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post Dec 23 2022, 10:39 AM
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As Hawkeye now living in AZ (and who actually used to work at your hospital, with another doc who had, or still has a nice WWII jeep) welcome to 914 world.

Trying to figure out from that one picture what the deal is with those horns on the front panel "coming" from the LF wheelwell?????? Don't think it came from the Karmann factory looking like that!

I know all about sentimentality relating to cars and families, etc so it would be neat to restore it if the rust isn't too bad...
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post Dec 23 2022, 10:46 AM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/welcome.png) Is it an option to restore? Might be just what the doctor ordered. Have you ever driven one? Mucho fun, and if you are a car guy and have a heated shop, go for it. As far as value how she sits, I would guess a couple grand tops. GLWS if you decide to go that route
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post Dec 23 2022, 10:48 AM
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As another former Iowawegian - welcome. I saw those horns, too - someone's been in there!

I was THIS close to retrieving the 914 I had growing up in Eastern Iowa and completely understand the sentimental side of things. No real price tag on that. I say go for it....many have done more with much less...
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post Dec 23 2022, 11:47 AM
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This looks like it could be a fun project. Hopefully the weather warms up a bit so you can get a better look at it.

If the 914 has history, that alone speaks to ensuring it's brought back to life.

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post Dec 23 2022, 01:52 PM
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Yet another Iowegian here! Sounds like potentially a great find.

40 years stored means it was on the road for about 10 years. It has suffered some ravages but escaped others. You will have dried shrunken, rotted rubber, and seals. Fluids will have disintegrated and become varnish/gunk.

Minimum: You will want to go through the engine. It will need new body rubber, which is quite extensive on this car (but available as a kit for savings). It will need all new high pressure fuel lines, including stainless steel from the front to the fuel pump (4 pieces).

Paying shop rates to people who aren’t experienced in special cars usually ends disaster. Whether its economically viable will likely depend on your skill, ambition, and willingness to learn. Many have gone before you. I did quite a bit of tinkering on a Beetle and a 356C back in the day and I’m not finding it difficult, although being mid engined, it is more cumbersome. YouTube, 914World, Jack Raby engine building DVDs, personal web sites, and a lot of great people and vendors are out there for you. Spend this cold winter looking through previous built threads.

Many reproduction parts, plus paint and sealers are of much better quality than the original.

You can tow one home behind many mini-vans and pick-ups with a Uhaul Car Dolly. Do not attempt to back up though. The pushing the rope analogy comes into play.
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post Dec 23 2022, 02:07 PM
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Love the color!

We bought a 914 locally many years ago that looked much worse, and because of the sentimentality we restored it to new condition. We love the car.


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post Dec 24 2022, 02:54 PM
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Welcome to the 914World, Sorry for the loss of your friend. The good news is you have time to work this out as it was a friend. Take your time and clean it up just a little and take lots of pictures. Everyone wants to help you out and at the same time we love being a detective on cars. Clean out the front and rear trunks and really take a lot of pictures.

with the pictures of the front end, can't tell if it has been welded back together it just looks like they’re butted up to each other with no welding yet with maybe some welding near the cowl. The stamped body Vin looks to be intact and even if you can't find the original aluminum one there are reproductions made. The horns where favorites of lots of guys because Weeany cars need loud horns. That is no Biggy.

The color on this car is one of the favorites of everybody.

Take your time if the family is not forced to clean out the garage because of a situation.

Good luck welcome to world.

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post Dec 24 2022, 02:58 PM
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thanks for all your welcomes and kind replies

i have a heated garage and to date have restored

'62 VW beatle
'42 GPW WW II ford jeep
'42 MB 'Slat Grill' WW II willys jeep
'44 WLA HD motorcycle
'42 L4 Piper airplane

so am not afraid of taking on a 914

the only thing is i had planned to do another willys jeep
and also have a '53 MG to do

weather is looking up this coming week
so may take another look this coming wed or thursday

thanks again for all your help

Drex
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post Dec 24 2022, 03:37 PM
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Willow green is a most awesome color, although I'm a little biased as my '72 is willow green (auf Deutsch: weidengrün). As far as I know, it was only offered for the 914 in 1971 & 1972.

However, please listen to the commenters. The damaged front right with a potentially sketchy fix & rust should be carefully assessed along with potential mechanical problems.

If issues look significant, it might be best to pass on this one and look for another one. It took us almost 7 years to find the right 968 cab. So, free advice: take your time and be careful. First glances look like this one can be potentially saved, but that doesn't mean it has to be by you.

Best wishes & welcome to the World!



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post Dec 25 2022, 06:27 AM
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QUOTE(Jack Standz @ Dec 24 2022, 03:37 PM) *

Willow green is a most awesome color, although I'm a little biased as my '72 is willow green (auf Deutsch: weidengrün). As far as I know, it was only offered for the 914 in 1971 & 1972.

However, please listen to the commenters. The damaged front right with a potentially sketchy fix & rust should be carefully assessed along with potential mechanical problems.

If issues look significant, it might be best to pass on this one and look for another one. It took us almost 7 years to find the right 968 cab. So, free advice: take your time and be careful. First glances look like this one can be potentially saved, but that doesn't mean it has to be by you.

Best wishes & welcome to the World!



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post Dec 27 2022, 09:23 AM
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Welcome. Others with more experience have already commented. Sorry for the loss of your friend. Original color does make a difference. A color like willow, if original, will add to the value later. That one pic makes it look like the interior is in very good shape possibly. That adds to the value as it sits if the vinyl parts are crack free, carpet in good shape, etc. What options does the car have? What wheels? It looks like you have all of the experience to tackle this. Best of luck!
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post Dec 28 2022, 07:41 AM
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hello
haven't been back to see car yet
maybe tomorrow or Friday
to take a few more pictures

here is a picture of the left front wheel

turns out that my friend had no will
so the family will have to take my offer before a judge
to have the sell approved
this will happen after the 1st of the year
no telling how long this will take
or how the judge will want to handle my friend's assets

will let you all know how it turns out

Drex

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post Dec 28 2022, 10:06 AM
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You need to make a deep, DEEP, assessment of this car before you leap. Fixing items will have 3 0s, not 2, most of the time. I imagine everything could change when the estate goes to probate. Someone will think that Porsche has great value. They would be mistaken.
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post Dec 30 2022, 07:33 AM
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looked at this 914 again yesterday
wow...temp was 63 F (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
big change from the below zero we've had lately here in Iowa

my friend's sister was a big help
we found the original VIN plate for the L front fender area!

here is picture of the 'Hellhole'
looks like the battery tray is toast
but i think the area under it isn't too bad

also, a picture of the rear trunk floor
looks pretty good

i did push up on the under the body
it had been undercoated
but unfortunately, felt a little spongy in places
old man rust may have invaded

but...
if the judge permits
i'm still going to buy it

thanks for all your help

Drex

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post Dec 30 2022, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE(Drex @ Dec 30 2022, 08:33 AM) *


but...
if the judge permits
i'm still going to buy it


I know this car has some sentimental value to you and that’s OK.

That battery tray is just the tip of the iceberg. By the time they are that rusted, there is significant damage to the wheelhouse inner, and the hell hole below that you can’t even see with the ECU in place. All that acid that caused the battery tray corrosion is also down in the passenger side longitudinal eating away at metal 25/7 for the last 40 years.

Don’t let a judge con you into paying much more and a couple thousand dollars for this car. As stated previously, he will likely only see PORSCHE and think it’s worth big $$

This car is will be a time and money pit - you’ll be doing the family a favour by fixing it!
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post Dec 30 2022, 01:02 PM
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QUOTE(Superhawk996 @ Dec 30 2022, 01:48 PM) *

QUOTE(Drex @ Dec 30 2022, 08:33 AM) *


but...
if the judge permits
i'm still going to buy it


I know this car has some sentimental value to you and that’s OK.

That battery tray is just the tip of the iceberg. By the time they are that rusted, there is significant damage to the wheelhouse inner, and the hell hole below that you can’t even see with the ECU in place. All that acid that caused the battery tray corrosion is also down in the passenger side longitudinal eating away at metal 25/7 for the last 40 years.

Don’t let a judge con you into paying much more and a couple thousand dollars for this car. As stated previously, he will likely only see PORSCHE and think it’s worth big $$

This car is will be a time and money pit - you’ll be doing the family a favour by fixing it!


Most likely true, true and true. The repair tag or your hours will not be a cheap date.
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post Dec 31 2022, 09:06 AM
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hello
here are two pictures of my VW
it was a basket case
but was my very 1st car
so i saved it

i plan to do the same thing to my friend's 914

today is new year's eve
have a good one!!

Drex

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post Dec 31 2022, 09:16 AM
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sorry
i'd like to edit the above post
to insert smaller pictures

how do i do this?
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post Dec 31 2022, 09:49 AM
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Go to "edit" and then go to Full edit.
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QUOTE(Drex @ Dec 31 2022, 10:06 AM) *

hello
here are two pictures of my VW
it was a basket case
but was my very 1st car
so i saved it

i plan to do the same thing to my friend's 914

today is new year's eve
have a good one!!

Drex

Perfect! So you know what you’re getting into !

I love seeing the rust buckets saved having done one myself. Have at it. Just don’t overpay for the privilege. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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