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> 914 score of the Century, The investigation begins
dcheek
post Feb 18 2017, 07:24 AM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/WTF.gif) What happened to my car? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/barf.gif)

Any chance your friend wants to sell it back to me? I miss this car so much. I had to sell it to save my house at the time but I have wanted to get it back ever since.

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Jon,

After reviewing the pictures and description, this is definitely your car. Once again World comes through and solves another mystery. As Unobtainium has stated, I don't think you could stomach the return of your beloved 914. Time has taken it's toll. As mentioned earlier, this car has been left out for, what was purported to be a year. I'm positive its been way longer that that. And, to make it worse it was parked under a mass of trees, so leaves and debris have built up in all the crevices - much of it has turned to mud. There are also some rust spots along the top of the front fender that are perforated through. The paint is toast.

On the plus side, underneath and in the engine compartment look solid. Likewise with the rear trunk - solid as a rock, as it didn't leak. We can't open the front trunk. We will have to remove the bumper and manually release the latch. Like I said we plan on putting on my lift tomorrow to get a better look underneath and power wash the exterior to expose what needs to be done. I will post pictures of the progress.

I have convinced my friend to take the car on a trailer to a professional independent Porsche mechanic and racer. I've known this guy for 40 years and know his knowledge and ability. He will be hired to get the car running. From what I can tell the previous owner didn't use the car that much. He had many collector cars which were garaged. I guess the 914 had a low priority since it was relegated to the driveway. That being said I think that the motor is sound and can be restored to running condition without a teardown. You know, rebuild carbs, plugs, fluids, gas tank flush etc. should do the trick.
I just think this should be done be someone that has rebuilt many early 911 engines and can prevent a catastrophic event upon startup.

Unfortunately Jon, I don't think any amount of cajoling or money will pry the keys away from my friend. This is his first Porsche and he's on cloud nine.

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post Feb 18 2017, 10:01 AM
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Well if he has any questions on it let him know I'm happy to help. I don't care the condition, I would like it back, but if not I would like to see it back to what it was.


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post Feb 19 2017, 10:41 AM
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it had bubbles in the fenders cowl and at the taillights when Jon owned it...
your buddy should think of making a huge profit and buy a nice clean runner.. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/idea.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/stirthepot.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)
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post Feb 19 2017, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Feb 19 2017, 08:41 AM) *

it had bubbles in the fenders cowl and at the taillights when Jon owned it...
your buddy should think of making a huge profit and buy a nice clean runner.. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/idea.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/stirthepot.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/popcorn[1].gif)

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I did over 95% of the work on her. Easy to whip her back into shape.

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post Feb 19 2017, 11:31 AM
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They should call this site "It's a small 914 World after all"
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post Feb 19 2017, 11:41 AM
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After the Washington build comment it was pretty easy to figure out it was jon's car. Only so many fiberglass flared, red 6 conversions with Sparco seats in or from Washington.
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post Feb 19 2017, 02:52 PM
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Spent all day today vacuuming and powerwashing. Got her on the lift. No rust anywhere except on the top driver's side fender. I will post pictures tomorrow.
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post Feb 19 2017, 03:02 PM
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OMG! WTF! That was my all time favorite conversion. I even had pictures of it for my computer wallpaper.
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post Feb 19 2017, 04:36 PM
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He sure he doesn't just want to make a quick profit? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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post Feb 19 2017, 08:05 PM
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QUOTE(PeeGreen 914 @ Feb 19 2017, 02:36 PM) *

He sure he doesn't just want to make a quick profit? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)

It's a keeper, sorry but he's not flipping it. Trust me, he's got the money to do it justice.

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post Feb 20 2017, 06:34 AM
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Its pretty amazing and sad what neglect can do to a car. Looking at the picture of what it was in its prime, its hard to believe that someone would basically abandon it.
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post Feb 20 2017, 06:49 AM
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QUOTE(My 914 @ Feb 20 2017, 04:34 AM) *

Its pretty amazing and sad what neglect can do to a car. Looking at the picture of what it was in its prime, its hard to believe that someone would basically abandon it.

I think we rescued it in time. Another couple of years outside would have done it in.

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post Feb 20 2017, 06:51 AM
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Wish the po would offer to buy my rust bucket back
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post Feb 20 2017, 07:41 AM
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That front spoiler looks great. Where is it from ?
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post Feb 20 2017, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE(My 914 @ Feb 20 2017, 04:34 AM) *

Its pretty amazing and sad what neglect can do to a car. Looking at the picture of what it was in its prime, its hard to believe that someone would basically abandon it.


These are my thoughts also, I will never understand how someone can spend the money on something and then do nothing but let it rot.

Painful for Jon no doubt to see what's become of his baby.

This photo was taken of Jon's car and mine in June 2008.
I hope the new owner gives her the attention she deserves.



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post Feb 20 2017, 01:22 PM
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Rember it was an estate sale, the owner is dead rip
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Bummer to see the car in the current condition.

Jon, long time no see. Hope you and your family are well!
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post Feb 20 2017, 02:01 PM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Feb 20 2017, 02:22 PM) *

Rember it was an estate sale, the owner is dead rip


I was thinking the same thing. Who knows what issues the PO was facing before he passed away.

Wile it's a shame the car was allowed to sit, I can certainly sympathize that a material object is the last thing you are worried about when facing an illness.
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post Feb 20 2017, 02:05 PM
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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ Feb 20 2017, 11:22 AM) *

Rember it was an estate sale, the owner is dead rip


That's a good point Jeff. RIP to the previous owner.

With an eye toward your future estate I would be willing to take the green six off your hands and offer a guarantee to keep her in pristine condition. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/driving.gif)

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The Cleanup.
Rear trunk no rust
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Front trunk no rust
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Broken headlights and tons of debris underneath
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Only rust on top of drivers side fender
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Doesn't look bad after a days worth of cleaning
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Bad gas pumped out
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On my lift to check for rust - none to be found!
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