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entry Oct 11 2008, 01:13 PM
Lots of little things to do:
  • Swap transaxle
  • Replace shift linkage bushings
  • Spark Plugs
  • Spark Plug Wires
  • Pertronix Ignitor
  • Trigger Points
  • Dizzy Cap and Rotor
  • Inspect Suspension
  • Have Mark repair trunk and engine lid hinges
  • Replace headlights with H4s
  • Oil Change
  • Add Foglights
  • Remove bumper titties
  • Paint bumpers, rockers and valences
  • Order and install LE front dam
  • Replace wiper blades
  • Fix stuck-on heater (replace flappers)
  • Install replacement MPS
  • Tighten driver side door
  • Replace TPS with different set
  • Replace battery
  • Fix passenger side door handle
  • Inspect fuel hose
  • Remove rockers panels, inspect longs
  • Purchase / install chrome "Porsche" lettering for engine lid
  • Inspect brake pads
  • Cowl to fender seals
  • Window seals
  • Rear window deck lid seal
  • Fuel tank cap o-ring

entry Oct 11 2008, 09:45 AM
Here's the car with the original owner (and steel wheels):

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entry Oct 11 2008, 09:38 AM
First a little background story -

My other '74 2.0 was recently damaged when my next door neighbor backed into it in our parking lot. Short version is that they're insurance gave me a wad of cash for the repairs (which I'll do mostly myself) and instead I used the money to purchase Dug Wright's '74 914 2.0.

The "new" car is a real time capsule. Dug was only the second owner, and the original owner kept the car exceptionally maintained and held on to nearly all the service records. I've started to scan in all of the service sheets (most of which I won't bore you with), but here are some of the fun bits:

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He had the stamp areas filled in three times each. The last entry was in '04 and shows over 300k documented miles! You'd never know it by looking or driving the car. More on that later.

entry Aug 6 2006, 12:31 PM
A bunch of us went out to the Sonoma County Airport today for the PCA Redwood Region's monthly auto-x event. There were a bunch of 914club folks there, with a total of ten or so 914s. The weather was great, if not just a little on the warm side. I forgot a hat and my hair is buzzed, so I'm baked even though I was slathered in sunscreen.

I made a post about the run in the paddock, so I'll steal a bit of text from that. I had gone out expecting that a) my car would be mess on the track and that B) I'd be a mess too. I've never auto crossed a 914 before, and I purchased this 914 just a month ago. However, I think we (the car and I) did rather well. The car's suspension seemed great and well tuned, though it feels like it may be swaying more when turning one direction than when turning the other. Could be my imagination, so I'll need to look into that. The car certainly needs an alignment either way, as the current alignment is a big unknown and I need to work out the little bit of tail happiness that’s there. I don't think I pushed the front end out once today.

I had an instructor with me on my first run, and he said that I did really well and that he could only suggest a few things to help shave off some time. He though it best if I stay in 2nd for the whole course and that I not take the shikane (how do you *really spell that?) so wide. I was flattered, though I know some better instruction will take me further. He seemed genuinely pleased though, and I he walked away with a big grin and said he hoped I'd come out to more events.

With the instructor in the car, I ran a 52.584. Without his arse in the seat I ran a 51.62. My practice lap without him in the car was a bit sloppy, though my timed lap was a bit better. My exit speed out of the go-kart section of the track (tight little turns) sucked on that lap though, and I wonder how much more time I could have shaved off had I run in the afternoon with another try or two. I know the fast cars were running 47'sh laps, so I don't feel like I did a lousy job today.

I had a remote video camera pod mounted to the front-left fender, in front of the wheel, and got a good video of my instructorless run:

http://www.sonic.net/randyw/914club/autox/autox.wmv 33 MB Windows Media File

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entry Aug 4 2006, 10:21 PM
Quick summery of what I've done since the last post:
  • Replaced sway bar's drop links, tightened bar
  • Fixed decklid pull cable
  • Removed Decel Valve
  • Removed Cold Start Valve
  • Mounted ECU
  • Installed Optima Red Top Battery
  • Replaced Oil Pressure Sending Unit
  • Found my missing Turbo Tie Rod Kit
  • Removed sound pad from firewall, found some more rust. McMark, I need you!

Tomorrow I'm headed off to the Sonoma County Airport to auto-x with the Redwood Region PCA. Wish me luck!

Borrowed Eli's cone cam setup (thanks Eli!), will post video:

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entry Jul 18 2006, 12:20 AM
I've been doing a lot of busy work with the 914. In no particular order:
  • Falken RT615, 205/50/15s arrived, and had them installed this evening
  • Replaced left-rear brake caliper twice in the past two days (first replacement was bad)
  • Removed old rear shocks and springs and replaced with Koni Sport Shocks and 185# springs
  • Front sway bar is using 911 drop links, and are too long (thanks Brad!). Will replace with adjustable 914 drop lengths
  • Car has a lot of over steer, will tighten up front sway bar
  • Left headlight pushrod snapped yesterday, will replace with spare
  • Need four locking bolts for rear Koni spring perches (emailed Koni)
  • Found that the right-rear caliper was loose, tightened (that could have been bad)
  • Checked and noticed the lack of bump-steer kit, will install my old one
  • Inspected front wheel bearings, tightened front-left bearing
  • Adjusted clutch cable

entry Jul 7 2006, 11:01 AM
Ordered a set of sticky Falken tires for the 914 today. They'll be here mid-month!
  • Falken AZENIS RT-615 205/50R15 89W
  • Traction A, Temp A, Treadwear 200

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Here's what some of the folks here had to say about this tire:

"About every car in the stockish SCCA AutoX classes WON this past year at the SoloII Nationals in Topeka on Falkens. They last. They stick. They are affordable. They work really really well for the weight of our cars."

"Run them 39 front, 41 rear ( cold ) for the a/x. Reset before every run."

Followup to above numbers:

"Those pressures are way too high for the 615s. I have been running between 32 and 33 front and back this season with good results. They have fairly stiff sidewalls and so there is little rollover at 32psi - just beginning to wear the little triangle. At 39 you won't be using all of the tread. They stick great on wet pavement. I ran them at the autocross at Marina where we got rained out and they did just fine."

"I like Falkens (Azenis Sport RT 615), but they do have limited life and can be dangerous in the rain after about 50% of their tread life. Nothing comes close to the Falken on dry pavement. I expereinced quite a few slow leaks with Falkens compared to Bridgestones and Dunlops I have used. Probably due to tires getting sticky in summer after a few hot corners and picking up more debris than other street tires. Its a great street/AX tire."

"Great stick and pretty good durability, especially if you plan to use it as a dual purpose tire."

"Azenis are great 'compromise' street tires. 205/50's just fit my car with stock fenders/fuchs. With stock gearing, 3500 5th = 72mph, so speedo is about 10% off."

"The great thing about the Falkens is that their lateral grip in the wet is outstanding - you can pitch the car sideways and they just dig in. Its braking, and high speed hydroplaning that I found to be the problem with these tires when standing water is a variable."

entry Jul 7 2006, 12:42 AM
Did a bunch of work tonight, but didn't have the camera with me.

Here's what I did:
  • Installed new/used steering wheel
  • Removed rusty (and crunchy) pedal cluster and installed the cluster I rebuilt with bronze bushings and POR15'd
  • Installed brand new accelerator pedal
  • Installed window cranks
  • Transfered title into my name
  • Removed front license plate
  • Got new plates from the DMV
  • Insured
  • Tightened left front wheel bearing
  • Adjusted the slack out of the throttle cable
Somethings that I found while poking around:
  • E-brake is a mess, but I know why. Only the right-rear pads were replaced.
  • Engine lid cable is gone, have replacement
  • Tie-rods ends are shot, need to replace with the turbo tie-rods kit that I have on my shelf
  • Need to install optima battery (on shelf)
  • Gauge plate rusty, need to replace
  • Wiper arms need repainting/powdercoating
  • Small dent (no creases) in bumper that I'd like to pull/push out
  • Battery not secure
  • ECU not mounted, but there's no mount as this car was converted from a 1.8 with L-Jet to a 2.0 with D-jet. Will have to fab a mount.
  • Clutch pedal cable is newish, but needs adjusting
Some more photos:

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entry Apr 12 2005, 01:30 PM
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This blog is intented to track the work that I've done to this 1974 Porsche 914 2.0.

General Information:
  • 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 with D-Jet injection (originally a 1.8)
  • Original Sun Flower Yellow Paint (at least I think that's the color)
  • One of the car's previous owners upgraded the suspension for auto-x'ing (don't have additional info on this yet)
  • 4-lug Fuch wheels
  • Stainless steel heat exhangers
  • Odometer indicates around 65k miles
  • New windshield
  • Almost all of the window/door seals are new
As the car looked when first purchased on July 5, 2006:

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1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Marathon Blue
The latest addition to the fleet!