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> Re-Conversion of a '70 914, HorseFeathers! I think I'm need to throw another engine at this thing
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post Nov 9 2020, 06:04 PM
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It's been a few weeks and only a few items remain. One of those items are the shifter cables which should arrive by the end of this week. I haven't even thought about how I will cover the shifter in this car. The other one was easy as I could hide everything between the console and middle cushion. But moving ahead I use some wire rope to visualize the route the cables will run because it is somewhat similar to the cables stiffness and will prevent me from making too small of a radius. I clamp the cables to the shifter on one end and to the transmission on the other. Nothing magic here but it does help to see where they will run.

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They will lay on top of the tunnel then drop thru the rear tunnel access cover and out the same hole in the firewall that the old shift rod passed through.

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And from the engine compartment side.

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And finally to the transmission.

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I cut the cover to allow the cables to enter the tunnel.

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Then make a couple of small templates for the gussets.

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And form the gussets

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post Nov 9 2020, 06:09 PM
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Then clamp together and weld. I use this term weld loosely as I blew a hole in the thin metal and had a couple more spots bulge out on the other side of the weld. I threw some primer on it for now and will hammer down those bulges later.

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post Nov 9 2020, 06:25 PM
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All of the plumbing is completed and tied in with the exception of the radiator filler neck. The one you see on the end of the red silicone hose is just too flimsy so I ordered another that is more substantial. It should be here in 2 weeks. I left all of the hoses a bit long for now. After I've got a few hours on the car I'll cut them to final length.

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The clutch is bled and the reservoir is topped off.

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And the speedometer should be here in two weeks.

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I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. God willing and the creeks don't rise this thing will be on the road by Christmas. To be continued..................
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post Nov 9 2020, 06:56 PM
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No idea how I have missed this thread until now. Nice job documenting it, I am sure it will help me as I embark on my trans swap soon. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Dec 1 2020, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for all the great Ideas ! Your the MAN !
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post Dec 1 2020, 10:33 PM
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Looks great Kent! What size radiator hoses did you use? 3/4 and 7/8? I’m actually thinking about going back to smaller diameter myself.
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post Dec 2 2020, 04:50 AM
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QUOTE(Chris H. @ Dec 1 2020, 08:33 PM) *

Looks great Kent! What size radiator hoses did you use? 3/4 and 7/8? I’m actually thinking about going back to smaller diameter myself.

Yes, 7/8" & 3/4". LMK if you do. I'll send you some nice blue silicon hose that I have left over, Chris . I forget which but I think it is 3/4" that I have surplus stock. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Dec 2 2020, 01:16 PM
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QUOTE(76-914 @ Dec 2 2020, 04:50 AM) *

QUOTE(Chris H. @ Dec 1 2020, 08:33 PM) *

Looks great Kent! What size radiator hoses did you use? 3/4 and 7/8? I’m actually thinking about going back to smaller diameter myself.

Yes, 7/8" & 3/4". LMK if you do. I'll send you some nice blue silicon hose that I have left over, Chris . I forget which but I think it is 3/4" that I have surplus stock. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)


Oh nice, will do Kent!
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post Dec 11 2020, 11:56 AM
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I have some catching up to do here. I received my cables from CCI and they are top notch as usual. In case you're wondering they are 90" & 98" long. Here are a few pic's of them and of the installation.

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This lever was made using a scrap piece 1/2" steel pipe, 1/8" plate steel and an AN-3 bolt

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A few shots from inside the cabin.

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post Dec 11 2020, 12:08 PM
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Party ON!
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post Dec 11 2020, 02:12 PM
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Nice job, might have to borrow a few of your design ideas when I put my Subaru gearbox in.

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post Dec 25 2020, 05:09 PM
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Thx Mike. Well, I went to way much trouble installing one of these Speed Hut Speedometers a few years back when I converted the black 914. I made another gauge panel to accept the gauge but there is an easier way. The problem is that the plastic mounting nut will not screw onto the body of the gauge because the threads on the body of the gauge are partially covered by the shoulder/flange of the OEM opening. So you will need to remove the 4 small metal pieces (with a Dremel) to shorten the shoulder that the gauge body sits in. There are 4 of these "tabs". You can see 3 of them sitting on my leg after cutting them off. The trimmed off piece of the rubber ring is also in the pic. Next you need to cut the rubber mounting ring to shorten it's depth so that it doesn't protrude past the shoulder where the small pieces were trimmed off. The rubber ring is easily trimmed with scissors. See pic's below .Thx to Stephan @914forme for the rubber ring. Merry Christmas ya'll. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wreath.gif)

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post Jan 12 2021, 10:40 AM
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If it ain't one thing it's two. I've been chasing this rough running engine and I've decided I need to just bite the bullet and throw another engine at it. The rear L cylinder seemed to be the culprit I'd pull the injector lead and it made no difference. Flipped injectors and no difference. Flipped coils and no difference. Any lead I pulled on the left bank was similar but more pronounced. Anything I pulled on the right bank would make a drastic difference. There is also a popping noise on the left exhaust. It would smooth out on acceleration and the engine had plenty of power. I had heard a chattering that I assumed was the AC compressor. Yesterday I pulled the belt and the chatter was still there. I think I have a left bank tensioner that died on me. I have a 120lb compression and today I'll do a leak down test just for shits n grins but I've already convinced myself it needs an engine. That they are plentiful and cheap is the good news. That I need to pull and install another is the bad news. I'd probably go in and replace the tensioners & rails which are available but this engine has about 200K on the clock and I think my $$$ would be better spent on another engine. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)
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post Jan 12 2021, 11:17 AM
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Very cool build and thanks for sharing it! Are you worried at all about the coolant lines running under the pans like that? I know some speed bumps that would love to eat the hoses for that one time you go over them too fast...
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post Jan 12 2021, 07:01 PM
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Very cool build and thanks for sharing it! Are you worried at all about the coolant lines running under the pans like that? I know some speed bumps that would love to eat the hoses for that one time you go over them too fast...

Not too much. But I keep a splice coupling and a few hose clamps with me when traveling. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Jan 12 2021, 07:06 PM
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How many turbos on the replacement 6? 2?
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post Jan 12 2021, 08:46 PM
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I'd check the harness too to make sure that's good. The tensioner would affect the whole bank not just 1 cyl. Chatter could be a dead/flat lifter which might fix itself with use. At this point I'd assume it was a lifter.
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post Jan 13 2021, 10:21 AM
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I'd check the harness too to make sure that's good. The tensioner would affect the whole bank not just 1 cyl. Chatter could be a dead/flat lifter which might fix itself with use. At this point I'd assume it was a lifter.

Chris thx for helping but the noise is from the front in the chain area and doesn't have that tat-tat-tat rhythm. Checked the harness first thing per the factory manual. Voltage is good from the ECM to the molex plugs at the coils. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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