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Posted by: FUEL14 Jul 19 2019, 04:57 AM

Hi Folks,

I'm new to the forum. I've been trying to get my project up and going for a couple of years now and it's finally about to get some momentum over the coming months.

I tried to start a thread in the 'Restoration and Build Threads' area but I got a note saying that I didn't have permission to do so. Is it cool to start a build thread in this part of the forum?

Thanks and greetings from Australia.
// Luke.




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Posted by: Chris H. Jul 19 2019, 08:26 AM

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Is it cool to start a build thread in this part of the forum?




Yes. Definitely yes.

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Posted by: bbrock Jul 19 2019, 08:36 AM

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Posted by: porschetub Jul 19 2019, 09:31 PM

welcome.png you have come to the right place,great group of people on here ...no question ,good luck.

Posted by: jagalyn Jul 19 2019, 09:55 PM

Welcome...

Posted by: FUEL14 Jul 19 2019, 11:36 PM

Thanks very much for the welcomes. I'll back up a bit and fill in some history from the last few years.

I'm a Brit, living in Australia since '06. I have a media brand called Fuel Tank http://fueltank.cc/.

I bought this car in the motherland in 2001, shortly after it had been imported there from California. I did a few bits and pieces to make it my own (lowering, seat trimming, Bilstein shocks, Autometer gauges, covered the targa roof in Mercedes convertible fabric and a few other cosmetics) and enjoyed driving it lots and lots. This is how it was then. This is was at a photoshoot for Ultra VW magazine in 2004 at Rockingham Raceway in the UK where the relatively shortlived 'ASCAR' series was held.

The car in the back was being raced at the time by Ben Collins, the original Top Gear 'Stig' and Daniel Craig's Bond stunt driver.

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After enjoying the car in Europe for five years, I was offered a job here in Australia and I locked up the '14 and made my way here and I've been here ever since. The car sat for quite a while and I finally got round to bringing it over here a couple of years ago. Here are some pictures of what it looked like on the day that I dragged it out of the lock-up in the UK and sent it off on a flatbed to start its journey to Australia:

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Posted by: FUEL14 Jul 20 2019, 07:01 PM

When we started stripping it back, we found that the rear quarters were the worst part. Generally, the rest wasn't too bad....

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... but the rear truck floor needed to be refabricated. The guys did a stellar job cutting out the rust and making up a new steel floor:


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Posted by: burton73 Jul 20 2019, 07:28 PM

Nice work. Welcome to the 914World

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Posted by: FUEL14 Jul 20 2019, 07:36 PM

Thanks Bob. It's all a steep learning curve for me...

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Posted by: FUEL14 Aug 18 2019, 10:10 PM

Things are looking up. I've been told that I'm next in line for the paint booth, so things should pick up in the next couple of weeks.

It's been almost a year since it was primered, so I'm keen for the next step. Here are some picks from that stage:

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Posted by: FUEL14 Aug 31 2019, 01:23 AM

I just signed the final colour off yesterday and the car will be painted in the next few days. She's all prepped in the booth, ready to go...

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Posted by: daytona Aug 31 2019, 07:39 AM

Welcome Luke,
That should be a beautiful car when it is all done.
Looking at the photos of the car and parts in the booth it seems that you are going with a fiberglass rear bumper. Is that right? Front also? What are you going to do with the targa top this time?
Be well, enjoy, and keep the photos coming.
Bill.

Posted by: FUEL14 Aug 31 2019, 07:03 PM


Thank you, Bill. Yes, fibreglass front and rear bumpers from GT Racing, along with a limited edition lower front spoiler... the most problematic parts that I've had the misfortune of buying so far. But, all sorted now.

The targa has been filled and smoothed and will be body colour also. The whole car is to be body colour. Sail panels, sill and all.

Thanks for following, I will be asking lots of questions along the way.


QUOTE(daytona @ Aug 31 2019, 11:39 PM) *

Welcome Luke,
That should be a beautiful car when it is all done.
Looking at the photos of the car and parts in the booth it seems that you are going with a fiberglass rear bumper. Is that right? Front also? What are you going to do with the targa top this time?
Be well, enjoy, and keep the photos coming.
Bill.


Posted by: Tdskip Sep 1 2019, 12:45 PM

Belated welcome, thanks for the thread mate

Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 11 2019, 04:02 AM

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Belated welcome, thanks for the thread mate


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Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 11 2019, 04:36 AM

After the best part of a year since first contacting Len Hoffman, my pair of HAM heads just arrived here in Australia today. A big thanks to Len (HAM Inc) for all the great communication over the last 12 months.

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Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 11 2019, 04:48 AM

...and paint is finishing this week. Apparently, she'll be home at the weekend, which is exciting.

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Posted by: jim_hoyland Sep 11 2019, 05:12 AM

Terrific project, thanks for sharing ! smile.gif You will have a "new" 914..... beer.gif

Posted by: nrc914 Sep 11 2019, 07:00 AM

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...and paint is finishing this week. Apparently, she'll be home at the weekend, which is exciting.

Looks a lovely colour Luke. What green is that?

Regards

Nathan

Posted by: TravisNeff Sep 11 2019, 11:22 AM

I love the green!

Posted by: Coondog Sep 11 2019, 01:55 PM

Very nice. So what’s the cost to paint a car in Australia

Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 13 2019, 03:15 AM

Here's the green, it's based on a rare 356 colour. I shot this RWB 911 'Kizuna' in Indonesia last year and I was inspired by the colour scheme, so my friends who built Kizuna sent me a sample from the build and we've matched closeish to it.

If you keep following this build, you'll see more influences from Kizuna come through such as the dark interior and exterior detailing. You could say that my 914 will be a 'baby brother' to Kizuna.

You can see my full article on Kizuna by http://fueltank.cc/blog/rwb-indonesia-006

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Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 13 2019, 04:42 AM

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Terrific project, thanks for sharing ! smile.gif You will have a "new" 914..... beer.gif


Thanks, Jim. Almost... It's not a full resto, the interior metal and underpinnings have all been left untouched.
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I love the green!


Thanks. It was a tricky decision to go for something so different, but I'm really happy with it.

QUOTE(Coondog @ Sep 12 2019, 05:55 AM) *

Very nice. So what’s the cost to paint a car in Australia


As much as you're prepared to spend.

Posted by: FUEL14 Sep 16 2019, 06:09 AM

She arrived home today and is now tucked up snug in the shed.

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