/water trap unit and a media metering valve that should be here this week. Also need to construct a dolly to move it around ... then I can mount the vacuum/media reclaimer unit on it
These mods are supposed to vastly improve the efficiency of these inexpensive Harbor Freight cabinets.
I needed a day off because I drove it 1611 miles in the last 5 days.
Those tiles make for some intense sweaty grout work. Then the grout starts to take off. Then you're short and have to buy another bag.
Finally got this to a point where it was able to move under its own power for the first time in 20+ years. I’m in a thrash to get it as shaken down as possible before the Copperstate Overland event in early October,
I didn't work on the 914 but it did get pushed back in the garage after I completed a 2.7 swap in a 99' Boxster.
Received the new foot pedal and gun from Eastwood yesterday. Got around to plumbing everything today. Need to pick up a couple more hose clamps to secure the media hose connections to finish that off.
Installed a new media metering valve too. It's supposed to work 100% better than the siphon tube that HF supplies with the cabinet.
... and then, still need to build a cart/dolly for it
Whilst showing my wife the almost completed project, she reminded me that I need to finish up the front porch project we started last year
... so once the blast cabinet is done, I need to cut and install the door & window trim so she can start staining the wood to match the trim in our living & dining rooms.
I already have the 1x4 DF boards for the door and windows, just need to pick up some 1x6 Douglas Fir for the baseboards to start the job
Just need to refocus and get my butt in gear - "Happy wife, happy life"
Thanks for the description of your Westfield. I am always curious about the mechanical components in Lotus Seven style cars. Best of luck with your 914 and Westfield.
Cause I was out driving it
Tuesdays are street sweeping day here, and with a recent influx of new drivers on our block, parking spaces are getting harder to find. I noticed my tenant drove his car to work (normally rides his Harley), so I snagged the back driveway space with my '96 Tacoma.
I've been wanting to change the original spark plugs & wires for some time, as it's just turned over 131k miles - so that's what I did yesterday. Also cleaned the MAF sensor and throttle body, snugged up the valve covers and started 'detailing' the engine compartment with Purple Power spray (great stuff).
When my tenant got home, he asked if I could check out the charging system in his bike, as it didn't start in the morning. Battery read 12.9v at rest, but dropped to 10v and just clicked the solenoid when he attempted to start it. Stuck it on the charger for a few hours then started it up. Read 14.5 v, so the charging system appears to be fine. Maybe it's time for a new battery - even though it's not that old. The original battery in my '98 Dyna lasted 17 years. ('Battery Tenders' are great little maintenance chargers).
... also, saw some moisture build-up in the headlights, and they appeared to be kind of dim, so I decided to install some new Halogen lamps. Interestingly, the lenses separated from the bodies when I removed the retainer rings Apparently the rubber seals failed, so it was probably only a matter of time until they stopped working completely
While I had the grille assembly out, noticed some of the black paint had worn off over the past 23 years, so I cleaned it up, masked it off and repainted it ...
I'm wondering if Mothers 'Back to Black' will restore the plastic valance to it's former glory
What’s up with your license plate? So one can read it in there rear view mirror!
Ukrainian license plate
I have an AZ plate on the rear (no front required), but I left the old CA plate on to help deflect road debris from hitting the AC condenser behind it ... just installed it backwards and upside down
Out of town for seminar, in Charlotte NC and afterward stopped in at a place called Pour tap room- 118 in all told, had to try this one called 10/w40- darn good too but pretty thick
getting the 911S a new interior
Cheered my son on as he ran his last cross country race as a Senior this morning. Came home and started removing the deck boards from the front porch (27" x 8") and started installing new composite boards.
Tomorrow's plan; finish deck boards and finish cleaning up the landscape / remove old shrubs.
Busy making up parts for a windmill. Just practicing for the wing on Carerror.
There are parts for 8 30" foils there.
Trying to button up the Boxster train wreck so I can get it registered.
Not supposed to lift over 10 lbs for another 10 days. The 12 ft roll up door on the shop might me a few pounds over that.
Very cool & great pictures.
Did some minor mods to my Jeep Gladiator and my sons 944 needed
a state inspection as well as the OPRV gaskets needed replacing.
My “normal” cars mechanic did the inspection and allowed me the use of his lift
to do some work as my 914 occupies the home lift.
well, this time it was because I was taking care of a leak on my wife's car('04 Jag) and oil change, and pulled right front tire to get at and replace the broken washer fluid tank.
got that done, tried to figure out where the very slow oil leak is coming from, I suspect its the front engine cover gasket, which will be quite a job if I do it myself..... but for now I think its not bad enough to do yet, . ... and I looked at the 914, contemplated trying to find some O-rings that will work for the MC....
after that is giving my wife a break from taking care of a sick kid with a fever.... all good reasons to let the 914 sit for now,
Moved my wife's Beetle from under my lift, to a neighbor's carport, and moved the Westy off the lift and out to the front driveway, so I could put the Ghia on the lift for some overdue underside maintenance.
First, cleaned off what appeared to be decades of crusty old dried-up grease from the transaxle (should have taken some pix, it was ugly) - then drained and refilled it with new juice.
Also cleaned up some dried greasy crud from the front suspension components. Painted the entire underside of the floor pan and suspension components with black Rust Reformer paint.
Also drained and refilled the engine crankcase with Castrol 20/50 Racing Oil ... so now it will go faster
Still need to check all the steering parts, the steering wheel has a little play I'd like to eliminate. I have all the new parts including a new dampener shock - those should tighten it up some.
Then off to the chiropractor to see if he could do anything to help fix my pinched sciatic nerve.
Well, the fluid change in the Ghia's old transaxle didn't help reduce the growl very much, so I decided to look for a rebuilt transaxle.
Found one on the Samba for $500., so we drove up to Pomona to pick it up this afternoon.
I'll have to schedule a tech day in early 2020 and see iffin any locals want stop by to lend a hand dropping the drive train outta the Ghia
I'll probably have it out for little while ... I'd like to blast and paint some of the motor's sheet metal, then I can schedule another tech day to reinstall it
After I return from dropping my trailer off in AZ, I'll have access to the cars in the driveway in CA, focus a little more attention on HOWARD - and hopefully get him off to the paint shop.
Got pissed off working on the house yesterday,got a shitload done on my VW T4 2.5 TDI van,tricked up my ECU,extended the crazy short gear lever and custom built short shift,all 100% result,real happy with way more torque from engine.
Have fitted Oettinger 16'' wheels and lowered to people mover specs with H&R springs,Bilsteins all round,no more school bus handling .
Next day was time for some 914 love,pulled it out of storage primed the carbs and it started straight off,quickly decided it was time for a blast down the road,bought it home and topped up fuel (which it loves ) and wasn't disappointed it just got off its ass and flew for a baby six I'am pretty happy.
Second run ...why not?,got 5kms away and ran out of fuel,bit of a walk home and back .
Plenty to do on the car but a fun day and got some exercise ,besides just starting it isn't enough,I need to be more often.
My son’s Toyota truck had a cracked head (just bought it, CHEAP!). So I’m doing most of the work for him so he can pull in some overtime at his job.
Gotta love it. I called IPC (local VW parts house down the street from EMW) to get pricing and availability on new rubber mounts for the Ghia's 'new' transaxle.
They have a few pricing options, so I asked about the difference in quality vs the prices. Rather than steering me to the higher priced ones, the guy told me they've had better reviews from customers who purchased the less expensive ones.
The total difference is only $14. but it's like a breath of fresh air when retailers level with their customers and don't try to up-sell them to a more expensive product.
Heater core acting up on my daily driver Jetta so I bought this...
Been wanting a small truck for a while as an occasional parts hauler. Not really a "truck guy" but this Ranger Splash pushes all the right buttons - I like the blue color; flareside instead of slabside; 2WD; and it has working heat!
The 4.0L V6 runs good and, though it has its share of minor issues, this truck will be a fun project.
I work on the 914 for a week or so-on the road with the family going to MN for a funeral unfortunately . My brother-in-law passed away yesterday so we head back up the frozen tundra. And I can’t even get to a football game due to timing - I think MN is away at iowa(passing thru Iowa’s city tomorrow but no time to stop . Go Gophers!!
And I can say it’s dang cold in St Louis right now! I do have some projects to do when I get back. , I have some goodies on the way from BD Stone, and I did order the new Hella horns as well.
Sorry for your loss, Doc.
I feel your pain, Clay.
Our tenant and I picked up some 3/8" bungee rope and a HF silver tarp, and installed it above the rear driveway a couple days ago. Should keep the rain off of his cycles.
Still prepping for my AZ trip. Yesterday, I moved the wife's Subi & the Westy ('Eileen') to get the trailer out of the driveway. Then I got a bone-headed idea - decided to run the Ghia through the $4. automated car wash across town. Afterwards, I started heading home, made a turn into a driveway about a mile away and it just died.
Checked the engine compartment to see iffin anything got wet, but everything looked OK. Also checked all the fuses - all were OK too. Unfortunately, I didn't have any tools or diagnostic equipment to do any additional diagnosing, so I called AAA for a tow home. Safe & sound under the lift again ... I'll have to deal with it when I get back in December.
I stopped in Buckeye AZ to drop off my old my '83 XT200 that my friend, Fred, wanted to buy. He's really happy to have something larger than a CT90 now and can ride with the big boys on our desert camping trips.
Got some heavy rain and hail the other day
... but it cleared up the following day
Fred & family asked me to stay through Thanksgiving w/e, so I'm doing some stuff around the house to earn my keep. We removed the bent bumper and worked on the dented fender from a '67 Ford Fairlane he recently purchased. I purchased a HF bottle jack to get the initial dents out, then we removed the fender so I could bang on it some more.
Still have a bit of hammering to do, and Fred is going to order a patch panel for the rotted area behind the wheel arch, but it already looks much better.
Been up at my place in the AZ mountains since December 7th. - it's been 1.5 years since I was able to get back up here
A tree in the front yard died, so had to cut it down, as well as perform some overdue yard maintenance. Another unexpected item, we discovered that a big rat had taken up residence in the RV garage, and judging by the amount of it's turds, it must have moved in shortly after I left last year The pest control guy stopped by and gave us some traps and the rat was 'liquidated' in less than 24 hours.
Of course, the clean-up took much longer
Sorted through a lot of 914 parts that I need to bring back to CA and performed some general clean-up in the garage, since I need to park the trailer in there for a while.
Also, had a friend come by for a few days and we constructed a 'safe space' (dog run) under the rear deck area for when we bring our small dogs up here. Will install some nice decorative, vertical, stained-redwood 2x2s to make it look more architecturally pleasing when I come back this summer
No work on the 914 this week, unfortunately our almost 18 year old dog took sick and could not pull out of it a week of trying to see if we could get him back on his feet but no go- so sorry no 914 content in this post other than to say if he was outside or in garage wile I was working in and around the car he was always by my side, yesterday was a hard day, one I knew would come sooner than later but hoped would not be this soon and around the holiday, hard day for the “kids”- I know most of you have been thru this as well . So here’s to furry family pets of the 4 legged variety, and here’s to Snickers the dauchshund!
Here he is older and younger
I have been through this too many times with my dogs before. Nothing I can say will make this any better but just know you gave your dog the best life they could have, many dogs are not so lucky.
Sorry to hear about your pup, Doc They are family members and it's a real heartbreak when their time comes ... more so when you have kids
We're nearing that stage again with our 'Mrs. Brown' ... 20 year old Dachshund. We're hoping she makes it through the this holiday season.
The pounds and rescue centers are full of little critters that need a good home. We've rescued several doggies over the years, and will grab more when our current pups are gone.
Very sorry to learn of Lucky’s passing. It is never easy losing a close family member and faithful shop assistant. My heart goes out to you and your little pal.
Very sorry for your loss! You and your family must have cared greatly and should be proud to steward a dog for 18 years!
So sorry for your loss. Lost my first one, a boxer, many years ago. Still hurts a bit, but I remember the good times too. He could really make me laugh!
I’m stuck in a VRBO house with my wife’s relatives for the next few days. Oh fun! Wish I could have figured out how to stay home without causing trouble with the lady who takes care of me.
Hi Doc. I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Snickers. As a fellow weiner doggie parent, we have 2 miniature females from the same litter, it is one of my most dreaded thoughts that one day will be the last day our lives are blessed with them. They are presently 12 and healthy so I pray they make it to 18 like Snickers. I know you are hurting and hope that one day you will be able to give another Dachshund a forever home and be rewarded with all of the love and joy they bring, 24/7. God bless. Michael
Following suit, our little mini Dachshund, Mrs. Brown passed away his afternoon
She started a severe downhill run about a week ago, and stopped walking, drinking and eating yesterday. We kept her hydrated her with a syringe and administered adequate pain medication for two days, and she went peacefully in her sleep.
We'll miss the old gal, and are thankful that she didn't suffer for a long time. She lived a very good and very long life ... 20 years.
I lost all my animals last year, two very old black labs which were my constant companions at home and out on the trails, not to mention our 16 YO orange tabby. What a sh!tty year. We took some time off from pet ownership to let our hearts and bank accounts heal. Just recently we adopted a stray cat, which was abandoned by her sh!tty owner and left to live off the land. She was so tiny, we thought she was a young cat when our vet said she was probably three. We also added a 70 lb poodle cross (not my idea of a trail dog, but the Mrs is not allergic to him) whose owners took it to the vet to have him put down because of medical issues. So now we are back up to two and will hold there. Love, good times and heartbreak is what pets are all about.
Dogs are Mans Best Friend....Sad to hear,,,to all. My little Man "Nacho" moved on last month...The New Year is upon Us..
Oscar...you never cease to amaze. All the best in 2020 buddy!
God bless Mrs. Brown. I am happy to hear she enjoyed 20 years of love and family. They are truly great dogs.
... Nice job, Oscar. Stunning
I dove into the non-starting issue with the Ghia a couple days ago and continued through Thursday evening. It died a mile down the road after going through a drive-thru car wash a couple months ago
After checking the coil, distributor, generator, voltage regulator and the fuse block, I think it's narrowed down to a faulty ignition switch (no power the oil & generator lights when the ignition switch it turned to the run' position as well as no power to most of the fuse block).
Gonna pull the switch out tomorrow and see iffin it's really the problem and if it's repairable. If not, I already found a source for a new one ...
Pulled the trigger on this... Should put a few smiles on my face once it's home.
Installed the stock radio in our 79 928. Took a few years to find a working unit...
Nothing today, cold weather hits S. AZ lows are 26-28, not too warm in days right now too.
I was buying my new to me 75 914
Geezes, Bob ... how many do you own now? ... Looks nice
Recovering from back surgery, was told not to lift anything over 5 lbs. for a while, so I built the Fuhrmann 4-cam motor 1:3 scale model kit the wife got for my 66th birthday ...
How's the back doing from the operation?
Hope you are doing well.
The procedure appears to have been successful. Still have some pain in the region where they went in, and still have some residual pain in the left leg, but nowhere near as bad as it was before. I think a few more weeks will let us know how much improvement will be gained. At least I can walk again without a walker.
Thanks for your concern
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7300 glad your on the mend Mark.
Working on my sons water pumper 944.
Needs new injector o-rings, as well as motor mounts. One step at a time...
Cleaned out the way too many drains, which many are hard to reach, on the pig.
Have not worked on the 914-V8 for 10 days now.
But I have been busy:
fixing the washing machine and our truck - I am REALLY GOOD at taking things apart!
Replaced the trunk seal on the 928, cleaned and painted the front brake calipers on the Elan, working on fixing the mounting brackets on the new but incorrect Fiat 124 radiator (grrrr).
Against my spine surgeon's recommendations, (I can't sit still for too long), been working on a few different projects instead of resting.
Installed a wood floor in the 'Eileen' the Westy's galley. I have my annual Mojave desert camping trip coming up at the end of the month, but I won't be taking any motorcycles (my doctor was glad to hear that)
Did some temporary rust mitigation around the windows, polished it and reinstalled the ladder. A friend is going to perform more permanent repairs and touch-up the paint this coming summer.
I'm planning to put my Tacoma on the market, so took to get it washed, then my wife & I polished the paint and removed all the HAM radio equipment ...
... now, I'll rest
That looks great Mark.
Broke my mill again..had it fixed for a few days and I figured I'd do some PM work on it.
Now the X axis is stuck all the way to the left which is binding the dovetails so I cannot get the gib out.
The motor stalls and I cannot turn the leadscrew anymore. Time to disconnect the lead screw I think now so I can push the table back towards the center of the Y axis.
Combination of operator screw up and I should have spent more money on a better machine.
Tormach 1100, they are okay. My fault for not doing my homework (on the purchase and the disassembly)
I'll take a picture tonight to show what not to do.
Adding another p-car to the fleet
Good news, my mill is not FUBAR'd.
I was able to tap the gib back the correct direction.
I able still waiting for some tools so that I can remove the lead screw so I can inspect it better.
The item with red dot does not come out this direction. Opps.
Nice Targa, Travis
Still prepping the Tacoma for the future sale ... almost done. I really need to start getting the Westy ('Eileen') ready for her desert camping trip next week. I haven't driven her much since the 2.1L motor build... need to change the break-in oil and install a new oil filter, then pack up the camping gear.
Received some parts from 914 Rubber for the '71 914 ('HOWARD'), but it's all going onto storage shelves for now
Defied gamblin' noose-him's stay at home order, drove out to San Bernardino and picked up a 2007 Cayman
2.7L, 6-speed manual, white exterior (what else) with tan interior ... perfect color combo for cruising around in Arizona
let me pose a theoretical question:
there are two patients in respiratory failure. there is one ventilator. one 'defied' an order and was kind of pleased with himself for doing so. the other stayed at home, to keep his family safe and to avoid spread to others. if we put all other claims aside, how do we make that decision?
this may not be theoretical for that long. I am an MD, and I am hearing from my italian colleagues.
sorry to be heavy, but I am seeing people all around defying sensible advice, thinking they are clever / brave / this doesn't apply to them. I don't care about their risk of death, I care about them spreading to others. One's own risk of death is one's own business. One's contribution to another's death is something to be ashamed of...
let me pose a theoretical question:
there are two patients in respiratory failure. there is one ventilator. one 'defied' an order and was kind of pleased with himself for doing so. the other stayed at home, to keep his family safe and to avoid spread to others. if we put all other claims aside, how do we make that decision?
this may not be theoretical for that long. I am an MD, and I am hearing from my italian colleagues.
sorry to be heavy, but I am seeing people all around defying sensible advice, thinking they are clever / brave / this doesn't apply to them. I don't care about their risk of death, I care about them spreading to others. One's own risk of death is one's own business. One's contribution to another's death is something to be ashamed of...
I heard you the first time. Posting it twice doesn't underscore anything.
Just to be kind in response, all the recommended precautions were utilized ... both seller and buyer were wearing N95 masks and latex gloves throughout the entire process, so I doubt we were harming any other citizens (nor non-citizens for that matter).
We had made arrangements to complete the transaction prior to our illustrious 'guvner' proclaiming his edict, and I needed to take advantage of the nice break between rain storms here.
But thanks for posting your opinion, stay safe and have an ice day ...
That’s a nice lookin’ ride, Mark. You’re gonna love it
Washed, clay bared, waxed (x2), treated the new leather interior, and went for a cruise listening to an old AC/DC tape from high school. Great day!
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7300 sweet buy
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=17686 nice!! Funny how the old stereo's get us back in the nostalgia machine, I had to drag out my CD's bc the stereo in my new conversation has a CD player, wasted 1/2 a day digging through old music.
I once made the dumb decision that it was a good idea to fit airside on mij '69 westy.
Today I corrected that mistake and fitted adjustable shocks. The bus drives a lot better now. Although I need to find the perfect setting still.
Afterwards I took it out for a spin because it was perfect weather out!
^ Great wheels on your bus—maybe the best I've seen on a bay window—and I am a big fan of Spax dampers. They transformed an XR4Ti (your Ford Sierra) I had years ago. It rode better lowered than it did stock. Handling was far, far better too.
Too cold in an unheated garage..
Get one of those propane powered parabolic space heaters - they do the trick ... https://www.harborfreight.com/30000-btu-tank-top-propane-heater-63072.html?cid=paid_google|||63072&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=& amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwmdzzBRC7ARIsANdqRRkXwkKzCBeO_efrEaTCtw5vVSND4QeIBHscNgAHpZdjI4
I can't believe this thread dropped to page three. So everyone is working on their 914's every day?? We should be so lucky. I've been a little distracted integrating a new boxer 4 into the house. It is not well trained. It likes to go play in the mud.
Helping my wife with some spring cleaning today ...
Driveway looks pretty familiar.
I have a Westy, a 1st gen Taco, a Cayman, a 914, and instead of a Beetle I have a TT.
Added some power to my garage. Got the 220 wired & one plug in. Adding a second as well as a half dozen 110 plugs & 2 breakers. Needed the 220 for my mid rise scissor lift. Adding the second plug just in case
JRust- Nice. I know the Bendbak I ordered came in either 220 or 110 with no difference in price. I opted for the 220 as I figured it would make the lift work less when raising and it reportedly cuts down the lifting time too.
When I did my garage I added outlets-a-plenty around the garage and also added outlets up high too for decorative neon, clock, etc. I figured I would have one shot at doing it so I added them.
Building a platform bed and organizing the shop some more
Time to apply crabgrass preemergent...
I colored my Wiife's hair... probably should have done mine too
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=19241 - You are too kind. Thank you sir.
Been polishing the paint on Jen's new ride. The Driver's rear quarter felt like suede, I puckered up hard thinking I was going to burn all the way through to the primer. Turned out a lot better than i expected. Of course these would have to show up in reverse order LOL
Mocha Brown ?
Had to do an urgent brake job...on my mountain bike. Went for a trail ride and by the end had little brake action in front. With my Avid brakes, that requires proprietary syringes to bleed from the caliper and the lever during the same operation. Did the front and rear and replaced pads, in about 2 hours.
I cut mine a few days ago ... probably should try some brown coloring - it's getting grayer every year
Installed some window vinyl on a friend's storefront.
Does searching for where you misplaced the parts count as working on your 914 or not working on your 914?
Although during my brief 1 week not working i have done many things on and not on the 914, today was removal of a bathroom cabinet and installation of a new one, but of course nothing is simple, remove, repair wall, paint, install new base board and quarter round, then install new cabinet and water supply, drain etc. then clean up. Took all day. maybe tomorrow there will be time for 914 stuff......
Who the hell are you going to have contact with when you're in an enclosed vehicle ???
We've taken drives up the coast and all the gas stations were open for business. We were passed by 3 Highway Patrol vehicles on 3 separate occasions during our last outing, they didn't even slow down to check on us ... they just kept going on about 5 mph faster than we were going
Started to plan an event for about August. Hopefully we will be able to gather by then. As I would like to do another one in November.
Been busy replacing half the floor joists in my 92 year old farm house as we are expanding the small back bedroom to be the wife and I’s new bedroom with the install of a new bathroom as well.
As for not working on the 914, currently getting parts together to start on it again after 10 years in storage. While it isn’t a restoration, just trying to get it back on the road and drive-able, which will entice me to spend money on it, and maybe eventually a paint job.
That being said, just sent my rear calipers to PMB for restoration and currently restoring my fuel tank. Working on a customer’s 914 lit a fire to at least start the process as I forgot how much fun these cars are! I focused on my Fiat 2000 last year (mechanically at least), so time to focus on my first love again!
This. Unfortunately the engine Made a very loud backfire during warmup and subsequently had no compression due to a bent exhaust valve. Luckily it happened on the ground. Her maiden flight will have to wait.
Could not change the oil because the gaskit kit I bought never arrived, said delayed because of covid 19
Not to take away from some of our usual suppliers here, but I've had good luck during recent time by using ebay/little guy vendors. It's usually just them and they seem to be able to get stock out the door. I try the usual suspects but if I see delays in shipping, I go ebay...for now, anyway!
Cuz I was workin on a 32 Pontiac, 68 Camero, & a 71 GTO
A gentleman drove out here from Vegas to purchase my wife's '99 Beetle this morning He and his brother are going to yank the VW motor and install a turbo'd Honda motor in it ... and drag race it ... I thought they were going to enter it into the '24 Hours of Lemons'
Gave 'Eileen' a good scrubbing ... as we're going camping up near Big Bear Lake next week (annual Amateur Radio Field Day event) ... Gonna see how well the new 2.1L handles the mountain roads
... and washed the Cayman (haven't named her yet). Then, the Mrs. & I drove up the coast to Malibu again and had a bite to eat ... then drove from the beach inland along Sunset Blvd. and back down the 405 towards home.
'Cos been working on this (the car, not my wife).
Did some more prepping for the upcoming Big Bear camping trip. Changed the oil in the Z50 pit-bike ...
... also cut & shaped some extra 1" thick soft foam padding for the driver's seat in 'Eileen', then installed new seat covers.
Had a 2" hitch receiver welded to 'Eileen's front bull-bar this morning. Cleaned up the welds and primed the area when I got home. Wanted this for a front luggage rack (and/or to transport a small pit-bike)
While touching up the paint, noticed the front grilles needed some TLC too, so I removed them, washed them and hit them with Dupli-Color Semi-Gloss Black.
Ready for my camping trip now
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7300 Awesome, lets see pictures of that Z50 up on it too, have wanted to do something similar for years to take our minibikes with us camping more easily.
Seeing as it was Midsommer at the weekend and that means winters coming I finished installing the hardest part of the heating into the garage (as far as I'm concerned)
The garage is at basement level, large kitchen above / house basement on the right side as you look at the 911.
It is extremely well insulated apart from that long wall with rads on it. That wall is a brick-cavity-brick construction & the space is also very air tight. Therefore once it gets cold, it stays cold.
In spring this year I found a small amount of black mould on the ceiling / behind a pipe that runs above the garage door which is clearly the coldest spot and allowing condensation to form. That was the point when I decided I had to install heating
Copper is not my strongest DIY point and just out of shot where it runs up the wall I'm switching to plastic barrier pipe which will run as a single F & R pipes all the way back to the boiler header / valve set and controls in the basement
The plan is to tap off the header and install a separate 2 port valve and dedicated Temp / Hum stat in the garage sitting at about 14DegC 24/7 356 which will keep the whole space above dew point and toasty with minimal input
Come winter the issue will be what will be my excuse not to work on the 914? Skiing thats what
Looks like a nice space with nice lighting too. Now you will have no excuse (except skiing) to keep you out of the garage.
My son and I are rebuilding our deck
My son and I are rebuilding our deck
For the last week or so I've been trying to clear the Check Engine codes on our '98 Volvo S70 T5.
I dropped the gas tank, pulled the air pump to test (found a broken hose in the engine compartment)
And then found another broken hose that connects to the charcoal canister.
Just got the car smogged after waiting a day to get the computer to reset.
The smog tech said he was impressed how well the car ran and in what great shape it is for having 240,000 miles on it.
I laso have been changing T8 florescent bulbs to LED in my garage so I can see what I am working on. Today I will finish the side that the 914 is on.
I built a large deck at my other home and used TrekDeck on it and let me tell you my dogs would not walk on that in summer time. It gets really hot. Shoes or sandals are an absolute necessity. Looks good though and is very easy to maintain. I would just power wash it once a year and use the blower the rest of the year and it always looked new. Thank God no decks at our "new" home.
We are heavily treed and the deck is in shade almost all day. I was out on it today, Almost 90 degrees (about as hot as we get here) and I could have rested my face on the deck. I had already made sure it would work for me.
Railing will be black to help fade into the woods as we look out.
Here’s just part of the tree canopy.
Unloaded this bad boy from the ABF delivery truck this afternoon ... all 350 lbs. of it
Need to deal with some pre-logistics prior to rolling it onto the 4-post lift. Actually, it will see the undercarriage of a 914 - some day
why didn't I?? work first off, and second when I finally got home it was 101'F in the shade and hotter in the garage! instant sweat with out doing anything . I need to sort my speedo issue but that and the other car work will have to wait until saturnday morning. I really need to consider AC in the garage. Garage doors are insulated variety but 2 things here don't help , one is that the mid-day sun and late after noon bake the garage door. We have lots of trees but for 3-4 hours that side of the garage really gets the direct sunlight, and then there is the builder and previous owner I don't think insulated inside roof of the garage. there is no access to the 3+carage attic space even though it is attached to the house so I think my summer time project will be putting in a pull down access at least and get in there to spray foam that ceiling, then I need to decide if I am installing a lift and if so, then removing part of the ceiling in that section to open it up so the lift can go up higher... see what happens when I am NOT working on the 914, my thoughts wander into other areas... or maybe its this 100 degree heat getting to my brain.... or my 16 year old giving me fits... that will drive anyone crazy as well...…
have a great day, got to go to work and …… think about what I am not doing on thec car …….
Nope, still haven't had the opportunity to work on the 914 ... or the 912 ... or ...
Yesterday, I got around to installing the window I built last month. It's got to come out again when I cut a real 2"x6" window sill for it, but just got tired of looking at the plywood nailed-up over the opening ... luckily it's just a handful of screws securing it right now, so it won't be a tough job to re-do it.
Bought a Honda CT70 to restore, 550 miles and all stock.
Due to the unavailabilty of a decent face mask and the current rain i still can't progress the weber rain covers that i'm making.
How great is that! I had one of those when I was a kid. It was red. Lots of fun.
I'm still a kid ... it's just my body that's aged
Finished the deck just before a tropical storm blew through. Well, not “finished” but the decking is down. I still need to install the railing and the stairs but I had to finish the decking before my wife would authorize more funding. Since I have never built a deck, she didn’t want me to buy a ton of materials and let it go unfinished. She’s happy with the way it turned out so more materials are on the way. We haven’t been at our house much over the last couple years so this is the summer of the house projects. Money is tight so my labor has to substitute for professional help.
The good thing is once the list of house projects are covered, I’m rehabbing my workshop. Interior, exterior and hvac.
Didn't work on the 914's but saw a really nice 6 with extensive euro race history at C&C this AM. A friend in our local coffee group has this in his extensive collection. Got a short ride in it a couple months ago- it is a BEAST, especially with cookie cutters!!
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