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Abeck914
post May 9 2018, 10:07 AM
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Hi all,

I’ve been meaning to introduce myself for a couple months now. My name is Aaron and last February I bought the orange 71 914 that was in the classifieds section on this forum after lurking for 4 months.

I arrived here after a couple year search [and saving] for a fun yet reasonable toy. I had ridden in an exige S during a Lotus club ride along RTs 76/79 and up the backside and down the front side of MT Palomar, and left thinking I need one of those. During my stretch of saving, the exiges went up in value to what I feel is unreasonable for my financial status, leaving me looking for an alternative.

Fast forward to October of 2017 when that same friend brought me as co-driver to the Baja Targa in his 69 BMW 2002 which had a cheater engine and 5-speed. I never suspected that I would have as much fun in that car as I ended up having. I attribute it mostly to the handling as it was really dialed in and stayed pinned to the ground the entire event through La Rumorosa and San Pedro Martir.

Upon my return I looked at some Alfas and TVRs, but quality and cost never lined up. Then I was able to take a 914 for a spin and realized it was the closest feel to the exige that I was going to be able to get, having a low stance with engine next to my ear, and handling like a go-kart. So, price lined up on the orange one and I trailered it home with enough time to get it registered for spring. Along with it being a driver and needing minor betterments it turned out to be a good situation.

I’m also grateful that this community seems to be very friendly and am somewhat surprised that some of the more established names have already been so willing to talk to me. I’m not all that knowledgeable about repairing things but enjoy trying and learning so the help is a relief. I don’t have many plans for it other than just replacing anything that is necessary and mostly driving related, and just enjoy driving the snot out of it. I have been enjoying 2nd and 3rd gears a lot this past week, but am already feeling interested in another 50-75hp….and after attaining the extra hp driving it in the Baja Targa in 2019 or 2020.

To be continued!

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Abeck914   71   May 9 2018, 10:07 AM
krazykonrad   :wttc: Ask as many questions as you can. I don...   May 9 2018, 10:34 AM
Abeck914   careful. I'm good at asking questions. even ...   May 9 2018, 01:22 PM
mepstein   :wttc: Did you buy Chris’s car?   May 9 2018, 10:45 AM
Abeck914   Yes, I did. Sorry I was flying back from Costa Ri...   May 9 2018, 01:23 PM
SirAndy   (I tried to add a pic but my desktop gives me the ...   May 9 2018, 10:46 AM
Abeck914   yup, file size was too large. thank you! (I...   May 9 2018, 01:43 PM
nditiz1   :wttc: I rode in your car before you purchased i...   May 9 2018, 11:38 AM
Abeck914   I don't want to ask. ordered the gasket on t...   May 9 2018, 01:45 PM
Racer Chris   We put one of my mufflers on that car and did a sm...   May 9 2018, 12:02 PM
Abeck914   coming to see you once my short list is done. a...   May 9 2018, 01:47 PM
Racer Chris   are you open on saturdays? -Aaron I am avail...   May 9 2018, 02:08 PM
Abeck914   are you open on saturdays? -Aaron I am avai...   May 15 2018, 12:05 PM
Racer Chris   [quote name='Racer Chris' post='2607748' date='Ma...   May 15 2018, 12:37 PM
Abeck914   [quote name='Racer Chris' post='2607748' date='M...   May 16 2018, 03:01 PM
nditiz1   I was very keen on buying it I had mocked up pictu...   May 9 2018, 01:49 PM
Abeck914   I was very keen on buying it I had mocked up pict...   May 15 2018, 12:03 PM
Abeck914   UPDATE: All lights working (except reverse lights...   May 15 2018, 12:10 PM
Larmo63   Good for you that your "starting place" ...   May 15 2018, 02:47 PM
Abeck914   Good for you that your "starting place...   May 16 2018, 03:04 PM
Cairo94507   :wttc: Nice buy. Great looking car. I like the w...   May 16 2018, 06:52 AM
Abeck914   :wttc: Nice buy. Great looking car. I like the ...   May 16 2018, 03:05 PM
Edward Blume   :agree: Cool car! :wttc:   May 16 2018, 07:01 AM
PanelBilly   Welcome to the neighborhood   May 16 2018, 09:29 AM
Shadowfax   :wttc: Nice looking car. Reverse lights could be ...   May 16 2018, 09:52 AM
Racer Chris   :wttc: Nice looking car. Reverse lights could be...   May 16 2018, 10:49 AM
RickS   Welcome to the club by another 71 owner. These ar...   May 16 2018, 11:18 AM
Abeck914   thanks for the welcoming everyone! this is ...   May 16 2018, 03:07 PM
Abeck914   After installing 8th bolt [and washer] into gas fi...   May 23 2018, 03:34 PM


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