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> GT Build; flares add flare
Ecke Liebhaber
post Jan 8 2018, 07:39 AM
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After several years of planning and a few 'false starts', I am back working on my 914.

My name is Bates McLain, I live in Madison, Va, and I have always been a car guy/motorhead or what ever you want to call someone who gets pleasure from making old cars beautiful again.

I purchased an ex race car because I figured it was easier to civilize a racer into a street car than fix a pile of rusted seams and 50 year old parts, either way I knew the car needed to come apart pretty much totally to have the finished car suit my plan.

I owned two 914s previously. First was a 73 1.7 I bought used from the local Porsche/Audi dealer in 1978. I loved the car, incredible fuel mileage, nimble and never a problem with the Alaska Blue Metalic beauty. I was working as a mechanic at a 'foriegn' car repair shop at the time, where i serviced lots of 914s and other cool cars.

I sold that car to a customer about 1980. I missed the car afterwards, somehow the Toyota SR5 pickup didnt actually live up to my expectations or Car and Driver's description, "If BMW made a pickup, this is what it would handle like".

I bought my second 914 in 1983, a 1974 2.0, Delphi Green, appearance group, gasburner wheels....and again, like new. I only owned this one about 6 months before my plans changed due to purchasing business that would allow me to double my income and work 4 days a week!
So another beauty got away, and was back driving a pickup, but I didnt forget how great those little cars were.

In 2013 I found a 73 racecar, with fiberglass flares, already had 5 lug suspension, it was a roller, but it had near zero rust. A near blank canvas to build myself a GT.

Here is one of the first pictures I took of the car after I flat towed it home;
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A friend had just purchased a 'Dustless Blasting' system, and his first auto paint removal was my new car. I wanted to see the bare metal of the underside and the known rust trouble spots.
We found some rust, but very little. She would need some repairs and alterations, but now I could now see what was under all the darned black paint the P.O. had sprayed on the interior and both trunks and engine compartment.
Why do people think race cars need to look like a dark cave inside?
No bother all the black cave paint was GONE!!
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Ecke Liebhaber   GT Build; flares add flare   Jan 8 2018, 07:39 AM
Cairo94507   Nice. Keep us posted on the progress with picture...   Jan 8 2018, 08:22 AM
Edward Blume   Looks good. :headbanger:   Jan 8 2018, 08:27 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   Once I had the chassis back in the shop with paint...   Jan 8 2018, 09:14 AM
jmitro   ouch. is that rust or foam under the bondo? cool ...   Jan 8 2018, 09:47 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   That is sand from the sand blasting and a grand am...   Jan 8 2018, 10:05 AM
mepstein   That is sand from the sand blasting and a grand a...   Jan 8 2018, 11:42 AM
JmuRiz   Ahh Madison, where the county sport is: giving spe...   Jan 8 2018, 12:35 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Ahh Madison, where the county sport is: giving sp...   Jan 8 2018, 12:48 PM
mb911   Bates nice to see you here.. Everyone else here I...   Jan 8 2018, 03:45 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Hello Ben, I can laugh at myself too! These p...   Jan 8 2018, 05:39 PM
mb911   Hello Ben, I can laugh at myself too! These ...   Jan 8 2018, 06:12 PM
wndsrfr   This afternoon, I went out and bought stronger ...   Jan 8 2018, 06:37 PM
jmitro   if you cannot see clearly, you sure cannot make a...   Jan 8 2018, 07:26 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   [quote name='Ecke Liebhaber' post='2565835' date=...   Jan 9 2018, 07:08 AM
burton73   if you cannot see clearly, you sure cannot make ...   Jan 9 2018, 03:19 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Fixing the bent corner; or Opening a a can of worm...   Jan 9 2018, 07:49 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   I've already trimmed the sides and front of th...   Jan 10 2018, 04:32 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Lets make some louvers!! Bead roller with...   Jan 10 2018, 04:41 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Louvers rolled onto sheet, then stretched with ...   Jan 10 2018, 09:03 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Louvers on the Morgan were harder, the 3003 alumin...   Jan 10 2018, 09:24 PM
jmitro   love the custom fabrication!   Jan 11 2018, 09:41 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   love the custom fabrication! Thanks, rolli...   Jan 12 2018, 06:38 AM
bbrock   Somehow, I missed this thread when it first popped...   Jan 12 2018, 11:03 AM
Porschef   Somehow, I missed this thread when it first poppe...   Jan 12 2018, 03:19 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Somehow, I missed this thread when it first popp...   Jan 13 2018, 08:23 AM
r_towle   how did you make the louvers? Do you press them in...   Jan 13 2018, 02:48 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   how did you make the louvers? Do you press them i...   Jan 13 2018, 04:50 PM
Mueller   Love the fixture for fixing the front suspension p...   Jan 13 2018, 03:40 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   Love the fixture for fixing the front suspension ...   Jan 13 2018, 04:48 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   I am doing repairs of my 73 914 chassis in prepara...   Jan 15 2018, 09:10 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   pictures show up here; ???? dont know why they dis...   Jan 15 2018, 09:35 AM
Ecke Liebhaber   After grinding off all of the layers of crappy rei...   Feb 1 2018, 12:24 PM
Ecke Liebhaber   I strained my back, so grinding/welding is uncomfo...   Feb 1 2018, 12:49 PM

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