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> My slow-paced, mundane progress thread
RoadGlue
post Mar 16 2016, 05:23 PM
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Welcome to my scattered 1974 1.8 Chrome Yellow project thread.

I purchased the car back in '05'sh. One of the POs had converted it to a well sorted 2.0 D-Jet autocross/street car. It was complete but a bit ratty with a tired motor. Great Koni Sport suspension with a fat solid sway bar and adjustable drop links. Otherwise bone stock.

Built a fresh 2.0 with a 9550 Raby Cam and kept it D-Jet. Ran a DE Event at Thunderhill, a few auto-x's at the Sonoma County airport and otherwise used the car as my DD. During this time, around 2007, early 2008 I picked up a very clean Marathon Blue '74 2.0 from Doug Wright. I ended up putting the new motor from the yellow 914 in the Blue car in 2008 and it's sat in my garage since.

Here it was as of a few weekends ago:

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So what's happening?

My friend and machinist is currently building a 1911 from the ground up. Opened up 1.8 heads, rebuilt dual 40 IDFs (thanks George, @thepaintedman here on the World), Elgin cam, etc. I'll post motor specs in a different post.

Purchased Chris's SS tunnel fuel line replacement kit w/ pump. Need install that in the next few weeks.

Sourced a rear bumper from GMS and am currently repairing some issues it has and then move onto the front bumper and rocker panels.

I need to go through the brakes.

Should probably check the tank closely for rust issues.

Need to replace the heater pull cables.

Need Mark D's modified speedo drive with the extra o-ring, or source a nosecone that doesn't have a worn out drive hole.

Already purchased rain caps for the carb's as I also purchased Sergio's GT lid clone.

Need to strip and paint the Mahles unless I source different wheels.

I have a mostly complete 5-lug setup (including rear hubs and s-calipers), but I'm saving that project for later.

Still reading? I'm sorry.

Anyways, plenty of photos coming and I'll keep this thread updated as I make progress.

Cheers,
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:26 PM
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Parts including the tank, HE's, Triad Exhaust, 901, etc etc.

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post Mar 16 2016, 05:27 PM
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Already have the clip's from Mark @ 914 rubber to fix that sorry looking side marker light. :-)
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:29 PM
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Looks like a good plan....... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:31 PM
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Here's the interior. I have a nearly perfect seat that I'll put in place of the driver's seat. I'll swap rails and move the driver's set to the passenger side.

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Carpet will be replaced with German weave from Mark @ 914 rubber. Already have his newly rebuilt visors from the group buy.
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:34 PM
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Question: What color carpet would look good? I never did care for black. Gray perhaps? I'm interested in your feedback. I'm colorblind and have a hard time making these types of choices.
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:34 PM
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QUOTE(Coondog @ Mar 16 2016, 04:29 PM) *

Looks like a good plan....... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)


Now I just need to execute!
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:44 PM
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1911 as of a few days ago. My machinist got bronchitis so the motor project stalled for a few weeks.

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280D/332L/180deg Elgin Cam:

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post Mar 16 2016, 05:47 PM
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so it has sat for 8 years?
I dont feel as bad now....I think you take the lead.

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post Mar 16 2016, 05:48 PM
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Rear bumper sourced from IL and it must have come from a rust bucket as two of the rear bolts were snapped in place and poorly drilled out. Thankfully they coaxed out and tapping proved to do the trick.

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post Mar 16 2016, 05:49 PM
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QUOTE(r_towle @ Mar 16 2016, 04:47 PM) *

so it has sat for 8 years?
I dont feel as bad now....I think you take the lead.

rich


Yeah, but I was DD'ing another 914 while it sat up until two or three years ago when I sold that car. ;-)

It took me a while to get the bug again. Now I'm dreaming about the car almost nightly. Really bizarre.

You just have to get out there and start on something. See where that leads.

Good luck!
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:53 PM
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I am driving a 911 cab...that is what makes me do something else.

HoneyDoo list...
Boat....
lay on the couch...

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post Mar 16 2016, 05:55 PM
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One annoyance... I can't find the f'ing ignition key so the wheel is locked. The wheels are turned so I can push/pull the car in/out of the garage, but that's not going to work for long. I have what I need to replace the ign switch and key, but I really would prefer to just find the key. I feel like I've looked everywhere, but it didn't just walk off.
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post Mar 16 2016, 05:58 PM
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QUOTE(r_towle @ Mar 16 2016, 04:53 PM) *

I am driving a 911 cab...that is what makes me do something else.

HoneyDoo list...
Boat....
lay on the couch...

Rich


Yeah! I do hear 'ya. For me it's been photography, HoneyDoo as we got married just three years ago, motorcycle, video games, work, home projects, petting the cats, eating, sleeping... Prioritizing is a hard thing to do.

While I felt a certain about of inner guilt about the 914 sitting around I also knew I'd know when the timing was right. I think that time simply doesn't happen for a lot of people.
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post Mar 22 2016, 02:40 PM
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My friend and machinist is back from the dead after getting bronchitis and is back to work on the motor. Cam's in:

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post Mar 22 2016, 02:50 PM
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One more:

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post Mar 22 2016, 02:57 PM
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there is a guy who shows up at Hershey and makes keys for Porsches.
He has all th eight blanks.

I bet he knows how to make you a key that will work based upon some number, possibly the vin, or something else.

Hopefully one of the guys who remembers his name will chime in, and you can give him a call.

Did you look under the seat, glove box, trunk, under center console?

After my last fiasco of loosing a key, which I did eventually find, I went out and had spares of everything made, and I put ALL of them in a special place....and use the daily keys...
Now I know I have q backup.
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post Mar 22 2016, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE(r_towle @ Mar 22 2016, 01:57 PM) *

there is a guy who shows up at Hershey and makes keys for Porsches.
He has all th eight blanks.

I bet he knows how to make you a key that will work based upon some number, possibly the vin, or something else.

Hopefully one of the guys who remembers his name will chime in, and you can give him a call.

Did you look under the seat, glove box, trunk, under center console?

After my last fiasco of loosing a key, which I did eventually find, I went out and had spares of everything made, and I put ALL of them in a special place....and use the daily keys...
Now I know I have q backup.


The key had been changed to a VW beetle setup sometime ago, so I don't think there's an easy solution.

I'm pretty sure I have/had a spare too. Sigh. I'm not the most organized person.

I'll keep digging. It's probably in my office/studio.
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post Mar 22 2016, 04:21 PM
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If you have a dent puller you can insert a deep threaded sheet metal screw into the lack cylinder and rip it out.....not pretty but it does work.

Obviously you will need to redo everything once that is completed.
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post Mar 23 2016, 07:32 AM
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Look into a mobile locksmith. They use softer metal blank, wiggle it in the ignition which leaves indentations that allow the correct key to be cut. Then you can at least unlock the wheel. I had to have this done when my car was boosted from the garage and recovered with no key. Expect the process to run a C-note.
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