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> BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE: Olympic Blue Resurrection, Just Coolin' it.
Olympic 914
post Oct 1 2015, 07:59 AM
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2016 BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE Contender ... Olympic Blue Resurrection.


Purchased my 914 in 1979. It’s a 1973 base model 1.7 I’m the second owner. Original owner drove it for about 75K.
In ’80 I slid off the road and went into a hillside, taking out the driver’s side fender. While in for that repair I decided to have some minor rust issues taken care of and had the whole car repainted. Back then lacquer was the hot set-up and it looked fantastic. Later while sitting in traffic a big Lincoln didn’t quite stop and pushed in the rear panel. Another trip to the body shop.. Then another time while driving home from work in the rain I hydroplaned coming out from under a bridge and clipped a jersey barrier. Minor damage to the pass. side, but again back to the body shop. So this car has seen its share of incidents over the years.
I drove it for 10 years with only minor mechanical problems until the clutch went out 1989 and the engine had 137K on it. Then I was faced with low funds and engine that when removed will need rebuilding. So I put it in storage in a limestone mine in Bradys Bend PA. Figuring I would get it back out and get it running again one day.

Here are the earliest pictures I could find.

And the day I was taking it to the mines

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It wasn't supposed to be here this long..

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Fast forward to 2010 -- Coming home. First daylight in 20+ years...

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I brought it home to a new 14 X20 SHED I had built just to work on the car. complete with 220V, phone and cable.

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After its first bath it doesn't look too bad. But in spite of being buried over 1 mile inside a mountain AND being in a temperature and humidity controlled storage the rust worms were still at work. albeit a little slower.

Since that time I have had the extensive rust issues taken care of by Chris at Tangerine and also had the fenders flared for the 5 bolt Fuchs I will be running.
I have completed the engine rebuild myself going from 1.7 into a 2056 with heads by HAM and a Raby 9590 cam, I am keeping the D-jet FI.
I am now working on the body doing body work and paint. I AM NOT A BODY MAN. I really don’t even like body work but think I am capable.

This is the hardest part for me. I would rather build engines. Most of my experience has been with Harley engines though and there just like big lawnmowers anyway...

Along the way I am learning to weld, machine small parts and paint and acquiring many new tools.

My own self-imposed goal was to drive it to 2016 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Not sure if it will happen but without a goal it definitely WON’T happen.

I will post more pictures of the progress I have already made on the car.

This Build off Challenge will be just a little more incentive get out in the shed and work on the car.


Wouldn't it be great to get 30 Teeners back on the road?

Good luck to all participants and I welcome any interest and questions about how or why I did something

Tom

BTW did I mention I don't like body work..
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Olympic 1.7   BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE: Olympic Blue Resurrection   Oct 1 2015, 07:59 AM
RobW   Good back story Tom. I'm a big fan of Olympic ...   Oct 1 2015, 08:28 AM
dangerranger01   Cool story. I love Olympic Blue....it's my car...   Oct 1 2015, 07:53 PM
Mueller   Yep, cool story , I love the storage unit! H...   Oct 1 2015, 07:58 PM
Olympic 1.7   Yep, cool story , I love the storage unit! ...   Oct 1 2015, 08:42 PM
Mueller   Yep, cool story , I love the storage unit! ...   Oct 1 2015, 08:50 PM
914forme   I used to work in a Limestone mine, not for limest...   Oct 1 2015, 08:02 PM
PlantMan   Good story for sure. Good luck! Looking forwar...   Oct 1 2015, 11:11 PM
Olympic 1.7   Next a couple pictures of the rust. I knew it was...   Oct 2 2015, 07:12 AM
madmax914   Great story Tom, I look forward to following your ...   Oct 2 2015, 09:23 AM
Jeff Bowlsby   Looks like your car may be one of the 73 1.7Ls wit...   Oct 2 2015, 09:32 AM
Olympic 1.7   Looks like your car may be one of the 73 1.7Ls wi...   Oct 2 2015, 10:29 AM
Andyrew   Ouch That rust is serious!!   Oct 2 2015, 10:26 AM
Olympic 1.7   This is the work that was completed by the guys at...   Oct 3 2015, 10:14 AM
Olympic 1.7   Couple more   Oct 3 2015, 10:17 AM
Olympic 1.7   While Tangerine was working on the body I started ...   Oct 3 2015, 10:37 AM
dangerranger01   Curious on what kind of long stiffening Tangerine ...   Oct 4 2015, 08:08 PM
Olympic 1.7   Curious on what kind of long stiffening Tangerine...   Oct 5 2015, 09:53 AM
mbseto   Curious on what kind of long stiffening Tangerine...   Oct 5 2015, 07:30 AM
Racer Chris   Those are the 914LTD long stiffening kit.   Oct 5 2015, 10:40 AM
914forme   And I will Say the 914LTD log kit is a great item....   Oct 5 2015, 11:09 AM
Olympic 1.7   Just to bring this up to the current condition. G...   Oct 5 2015, 06:23 PM
stevegm   It looks great. I always love to see fresh paint g...   Oct 5 2015, 06:30 PM
Racer Chris   RE: BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE: Olympic Blue Resurrection   Oct 6 2015, 06:38 AM
cary   Subscibe   Oct 6 2015, 06:46 AM
francar   :bravo3d:   Oct 11 2015, 11:16 AM
Olympic 1.7   Big setback today.... There is a guy I spoke wi...   Oct 16 2015, 12:10 PM
brettrarnold   Big setback today.... There is a guy I spoke w...   Oct 19 2015, 03:06 PM
Olympic 1.7   Still doing body work on the Pass side fenders. no...   Nov 10 2015, 08:17 AM
Darren C   Looking good Tom! Just a quick bit of advice....   Nov 10 2015, 04:22 PM
Olympic 1.7   Looking good Tom! Just a quick bit of advice...   Nov 10 2015, 04:29 PM
dangerranger01   Updates? Love this build so much....   Nov 24 2015, 10:16 PM
Olympic 1.7   Yeah this is the same post I put in the Challenge ...   Nov 27 2015, 12:43 PM
Olympic 1.7   Time for an update to this. the bodywork is comin...   Jan 20 2016, 05:14 PM
Andyrew   Great progress on the bodywork! I find I spe...   Jan 20 2016, 05:21 PM
Olympic 1.7   with the cold weather I am now working on some mec...   Jan 20 2016, 05:40 PM
Larmo63   Don't do too good of a job on the body work, o...   Jan 20 2016, 06:42 PM
Olympic 1.7   Don't do too good of a job on the body work, ...   Jan 20 2016, 07:04 PM
JTdevine   Don't do too good of a job on the body work,...   Jan 20 2016, 08:11 PM
76-914   Alright, another bodyman on the board. Oh, your bu...   Jan 21 2016, 12:16 PM
rick 918-S   Nice progress.   Jan 31 2016, 10:19 PM
Olympic 1.7   January... What happened to that month?? Little ...   Feb 8 2016, 08:16 PM
Olympic 1.7   Cold out this morning.... 15 deg. to cold to wo...   Feb 11 2016, 12:04 PM
Darren C   Real nice Tom, I'm very impressed with your ...   Feb 11 2016, 01:00 PM
Olympic 1.7   Continuing with some mechanical work. I installed...   Feb 26 2016, 10:05 AM
Racer Chris   When I saw your updated subtitle I thought you had...   Feb 26 2016, 11:34 AM
Cracker   LOL! Me too...car looks GREAT! Tony Whe...   Feb 26 2016, 11:51 AM
Olympic 1.7   When I saw your updated subtitle I thought you ha...   Feb 26 2016, 12:07 PM
stevegm   When I saw your updated subtitle I thought you h...   Feb 26 2016, 12:23 PM
Olympic 1.7   March 16 progress report. Still doing body work. ...   Mar 31 2016, 07:25 AM
whitetwinturbo   :chow: :popcorn: :chow:   Mar 31 2016, 09:59 PM
Olympic 1.7   April / May update More work required on the tru...   Jun 26 2016, 04:14 PM
Olympic 1.7   June 2016 update Back to the drivers side to fina...   Jun 26 2016, 04:25 PM
Andyrew   Paint looks fantastic!! Congrats!   Jun 26 2016, 07:25 PM
914forme   Looking great   Jun 26 2016, 07:27 PM
jmitro   Really really nice work! Going to be a great ...   Jun 26 2016, 08:08 PM
3d914   Tom, Thanks for sharing all your painting details....   Aug 1 2016, 01:25 PM
Andyrew   Tom, Thanks for sharing all your painting details...   Aug 1 2016, 02:45 PM
Olympic 1.7   Tom, Thanks for sharing all your painting detail...   Aug 1 2016, 05:37 PM
Olympic 1.7   July 2016 update. Got the final paint on the pass...   Aug 1 2016, 06:48 PM
Darren C   Hey Tom, Looking Goooooooooooooooood :-)   Aug 2 2016, 02:34 PM
Olympic 1.7   Hey Tom, Looking Goooooooooooooooood :-) Tha...   Aug 2 2016, 06:42 PM
Olympic 1.7   Moved it outside for some pictures. paint turned o...   Aug 23 2016, 08:01 PM
914forme   It is really great to empty out some boxes and ...   Aug 24 2016, 12:25 PM
jkb944t   Moved it outside for some pictures. paint turned ...   Aug 26 2016, 10:48 AM
DirtyCossack   I imagine I'm not the only one sitting here on...   Aug 26 2016, 07:59 PM
Valy   Looking very good! Great job with the paint...   Aug 26 2016, 10:11 PM
rgalla9146   Are they aluminum alloy rear calipers ?   Aug 27 2016, 12:08 PM
Olympic 1.7   Are they aluminum alloy rear calipers ? Yes, Al...   Aug 28 2016, 06:19 PM
Olympic 1.7   OK, well 9-14 day has come and gone and I am still...   Sep 19 2016, 08:29 PM
barefoot   I wanted to get it on the ground and started to lo...   Sep 20 2016, 04:51 AM
jd74914   The way the trailing arm rotates will bring the w...   Sep 20 2016, 05:38 AM
Olympic 1.7   The way the trailing arm rotates will bring the ...   Sep 20 2016, 05:46 AM
jd74914   I will take a look at this today. easy enough to ...   Sep 20 2016, 06:03 AM
Olympic 1.7   I wanted to get it on the ground and started to l...   Sep 20 2016, 09:51 AM
jkb944t   OK, well 9-14 day has come and gone and I am stil...   Sep 20 2016, 05:43 AM
raynekat   Hard to believe those wheels won't fit under G...   Sep 19 2016, 08:36 PM
jmitro   man, very nice work!   Sep 19 2016, 09:04 PM
Olympic 1.7   Another little bit I spent too much time on..........   Sep 20 2016, 06:04 AM
Racer Chris   The 8s with 225s should fit fine.   Sep 20 2016, 07:46 AM
Olympic 1.7   So I took a leap of faith and ordered the tires. B...   Oct 7 2016, 06:45 PM
3d914   So I took a leap of faith and ordered the tires. ...   Jun 17 2017, 03:28 PM
mbseto   Another little bit I spent too much time on.........   Sep 20 2016, 08:20 AM
Andyrew   Go to a tire store and ask them to mount a used 22...   Sep 20 2016, 09:55 AM
Andyrew   Quick note. You CAN mount 205's on 8's if ...   Sep 20 2016, 09:57 AM
Olympic 1.7   Well its been a while since I updated this thread,...   Jan 31 2017, 08:37 AM
Olympic 1.7   After much parts cleaner, elbow grease and a liber...   Jan 31 2017, 11:00 AM
Curbandgutter   This is looking really clean. Great job. Keep it u...   Feb 1 2017, 08:54 AM
ndfrigi   beautiful!   Feb 1 2017, 11:55 AM
AZBanks   Updates?   May 23 2017, 10:56 AM
Olympic 914   Updates? Well its time I brought this thread up...   May 23 2017, 03:32 PM
Olympic 914   With the airbox in place now I can work on the gas...   May 25 2017, 08:32 AM
Garland   Looking great!   May 25 2017, 08:43 AM
Olympic 914   :Qarl: :Qarl: :rockin: Drove the car yesterday...   Jun 16 2017, 06:41 AM
gereed75   Congrats on getting rolling. Great looking car. M...   Jun 16 2017, 07:47 AM
Olympic 914   After blocking the hood, painted it along with the...   Jun 16 2017, 10:42 AM
76-914   A Big Congratulations. You earned it. Very clean w...   Jun 16 2017, 07:58 AM
Andyrew   Congrats!!!! Sure is looking great...   Jun 16 2017, 08:03 AM
pete000   What a great build !   Jun 17 2017, 04:32 PM
trojanhorsepower   Wow congrats! That is fantastic. The car look...   Jun 17 2017, 04:38 PM
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