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> Introduction of guy and car...., first 914 on its way....
post Jun 22 2016, 08:43 AM
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working on my first 914 !

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My first 914 !
Introduction of guy and car....

Frank, from Holland, the Netherlands, Europe. Frankvw on the forum.

I am no stranger to the car hobby, but totally new to the Porsche world. So, not only did I recently buy my first 914, it was actually my first Porsche.
For many years I am into VW's some came and went, but also some stayed: a 1960 VW Beetle Ragtop and a 1978 VW T2b Westfalia Berlin.
After deciding I wanted a 914, I did a lot of reading and looking what was 'out there'
I did check a lot on the internet, including (of course) the 914world forums, especially from January 2016 onwards when I sort of decided I was going for it !
In april 2016 I did sign up to 914world as a member to make it more registered and tried to keep up through the different topics.
I already tried to contribute in different topics, since I also will be taking a lot from the 914world community.

How did I buy my first 914 ?
I kept an eye on the classified section of 914world, but nothing came along or was sold too soon. I wanted to buy from a clubmember so I had a better idea what I was buying.
Being from the Netherlands, Europe, it would be a buy based on trust. I figured that was easier to find on the 914world with your backup.
I did also check Craigs List to see what was out there, prices, details etc but my idea was that it would be hard to find a trust-deal on there.
I also kept an eye on Ebay, but I learned soon the cars were sold for higher prices then I had in mind. I saw the comment on the 914world somewhere : 'Evilbay is a great place to overpay'
I wanted a driver, not a project car and one day a 914 showed up on Ebay, a 1973 1.7 914, second owner with all history with it.
I contacted the seller and I had the idea I could find that trust-buy with him, we had good communication (mail, phone, SMS) and he was willing to help out in the shipping process.
I did enter the bidding war (well...20 bids in total) and I won !

The car and the color...
as mentioned, a 1973 914 1.7 with its original FI, on Riviera's. In fact, all is original except for one respray in 2002, in the original color.
The second owner bought it 18 years ago from the original owner who had it the first 25 years. Almost all history and maintenance known !
The most interesting part is the color. It was already discussed on the forum, since the seller called it sepia brown and it wasn't.
Before the auction ended I contacted Porsche Germany to help me check the color and they helped out (as much as possible).
We found the data they normally print on the COA, and there was stated it had several options. for example interior 31 (beige leatherette), was sold through a dealer in LA to first owner, option 570 (extra seat cushion) etc.
But also was stated on the files that this 914 was delivered in Color option 99 - Special Wish, which translated in code 98 on the Karmann doorpillar ID.
It was definately a custom wish, since the car was bought in the original color by last owner and he had it resprayed in 2002 since some of the clearcoat faded/came off.... and 914's had no clearcoat from the factory I learned.
Porsche could not find out what color it ended up in, so no more info on the color besides seller claiming it was resprayed in the same color it was before.
It is for sure a metallic brownish color, and the targaroof was also painted that color by the way...
I will have to wait what the real original color was if I remove some parts/carpets.....In case you have ideas or opinions about this color...let me know !

Yes. Car has to be transported to the Netherlands from USA. First, car will be transported from Connecticut to NJ (see pic attached)
and from NJ it will be loaded in the harbour of NY to be send on it's way to Europe.
I waited to post this intro since I thought when the car started his journey away from the sellers house, my adventure and ownership will start (although I already went through the financial process and paperwork)
Car was just picked up in Connecticut ! (see pic attached) voila, my intro !

What is next?
After the car arrives in the Netherlands, I have to pay tax, more tax and some other tax, since it is from outside Europe. Then I have to bring it for a Identity check and a Technical check
All needs to work and should be in good (enough) order, important stuff like structure and brakes, but also the small stuff like wiperrubbers and working horn. You get the idea.
This means I have to go through the car before I go there, and that is when I see what I still really need to do on the car to be able to drive it in NL.
I already know about some small issues with the car, from the info of the seller, but you always have to wait what really pops up, right ?
I also need some items not needed for this tests, like better beige vinyl seatcushion covers and one targaroof clip holder, but I will keep my eyes on the classifieds here !
After the tests, a Dutch registration, licenseplates, insurance and go with that banana (like we say in Holland) :-)

Ok...enough for now (problably already too much to share for an intro, but I got carried away typing, sorry)
Frank (Frankvw)

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Frankvw   Introduction of guy and car....   Jun 22 2016, 08:43 AM
Dutchdriver   "...go with that banana..." LOL ;-) Nic...   Jun 22 2016, 08:55 AM
SirAndy   :trophy:   Jun 22 2016, 11:09 AM
jrblackbox   :trophy: how did I miss that car! Great look...   Jun 22 2016, 11:15 AM
r_towle   :wttc: Congratulations and I hope your car is wor...   Jun 22 2016, 11:22 AM
Cairo94507   :wttc: Congratulations on your purchase. The car...   Jun 22 2016, 11:37 AM
JFG   Another euro here. That's the best intro i...   Jun 22 2016, 11:38 AM
KELTY360   :wttc: :mueba: :mueba: :mueba:   Jun 22 2016, 11:46 AM
rick 918-S   Nice! :wttc: Love the color! :drooley:   Jun 22 2016, 11:54 AM
Tom_T   :wttc: Nice color - chances are that was another...   Jun 22 2016, 12:11 PM
76-914   It appears to be a very nice vehicle. That 1.7 is ...   Jun 22 2016, 12:12 PM
Gustl   :wttc: ... from the south :D looks like ...   Jun 22 2016, 02:28 PM
Coondog   Congrats. Wish you lots of fun and adventure.   Jun 22 2016, 03:39 PM
green914   looks like a very nice car :wttc:   Jun 22 2016, 04:50 PM
Gmanscott55   Great looking car and great enthusiasm!! ...   Jun 22 2016, 06:09 PM
Cuda911   Great-looking car... congrats!!!!   Jun 22 2016, 06:18 PM
Frankvw   @all: Thanks for the kind words and comments. @To...   Jun 23 2016, 12:41 AM
falcor75   Welcome from another european, soon we'll intr...   Jun 23 2016, 05:28 AM
Frankvw   Thanks Mats I have been checking out your stories ...   Jun 23 2016, 05:37 AM
Frankvw   I already bought my first 914 parts as well ! ...   Jun 23 2016, 07:35 AM
dlkawashima   It does not look like the door jam was repainted, ...   Jun 23 2016, 10:24 AM
SirAndy   It does not look like the door jam was repainted, ...   Jun 23 2016, 12:23 PM
mbseto   Welcome, nice looking car!   Jun 23 2016, 10:54 AM
Frankvw   Interesting ! 432... thanks a lot for your tho...   Jun 23 2016, 02:51 PM
whitetwinturbo   :beer1: ..........love that beer color!   Jun 23 2016, 10:22 PM
Frankvw   Today I received mail that made me happy ! A p...   Jun 24 2016, 09:18 AM
7TPorsh   WELCOME!..... my notes say L99K Copper Metalli...   Jun 24 2016, 09:47 AM
7TPorsh   1975 The colors available for this model year wer...   Jun 24 2016, 09:54 AM
Frankvw   Thanks for your feedback 7TPorsch ! The car wa...   Jun 24 2016, 10:12 AM
Frankvw   Expected shipping out of NY at July 7th. Then abou...   Jun 26 2016, 09:28 AM
orthobiz   Good luck! It will be interesting to see what ...   Jun 29 2016, 08:48 PM
Frankvw   Oh yes ! I will keep you updated . I am going ...   Jun 30 2016, 08:34 AM
Frankvw   Seems like it takes forever, but the 914 is nearly...   Jul 18 2016, 01:19 AM
Dutchdriver   So, did your 914 arrive safely?   Jul 28 2016, 01:44 AM
Frankvw   Thanks for asking ! Well...it arrived in Holla...   Jul 28 2016, 07:59 AM
Dutchdriver   Oh, that's a bummer :-( Hope it all will go sm...   Aug 3 2016, 03:41 AM
Karmann11   Wondered how the car was? Which shipping company d...   Aug 8 2016, 07:28 AM
forrestkhaag   congrats on the 914 score / looks like a nice ride...   Aug 11 2016, 09:51 PM
SixerJ   Any news on your car?, hoping whatever the issue i...   Aug 12 2016, 01:13 PM
Frankvw   Hi guys (and girls). thanks for the interest. The ...   Aug 15 2016, 02:55 AM
RobW   :wttc: :wttc: :wttc: Enjoy your CA / USA ride...   Aug 15 2016, 03:07 AM
jim_hoyland   Great story ! Thanks for sharing with us :) T...   Aug 15 2016, 05:51 AM
Frankvw   As mentioned, another company came to do the last ...   Aug 29 2016, 04:51 AM
ndfrigi   As mentioned, another company came to do the last...   Sep 30 2016, 01:33 PM
falcor75   Looking good Frank. :)   Aug 29 2016, 05:04 AM
Frankvw   Ok, so after the oil- and oilfilter change I decid...   Sep 25 2016, 06:06 AM
Dave_Darling   On my 74, a body shop had mis-wired the license pl...   Sep 25 2016, 11:48 PM
ConeDodger   Frank, You've mentioned the targa cup a coupl...   Sep 26 2016, 12:11 AM
Frankvw   @Dave_Darling : thanks for this feedabck, I will c...   Sep 26 2016, 08:04 AM
Ian Stott   Nice looking car! You will get to drive yours ...   Sep 26 2016, 04:21 PM
Frankvw   @Ian: thanks. I also have a T2b and a beetle...So ...   Sep 30 2016, 11:38 AM
Frankvw   Ok, so I am busy prepping the 914 for the Dutch te...   Oct 10 2016, 11:51 AM
Frankvw   Ok, no real big updates, but I managed to get all ...   Nov 29 2016, 03:45 AM
Frankvw   My Santa knew I had a new hobby this year.....i go...   Dec 25 2016, 09:12 AM
Frankvw   Hi, today was a good day for my part-list. I found...   Jan 7 2017, 02:31 PM
SirAndy   Hi, today was a good day for my part-list. I found...   Jan 7 2017, 02:35 PM
forrestkhaag   I noticed somewhere along this thread that 914Rubb...   Jan 7 2017, 02:53 PM
SirAndy   I noticed somewhere along this thread that 914Rubb...   Jan 7 2017, 03:21 PM
Frankvw   Hi Forrestkhaag, thanks for the compliment on the ...   Jan 7 2017, 03:09 PM
Frankvw   @SirAndy : yes, they can be fabricated easily, I d...   Jan 7 2017, 03:15 PM
914Sixer   I found 3 NOS exhaust pipes if somebody else need...   Jan 7 2017, 04:16 PM
Frankvw   Well..it sure is time for an update. It has been a...   Apr 21 2020, 06:32 AM
Frankvw   so, to begin after a long time, the trick is to st...   Apr 21 2020, 09:24 AM
Cairo94507   One step at a time will still get you there. Nice...   Apr 21 2020, 09:40 AM
mbseto   Welcome back!   Apr 21 2020, 02:21 PM
Frankvw   Since I was working on the backside, I saw how dir...   Apr 24 2020, 07:49 AM
Frankvw   I put on the rear valance again after I took out t...   May 3 2020, 10:53 AM
Spoke   The bumper and valence look great.   May 3 2020, 11:04 AM
Frankvw   thanks Spoke !   May 4 2020, 01:07 PM
Frankvw   today a busy 914 day. A small easy task : Wiperarm...   May 4 2020, 01:09 PM
Frankvw   Today another milestone, I replaced the firewall s...   May 17 2020, 11:36 AM
Dion   Frank, glad to see ya back at it. Love the colour....   May 17 2020, 07:02 PM
bbrock   Frank, glad to see ya back at it. Love the colour...   May 17 2020, 08:24 PM
Frankvw   Ok, so on to the next thing on the list. Brakes......   May 20 2020, 11:08 AM
Frankvw   the difference in looks already is huge. Feels goo...   May 20 2020, 02:33 PM
SixerJ   The car is looking great and good to see that you ...   May 20 2020, 03:07 PM
Cairo94507   Nice work and approach to your projects. One at a...   May 20 2020, 03:11 PM
Frankvw   Thanks SixerJ ! I used SHIPDEI. I did use them...   May 20 2020, 03:16 PM
Frankvw   Another thing done from the list. Gearboxoil chang...   Jul 3 2020, 07:40 AM
Frankvw   a small task this time, but one from the list gone...   Jul 23 2020, 06:29 AM
Dion   Looking great there Frank. Enjoy seeing your posts...   Jul 23 2020, 06:56 AM
Frankvw   Ok, time for the next thing on the list. Removal/d...   Jul 29 2020, 12:13 PM
Frankvw   Ok, time for the front brakes. In my last post I a...   Aug 12 2020, 01:38 PM
bkrantz   As a quick reminder : This is what it looked lik...   Aug 12 2020, 08:48 PM
SirAndy   :trophy:   Aug 12 2020, 02:03 PM
Frankvw   talking about humidity: BEFORE and AFTER su...   Aug 23 2020, 09:47 AM
fiacra   Looks great!   Aug 23 2020, 12:18 PM
Mikey914   Lookin great, keep it up. :beer3:   Aug 23 2020, 01:11 PM
Frankvw   Ok, time for something else ! The Curse Of Th...   Sep 2 2020, 09:36 AM
brcacti   Good luck with your purchase :wttc: I also did w...   Sep 2 2020, 02:14 PM
Frankvw   While the interior was out for the re-sticking of ...   Sep 5 2020, 04:38 AM
porschetub   Wow great progress,I stopped making lists of jobs ...   Sep 6 2020, 12:26 AM
Frankvw   so, rear window is in again, tape across the lower...   Sep 17 2020, 07:36 AM
DRPHIL914   so, rear window is in again, tape across the lowe...   Sep 17 2020, 09:18 AM
Frankvw   @DRPHIL914 (and others) so, the 'made in Me...   Sep 22 2020, 05:38 AM
DRPHIL914   @[url=http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?show...   Sep 22 2020, 06:35 AM
Frankvw   Another job from the list: Operation H4 (or maybe ...   Sep 22 2020, 11:21 AM
Slam254   Love the color and love the wheels ! Great sco...   Sep 22 2020, 12:30 PM
7TPorsh   Did the originals say Made in WEST Germany?   Sep 22 2020, 12:44 PM
Frankvw   many small to-do's are done, worth a lot to me...   Oct 2 2020, 03:05 AM
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