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> CptTripps' Restoration 2 - Back on track!, 90% done, 90% to go.
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post Aug 19 2013, 03:00 PM
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Hey gang!

I'm back in the mix, and getting ready for another 914 restoration. Not sure this will play out as well as it did Last Time, but we'll give her a go and see what I can come up with!

After I find the right starting-point, here's what I've been dreaming of doing to it.

Subaru EJ20 Turbo 4 engine & Trans. (250-275hp target)
Steel flares
5-bolt hubs
Boxster brakes
Stiffen up the body. (MAYBE a roll-bar.)
Satin silver paint, blacked-out chrome, black satin rims...with colorful calipers.

I think I've found the right starting-point car (70-1.7 with carbs) so I'll drive it a bit while I'm stock-piling parts. That way I can start the project in earnest this winter while the snow falls.

I'm going to use the 901 side-shift trans I have in my basement to mount up to the EJ20 after I can locate a decent one. That way, I should be able to get everything right and then mount it up a lot easier after I drop the 1.7 out. (Best intentions...always lead to disappointment, but I'll try anyway.)

Things I learned the last time:

* Do the body work all the way up to the primer, then let a pro take it from there.
* It's much easier to work when you have a lot of light.
* Garage heaters are your friend.
* When in doubt...STOP and look for an answer. (Doubling your bad efforts never works.)
* Wearing those blue latex gloves alleviates embarrassing situations in meetings
* The search button is your friend. (Spelling is also...thanks Andy.)

Here we go!

UPDATE: I ended up with a 1975 with a V8 conversion as a starting point.

UPDATE 2: The engine I found had a good Trans on it, so I'm going to have a Subaru 5MT not a 901.

UPDATE 3: 350 is my new HP goal

UPDATE 4: I'm naming the project "Grey Matter" because the car is going to be a lot more than just a restoration. That...and project names are cool. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

UPDATE 5: April 17th is the "due date" to have it complete. Not as fast as my last build, but there is a LOT more to this one.
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CptTripps   CptTripps' Restoration 2 - Back on track!   Aug 19 2013, 03:00 PM
CptTripps   Here's what I'm shooting for as a color co...   Aug 19 2013, 03:07 PM
jimkelly   talk to dbcooper - seems he would have gone suby 6...   Aug 19 2013, 03:25 PM
CptTripps   I'm digging through a LOT of threads this week...   Aug 19 2013, 05:33 PM
Chris H.   For that much power you should do a 5MT Subie tran...   Aug 19 2013, 05:50 PM
CptTripps   So what engine/trans combo should I be hunting for...   Aug 19 2013, 06:08 PM
CptTripps   Nevermind...figured out that the 5MT is about the ...   Aug 19 2013, 06:13 PM
Chris H.   Any 5MT will bolt up but you should look for one t...   Aug 19 2013, 06:21 PM
CptTripps   Any 5MT will bolt up but you should look for one ...   Aug 19 2013, 09:49 PM
Travis Neff   Good to see you back!   Aug 20 2013, 11:44 AM
CptTripps   Good to see you back! Thanks Travis! P...   Aug 20 2013, 12:49 PM
CptTripps   So I'm stocking up parts already. Trying to us...   Aug 29 2013, 11:12 AM
CptTripps   Parts are showing up every day...the car is still ...   Aug 30 2013, 06:47 AM
CptTripps   Brakes arrived! ...and they're wrong. ...   Aug 30 2013, 06:49 AM
CptTripps   Rims I picked up locally off of Craigslist. ...   Aug 30 2013, 06:53 AM
uncle smokey   The wheels look great. I am curious to see how the...   Aug 30 2013, 09:38 AM
CptTripps   Just the regular PlastiDip Spray you buy from Home...   Aug 30 2013, 07:10 PM
pete   Just the regular PlastiDip Spray you buy from Hom...   Sep 23 2013, 02:34 PM
cwpeden   Have you considered a vinyl wrap? Uniform colour ...   Aug 30 2013, 07:12 PM
CptTripps   Have you considered a vinyl wrap? Uniform colour...   Aug 30 2013, 07:15 PM
CptTripps   Parts fairy showed up today...with a great deliver...   Aug 31 2013, 12:44 PM
914forme   Parts fairy showed up today...with a great delive...   Sep 5 2013, 09:42 PM
CptTripps   Got the RIGHT calipers in today. They're quite...   Sep 5 2013, 06:57 AM
CptTripps   I have the long kit coming as well. Ordered that f...   Sep 6 2013, 06:40 AM
green914   The 75 V-8 conversion is on its way. :)   Sep 7 2013, 12:21 PM
CptTripps   Thanks Jerry!!! :trophy::trophy::trop...   Sep 7 2013, 05:49 PM
CptTripps   I spent the morning with my son Oliver, cleaning t...   Sep 8 2013, 07:39 AM
rhodyguy   working on the kitchen table <_< ...you have...   Sep 8 2013, 08:33 AM
CptTripps   Ha! She was at the gym working out, and I had...   Sep 8 2013, 10:10 AM
CptTripps   Dropped the Calipers off today for Power-Coat. The...   Sep 9 2013, 06:22 PM
McMark   Flush them when you get them back. Then flush them...   Sep 9 2013, 07:39 PM
CptTripps   Flush them when you get them back. Then flush the...   Sep 10 2013, 07:42 AM
Chris H.   Sheeesh that's fast. Mine took a month but th...   Sep 10 2013, 09:29 AM
green914   Wow! :agree: that is fast.   Sep 10 2013, 11:56 AM
CptTripps   When he called this morning, I was expecting the p...   Sep 10 2013, 12:09 PM
CptTripps   And...I'm back in the game! Car arrived 2...   Sep 10 2013, 10:32 PM
McMark   Woohoo! :boing:   Sep 10 2013, 11:06 PM
CptTripps   Got the calipers back from powder-coating. They lo...   Sep 11 2013, 10:59 AM
rick 918-S   :assimilate:   Sep 11 2013, 12:03 PM
green914   Glad to see the car made it there safely :) Looks...   Sep 11 2013, 12:26 PM
CptTripps   Got the calipers sorted last night. Started rebuil...   Sep 12 2013, 01:46 PM
CptTripps   A bunch of perforated metal showed up today. Gett...   Sep 12 2013, 04:06 PM
Chris H.   Dude those calipers look like candy. Wow.   Sep 12 2013, 04:18 PM
CptTripps   Dude those calipers look like candy. Wow. They ...   Sep 12 2013, 09:10 PM
CptTripps   Started working on the flares today. Marked everyt...   Sep 14 2013, 04:26 PM
CptTripps   Flares are on...time for some banging and bondo th...   Sep 19 2013, 08:15 AM
Chris H.   Wow that looks great. Did you do those yourself?   Sep 19 2013, 10:16 AM
bulitt   Flares on 8 days after taking possession. You guy...   Sep 19 2013, 10:47 AM
CptTripps   Flares on 8 days after taking possession. You gu...   Sep 20 2013, 06:59 AM
BIGKAT_83   Great job....At this rate you should be able to ma...   Sep 19 2013, 10:59 AM
CptTripps   If I hadn't JUST driven from ATL to Cleveland ...   Sep 20 2013, 03:34 AM
strawman   As someone who has done the trailing arm reinforce...   Sep 21 2013, 10:44 PM
CptTripps   As someone who has done the trailing arm reinforc...   Sep 23 2013, 06:37 AM
rick 918-S   As someone who has done the trailing arm reinfor...   Sep 23 2013, 08:29 AM
CptTripps   It's all un-sprung weight. The worst kind to ...   Sep 23 2013, 08:39 AM
r_towle   If you can break a pinion gear clean off the shaft...   Sep 21 2013, 11:03 PM
CptTripps   Interesting call on the trailing arms. Hadn't ...   Sep 22 2013, 06:31 AM
jimkelly   I think the consensus will be to fully spot the en...   Sep 22 2013, 06:48 AM
McMark   :o Weld it all.   Sep 22 2013, 07:12 AM
CptTripps   Most of the gaps between welds are under 1/2...   Sep 22 2013, 07:13 AM
CptTripps   Worked on welding up the gaps today. My welder too...   Sep 22 2013, 04:25 PM
jimkelly   what wire are you using? .025 easy grind? gloss s...   Sep 22 2013, 04:34 PM
CptTripps   I was using .23-eg, but honestly, I found .30 easi...   Sep 22 2013, 07:20 PM
bulitt   I'm really not that pleased with the job I...   Sep 23 2013, 06:08 AM
CptTripps   If you are using an extension cord make sure it i...   Sep 23 2013, 06:35 AM
Cairo94507   Terrific work and I love that sport classic grey.   Sep 22 2013, 09:01 PM
jimkelly   here is what 2 panels of grey gloss rustoleum look...   Sep 23 2013, 05:35 AM
badmiata   Really love your progress!!!   Sep 23 2013, 07:27 AM
jaxdream   This is what I done to my trailing arms , real eas...   Sep 23 2013, 08:46 AM
CptTripps   This is what I done to my trailing arms , real ea...   Sep 23 2013, 08:53 AM
jaxdream   No . set them up under a small drill press , used ...   Sep 23 2013, 09:07 AM
CptTripps   Got it...only need two. Here' what I came up ...   Sep 23 2013, 09:38 AM
jaxdream   That looks great , if you have the ability to get ...   Sep 23 2013, 09:56 AM
CptTripps   I was thinking about making 2 holes at each side, ...   Sep 23 2013, 10:00 AM
jaxdream   No racing for me either . I just had in mind ( whe...   Sep 23 2013, 10:11 AM
CptTripps   I've got a shit-ton of 1" and 1.5" g...   Sep 23 2013, 10:55 AM
CptTripps   Couple more pics of the flares, and this weekend...   Sep 23 2013, 11:28 AM
pete   Couple more pics of the flares, and this weekend...   Sep 23 2013, 02:36 PM
CptTripps   What are you going to be doing with the pipes and...   Sep 23 2013, 05:38 PM
CptTripps   Funny...I make one post, and get 10 PMs about sell...   Sep 24 2013, 07:19 AM
76-914   Funny...I make one post, and get 10 PMs about sel...   Sep 25 2013, 08:13 AM
CptTripps   Looks like I've got just about everything I ne...   Sep 25 2013, 07:34 AM
CptTripps   The calipers were powder-coated...the "PORSCH...   Sep 25 2013, 09:01 AM
914forme   Keep it up, Subaru Gears is pretty fast at shippin...   Sep 25 2013, 06:24 PM
CptTripps   Holy Shit! I thought that thing would be the s...   Sep 25 2013, 07:55 PM
CptTripps   Now we're talkin' Got my flanges tonight....   Sep 27 2013, 08:54 PM
CptTripps   Not exactly progress on the car, but I spent 10hrs...   Sep 30 2013, 09:13 AM
jimkelly   hard to tell exactly what color this car is, but s...   Oct 7 2013, 07:51 PM
CptTripps   I've been out of town for the last week or so ...   Oct 11 2013, 12:01 PM
green914   :) Looks like you are making great progress, it...   Oct 11 2013, 12:31 PM
McMark   Digital progress. Get out the the garage slacker....   Oct 12 2013, 11:49 PM
CptTripps   Alright Mark...I'm in the garage! Got to ...   Oct 14 2013, 12:53 PM
jimkelly   i'm liking your final color choice - glossy da...   Oct 14 2013, 01:49 PM
CptTripps   Decided to skip the Boxster seats, and took the se...   Oct 14 2013, 04:17 PM
CptTripps   I knew I was in the right place when I walked in a...   Oct 14 2013, 04:18 PM
bulitt   What are they charging you for the seats????   Oct 14 2013, 07:35 PM
CptTripps   What are they charging you for the seats???? Th...   Oct 14 2013, 07:52 PM
JRust   I've got a nice complete grey leather interior...   Oct 14 2013, 08:18 PM
jimkelly   since I now know that they have not started yet re...   Oct 14 2013, 08:29 PM
Chris H.   Yeah you got into the "hard labor" stuff...   Oct 14 2013, 09:30 PM
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