I am starting this thread "in medias res" with the car as it is today.
Then I will post a confusing mix of past and present, showing the project updates and process. Promise to nerd out on the details. .
Will be watching.
Ditto. Keep the posts coming!
Love the build threads.
Great looking with the Minilites/Fuchs mix! And it looks like there's been a lot of metal work done. I'd love to see details on all that, if you have it.
Keep the posts coming and best of luck with your build.
Ok, so the hell hole, turns out it was not rust free.. Hælveteshøl it would be called in Norwegian btw.
It seemed to be solid, but some closer investigation revealed sloppy previous rust repairs. (x2)
Not one, but two layers of new metal without removing the original disaster area.
After removing the old crap I started fabricating the new parts. It is not really very complex geometry, and only two areas needed "special tooling".
This is the bottom of the hole, and the flange towards the side.
And the shelf.
I would not call it hell, but more like tedious and annoying-hole.
Fantastic work. Obviously not your first rodeo.
I’m tuned in. I’ll have to consult with my Norwegian Elghund to
interpret for me.
Appreciate all feedback
Here are two pictures of the car before I started cutting in it. Quite complete, but not pretty. Solid but a bit rough..
The front fenders has been a lot of work, 914s are not very common in Norway and spare parts are not easy to come by. There were some previous rust repairs that needed to be redone.
The gap between the fender and the part infront of the windshield was welded together, and was not straight. Here I am making the two parts to weld in.
There was also something odd with the door gap..
Welded in place, and doing some body soldering with lead
More or less finished, how many layers of paint can you see?
Here is a good example of doing things the hard way.. The goal is to modify the sheet metal structure around the jack mounts to make room for the GT-oil lines. To do this modification I would recomend the following. Buy the replacement sheet metal part, cut and weld. I choose to make a stamping tool
One of the failed attemts and the male tool.
One of the almost good parts after some work, and the female tool.
Welding in the fabricated part.
Test fitting my brand new paper oil lines.
I'm just catching up on your build thread. Loving your fabrication work! Keep 'em coming.
Nice work, look forward to seeing more.
Just a note as I have had made and sold 38 sets of GT hard lines the indent really is not required.. I had no issues fitting mine personally ..
The GT oil system is of course a challenge.
These are 3 vital components that are really difficult to come by/expensive
Luckily this is old school technology and possible to reverse engineer and replicate. At least the thermostate and oil pressure relief valve. Casting the oil filter bracket is a bit trickier, and most of them are magnesium also..
Thermostate housing 3D-model
OPR-valve 3D model (cast part)
3D-model of opr-assembly
Plugs (is it called that..?) for sand casting (I have a guy who is going to do the metal casting).
Work in progress, very exciting
Impressive amount of sheet metal, and casting your own parts takes it up a notch for sure.
Stamping dies! Really impressive fabrication. Keep up the fabulous work.
What???!!! Truly next level!
you can get the thermo, with ear repo. germany and the preschona valve, germany and usa(armando) but you probably already knew that.. nice to have the capability to make these..
And then, some pictures of the brake set up. Not home made this, except the spacer inside the rear discs.
Standard 914 and the 914/6 GT
Front setup (under construction..)
911 caliper and paper version of the spacer
I bought the project in 2012 (I think..) and most of the time from then to 2016, when I really started working on it again, has been used to ponder about color. The car is originally signal orange, a really cool color. However.. living in the worlds most sparsely populated country , there are not many 914 gt's around, and one of them is signal orange. I can guarantee this car and my car will meet on some cars and coffee in the future. So what else.
The car has been repainted ridiculosly many times and not much of the original paint is saveable, so I consider it a blank canvas.
I have never managed to figure out how many layers of paint there are.
I fell in love with the Sunoco/Duval livery, so I am quite sure it is going to be like this.
Even the cat seems to agree
I guess I am fully committed as it has been granted a spot in the living room as well
Sunoco/Duval livery - great choice.
I fduval is his son and 914world member.
Looks like this is going to be a great build. I've almost finished mine and am already missing the research stage of the project, great fun.
I have been busy with non Porsche activities last couple of weeks , but made some progress on a crucial part of the oil system.
In late august I bought the oil filter bracket (69-71 911S) from a very nice and helpful forum member. The part was corroded quite badly as many of them are, and I got it for a fair price. It was of course a bit of a gamble, fixing magnesium parts is not guaranteed success.
The surface threatment wears away when the oil filter are tightened, and the magnesium corrodes heavily.
I removed the paint and ground away the corroded areas, it goes surprisingly deep.
Material added (two hours of TIG welding by an extremely talented friend).
After machining, the result was very nice! Only thing to do now is surface treatment.
That is some nice work right there - welding mag is not the easiest task in the world. And when it goes wrong it goes wrong in a big way.
You have understated your friends skills. Hope you take him large amounts of what ever his favorite substance is
Finished some details around the oil cooler setup.
Fabricated the protective grille and reinforcement in the trunk floor.
Test monting before mesh and paint.
Welded in place
Boxing, this stiffens it up!
Paint almost dry
Final test mounting and scratching paint..
Nice work and I love the grill.
This project displays some great cradtmanship!!
What mesh did you use and where did you source it?
Sent you a PM
Some quick updates before the weekend.
Fabricated a new inspection hach for the firewall. It already was one there, but it was not nice.
Used the shrink/strech tool a lot for this.
I was also very pleased about how the speedo cleaned up, it looked like it had been under water before I started..
Have a nice weekend
Finaly got the steering wheel finished. Home made hockey puck horn button.
3D model of the plastic part.
Tool (nr. 3...) for the porsche crest leather stamp. Goat skin from Uganda btw.
You also need the lid from an Owatrol box
Leather part finished and harware mounted.
Beautiful work on the steering wheel! There’s that craftsmanship again.
......wow, just awesome skill!
The wiper assembly mechanism arm hole.. thing.. was looking a bit suspicious. So I started a little investigation. Luckily it was much better than feared.. wrong!
The bottom was not saveable, deep rust pitting.
Made a high tech special tool.
Test fitting the part.
It turned out quite nice.
The other side is probably better.. very wrong! The panel around the hole had been dented with an hammer for the bondo. (unfortenatly I was to upset to remember to take a photo of this).
New tool to make the fillet on top.
Had to make this panel in two parts.
Finished part pre welding.
Any idea who makes a rear tail light mod for 914's...Looking for the circular almost F 308 like look.
Really tired of rust repair, so doing some fun detours along the way.
Found a ø60mm vdo gauge from a boat, and made the dashboard mount. Gauge still needs new face and black trim.. Also bought a 70s Heuer clubmaster stopwatch, really cool looking
with the green/red/black anodized buttons. Made a mount for this one too. cleaned up and added blue paint on the defroster panel.
Since the stopwatch is pretty far away from the driver I thought I make a mechanism to operate it from driver pos. Lots of small parts.
Working mechanism, pres to start, press a little harder to stop. (note the 10.9 bolts )
Lever had to be red. Probably never going to use this set up, but looks kind of cool I think.
Series 9 did this on Jon Nelson 914....
here is who made the fiberglass sets,,,,
Here is a link to kits and install
Here’s the thread of the metal ones - http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=131528&hl=Lens
As its close to the weekend, here are some pictures of some more rust .
This is from a while back luckily. Internal structure of the roll bar was in really bad shape. Not uncommon I think..
Not much left of the original structure.
Cardboard repair panel
Extencive area was damaged.
Tool for inner structure.
Tooling for outer (inner structure).
Wishing everyone a nice weekend!!
Damn dog, cant wait to see your tail lights ..
bought some 8x15 fuchs wheels some time ago. They were painted and had some pitting, but otherwice guite nice. I got them stripped and powder painted in the same finish as the rear 9x15 minilites. They were not possible to restore "properly" with anodized surface bechause of the pitting. I did the black detailing myself.
Started doing the masking by hand, but was not sucessfull , so I made a part I could draw a help line with.
Then I used thin masking tape and followed the line.
And some more masking..
And painted with 2K satin black.
Glad it was only two though.
The rear Minilites
The definitive highlight this Christmas was first shot at the sandcasting of the GT oil thermostate housing. There was a little bit of sinking around the mounting ear, but we will sort this out next run.
Melting the snow outside my very skilled casting connections garage
casting pre meachining
Other side of part with sunken area. Machining plans on the paper under the part
Have a nice weekend
Wow, that came out great! I'm amazed at the text definition from a home sand cast part. Just awesome!
The wheels look terrific. As for the sand casting......wow!
Mad skills there!
A little spin off series on the home made hockey puck project. Forum member @Miguel K R has given it a try based on my 3D-models, and even taken it a notch up with magnesium etched tool for the leather stamp. Fun to see my project can inspire others
A quick update before the weekend. Here are some pictures of the fabrication of the GT-engine lid. I initially bought the mesh typically used in period, but thought it was a bit rough, so I made my own iterpretation based on the original lid and mesh.
The idea was to merge two lids into one.
Also had to add some holes in the crossmember
The near finished product. some battle scars in the mesh..
Good thing I had some extra mesh.
And some precision mig welding
More or less finished.
Have a nice weekend!
Excellent work, and a nice variation on the GT lid theme. Many folks delete the oblique crossmember, but your added lightness approach works well and looks racy!
And the precision MIG welding - wow. Keep the posts coming,
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