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> Projects on my new, to me. 1974 914-6
jerhofer
post Jun 18 2018, 03:23 PM
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There was some surface rust in the battery tray. I don't understand why it was rusty as you can plainly see the outline of the Optima battery. I used a wire brush and some light sanding on the affected areas. I then applied a coat of POR15 to the area where the battery sits. This stuff dries as hard as a rock and is to be used directly over rusty areas to prevent further rust. I plan on using a sealed battery as well and this treatment should prevent future issues.

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With that done, I spent the remainder of the afternoon cleaning the engine. I removed the intake manifolds so I could do a better job of cleaning them separately. Looks better but I still have a ways to go. I need to order the seals for the "holy trinity" of oil leaks at the rear of the motor. Now is the time to make sure it doesn't leak. When I adjust the valves, I will be installing new seals on the valve covers.

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post Jun 18 2018, 03:34 PM
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That’s a beautiful 14! What colour is that?
It looks almost like Marathon blue but not quite.
Nice power plant as well. Having been in 914Daves car
this past weekend, wow that 3.2 has plenty of kick.
Enjoy! Really nice.
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post Jun 18 2018, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE(Dion @ Jun 18 2018, 05:34 PM) *

That’s a beautiful 14! What colour is that?
It looks almost like Marathon blue but not quite.
Nice power plant as well. Having been in 914Daves car
this past weekend, wow that 3.2 has plenty of kick.
Enjoy! Really nice.


Thanks.

It is not marathon blue, but, as you say, it is close. It is a GM color.
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post Jun 18 2018, 05:11 PM
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Looking forward to the trim restore. It’s a weak point on a lot of our cars. New costs a fortune.
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post Jun 21 2018, 03:58 PM
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I used my overhead hoist to lift the motor so I could get it on the engine stand. Lots easier to work on it at that height.


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I found an air compressor to inflate the spare tire on eBay.


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During the build back in 2002, Kool-Mat had been installed in the rear trunk. This is good stuff that I also used when I did the restoration of a 1964 Corvette a few years ago. However, it is not meant to be seen. I found a carpet to make the trunk look somewhat better.

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The EFI kit arrived as well. Lots of wiring to do!!!


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Since the EFI parts have arrived, it was time to clean up the PMO cars and get them ready to sell on eBay. I already have a bid.


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post Jun 21 2018, 04:10 PM
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To make the 9" wheels work on the rear, I needed to install longer wheel studs. First I had to remove them. I found a stud remover on eBay. It is huge but worked great.
Because it is so heavy duty, I could use my impact wrench.

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I found a tool at O'Reilly's for installing studs. It has a ball bearing that rests against the flange. This allows it to turn when you are tightening down the stud rather than have the nut dig into the flange or a washer. It also worked very well and could be used with the impact wrench.

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With the studs in place, I could install the new 914-6 rotors and the rebuilt 914 calipers. I am missing one hard brake line so I will have to do some digging through the tons of parts that I got with the car to see if it is there.


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post Jun 22 2018, 03:05 PM
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I finished up the rear brakes by installing the pads and the hard brake lines.


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Next up was hooking up the parking brake. I attached one side but I could not get the other side to extend far enough to reach rear brake caliper.


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After consulting Ed and the internet, I discovered that removing the boot at the firewall where the brake cable tubes are, there were adjusting nuts. Just behind the parking brake lever inside the car, there is a plate which covers the cables. Each cable attaches to one side of the lever. As you can see in the photo below, the lever was at an angle which meant one parking brake would be applied earlier, and probably with more force, than the other side. By adjusting the cables at the firewall, I was able to hook up both cables and to make the lever straight across inside the car. Once I adjust the brake pads on the calipers, the parking brake should now apply equal pressure to both rear brakes.


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Now I have to try to convince my wife to help me bleed the brakes. Back when we were both doing track events, this was a regular routine prior to each event. It was a pain in the rear for her, but we never had our brakes go soft at the track.
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post Jun 22 2018, 04:16 PM
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Looking great, that motor is going to be fun!
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post Jun 25 2018, 03:13 PM
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The wife spent a wonderful Sunday morning bleeding brakes...and she did a great job! We have brakes!!


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Now that the brakes were bled, I could adjust the brake pad clearance on the rear brakes. On the outside, I removed the plastic cover, loosened the lock nut and used a 4mm hex wrench to adjust the distance between the brake rotor and the brake pad to .008 or .2mm. With that done, I removed the nut on the rear through the access hole in the trailing arm and did the same adjustment there on the inside pad.


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post Jun 25 2018, 06:23 PM
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I very strongly recommend that you use 0.004" clearance for the rear brake pads! The 0.008" number results in lousy pedal feel and a handbrake that doesn't hold very well.

I have often wondered if they were thinking of the total clearance (each side of the rotor) when they published the 0.008" figure?

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post Jun 25 2018, 07:31 PM
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QUOTE(Dave_Darling @ Jun 25 2018, 08:23 PM) *

I very strongly recommend that you use 0.004" clearance for the rear brake pads! The 0.008" number results in lousy pedal feel and a handbrake that doesn't hold very well.

I have often wondered if they were thinking of the total clearance (each side of the rotor) when they published the 0.008" figure?

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I had a couple of 914's back in the eighties but I did not work on them. So these things I am learning now are all new to me. These parking brakes are quite different from those on the 911's I have owned. I appreciate the heads up. This is one of the reasons I post my projects on cars on enthusiast forums. The feedback is invaluable.

My wife retired from teaching about 20 years ago and took up art. She does oil paintings and has a gallery in Salisbury, NC. About ten years ago I retired. Since then I have bought good cars and did my best to make them better. I enjoy the process and figuring out new things. Which is why I have not done the same car more than once. Below are links to some of the other project cars I have done. I have enjoyed all of them.

Neither my wife and I are content to sit around and do nothing. So, most days my wife goes to her gallery to paint and I go to the garage. Works for us!!

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-911...67-912-6-a.html

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-944...-944-turbo.html

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/c1-and...y-64-coupe.html

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/vintag...0sel-4-5-a.html

And just to show the seed doesn't drop very far from the tree, here is a link to my son's project. His is much more adventurous than mine. We found a roller 1979 911SC into which he is installing a Tesla P85 motor. It will have a RSR body with very wide wheels and tires.

http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192602
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post Aug 11 2018, 04:21 PM
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We are back from our five week motorhome trip and I am ready to get back to working on the car. As I had written previously, I had sent the sail panel trim away to have it refinished. The pieces were here when we returned and they look better than new. I didn't have really good "before" photos but you can get an idea of the improvement with these images. The left side short piece was in the worst condition.

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For those of you who may have some interest, here is a link to his website: https://www.dellmetalpolishing.com/index2.html

He charged me $160 for all three pieces.

Part of the stash of parts that came with the car were five Fuch's 15x6 deep dish heart wheels. I cleaned them up today and am trying to determine the build date. I took this photo of one of the inside spokes but I don't know what to look for to determine the date. I would like to know as I will be selling these.

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The date is on the inner ridge between the pedals but not on the pedals on the back of the wheel, near where the center cap sits. A set of 5 in good condition is $4-4,500.

I just sold a single one in fair condition for $750.


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Ha! that's not rust ! Keep posting on the Fi conversion.

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QUOTE(mepstein @ Aug 11 2018, 06:30 PM) *

The date is on the inner ridge between the pedals but not on the pedals on the back of the wheel, near where the center cap sits. A set of 5 in good condition is $4-4,500.

I just sold a single one in fair condition for $750.


Thanks for the info. I couldn't go to bed until I looked at the dates. They are all 1-70. The tires appear to be from the eighties. The other wheels are in similar condition to the one pictured here. The finish appears to be original.


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I wouldn't let them go for less than $4K and I would start at $4,500 on early911sregistry and pelican.
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That car is absolutely beautiful. I can remember seeing it at a couple of the MUSR events with the previous owner.

I like the EFI conversion.

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I haven't had much time to work on the car since returning from our trip. Too much catching up to do after being gone for five weeks. The wire shelves in our motorhome refrigerator were showing some rust where the finish had failed. I bead blasted those (many, many hours as it is tedious to blast round things) and took them to a powder coater today. My powder coater is very reasonable and new shelves are very expensive. So it should be worth the time spent in the blast cabinet.

To free up some room, I did fine time to place ads for a few items on this forum. I have lots of other parts that came with the car if anybody has a need. I do have an extra 901 tranny. I asked the previous owner about its condition. He got it from a friend of his who had totaled his car many years ago. His recollection is that it was working fine at the time it was removed but he cannot remember how many miles were on it. Pm me if you need something and I will see if I have it.
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What a beautiful car ! Headed back on the road......enjoy the process.
The asymmetrical yoke that pulls the Ebrake cables is mounted upside down.
Turn it over so that 'OBEN' faces up. I think oben is German for UP !
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QUOTE(rgalla9146 @ Aug 16 2018, 09:12 PM) *

What a beautiful car ! Headed back on the road......enjoy the process.
The asymmetrical yoke that pulls the Ebrake cables is mounted upside down.
Turn it over so that 'OBEN' faces up. I think oben is German for UP !


Thanks for the info. I will try to remember to do that.
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