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plymouth37
I finished rebuilding the drivers side frame rail area today.
Next I need to fill a couple small holes in the firewall and start building the door jamb to firewall connection.
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Hontec
Lookin' real good!!!
fat73
QUOTE(plymouth37 @ Feb 21 2011, 07:14 PM) *

QUOTE(fat73 @ Feb 11 2011, 02:30 PM) *


Hey Dana,

What boost sensor are you using? My boost guage stays pegged all the time. I thought I put a 930 sensor on there. Is that right?

Ed


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Hey Ed,
Mine is a VDO piece.
The part number reads: 993-606-103-00
The other side reads: 0-1.5 Bar

Thanks Dana
plymouth37
Spring break is upon us and by some miracle I have absolutely no obligations for the next 5 days, time to get some work done!
I pretty much wrapped up the firewall today, I boxed in the outer portions of the firewall and made a solid sealing surface around the bulkhead for the tilt up rear to rest on.
After welding all of this up the tub was noticeably stiffer and the door jambs fit much better.
Stay tuned for 4 more days of huge progress!
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PeeGreen 914
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KELTY360
I just noticed...are you really going with stock door latches? I thought you were going to modify this thing. shades.gif
plymouth37
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I just noticed...are you really going with stock door latches? I thought you were going to modify this thing. shades.gif


Haven't decided yet, I will run them while I test the chassis then figure out what to do for door handles when I do the body, I will probably steal a pair off a Del Sol or a miata type car, not totally sure yet.
my928s4
Beautiful work.
BKLA
QUOTE(KELTY360 @ Mar 21 2011, 11:20 PM) *

I just noticed...are you really going with stock door latches? I thought you were going to modify this thing. shades.gif



I've always liked the 914 handles from a design point of view. Minimal, light and simplistic. They are, along with the hourglass profile in the bodyline, the most unique and clearly defining elements of the design. Maybe not perfect from an engineering standpoint, but clearly a uniquely 914 element.

I look forward to see your possible interpretations!
plymouth37
QUOTE(BKLA @ Mar 22 2011, 09:07 AM) *

QUOTE(KELTY360 @ Mar 21 2011, 11:20 PM) *

I just noticed...are you really going with stock door latches? I thought you were going to modify this thing. shades.gif



I've always liked the 914 handles from a design point of view. Minimal, light and simplistic. They are, along with the hourglass profile in the bodyline, the most unique and clearly defining elements of the design. Maybe not perfect from an engineering standpoint, but clearly a uniquely 914 element.

I look forward to see your possible interpretations!


I totally agree, I have always liked them too, I may end up making some custom handles that preserve the lines of the originals but actually function properly.
plymouth37
I finished welding up a couple details on the firewall, then got the tub down off of the jack stands to turn it around.
It is always startling to take a car off of tall jack stands, it is so tiny!
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plymouth37
I turned the car around, put it back up on the jack stands, then pulled the doors.
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I built a front suspension jig then taped out the cut line to remove the nose from the tub. Lots of cutting to do tomorrow!
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Rand
I don't care how you slice it, that thing is sexy from every angle.

Ok, back to work. You have a couple more days to overwhelm us with stellar progress.
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plymouth37
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If anyone was wondering, the nose as you see it weighs in at 52 pounds.
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jcambo7
QUOTE(plymouth37 @ Mar 23 2011, 12:16 PM) *

If anyone was wondering, the nose as you see it weighs in at 52 pounds.

blink.gif Pretty crazy what you are doing! It's freaking awesome though. aktion035.gif piratenanner.gif
URY914
Puzzle Car! beer.gif
plymouth37
Another advantage to cutting your car into thirds, you can park it sideways in the garage and still have plenty of room for the wife's car!
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fat73
QUOTE(plymouth37 @ Mar 23 2011, 01:10 PM) *

So does this mean it's going to have a flip open front with wish-bone suspension?

Ed
plymouth37
QUOTE(fat73 @ Mar 23 2011, 03:26 PM) *

So does this mean it's going to have a flip open front with wish-bone suspension?

Ed


I will be running a flip up front while retaining the Carrera front suspension. I will post some mockups sometime this afternoon.
plymouth37
I bolted the suspension jig back on and mocked up the front subframe.
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jd74914
cough...cough...unequal length a-arms with custom uprights...cough cough. hide.gif



laugh.gif Its looking great!
plymouth37
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cough...cough...unequal length a-arms with custom uprights...cough cough. hide.gif



laugh.gif Its looking great!


You have no idea how tempting that is, don't think I can swing a new suspension on a college kid's budget though.
If anybody feels like donating one I wouldn't turn them down biggrin.gif
Check out this one drooley.gif
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Kirmizi
Dana, you really need to pick up the pace a bit spring break's almost over poke.gif
jhadler
QUOTE(plymouth37 @ Mar 24 2011, 06:08 AM) *

You have no idea how tempting that is, don't think I can swing a new suspension on a college kid's budget though.
If anybody feels like donating one I wouldn't turn them down biggrin.gif


Not to contaminate this amazing and brilliant design, but what about harvesting an SLA front suspension from something else? Say... something you could find cheaply at a local pick-n-pull? Say... something that is a proven, effective design? Say... <gasp-choke> from a <cough - choke> Miata?

Since the front end is basically a blank slate right now, you could build around the suspension once the space requirements are set.

By the way Dana, any chance I could drop by to gaze in wide-eyed wonder at this creation in person?

-Josh2
Ferg
Blue Tape!! FERG.gif
Scott S
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HA! Ferg -you just made me shoot water out of my nose!!! (we need a water-coming-out-of-the-nose smiley...)


Again Dana, project is simply amazing. It has taken me two nights to mount the
-6 breather tank in my trunk... about the same amount of time it would take you re-engineer and rebuild the Empire State Building....
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plymouth37
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Not to contaminate this amazing and brilliant design, but what about harvesting an SLA front suspension from something else? Say... something you could find cheaply at a local pick-n-pull? Say... something that is a proven, effective design? Say... <gasp-choke> from a <cough - choke> Miata?

Since the front end is basically a blank slate right now, you could build around the suspension once the space requirements are set.

By the way Dana, any chance I could drop by to gaze in wide-eyed wonder at this creation in person?

-Josh2


If anybody wants to stop by just send me a PM, my doors are always open!

I will be sticking to the Porsche suspension just because it is free and easy but here is a Miata front for comparison.
Miata's really do have great suspensions, compact and almost infinitely adjustable.
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plymouth37
Wow! Just noticed the view counter, up over 75,000!
Thanks for the support everybody! beerchug.gif
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If anybody wants to stop by just send me a PM, my doors are always open!



Currently the doors are off laugh.gif
Britain Smith
I have been look at alternative front suspension options as well. One question I have when running a set-up from a Miata or something else, what do you do with the bolt pattern? Are you have to have a different bolt pattern on the front vs. the rear of the car?

-Britain
plymouth37
QUOTE(Britain Smith @ Mar 24 2011, 11:04 AM) *

I have been look at alternative front suspension options as well. One question I have when running a set-up from a Miata or something else, what do you do with the bolt pattern? Are you have to have a different bolt pattern on the front vs. the rear of the car?

-Britain


Wheel adapter plates would probably be the easiest option, you would probably be running spacers anyway, so you could just have them adapt the bolt pattern too.
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plymouth37
I fabbed up some plates for the front subframe to attach to. (My cordless drill died on me so those rosette weld holes will be a little bigger)
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Here is how they will mount. Hopefully I can get most of the front end welded up tomorrow.
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rohar
QUOTE(Britain Smith @ Mar 24 2011, 10:04 AM) *

I have been look at alternative front suspension options as well. One question I have when running a set-up from a Miata or something else, what do you do with the bolt pattern? Are you have to have a different bolt pattern on the front vs. the rear of the car?

-Britain



I'm running aluminum front hubs at 4/114.whatever. I ended up having the rears redrilled/bossed. Redrilling from 4x bolt pattern to 4x leaves a LOT of metal so I'm not so worried about failure.

Besides, there's a TON of rims available in early Miata 4x100.
plymouth37
I got most of the front welded up today, just the front torsion bar mounts and the other cross bar to go.
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Everything stayed square so I should be able to test fit the entire chassis tomorrow.
Just about time to get this thing back on its wheels to see how it looks in one piece!
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plymouth37
I finished up the front end today, I will try to mock up the suspension tonight to see how everything fits.
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plymouth37
I test fit the front suspension tonight, the chassis stayed straight and everything bolted up the way it should, lost a bit of trunk space though!
I will bolt on the back half tomorrow and put it back down on its wheels.
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Rand
So I assume front shocktower to hoop in the cab is eminent?

Anyway, so nice to see the front suspension getting tied in terminator style.

Keep it coming Dana!
plymouth37
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So I assume front shocktower to hoop in the cab is eminent?


Yep, I need to start figuring out the best way to beef up that area next, it is going to be a little tricky to route the tubing around the gas tank but I should be able to get a good amount of tube in there to connect the nose to the rest of the cage.
wes
I must say simply amazing work, it has inspired me to work on my own wich is nothing in comparison, thanks and keep up the great work! piratenanner.gif
plymouth37
Spring break is drawing to a close, back to school tomorrow.
I bolted the chassis back together and mocked up the body next to it, I have 2 914s now!
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Mike Bellis
I think you should look into this fuel cell. It will fit in the stock location with minor mods and give you clearance for the tubing. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/RCI-2161A/

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plymouth37
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I think you should look into this fuel cell. It will fit in the stock location with minor mods and give you clearance for the tubing. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/RCI-2161A/


Nice find, that could be perfect, anybody have a pic of one like this installed?
plymouth37
I did some sidework for my neighbor who is restoring a victorian house next to us and earned enough dough to buy some shiny bits for the car.
If I am going to insist on keeping the antiquated 914 box I figured I had better make it shift as well as possible.
After a call to JWest a Rennshifter and their stage 1 shift linkage showed up.
They are discontinuing the 914 shift linkage and only have the stage one left so if you want one now is the time to order.

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Here's the plan:

Tub up restoration/customization (no cutting corners here).
Speedster styling.
40" tall
Under 1800 pounds.
320 horsepower WRX engine.

Let the games begin!



Very very SWEET build! Congrats and enjoy in good health !
smontanaro
You should talk with Mark in Bartlett, IL (screen name "Bartlett 914") about his new shifter setup.

Skip
fat73
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I did some sidework for my neighbor who is restoring a victorian house next to us and earned enough dough to buy some shiny bits for the car.
If I am going to insist on keeping the antiquated 914 box I figured I had better make it shift as well as possible.
After a call to JWest a Rennshifter and their stage 1 shift linkage showed up.
They are discontinuing the 914 shift linkage and only have the stage one left so if want one now is the time to order.

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You won't regret that shifter. Let me know how the other parts work out with the Renegade setup. (clearance wise)
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