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I've just kicked off a full restoration of my 914. I have owned the car since 2001. It was a California car, imported to the UK in that year, where I bought it and drove it until 2006. It was then left in storage until August last year, at which point I imported it to join me here in Melbourne. 

To keep lots of info nice and short, it's a 1975 2.0L car. It's going through a full resto, but also being modified with new front and rear bumper designs, amongst other things. 

Here's a photo of the car just before it left the UK last year. .._RAY9570.jpg?format=1000w  

 

... and a video of the teardown before Christmas:

 

Here is the current theme sketch for the front end design. I sketched up the idea myself first:  

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... then my buddy Pete took the reigns with the final rendering:

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That's where we're at so far. The fabrication work kicks off in a few weeks. 

L. 

http://fueltank.cc/search?q=project+porsche+914

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Hi Luke,

There are a number of us on PFA undergoing 914 builds at the moment, each different! If yours comes out anything near the render, it will be amazing!

Mine is also a '75 about to have the flares welded on! I can't believe how heavy the US-spec market bumpers weigh... straight to the pool room in preference for the earlier variety for me :) Mine too will have a centre (well off-centre!) fill fuel tank through the front bonnet!

Cheers

Craig

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On 1/24/2018 at 6:49 PM, Airhead said:

Will watch this with interest Luke.

PS Your forum name should be Fuel Hand Luke.

Hi Barry, I see what you did there, I like it! it was very nice to chat with you on Saturday...

On 1/24/2018 at 7:37 PM, crsedge said:

Hi Luke,

There are a number of us on PFA undergoing 914 builds at the moment, each different! If yours comes out anything near the render, it will be amazing!

Mine is also a '75 about to have the flares welded on! I can't believe how heavy the US-spec market bumpers weigh... straight to the pool room in preference for the earlier variety for me :) Mine too will have a centre (well off-centre!) fill fuel tank through the front bonnet!

Cheers

Craig

Oh, that's great to hear. I'm keen to keep up with them all for ideas and inspiration. Do you have a thread for yours? 

 

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No thread as yet, might do so when the bodywork starts in earnest- have stripped and fitted 5 stud 7s and 8s

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This is the build inspiration :)
 
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But enough about me, looking forward to your updates :)
 
Cheers
 
Craig
 

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After an unforeseen setback, the bodywork on the 914 is well under way. Now sitting cosy at Rotunda Revival in the northern Melbourne suburbs, the guys at RR are cracking on with speed and skill in abundance.

The exterior metal was stripped right back to reveal some filler across all four fenders that dates way back to well before I owned it. All things considered, it's lasted well this long without cracking or showing signs of the filler through the black paint that's been on it the last 20 or so years.

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The good news is that the frunk, engine bay and interior bodywork is all looking generally really good, so we haven't had to do much cleaning up in those areas all bar a new battery tray, which is pretty standard affair when restoring 914s. But there are a handful of places where some attention has been needed... 

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Some leadwork on the roll hoop. Not so much for repair, but mostly to fill in holes left behind by trim pieces that I'm deleting. I'm changing this car from having a vinyl-covered roll hoop to having a body coloured one. Taking off the vinyl and some trim leaves holes behind to be filled.

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The side rocker panels had taken a beating from the elements over the years, so some love was necessary to patch them up.

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The biggest area to be attacked was at the back edge of the rear trunk. Over time, condensation sat between the metal and the carpet in the trunk due to heat from the exhaust. There were small early signs of rust when I first got the car in 2001, but sitting in the lockup in the UK for 12 years gave it time to grow considerably.

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I could have ordered a new panel from the States, but given the time and cost involved in that process, the guys just got stuck in manually instead.

As you can see, they did a great job on it. Below is a shot after the work was done and painted.

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As a cost save, the plan is for the interior, engine bay and both trunks to be tidied up and painted black. The final body colour will then be applied to tuck around seals and openings so that when all doors are closed, no black will be visible from the outside. Maybe one day she'll get a full rotisserie strip, but right now the body is in good shape, so there's no need.

More soon...

LR.

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1 minute ago, hugh said:

Keep em coming! 

I think you need a 914 in your stable Hugh ?

Looking good Luke. You are a fair way ahead of me!

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3 minutes ago, crsedge said:

I think you need a 914 in your stable Hugh ?

I’ve always liked them, was very keen on a rep 914/6 (silver) one that was for sale some years ago..........Hanging out with Luke and watching this progress definitely isn’t helping! 

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5 minutes ago, hugh said:

I’ve always liked them, was very keen on a rep 914/6 (silver) one that was for sale some years ago..

  That one was cool as f...

I'd love to own the black one here. I had a good look at it a while ago before he cleaned it up. Sounds angry as!

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12 hours ago, Fuel Luke said:

Yes, but not a fan. The chop makes the car looked squashed. 

Yep, and if doing a chop, needed another two inches outta the windscreen...….

Great effort with your car Luke!

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15 hours ago, hugh said:

I’ve always liked them, was very keen on a rep 914/6 (silver) one that was for sale some years ago..........Hanging out with Luke and watching this progress definitely isn’t helping! 

I'm  not gunna give you a ride in mine then. ?

It'll tip you over the edge.

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