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> Projects on my new, to me. 1974 914-6
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.






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.






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



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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jerhofer   Projects on my new, to me. 1974 914-6   Jun 16 2018, 08:32 PM
JRust   Wow sweet ride & a great story. Congrats ...   Jun 16 2018, 08:41 PM
Larmo63   It looks like a solid build, great story too. I v...   Jun 16 2018, 08:50 PM
Coondog   Enjoy your project. Great looking car.   Jun 16 2018, 09:24 PM
Maltese Falcon   :wttc: Enjoy the ride :)   Jun 16 2018, 09:36 PM
Cairo94507   :wttc: What a terrific story of friendship and the...   Jun 16 2018, 09:44 PM
Garold Shaffer   I am glad to see that it going back together. I me...   Jun 16 2018, 10:19 PM
Blue6   Congrats on your new acquisition, and your long fr...   Jun 16 2018, 10:36 PM
jerhofer   BTW, Ed says the 2.0 on the rear badge stand for t...   Jun 17 2018, 05:20 AM
914dave   Great looking car. Best of luck.   Jun 17 2018, 05:48 AM
jerhofer   One of the first things I did was clean up the eng...   Jun 17 2018, 11:41 AM
jerhofer   Perry built in an oil cooler box in the front trun...   Jun 17 2018, 12:07 PM
jerhofer   Ed was going to run 13" wheels on the car to ...   Jun 17 2018, 12:22 PM
RickS   Wonderful story about some fantastic people. Glad...   Jun 17 2018, 12:56 PM
914forme   Glad to see another one getting on the road :beer...   Jun 17 2018, 04:48 PM
Chip   Cars don't last. Loved ones do.   Jun 17 2018, 09:13 PM
Perry Kiehl   I spoke with Ed several months ago to ask about th...   Jun 18 2018, 05:40 AM
jerhofer   I spoke with Ed several months ago to ask about t...   Jun 18 2018, 06:47 AM
Perry Kiehl   Thanks, that was a fun project. Looks like it...   Jun 18 2018, 01:15 PM
jerhofer   The sail panel trim and the long trim pieces acros...   Jun 18 2018, 03:11 PM
jerhofer   There was some surface rust in the battery tray. ...   Jun 18 2018, 03:23 PM
Dion   That’s a beautiful 14! What colour is that? ...   Jun 18 2018, 03:34 PM
jerhofer   That’s a beautiful 14! What colour is that?...   Jun 18 2018, 04:38 PM
mepstein   Looking forward to the trim restore. It’s a weak...   Jun 18 2018, 05:11 PM
jerhofer   I used my overhead hoist to lift the motor so I co...   Jun 21 2018, 03:58 PM
jerhofer   To make the 9" wheels work on the rear, I nee...   Jun 21 2018, 04:10 PM
jerhofer   I finished up the rear brakes by installing the pa...   Jun 22 2018, 03:05 PM
Mueller   Looking great, that motor is going to be fun!   Jun 22 2018, 04:16 PM
jerhofer   The wife spent a wonderful Sunday morning bleeding...   Jun 25 2018, 03:13 PM
Dave_Darling   I very strongly recommend that you use 0.004...   Jun 25 2018, 06:23 PM
jerhofer   I [b]very strongly recommend that you use 0.004...   Jun 25 2018, 07:31 PM
jerhofer   We are back from our five week motorhome trip and ...   Aug 11 2018, 04:21 PM
mepstein   The date is on the inner ridge between the pedals ...   Aug 11 2018, 04:30 PM
jerhofer   The date is on the inner ridge between the pedals...   Aug 11 2018, 07:52 PM
pete000   Ha! that's not rust ! Keep posting on ...   Aug 11 2018, 04:44 PM
mepstein   I wouldn't let them go for less than $4K ...   Aug 11 2018, 08:19 PM
ClayPerrine   That car is absolutely beautiful. I can remember s...   Aug 11 2018, 09:06 PM
jerhofer   I haven't had much time to work on the car sin...   Aug 16 2018, 05:15 PM
rgalla9146   What a beautiful car ! Headed back on the ro...   Aug 16 2018, 07:12 PM
jerhofer   What a beautiful car ! Headed back on the r...   Aug 16 2018, 08:24 PM
mepstein   Looks like the wheels sold quickly. :beer2:   Aug 18 2018, 12:14 PM
jerhofer   Looks like the wheels sold quickly. :beer2: A ...   Aug 18 2018, 12:25 PM
jerhofer   I finally found a few hours to spend on the engine...   Aug 21 2018, 07:20 PM
jerhofer   Before we left on our motorhome trip, I took the c...   Aug 27 2018, 08:08 PM
jerhofer   When removing the valve covers, one stud came out ...   Aug 29 2018, 02:45 PM
mepstein   On a lot of cars, the turbo covers need the outer ...   Aug 29 2018, 03:02 PM
jerhofer   On a lot of cars, the turbo covers need the outer...   Aug 29 2018, 04:48 PM
914Timo   WOW !! Six bolt flywheel. Not an ordinary ...   Aug 30 2018, 10:30 AM
jerhofer   WOW !! Six bolt flywheel. Not an ordinary...   Aug 30 2018, 04:04 PM
jerhofer   Had to take the dog to the groomer. I sold my 199...   Aug 30 2018, 02:26 PM
jerhofer   I worked all afternoon and accomplished quite a bi...   Aug 31 2018, 07:47 PM
jerhofer   Now it was the throttle bodies turn. First up is ...   Aug 31 2018, 07:59 PM
914forme   Very nice work there. Making me reconsider the PM...   Sep 1 2018, 07:46 PM
jerhofer   Spent most of the morning getting the tires mounte...   Sep 1 2018, 07:48 PM
Larmo63   Please don't think we aren't geeking out o...   Sep 1 2018, 11:46 PM
eric9144   Please don't think we aren't geeking out ...   Sep 2 2018, 10:05 PM
jerhofer   Please don't think we aren't geeking out...   Sep 3 2018, 03:07 AM
RickS   Piling on. Outstanding thread and I applaud your ...   Sep 3 2018, 09:52 AM
jerhofer   I finished up the linkage today. The left side ro...   Sep 3 2018, 04:13 PM
jerhofer   One more vacuum line needed to be run from the vac...   Sep 4 2018, 07:31 PM
jerhofer   The instructions called for adding a second return...   Sep 4 2018, 08:13 PM
jerhofer   Today was a better day. I removed the left side t...   Sep 5 2018, 03:01 PM
Dave_Darling   OK, I am officially stunned. It's been almost...   Sep 5 2018, 10:16 PM
jerhofer   OK, I am officially stunned. It's been almos...   Sep 6 2018, 01:37 PM
jerhofer   Another day, another sensor for the engine. This ...   Sep 6 2018, 01:51 PM
IronHillRestorations   You are taking that car to the next level!   Sep 6 2018, 02:32 PM
jerhofer   You are taking that car to the next level! ...   Sep 7 2018, 02:04 PM
jerhofer   When I retired ten years ago this November, I told...   Sep 7 2018, 02:28 PM
jerhofer   One last sensor!! A wide band O2 sensor h...   Sep 8 2018, 02:30 PM
jerhofer   To prepare for running the fuel lines, I removed t...   Sep 8 2018, 04:17 PM
914forme   You can see them in the tunnel by opening up the r...   Sep 8 2018, 05:22 PM
jerhofer   You can see them in the tunnel by opening up the ...   Sep 8 2018, 07:36 PM
porschetub   You can see them in the tunnel by opening up the...   Sep 10 2018, 03:03 PM
jerhofer   [quote name='jerhofer' post='2646918' date='Sep 9...   Sep 10 2018, 07:16 PM
jerhofer   My buddy came down this morning to help me remove ...   Sep 9 2018, 08:52 AM
Dave_Darling   Here's a link to the original Chopstick thread...   Sep 9 2018, 08:19 PM
jerhofer   Here's a link to the original Chopstick threa...   Sep 10 2018, 02:36 PM
jerhofer   I pulled the fuel tank this morning. First up was...   Sep 10 2018, 02:43 PM
jerhofer   Before removing the tank, I looked inside to see i...   Sep 10 2018, 02:54 PM
jerhofer   Now I wanted to figure out what I was going to do ...   Sep 10 2018, 07:14 PM
jerhofer   I spent some time on storm preparation this week s...   Sep 13 2018, 07:17 PM
914forme   COP nice, I am liking that kit more and more I see...   Sep 13 2018, 07:25 PM
jerhofer   COP nice, I am liking that kit more and more I se...   Sep 13 2018, 07:36 PM
jerhofer   While I cannot finish the plumbing for the fuel li...   Sep 13 2018, 07:30 PM
Cairo94507   I hope you ride this storm out with no issues. Lo...   Sep 14 2018, 06:17 AM
jerhofer   Very light rain and winds so far today. The heavy...   Sep 15 2018, 02:12 PM
jerhofer   I wasn't happy with the front trunk junction b...   Sep 16 2018, 01:30 PM
jerhofer   I didn't get much done on the car last week. ...   Sep 24 2018, 02:31 PM
jerhofer   One should never aerate your lawn and add fertiliz...   Sep 25 2018, 02:20 PM
jerhofer   I worked on the power harness wiring for the EFI t...   Sep 26 2018, 06:40 PM
jerhofer   First thing this morning I received a text message...   Sep 27 2018, 05:01 PM
jerhofer   Now I could finish up the fuel pump wiring. I use...   Sep 27 2018, 05:13 PM
jerhofer   After being busy with other things the past few da...   Oct 2 2018, 02:55 PM
jerhofer   After making a Sam's run this morning, I finis...   Oct 3 2018, 02:16 PM
Lucky9146   Nice detail work, keep at it! :beer2: :drivi...   Oct 3 2018, 03:09 PM
jerhofer   I finished up the COP plugs today. The terminals ...   Oct 4 2018, 02:41 PM
jerhofer   With the new crimper, it did not take long to do t...   Oct 4 2018, 02:48 PM
jerhofer   Usually my project cars move along a bit faster th...   Oct 8 2018, 02:44 PM
mb911   Looks very nice.. Did you find an inexpensive plac...   Oct 8 2018, 03:03 PM
jerhofer   Thanks. There was no cheap place to get the batte...   Oct 8 2018, 04:22 PM
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