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Old 10-02-2005, 01:44 AM   #1
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Woot, I have a 30 year old sports car.
In other news, I'm poor for the rest of the month.... er... couple of years....

Porsche parts will be featured on my christmas list. :-)

And so ends the 914 vs power wagon debate.
At least for me. :-)
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:48 AM   #2
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Hey, it look like its in pretty good shape. Not bad.
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:49 AM   #3
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ahh, the unloved porsche. seems to be in good condition though.
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:52 AM   #4
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now you just need som sunglasses, a pipe, a turtle neck, and ..a wool jacket (leather patches on the elbows)... stylin!
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:53 AM   #5
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ahh, the unloved porsche. seems to be in good condition though.
Yeah. There is very little rust on it. Hell holes, longs, battery tray are just about pristine. A little bit of rust int the trunk, due to a poorly sealed rear spoiler leaking. I am going to start tearing it apart tomorrow. Start the good old frame up restoration.

Jackstands, HO!

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:53 AM   #6
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By the way, your stairway needs some hand rails.
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Old 10-02-2005, 02:28 AM   #7
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That car is older than meeee!!!
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Old 10-02-2005, 02:48 AM   #8
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Congrats Vacca.

To get one of those you gotta be crazy in love though I'm not sure which of the two comes first.
More toy pics please...

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Old 10-02-2005, 03:06 AM   #9
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So when does the Ej257 swap happen?
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Old 10-02-2005, 05:49 AM   #10
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didn't buy it from someone in albuquerque on ebay did you?
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Old 10-02-2005, 11:01 AM   #11
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Congrats Vacca.
To get one of those you gotta be crazy in love though I'm not sure which of the two comes first.
No more so then seriously considering a 40+ year old M37.

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More toy pics please...


Happy to oblige.

As I start tearing things apart and rebuilding, I can update this post, if there is interest.

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Old 10-02-2005, 11:06 AM   #12
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didn't buy it from someone in albuquerque on ebay did you?
No, I got it from a guy in Rockville MD. Great guy too. We agreed on a price that we were both ahppy with, he helped load the thing. I was ready to go. He said "Hey, Wait!"

Mike took me into the basement, which was full of porsche parts and said "Take what you need." I waled out with 2 new seats and cushions (dusty, but no tears) a straight, uncracked lower dash, and car cover, and some other parts. When I left, Mike said "As you start working, you will find things that you need. Call me, if I have them I'll just send them to you."

The guy had two other 914s in his garage - one a rust bucket parts car, the other a 914-6 race car. He had to get rid of this one, as he was expecting another 914 and a 944 to come in a week. I think that he was less concerned about the money, and more concerned tht he felt that the car would go to someone that would do it justice.

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Old 10-02-2005, 03:56 PM   #13
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No more so then seriously considering a 40+ year old M37.





Happy to oblige.

As I start tearing things apart and rebuilding, I can update this post, if there is interest.

Zach
Yep!...thats how I know you gotta be crazy in love.
My aunt loves these things and has had four restored through the years I've been alive.

I for one am looking forward to the post updates.

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Old 10-02-2005, 04:09 PM   #14
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Looks good from here, though can't see the mechanicals. Why the decision to go frame-up?

Nice attitude on the part of the seller; sounds like he could be of help in the future.

Good luck with it; I too will be looking for updates.
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Old 10-02-2005, 04:14 PM   #15
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No, I got it from a guy in Rockville MD. Great guy too. We agreed on a price that we were both ahppy with, he helped load the thing. I was ready to go. He said "Hey, Wait!"

Mike took me into the basement, which was full of porsche parts and said "Take what you need." I waled out with 2 new seats and cushions (dusty, but no tears) a straight, uncracked lower dash, and car cover, and some other parts. When I left, Mike said "As you start working, you will find things that you need. Call me, if I have them I'll just send them to you."

The guy had two other 914s in his garage - one a rust bucket parts car, the other a 914-6 race car. He had to get rid of this one, as he was expecting another 914 and a 944 to come in a week. I think that he was less concerned about the money, and more concerned tht he felt that the car would go to someone that would do it justice.

Zach
Thats sounds like an ideal source for such a project. good luck, and post the story as it unfolds.
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Old 10-02-2005, 04:31 PM   #16
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Old 10-02-2005, 04:40 PM   #17
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i hate you. i am going to steal your car.
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:47 PM   #18
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Looks good from here, though can't see the mechanicals. Why the decision to go frame-up?

Nice attitude on the part of the seller; sounds like he could be of help in the future.
Well, I want to go frame up so that I can find whatever may be lurking. As it is, I know that I am going to want to totally re-wire the car, replace all the fuel lines (30 year old plastic fuel lines == firetrap), grind out what ever rust I find, and POR-15 the metal to keep it from comming back. The 914 is a pretty simple car, all things being equal. Also, once I have the engine, tranny, gas tank, and all of the other major components out of the car, may was well at take the body off too. It will be easier to paint that way as well.

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Put in this SVX engine
I want to keep it air cooled. For now I just want to tune up the 2.0L type 4 engine. Eventually, my plan is to rebuild the engine with a Jake Raby 2.27L kit. About 4 grand, but considered one of the best things that you can do to a 914, and keep it PCA elegible.

I'm pretty stoked right now. Taking some major will power not to blow off the rest of my house chores to night and start taking things apart.

Zach
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:48 PM   #19
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it needs more B16b
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:55 PM   #20
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that's like putting a suzuki motor in a triumph. it would ruin the car.
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Old 10-02-2005, 07:06 PM   #21
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Old 10-02-2005, 07:38 PM   #22
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Well, I want to go frame up so that I can find whatever may be lurking. As it is, I know that I am going to want to totally re-wire the car, replace all the fuel lines (30 year old plastic fuel lines == firetrap), grind out what ever rust I find, and POR-15 the metal to keep it from comming back. The 914 is a pretty simple car, all things being equal. Also, once I have the engine, tranny, gas tank, and all of the other major components out of the car, may was well at take the body off too. It will be easier to paint that way as well.

I want to keep it air cooled. For now I just want to tune up the 2.0L type 4 engine. Eventually, my plan is to rebuild the engine with a Jake Raby 2.27L kit. About 4 grand, but considered one of the best things that you can do to a 914, and keep it PCA elegible.

I'm pretty stoked right now. Taking some major will power not to blow off the rest of my house chores to night and start taking things apart.

Zach
Understood. POR-15 is your friend, though sometimes it's easier to just weld in new sheetmetal than to try to salvage a piece that'll end up <25% metal and >75% POR-15. Smart move on the Raby kit. Resist the urge to fat fender it 914-6 style, at least for now. Again, good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 10-02-2005, 07:44 PM   #23
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Ahh.... the god ol' Volkswagen-Porsche. I love me the 4-cyl Porsches. In fact, when I went out today there was a fully race prepped(LOUD AS HOLY HELLL, cage....) 964 that I followed for about 10 minutes. I was in sonic heaven.
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Old 10-03-2005, 12:50 AM   #25
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There is a guy and his 2 sons that auto-x 914s in cumberland MD. I guess being part of that family requires you to own a loud as all hell 914.

Your 914 looks good though.

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