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post Jan 25 2023, 12:25 PM
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Welcome, looks like you got yourself a good 914!

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post Jan 25 2023, 12:31 PM
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I have always liked the lines of the 914 and the fact that it is "unique" even in the Porsche world. I am looking forward to learning about the car, maintaining it, putting my own touches on it and enjoying it. I am very happy that the car is coming from an enthusiast vs someone's undone project or a car that is much less expensive but has been sitting a while.

It will be interesting to compare the 914 to my Triumph TR6. Each being pretty low, a true 2-seater, small sports cars. One of course being a mid-engine design and the other conventional front engine.

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post Feb 1 2023, 07:06 PM
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The car is now in Massachusetts. She needs a good wash to remove the road grime from the trip on the back of a car carrier from Montanna to Mass and she will get safely tucked away until spring after the pollen season has passed. That crap gets into every nook and cranny, especially on a Targa or convertible.

The car is in very nice condition. Produced in November of 1974 originally wearing L97A bright silver metallic paint. I believe originally a California car, but not certain of that. Still has the L-Jetronic injection and this afternoon with temperatures in the teen the engine fired right up and idled smoothly.

Needs a new dash as the original is cracked, no big deal other than 911rubber is out of stock. I have read their replacement dash is a bit nicer and more accurate than some of the others out there. Already ordered Coco floor mats. The only thing I need is Spring to get here in New England.

Do these look-like original carpets?


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post Feb 1 2023, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for the Props, we have another round of the dash tops in the works. Still working on the OEM style, having to have vinyl made to get correct pattern.

Congratulations on the purchase the carpets look original and with very little wear. L jet still intact is a big plus. I'm sure you will enjoy the car.
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post Feb 1 2023, 07:20 PM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Jan 25 2023, 12:32 PM) *

QUOTE(MSGGrunt @ Jan 25 2023, 06:37 AM) *

.. no rust ... from out West so no rust ...

There is no such thing as a rust free 914. You just haven't found the rust yet.
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I said the same, got told the same, and found out they are right lol! Still I fared very well!
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Beautiful car!
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post Feb 1 2023, 07:26 PM
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Nice to discover all the body numbers match. Now I need to find the engine number, but I have no doubt the engine and transmission are original.

I can see a future where the car is completely stripped and painted its original silver, but not until I have at least one summer enjoying the car. Maybe next year when she gets put away for the Winter.

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post Feb 1 2023, 08:12 PM
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Excellent plan,
Don’t strip it until you have had a chance to enjoy it.
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:19 PM
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Engine number is underneath the manifold plenum on top of the case and slightly offset to the right half. Easy to see once you know where to look.
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:20 PM
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Looks great. There are some little things going on in the engine compartment that make me think a little look over would be smart before the season begins. Just things that make me go ?? Nothing serious but it would make me double check everything.
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:22 PM
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Oh, and never ever leave a loose rag in the engine compartment. If that gets sucked into the impeller....
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:29 PM
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Nice purchase. Noticed you are running Yokohama Advan tires on blacked out Rivieras. What size are the tires?
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:37 PM
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Tires are 195/50R15
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:48 PM
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Nice looking car--congrats.

A few things to consider checking if not replacing, as you might already know. Unless you are certain these were done recently, check all rubber fuel lines and clamps, up by the tank and especially in the engine compartment. And beware of the plastic fuel lines in the tunnel.

Watching your "new" 914 burn up would be a very sad experience.
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post Feb 1 2023, 08:49 PM
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I did find the engine number. It was easy to locate once I knew where to look. At least the number is a 1975 production number.

Good advice on the rag, I'll remove it. I have only had the car 2 days, so in time when the weather is nicer, no heat in the garage, I will give the car a good going over.

Feel free to point out anything that needs doing as this is my first 914 and it will be a learning curve.


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post Feb 1 2023, 10:47 PM
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Nice car, looks like you got a pretty good one! L97A is “Diamond Silver Metallic”. I have a twin to your car, but delivered with the center console. Mine also had earl sheib special paint, back in my driving the beater days it was mistaken for primer grey. It’s been in pieces for almost 20 years now, as ive been distracted with other Porsches.

Love that the BUBs (big ugly bumpers) are still on the car, for a time they used to get quite the razzing, but now we’re starting to see and appreciate them more. Keep posting, would love to see what you end up doing with her!

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post Feb 2 2023, 02:28 AM
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@MSGGrunt

welcome to the wonderful world of L jets.
the technological fore-front of 1974.
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looks like you picked up a nice rig. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)

if you got time peer behind those heater blower hoses in the engine bay and see if there is a stamped number there. it will be in white paint.
post up a pic if one is still in existence.

we have all the numbers for the 74 1.8s but not the 75s. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

and.......
while i am at it @infraredcalvin - given you just blurted out your secret and you have a 75 1.8. is there a number still on your engine in those locations behind the heater hoses.
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i'm very interested to see what the paint number might be on your engine (if its still there), given it was delivered with a console.

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post Feb 2 2023, 02:31 AM
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Oh, and never ever leave a loose rag in the engine compartment. If that gets sucked into the impeller....


if i am not mistaken that rag seems to be an "update" in fabric for the fuse box cover?
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post Feb 2 2023, 06:07 AM
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Nice find, enjoy the car! Welcome to 914 World.
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post Feb 2 2023, 06:35 AM
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I used to.own a silver 75 and have to say even though it isnt one of the cool 70s colors it was a sharp looking car. The silver really does look nice. Drive it withiut fear and have fun thiugh first. You have ample time to comb over it and replace whatever seems not so great and enjoy for a year. The red paint is not so hot from the pictures so far so having it changed back in the future makes sense.

This was mine. And yes i got stainless steel bumpers in place of the bubs.



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post Feb 2 2023, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE(BillJ @ Feb 2 2023, 07:35 AM) *

I used to.own a silver 75 and have to say even though it isnt one of the cool 70s colors it was a sharp looking car. The silver really does look nice. Drive it withiut fear and have fun thiugh first. You have ample time to comb over it and replace whatever seems not so great and enjoy for a year. The red paint is not so hot from the pictures so far so having it changed back in the future makes sense.

This was mine. And yes i got stainless steel bumpers in place of the bubs.


Had to be tough to let her go
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