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> Resto-Thread: '73 Marathon Blue 2.0
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post Oct 19 2020, 06:44 PM
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QUOTE(arne @ Oct 19 2020, 05:24 PM) *

Pretty amazing work, Jeffery. MUCH superior to what I did. Can't find a hat-tipping smilie, these will have to do. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clap56.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumb3d.gif)

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Original Sales Receipt says "Saturn Yellow" ???
This is my original paint Saturn Yellow Car, but it does not look as bright as yours.

Saturn and Chrome are the same color. Name varied from year to year, and also depending on the market area.

In my experience, the original Saturn does tend to darken and mellow bit over the decades, which is probably why Jeffery's Bug doesn't seem as bright.

My 914 was pretty bright when done as well.

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Thanks for clarifying and appreciate the props. There was a long period of time where I never thought the car would get to this point especially not really grasping what it takes to get there. I've learned alot and be happy to share it with others, because I will never undertake a restoration again.........unless............... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/av-943.gif)
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post Oct 19 2020, 06:51 PM
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@DannyMac @914_teener turns out I’m going to drive in Malibu with a friend tomorrow. You’re welcome to join, just looking to avoid crowds with Covid on the rise.

@914_7T3 didn't see this until this morning ! Hope you had a great drive, I keep looking at your car, I am in love with that color...


Thanks, drove with my son and @robarabian (mid-engine mafia). It was epic down Tuna Canyon (IMG:style_emoticons/default/driving.gif)



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post Oct 20 2020, 01:16 PM
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Jeffery,
I must have told you this but your car is totally outstanding. Way to go. You got it done.

Now use it in good health.

Best Bob


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post Oct 20 2020, 09:44 PM
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Nice job with a beautiful end result. Thanks for the window regulator adjustment tip.
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post Nov 15 2020, 11:05 PM
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Three things that I learned from the last few items on punch list in no particular order:

1-Settting the venting clearance on the calipers is a thing!

Not sure how, but this got overlooked during the reassembly. After several brake bleeds, I continued to progressively lose pedal firmness. Assumed it was a defective MC and got that swapped out, but made no difference. Turns out the restored calipers had no inner adjustment screws. Thanks to @Eric_Shea for working through this with me and getting them overnighted.


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2-Installing the RMS properly is a thing!

Had a small seep of Black Gold (20 W50 to be exact) coming out of the rear of the case. After the 350 mile round trip to Julian, had three drops hanging on underneath the car and some travel along the trans. At this point, it was necesary to drop the trans and put in a new RMS and now she is dry as a bone.


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3-The Targa Trim gods hate me! Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus and Targa Trim Gods too. Was unsuccessful in restoring not one but two horizontal targa trims. One was anodized black by mistake and the other came out looking worse after clear anodize. Sourced a really clean one for number three, but arrived bent in several places. Once I get that straightened out (literally), all of the targa trim can be installed.


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post Nov 15 2020, 11:07 PM
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Had a great drive today along the coast and now have 1,500 miles on the clock. Was very surprised by all of the positive reactions to the car. It was weird to see a guy in a McLaren do a touble take on the 914 on PCH and another guy in a brand new M5 lower his window to snap some pics. The 911 crowd was showing some love out there too!

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post Nov 16 2020, 07:05 AM
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Congratulations on being able to enjoy your beautiful car. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Nov 16 2020, 07:16 AM
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Sweet, glad the oil leak and soft pedal got resolved.
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post Nov 16 2020, 11:59 AM
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It was weird to see a guy in a McLaren do a touble take on the 914 on PCH and another guy in a brand new M5 lower his window to snap some pics.


Yes, that is weird. I always had faith some day the 914 would gain some of the appreciation it deserved, but turning heads of McLaren and M5 owners is wild indeed. Thanks for sharing your post resto fun. It motivates me to keep going! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/MDB2.gif)
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post Nov 16 2020, 12:17 PM
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QUOTE(bbrock @ Nov 16 2020, 12:59 PM) *

QUOTE(914_7T3 @ Nov 15 2020, 11:07 PM) *
It was weird to see a guy in a McLaren do a touble take on the 914 on PCH and another guy in a brand new M5 lower his window to snap some pics.


Yes, that is weird. I always had faith some day the 914 would gain some of the appreciation it deserved, but turning heads of McLaren and M5 owners is wild indeed. Thanks for sharing your post resto fun. It motivates me to keep going! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/MDB2.gif)

I was parked next to a Ferrari California during parents weekend at my kids school. A girl walked by and shouted out “nice car”. Both the Ferrari dad and I turned around for the compliment but she was looking at my ‘71.
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post Nov 21 2020, 10:09 AM
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At my age, I'll take any sort of shout out that I can get from a young (legal) girl. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif) Looking forward to seeing these types of favorable reactions to 914's. Even back in late 90's when I had my last 914 they always attracted their fair share of attention. Can only imagine that it has increased given how rarely I see a teener vs. what I used to see back then.
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post Nov 21 2020, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE(Superhawk996 @ Nov 21 2020, 11:09 AM) *

At my age, I'll take any sort of shout out that I can get from a young (legal) girl. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif) Looking forward to seeing these types of favorable reactions to 914's. Even back in late 90's when I had my last 914 they always attracted their fair share of attention. Can only imagine that it has increased given how rarely I see a teener vs. what I used to see back then.



+1, "At my age", you might restate that comment to include "any attractive female"

I most certainly would and I am over .... well old

BTW, great looking ride 7T3
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post Jan 14 2021, 02:07 PM
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Targa trim gods still hate me.....



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Shout out to @Mikey914 Just talked to Scott at 914 Rubber and he is overnighting me some replacement trim and vinyl. These guys are the best.


Not only do the Targa Trim gods hate me, but so do the shock absorber gods.

The rebuilt set of Koni reds of unknown origin have leaking seals. This is a blow to my quest for originality, but I'm over it and have a new set of adjustable Koni Sport yellows going in.


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Car is beautiful.

Red Krylon . . . (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif)
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post Jan 14 2021, 03:48 PM
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QUOTE(914_7T3 @ Jan 14 2021, 12:07 PM) *

Targa trim gods still hate me.....



Shout out to @Mikey914 Just talked to Scott at 914 Rubber and he is overnighting me some replacement trim and vinyl. These guys are the best.


Not only do the Targa Trim gods hate me, but so do the shock absorber gods.

The rebuilt set of Koni reds of unknown origin have leaking seals. This is a blow to my quest for originality, but I'm over it and have a new set of adjustable Koni Sport yellows going in.





Oh so close.... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)

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post Jan 14 2021, 03:52 PM
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You do know that you can have Koni shocks rebuilt?

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post Jan 14 2021, 05:29 PM
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You do know that you can have Koni shocks rebuilt?

Clay


Yes, but the cost is $650 plus return shipping while the car is disabled throughout the process. Was able to get the new set for $400 all in and can do a direct swap.

The plan is to keep the reds and perhaps rebuild at a later date.

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post Mar 28 2021, 04:53 PM
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Its been a while since my last post and am updating as the rear shocks have been replaced with Koni adjustable Sport yellows. They are on the medium setting and are super firm which I don’t mind at all. The car feels great.

The targa trim from Porsche Classic is finally installed. It looks good enough, but I am not entirely satisfied with the fitment nor the quality. I managed to source some clean original replacements in good condition and would like to get them re-anodized from an automotive restorer and not industrial anodizer. Now that the car is together and dialed in there is no rush on that.

Had the car out today at Cars and Coffee Los Angeles and here are some pics


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post Mar 28 2021, 05:06 PM
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Malibu? Looks great - what a fantastic day for a drive, too!
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post Mar 28 2021, 05:10 PM
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Now is the time to officially call this project DONE! It has been quite the journey and am grateful for the experience, but more so from the support of this fantastic community!

If you have so much as commented on a post or to offer advice or encouragement, Thank you!

If you have sold me a part on the forum, Thank you!

If you have taken time to join in on any of the build days in OC or here in LA, Thank you!

With that said, I would also like to thank the following people and the entire SoCal/OC Cal crew for going above and beyond in moving the project forward:

@arne & Craig at Camp 914 for helping me get the car bought

@ValcoOscar for your unwavering support and willingness to help when I was in completely over my head. Also for the generous use of your garage to help get stuff done!


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@bdstone914 for always being a great resource with parts, Suspension Swap Saturday and many a reassembly day!

@914Sixer The King of NOS parts who always found the time to dig up whatever was eluding me and giving great advice!

@Larmo63 Not only for being a wiseass, but all your help on Suspension Swap Saturday!

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@SoCalAndy for the advice and reassembly days and especially trouble shooting the no spark issue!

@IanKarr What a time on the airbox installation and all the way from the east coast too!


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Special thanks to the following vendors for their role in assisting on this Resto:

Bela Szekely of Bela’s Foreign Auto Repair in Burbank, CA for the awesome build of my Type IV. An incredible talent and one Helluva great guy!

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Regan Seegraves of World Class Restoration in Riverside, CA for a World Class Paint Job!


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Kevin at KCR Transmission in Riverside, CA for the 901 rebuild!

Dave & Jeremy at TRE Motorsports

James at German Motors

Powder Craft Los Angeles

Van Nuys Plating

@Eric_Shea at PMB for awesome service and tech support on all things braking (not breaking)!

@Mikey914 & Scott at 914 Rubber

Tucker at AASE Sales

Roger at Retro Automotive Products

Car Bone

Auto Atlanta

Continued on next post.....
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