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post Jan 13 2020, 11:21 PM
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From: North Pekin, Illinois
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Thank You for allowing me to become a member here on 914World. Derrek Johnson is the name and I hail from a little village outside of Peoria,Illinois. My beginnings with 914s was one of a rather distaste for the little boxy cars. Now before I am banished from this page and sent back to cry alone with my old air cooled VWs, allow me to tell you what changed. I left the military after 14 years and began my civilian life and I wasnt sure what to do. I loved cars and more specifically vintage German autos. My Dad and i decided to build a shop and build hotrods for a living. He retired from Komatsu Mining as an engineer and we discovered that we work together quite well and are having a blast. About the 6th year into building hotrods a guy showed up at our shop that I have known for a long time but never worked for. Many of you may know him as he has a little shop that goes by the name 914Limited. Brad approached my to paint his copper 914 and we did. From that day on we have been doing a ton of work for Brad and enjoy doing it. Along the way he convinced me to take his Copper 914 out for the weekend and enjoy it. Nancy and I took the targa off and drove the Illinois River valley and it was instant love. That 914 handled fantastic, road great and had great acceleration. I have purchased my own 914 from Brad, its a total basket case but is one of the few that is completely rust free. Not sure what direction that I will be taking it as the drivetrain is all gone so its basically a blank canvas. A Porsche 718 drivetrain has been dancing around in my cranial bucket but so has a svx 3.3 with a turbo. As soon as I finish my 1962 beetle, I will start building it so that gives me about a month to decide. I have been devouring page after page of this forum and am excited to become a stalker here.

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Uniquecoaches   Newbie aka FNG   Jan 13 2020, 11:21 PM
Krieger   Hi Derrek! :wttc: That's cool that Bra...   Jan 14 2020, 12:22 AM
Blue6   :wttc:   Jan 14 2020, 12:53 AM
Spoke   :wttc: Got pics of the basket case?   Jan 14 2020, 07:03 AM
BeatNavy   Hey Derrek. You're not an FNG, you're jus...   Jan 14 2020, 07:10 AM
SteveL   :wttc: If Brad trusts you, you gotta be OK!   Jan 14 2020, 07:22 AM
JOEPROPER   :wttc: Nice car   Jan 14 2020, 07:35 AM
Cairo94507   :wttc: How cool is that? Spreading the 914 love. ...   Jan 14 2020, 08:15 AM
ctc911ctc   Love that color, I had one just like that with air...   Jan 14 2020, 09:12 AM
914Sixer   :wttc: Leave the Copper car alone, Rare color. Ge...   Jan 14 2020, 09:15 AM
Uniquecoaches   :wttc: Leave the Copper car alone, Rare color. G...   Jan 14 2020, 07:27 PM
theer   :wttc: Welcome to the madness Derrek! Looki...   Jan 14 2020, 09:27 AM
Chi-town   Good looking car! Skip the antique EG33 and lo...   Jan 14 2020, 09:37 AM
Chris H.   :wttc: I live about 2 hours north of you and have ...   Jan 14 2020, 10:09 AM
pete000   Neat color !   Jan 14 2020, 10:14 AM
krazykonrad   :wttc:   Jan 14 2020, 10:27 AM
JawjaPorsche   Welcome to the Madness! :wttc:   Jan 14 2020, 11:12 AM
brcacti   :wttc:   Jan 14 2020, 11:58 AM
Uniquecoaches   Thank You all for the warm welcome. Basket case ca...   Jan 14 2020, 07:37 PM
Uniquecoaches   instagram This is my Instagram page if you would ...   Jan 14 2020, 07:43 PM
Costa05   Glad you are considering something Singer style. R...   Jan 14 2020, 08:25 PM
76-914   :wttc: and I agree with Chi-towns assessment. But...   Jan 14 2020, 08:58 PM
Uniquecoaches   :wttc: and I agree with Chi-towns assessment. Bu...   Jan 14 2020, 09:10 PM
Uniquecoaches   basket case sitting in my storage building   Jan 14 2020, 09:14 PM
Uniquecoaches   floor pan   Jan 14 2020, 09:15 PM
Uniquecoaches   right side   Jan 14 2020, 09:19 PM
Uniquecoaches   longitudinals and suspension points are in great s...   Jan 14 2020, 09:21 PM

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