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Old 06-25-2018, 12:49 PM
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you are very lucky to have this car, excellent looking
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:14 PM
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The wife spent a wonderful Sunday morning bleeding brakes...and she did a great job! We have brakes!!







Now that the brakes were bled, I could adjust the brake pad clearance on the rear brakes. On the outside, I removed the plastic cover, loosened the lock nut and used a 4mm hex wrench to adjust the distance between the brake rotor and the brake pad to .008 or .2mm. With that done, I removed the nut on the rear through the access hole in the trailing arm and did the same adjustment there on the inside pad.

















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Old 06-25-2018, 11:54 PM
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Quit it! You are bringing back lots of dangerous 914 wrenching memories.
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:21 AM
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[QUOTE=jerhofer;15085369]Perry built in an oil cooler box in the front trunk and mounted a collapsible spare vertically.
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Wait, how's that air-less spare tire gonna pressurize the windshield washer tank?
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Old 08-11-2018, 07:23 PM
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[QUOTE=bkrantz;15103346]
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Perry built in an oil cooler box in the front trunk and mounted a collapsible spare vertically.
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Wait, how's that air-less spare tire gonna pressurize the windshield washer tank?
The windshield washer is electrically powered.
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:57 PM
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We are back from our five week motorhome trip and I am ready to get back to working on the car. As I had written previously, I had sent the sail panel trim away to have it refinished. The pieces were here when we returned and they look better than new. I didn't have really good "before" photos but you can get an idea of the improvement with these images. The left side short piece was in the worst condition.












For those of you who may have some interest, here is a link to his website: https://www.dellmetalpolishing.com/index2.html

He charged me $160 for all three pieces.

Part of the stash of parts that came with the car were five Fuch's 15x6 deep dish heart wheels. I cleaned them up today and am trying to determine the build date. I took this photo of one of the inside spokes but I don't know what to look for to determine the date. I would like to know as I will be selling these.

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Old 08-11-2018, 10:59 PM
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A person on another forum told me where to look for the wheel dates. I couldn't go to bed until I looked at the dates. They are all 1-70. The tires appear to be from the eighties. The other wheels are in similar condition to the one pictured here. The finish appears to be original.






















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Old 08-12-2018, 01:01 AM
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Thanks for the update! That is one beautiful car coming back to life! And the Fuchs will look a LOT better than the turbo twists IMHO at least...

Keep the pictures coming... can't wait to see it in action


(and we have to keep a little action on this forum... 914 world can't have all the fun)
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:23 PM
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I finally found a few hours to spend on the engine today. At the rear of a 911 engine is the "Holy Trinity", a place where oil leaks commonly occur. The three items are the oil pressure sender, the oil thermostat, and the breather. Since these would be very difficult to get to once the motor is back in the car, I removed all of them and re-sealed them. Being a little pro-active here.












Another potential oil leak can come from the engine oil cooler. There are three green seals that I replaced. I spent some time cleaning here as well.













In anticipation of adjusting the valves, I removed the valve covers on one side before I ran out of time. To get the upper valve cover off, I had to loosen the oil line for the pressure fed chain tensioner. This allowed me to rotate it slightly to make clearance for the valve cover. I taped a note on it to remind me to tighten it once I replace the valve cover.

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:10 PM
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Before we left on our motorhome trip, I took the car to my favorite body shop to have a few things addressed. When I initially received the car there was a plastic covering on the leading edge of the rear flares. This plastic covered up a bunch of stone chips. I had both rear quarter panels painted.





Both the front and rear valances and the rocker panels also needed some help. All of these parts were removed from the car to be painted.







There was a dent from the bottom side on one of the rear quarter panels. They had been painted only so there was no protection from rocks being thrown up. The body shop applied German schutz underbody seal to the wheel wells. In this photo you can see the the inner fender enforcement kit that Perry Kiehl installed during the build.




The bumper pads had some cracks so I ordered new ones. The body shop installed them.








I decided I wasn't happy with the finish on the valve covers. I bead blasted two of them today and will do the other two tomorrow. Then they will make a trip to the powder coater.


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Old 08-28-2018, 04:45 PM
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you should install some front bumper guards since you have the holes and should protect that expensive front chrome bumper. also makes the car look more attractive as it makes the front end look longer
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:49 PM
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When removing the valve covers, one stud came out with the nut as it was stripped. Had to install a new stud.



I adjusted the valves. I discovered a pair of brand new turbo lower valve covers which I installed. While waiting for my upper valve covers to be powder coated, I used some cardboard to act as temporary covers.












Next I removed the old spark plugs. They showed the car had been running rich with the PMO carburetors. I installed the new plugs recommended for the EFI.






To install the crank fire pulley for the EfI, I first needed to remove the stock pulley. To do that I temporarily installed the flywheel so I could insert a flywheel lock.







With the stock pulley removed, I was ready to install the crank fire pulley. However, at first, I could not get it to clear the fan housing. The gear on the crank fire pulley needs to be behind the fan housing. To get it into place I had to loosen the fan housing, raise it slightly and then install the crank fire pulley at an angle to clear the fan housing. Once that was done I could line up the pulley on the crankshaft and tighten everything. As you can see in the photo below, there is very little clearance between the fan housing and the pulley.








Removing the distributor and replacing it with the supplied plug was next on the list. With the plug in place, I could install the crank fire sensor holder.









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Old 08-29-2018, 07:57 PM
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Beautiful everything, all the way around.

Great luck with your project, but not helping my 914 jones - especially a 6.

Thanks for posting and keep 'em coming!
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:27 PM
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Had to take the dog to the groomer. I sold my 1999 Boxster and, in North Caroliana, you have to turn in your license plates before you can cancel your insurance. Cancel the insurance first and you will receive a nasty letter from the state. So to the DMV I went. After doing some other running around, I got back to the garage by late morning. Since I had to pick up the dog when she was done at the groomer's, I didn't want to start a big project.

During the night I was thinking about whether or not to paint the fan shroud before I begin to install the throttle bodies. It came to me that I might try some polish and wax to make it look better. That worked!! The first photo was taken earlier while the other photo was taken today after I had applied some elbow grease to the shroud.








Charlotte has a Cars and Coffee every first Saturday. It is open to anyone who wants to attend and usually attracts at least 500 cars. Every third Sunday, Cars and Cappuccino happens. This is for European cars only and is by invitation. There were a couple McLaren 720S and a couple Ferrari's among the Porsche's and other makes.

One person there had a Euro 911 with Fuchs wheels. Since I was looking for wheels for the 914 I asked him if they were replicas. They were and I would have know that had I looked at the tire size. They were 17" Euromeister's. I had been considering these wheels and I quickly asked him if he was happy with them and did they balance well. The answer was yes to both questions. A little later another gentleman arrived with the same wheel package and was equally positive.

These wheels occasionally go on sale for very special pricing by Automotion. While i was waiting for the sale price, I began to consider what sizes I wanted to order. While the 17's looked great on both of those 911's, I wondered about the thin sidewall of a 17" tire. I finally decided to compromise and go with the 16" wheels, 8's in front and 9's in the rear. They arrived yesterday afternoon and today I mounted the wheels, sans tires, to see if there were any clearance issues. All seemed well so I called Tire Rack and ordered tires.













For tires I decided on 225/50's front and 245/50's rear. There were about ten options that offered a tire in both sizes. After reading Tire Rack's reviews, I called them to ask about the GENERAL G-MAX RS SL. This is a summer tire. The gentleman at Tire Rack said they had been very impressed with this tire's performance in their testing. General is now owned by Continental which may explain why they did well. A couple years ago I bought a set of General high performance all season tires for my Audi Allroad and was very pleased with them. I ordered the G-Max's and they should arrive at the installer tomorrow.

Gratuitous photos of the cutest and happiest dog in the world. But then I am not biased.




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Old 08-31-2018, 06:34 PM
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with that beautiful car, the Alaska blue with chrome bumpers I would have liked the silver anodized Fuchs, would really compliment the car in my opinion
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