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> Tom and Gary’s southwest PA 914 love fest, Coved night out
post Jun 29 2020, 08:48 PM
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Have been trying to get together with Tom of Olympic914 fame to check out his car up close and in person. Tonight was the night!!

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It was a gorgeous night in the southeast hills of the Burgh and Tom’s car is indeed a beauty, cosmetically and mechanically impeccable. I would say “tidy” is the best word.

The highlight of the evening was a car driver switch and a quick blast through some of Tom’s choice local driving roads. Me in his car following he in mine. Maybe a few comparison notes would be interesting:

Toms car is a 74 with a 2056 with 2 liter injection, well tuned to the motor. He has a J west shifter, Tangerine flares accomadating 225 x 16’s, a sweet Triad exhaust, sway bars front and rear and 914LtD stiffener kit

Mine is a 2.4 S built narrow body six with a Weltmiester short shift side shifter with Tangerine bushings and a two bearing shift console mod, 205 x 15 ‘s, 21 mm front sway and an un-reinforced flexi flyer chassis

To say Toms car feels extremely stiff in comparison is an understatement (even top off). I could feel his suspension working in isolation to manage road unevenness where mine feels like everything is transmitted into the chassis setting off a sort of secondary chain of reactions. Very interesting

His J West shifter is better gated with a more notchy feel, where I felt mine is a bit more “slick” feeling.

I have always loved the feel of the injected four and how it is perfectly matched to the trans and chassis, all in perfect balance. Tom’s injected 2056 delivers that balance in spades, everything in it’s place.

Sorry to get carried away, but it was just a fun night. Tom promised to chime in with an extra picture and hopefully impressions of his first drive in a six. I wish he were impressed by the power, but ain’t gonna happen. Tom’s other car is a 718 turbo S cayman.
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