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> Projects on my new, to me. 1974 914-6
jerhofer
post Jun 16 2018, 08:32 PM
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Forty years ago this past April, I joined PCA with the Michiana (Michigan-Indiana at that time) region in the South Bend area. One of the first people I met was a fellow name George Scott, a true southern gentleman living in the north. Not long afterwards I met his son Ed who was all of twenty years old and still in college. George passed away some years ago but Ed and I have remained friends ever since.

At twenty years of age he had already owned his 1965 356SC for five years!! And still has it!! His father brought him up right! A few years ago Ed began having some problems with his legs. The diagnosis was a neurological disease that has affected his lower body. I had heard about his early issues some years ago but just before Christmas last year, I heard he was in a wheelchair.

So I called him to see how he was doing and discovered that his attitude towards life was still way on the positive side. As usual the conversation turned to cars where I discovered that he had recently sold the turbo-look 911 that he had inherited from his dad. He had also sold a real 914-6 to one of his best friends that he had worked with for many years.

But he had another 914-6, the one I bought from him. As you all know, being a 1974, it was a conversion. The motor began as a 3.0 euro Carrera motor that now is a 3.2 with PMO carbs. The car was built for John Swanson by Perry Kiehl. Perry added the reinforcement panels to the rear wheelwells and to the rockers. He also added the GT flares that were butt welded so well that you cannot feel a seam inside the wheelwell. They began with a car that was rust free.

While John was building the motor at Perry's shop, Perry built a box in the front trunk for the oil cooler. Brad Mayeur built the 901 tranny with a Quaife differential. Since John was moving to Texas, he had the interior done in a light gray so it would be cooler as AC was not in the plans.

All of this happened in 2001-02 ( I have tons of records). John was an avid autocrosser who trailered the car to events with his Cayenne. In 2005 John decided to retire. His wife wanted a more modern Porsche with an automatic so they bought a 996 with Tiptronic and put the 914 up for sale. Which is where my friend Ed came into the picture.

Ed likes to autocross as well as do track events so the car was perfect for him. Unfortunately, at the second track event in 2005, he broke the transmission. Out the motor and tranny came with the tranny sent back to Brad for a rebuild. This time he changed out the intermediate plate from magnesium to aluminum for additional strength and did some other tweaks. The motor and the freshly rebuilt tranny never made it back into the car.

Ed and his wife have lived in their Michigan house for over 30 years. Because it is a tri-level, they purchased a ranch so that Ed could get around better. They want to sell their old house but it was full of their lifelong belongings as well as various cars and car parts. The deal I made with Ed was to buy the car and to take all of his car parts as well, as a way of helping to clean out their garages. Among many other parts, I now have an additional twenty-three wheels w/old tires, a couple of racing seats, an extra transmission, etc.

In mid-May i traveled to Michigan from my North Carolina home to get everything ready so my son and I could come up a couple weeks later with a small moving truck and a car trailer. My good friend Dave drove over from South Bend, Indiana to help at that mid-May gathering. We spent about six hours going through everything and getting the wheels back on the car to get it off the jack stands where it had been setting for thirteen years.

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Ed is an engineer as is my son. While they are about ten years apart in age, they have always had this friendship based on their mutual love of figuring out things. My son was very pleased to see Ed again. Because of Ed's condition, it takes him a while to get going so they gave us the key to the outbuilding and the garage door opener to their garage so we could begin the loading process. We began loading around 3:00 and finished up by 6:00. After a quick shower, we all met for dinner which was spent reminiscing about past PCA event as well as my son talking about some of his experiences with his job at Toyota Racing Development. It was a long, pleasant dinner and the perfect end to the day.


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Now the car is in my garage, the parts have been stowed and I am ready to put it back together.

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The photos below were taken soon after Ed had bought the car, which will give an idea of what it will look like once it is back on the road.


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post Jun 16 2018, 08:41 PM
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Wow sweet ride & a great story. Congrats & sounds like it went to the right person
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post Jun 16 2018, 08:50 PM
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It looks like a solid build, great story too.

I vote for the Fuchs on the car, they look much better.
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post Jun 16 2018, 09:24 PM
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Enjoy your project. Great looking car.
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post Jun 16 2018, 09:36 PM
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post Jun 16 2018, 09:44 PM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/welcome.png) What a terrific story of friendship and the mutual love of our cars. I really like your car. Please post a lot of pictures as you assemble it and get it back on the road. Best wishes- (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Jun 16 2018, 10:19 PM
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I am glad to see that it going back together. I met Ed many years ago at some of the Michiana PCA events and other 914 gatherings. What a great guy. Looking forward to seeing his (your) 914 back on the road where it belongs.
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post Jun 16 2018, 10:36 PM
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Congrats on your new acquisition, and your long friendship. Looks like a pretty special bumper on the rear of that beauty. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/welcome.png)
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post Jun 17 2018, 05:20 AM
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BTW, Ed says the 2.0 on the rear badge stand for the version rather than the engine size!
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post Jun 17 2018, 05:48 AM
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Great looking car. Best of luck.
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post Jun 17 2018, 11:41 AM
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One of the first things I did was clean up the engine bay. Ed said the engine was blowing some oil so there was a film everywhere. I will need to make sure I have the engine properly vented.


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The engine bay cleaned up nicely.

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post Jun 17 2018, 12:07 PM
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Perry built in an oil cooler box in the front trunk and mounted a collapsible spare vertically.

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To make the front trunk more usable, I modified the stock carpeted board that normally lies on top of the stock spare tire. I traced the board on a piece of cardboard and then cut a notch out of that cardboard to allow for the vertical spare. After using that template to modify the original board, I found that the rear of the board was floating in air. To make it solid, I mounted some vertical 2 x 4's for support. I painted the back side and then installed original style carpet on the board.

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post Jun 17 2018, 12:22 PM
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Ed was going to run 13" wheels on the car to get lower gearing for autocrossing. To that end, he was in the process of modifying the brake calipers so they would fit inside a 13" wheel. Part of that process was to use time certs where the rear brake calipers mount to the hub. Since I am going to use stock 914 rear calipers (It has 928 front calipers.), those time certs had to come out.

Time certs's website recommended using an "easy out" for removal. When the first one I tried refused to budge, I drilled it out some and tried the "easy out" again. This time a little less than half of it came out. I used a drill and a file to make the remaining time cert thin enough so I could tap the hole. Once I saw that Ed has used a thread locker on the time cert, I applied heat for about a minute to each one which made them easy to remove.


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Wonderful story about some fantastic people. Glad to see that the car went to a good home and that you have such a great friendship.
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post Jun 17 2018, 04:48 PM
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post Jun 17 2018, 09:13 PM
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post Jun 18 2018, 05:40 AM
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I spoke with Ed several months ago to ask about the car. Ed's a great guy.

I'm glad to see it's going to an enthusiast!
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post Jun 18 2018, 06:47 AM
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QUOTE(Perry Kiehl @ Jun 18 2018, 07:40 AM) *

I spoke with Ed several months ago to ask about the car. Ed's a great guy.

I'm glad to see it's going to an enthusiast!


Ed mentioned that you had called about the car. You did a fantastic job on the car. I can't wait to get it back together and on the road. We have a motorhome and have a six week trip scheduled to begin in July so it will be at least late summer before I will have it on the road.

Since I not a big fan of carburetors, I have ordered a fuel injection kit using PMO throttle bodies from Richard Clewett. It is supposed to arrive this week. Figuring out how all that works will also take some time. To offset part of that cost, I will be selling the lightly used PMO carbs.

Among the many wheels that I got from Ed is a set of replica black center Fuchs in 15x7's and 9's. In looking for tires to fit those rims, I am having a difficult time finding anything other than either autocross or track tires. Anyone have any suggestions for a street tire that would fit those rims.? I would like to run 225's front and 245's rear.
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Thanks, that was a fun project. Looks like it's held up pretty well, except for the transmission anyway.

That car was a black 2.0 with the Bilstein suspension package, Fuchs, tan interior, and dealer AC. How things have changed. Imagine using a well optioned '74 2.0 for all of this customization!

I encouraged both John Swanson, and Ed Scott (after he bought it) to drive the snot out of it at every opportunity. That's got either GE60 or GE80 cams in it, and would rev up in a heartbeat, and once you hit 4000 RPM's it felt like a 2 cycle motorcycle when you hit the the power band.

I was amazed at Ed's positive outlook when we spoke last winter, a very impressive guy.

Good to see it'll be back on the road soon.
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post Jun 18 2018, 03:11 PM
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The sail panel trim and the long trim pieces across the back show some wear.

About six years ago I did a body off restoration on a 1964 Corvette. The original windshield trim had some dents in it, so I ordered some replacements. We could never get the repo trim to fit. I mentioned this one day to a Corvette vendor and he said the repo stuff never fits. He asked if I had the original trim. When I said I did, he gave me the name of Dell Metal Polishing in Hubbard, OH. He said this guy would make the original trim look like new. I sent my trim to Dell's and it looked better than new when I got it back.

I called Dell's recently and he said he could work on the 914 trim as well. Today I removed the trim pieces. First the vertical curved pieces have to be removed. There is an 8mm nut inside the wheelwell that must be removed. The right side was fairly easy but, since there is a 911 motor in this car, the dry sump oil tank is in the left side wheelwell, directly below this nut. I finally got a small ratchet wrench on it. With those nuts removed, the only remaining screw is a small phillips. With both sail panels off the car, I could remove the center trim piece. It is held in by three clips. Some gentle persuasion with a plastic pry tool broke it loose.

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