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> Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna", My new big 6!
post Mar 1 2020, 02:55 PM
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So a couple weeks back a car came up on the Samba and was linked over here in the classifieds. Whole thing looked really fishy, ad was a single picture that was lifted from the Patrick Motorsports site, the wording was broken and the seller had only signed up to the Samba the day of the listing (thread here)

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I'd been looking for the right car for quite a while and finding that there are a lot of scammers out on the internet, but I figured I'd try and contact the seller anyway because, hey, you never know. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)

Sent off an email, days go by, maybe even a week, no reply, definitely seems like a scam. Started chalking it up to "when things are too good to be true..."
Finally, I get an email from the seller, brief, didn't really say much, didn't try to answer questions from my initial email or anything, seemed like an odd generic response but hey at least there's a response, still seems like a scam. Still figuring I'd try to at least have fun with the scammer, I asked about the history etc on the car and why they'd be selling as surely this was a very special car to someone at one point. A few more days go by...now I"ve mentally moved on, it's fake.

Five days after the 1st email and nearly two week in, I get a big long response from the seller, wow, this might be real. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif) The original owner and guy who had the car commissioned to be built by Patrick Motorsports, had passed away about 5-6yrs ago and this is his brother, whom he left the car to. I get a dialog going with him via email and try to pin down a viewing of the car. I'm in San Diego so if it's in Victorville CA, I'm all in (IMG:style_emoticons/default/driving.gif) After two weeks I finally get him to agree to let me see the car on a Saturday morning. Still thinking it could be a big fake or bait and switch, at this point I'm out of my mind that it could also be the real deal and holy crap the guy finally sent me an address and phone number Thursday night before the Saturday viewing (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif)

I got a buddy to agree to ride shotgun in my daily driver so we could drive up to VIctorville to see this thing, we're both still 50/50 on whether or not we're going to get clubbed over the heads when we get there by someone who thinks we're carrying cash or something. Oh great, forcast is RAIN after a solid week of sunny soCal weather, rain, you've got to be kidding me.

We get to the house meet the guy and he leads us into the garage (IMG:style_emoticons/default/w00t.gif)

There it is, just like on the Patrick Motorsports website, holy crap it's REAL (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wub.gif)

I'm a little, well, a LOT awestruck now, he pops the front and rear hoods and opens it up, OH YEAH, its the Big Laguna car, holy cow! I take a peek outside, weather is still holding, at this point I just want to hear it run because I have already made up my mind (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif) Can't believe it's real, peek into the engine bay, whoa! twin plug 993 motor, underneath the car, it's clean enough to eat off of, see the ceramic coated big headers and the stainless exhaust boxed trailing arms, 10/10ths, everything.

He grabs the keys and I ask him to drive me around the neighborhood, it runs like a Swiss watch, everything is as it should be. He lets me drive, I can't believe it still.

He had all the paperwork, build docs and the history of the car, we made a deal and went to the bank, it was a bit overcast but the weather seemed to be holding out, I'm operating in a temporary state of shock, holy crap this car is about to be mine (IMG:style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif)

We come back to the house, load up some spares, weather is holding out, it took us just over 2 hours to get up there, lets hope it's an easy trip back, first off, gas! Its getting darker outside, clouds are getting pretty thick...deal is done and now it's just the ride home I have to get through, oh yeah, the car has no seat belts in it (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/icon8.gif)

Fill up and hit the freeway, trying hard to learn the car as I go. We get down Cajon pass and the rain starts. Not terrible rain, just the kind that makes the roads super slick and here I am driving a big 6 I've never driven before...the roads were a total mess. The wipers worked but the blade on the drivers side was crap so my visibility sucked. Stop and go traffic through Riverside county, accidents all the way, dumping rain through the next hour of driving as I tailed my buddy in my SUV, it took us 3 1/2 hours to get back...with no seat belts
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eric9144   Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna"   Mar 1 2020, 02:55 PM
eric9144   Here are some of the pictures so far, I"m sti...   Mar 1 2020, 02:57 PM
eric9144   The car is crazy, they did everything, Chassis sti...   Mar 1 2020, 02:59 PM
eric9144   RE: Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna"   Mar 1 2020, 03:01 PM
eric9144   RE: Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna"   Mar 1 2020, 03:01 PM
eric9144   RE: Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna"   Mar 1 2020, 03:02 PM
eric9144   RE: Patrick Motorsports "Big Laguna"   Mar 1 2020, 03:03 PM
eric9144   PMS data plate:   Mar 1 2020, 03:05 PM
Craigers17   Absolutely awesome 914! Congrats!   Mar 1 2020, 03:10 PM
eric9144   I've started to check the little detail things...   Mar 1 2020, 03:11 PM
eric9144   Harnesses in, :first:   Mar 1 2020, 03:12 PM
R1200rider   Harnesses in, :first: Outstanding. Great stor...   Mar 1 2020, 03:22 PM
eric9144   I keep finding details on it that are just mind bl...   Mar 1 2020, 03:16 PM
pete000   Wow a story for VINwiki for sure ! I remember...   Mar 1 2020, 03:23 PM
eric9144   After getting the harnesses done yesterday includi...   Mar 1 2020, 03:25 PM
eric9144   Wow a story for VINwiki for sure ! I remembe...   Mar 1 2020, 03:27 PM
eric9144   The seller gave me two binders of stuff with the c...   Mar 1 2020, 03:30 PM
eric9144   Another of the new belts:   Mar 1 2020, 03:32 PM
Maltese Falcon   Totally great hunting on your part and a worthy ca...   Mar 1 2020, 03:37 PM
mepstein   It’s a lot of car for sure. I drove an 911T with...   Mar 1 2020, 03:39 PM
Unobtanium-inc   If it's something you want it's always wor...   Mar 1 2020, 03:40 PM
eric9144   Car only needs some odds and ends, going to do Spo...   Mar 1 2020, 03:42 PM
eric9144   Totally great hunting on your part and a worthy c...   Mar 1 2020, 03:49 PM
SirAndy   Nice! :trophy:   Mar 1 2020, 04:00 PM
eric9144   Nice! :trophy: Thanks Andy!! Rema...   Mar 1 2020, 04:03 PM
horizontally-opposed   Congrats on what looks like a great buy! Few n...   Mar 1 2020, 04:04 PM
eric9144   Have fun with this—I know you will. They can be...   Mar 1 2020, 04:15 PM
Maltese Falcon   Have fun with this—I know you will. They can b...   Mar 1 2020, 05:29 PM
Tdskip   Congratulations   Mar 1 2020, 04:37 PM
Coondog   Talked about this cars build with James Patrick se...   Mar 1 2020, 05:22 PM
eric9144   Talked about this cars build with James Patrick s...   Mar 1 2020, 05:36 PM
flyer86d   Over the years I have driven stock 4s and 6s, as w...   Mar 1 2020, 05:57 PM
914-300Hemi   Wow what a great car. Congrats   Mar 1 2020, 06:53 PM
ClayPerrine   Congrats! That is a beautiful car. And I kn...   Mar 1 2020, 10:04 PM
eric9144   :wavebye:   Mar 1 2020, 10:27 PM
DRPHIL914   :wavebye: Beautiful! once in a life-time d...   Mar 2 2020, 01:55 PM
Cairo94507   What a terrific purchase. I love that car and rem...   Mar 1 2020, 10:37 PM
burton73   All I can say is wow and congrads. Use it in good...   Mar 2 2020, 10:53 AM
Root_Werks   What a score! While looking for a converted 9...   Mar 2 2020, 10:57 AM
defianty   Fantastic, congratulations.   Mar 2 2020, 12:11 PM
ValcoOscar   Early bird gets the worm :beer1: :beer2: :Qarl:...   Mar 2 2020, 12:27 PM
eric9144   Beautiful! once in a life-time deal for sure....   Mar 2 2020, 02:39 PM
EdwardBlume   So stoked for you! Drive the shit out of it...   Mar 2 2020, 03:38 PM
infraredcalvin   Great score! Looking forward to the stories a...   Mar 2 2020, 03:54 PM
EdwardBlume   Great score! Looking forward to the stories ...   Mar 2 2020, 03:57 PM
infraredcalvin   Ugh fits is a relative term, top off and pretzeled...   Mar 2 2020, 07:17 PM
dax1969   Wow, you hit the jackpot. Supernice car, congrats...   Mar 3 2020, 02:28 AM
falcor75   Amazing car and an great story. The only thing I w...   Mar 3 2020, 05:08 AM
eric9144   Great score! Looking forward to the stories ...   Mar 4 2020, 04:03 PM
eric9144   Amazing car and an great story. The only thing I ...   Mar 4 2020, 04:05 PM
horizontally-opposed   Yeah I struggle a little with the monochromatic l...   Mar 4 2020, 06:53 PM
Dion   :Qarl: That looks like one helluva ride. Very shar...   Mar 4 2020, 04:16 PM
Cairo94507   I agree with @falcor75; the RS finish on those whe...   Mar 4 2020, 04:38 PM
eric9144   I agree with @falcor75; the RS finish on those wh...   Mar 4 2020, 05:52 PM
Coondog   Pays 75K for a car now you want him to change rims...   Mar 4 2020, 06:12 PM
raynekat   Pays 75K for a car now you want him to change rim...   Mar 4 2020, 06:15 PM
jim_hoyland   2009 at GAF when the car was first shown. Won 1st ...   Mar 4 2020, 06:37 PM
FlacaProductions   I agree with the above - I think the only thing I...   Mar 4 2020, 06:48 PM
Morph914   Congrats, an amazing car! Enjoy   Mar 4 2020, 08:31 PM
Coondog   So I guess you want me to change rims to......... ...   Mar 4 2020, 09:12 PM
eric9144   So I guess you want me to change rims to............   Mar 4 2020, 09:39 PM
infraredcalvin   I went through the the wheel dilemma on my 930, wh...   Mar 4 2020, 09:44 PM
eric9144   Wasn't gonna say anything, but since you did...   Mar 4 2020, 09:46 PM
eric9144   @Coondog in a weird way, your car drove me to thi...   Mar 4 2020, 09:56 PM
FlacaProductions   I understand the targa bar and back to a black roo...   Mar 4 2020, 10:02 PM
Coondog   Thank you Eric, The Big Laguna in my opinion is th...   Mar 4 2020, 10:06 PM
eric9144   Thank you Eric, The Big Laguna in my opinion is t...   Mar 4 2020, 10:11 PM
Cairo94507   Hi Greg, @coondog I love your car :wub: Your...   Mar 5 2020, 12:15 PM
get off my lawn   Iffn it were me (and he's glad it's not) I...   Mar 5 2020, 12:57 PM
horizontally-opposed   ^ It's a matter of personal taste, and a car b...   Mar 5 2020, 01:14 PM
eric9144   Noticed that at some point there was a significant...   Mar 9 2020, 11:58 AM
eric9144   Oh and ordered these to honor the original owners ...   Mar 9 2020, 11:59 AM
DRPHIL914   Oh and ordered these to honor the original owners...   Mar 9 2020, 12:05 PM
Coondog   Oh and ordered these to honor the original owner...   Mar 9 2020, 12:14 PM
Cairo94507   That is an amazing car and it just keeps getting b...   Mar 9 2020, 01:22 PM
eric9144   Dug out some NOS special parts from the stash over...   Mar 9 2020, 01:57 PM
eric9144   Wow just realized I hadn't updated this thread...   Mar 15 2021, 06:38 PM
eric9144   The car had sat for the better part of ~5-7 years ...   Mar 15 2021, 06:48 PM
eric9144   Got the car home, mopped up all the oil, couldn...   Mar 15 2021, 06:57 PM
eric9144   I get all the way back with it and it wouldn't...   Mar 15 2021, 07:02 PM
eric9144   1st real project was adding a fire extinguisher, p...   Mar 15 2021, 07:06 PM
eric9144   Next up on the odds and ends was the front torsion...   Mar 15 2021, 07:14 PM
eric9144   While I was down there... noticed that the front b...   Mar 15 2021, 07:20 PM
eric9144   The wheels were a bit much for me, I know it's...   Mar 15 2021, 07:24 PM
eric9144   Then the quest to replace 12 year old tires before...   Mar 15 2021, 07:27 PM
eric9144   Obligatory brake porn, still amazed at how far thi...   Mar 15 2021, 07:29 PM
eric9144   At this point the car was pretty well sorted and I...   Mar 15 2021, 07:32 PM
Cairo94507   I 100% agree with your wheel choice. :beer2:   Mar 15 2021, 07:35 PM
eric9144   Swapped all the signals and lighting over to LED i...   Mar 15 2021, 07:35 PM
eric9144   The gas pedal was really odd with the ergonomics, ...   Mar 15 2021, 07:39 PM
Coondog   Your car is a Monster, hope to see you and the San...   Mar 15 2021, 07:42 PM
eric9144   Started a side quest to make one of the spare blac...   Mar 15 2021, 07:43 PM
eric9144   Now I'm down to just little details, swapped t...   Mar 15 2021, 07:45 PM
eric9144   And that's about it, think we're all caugh...   Mar 15 2021, 07:48 PM
eric9144   I 100% agree with your wheel choice. :beer2: T...   Mar 15 2021, 07:49 PM
eric9144   I think I've put around 1200 miles on, mostly ...   Mar 15 2021, 08:06 PM
rhodyguy   Very cool. Thanks! Swell road too.   Mar 15 2021, 08:16 PM
Krieger   The black wheels look perfect on your car! Sa...   Mar 15 2021, 11:06 PM
raynekat   Black wheels look excellent. Also....man what a g...   Mar 16 2021, 12:51 AM
rick 918-S   Very nice. I like the changes.   Mar 16 2021, 01:52 AM
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