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Old 10-22-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Considering buying a '75 2.0 with 50k miles

I found a pretty clean and straight, rust free 1975 2.0, and was wondering what the caveats and pitfalls might be. I owned a '77 911 S for years, and here in Los Angeles, it was just too hot to drive it. I also had a 1970 1.7 914 and loved it, so I thought this might be a good buy at $3000. It does need a new top end, so I was going to rebuild the whole motor. Any sage advice before I spend my ducats?
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The big bumper 914's are the least desireable, especially with CA emissions equipment. If body is good, you can back date the bumpers etc but if you live in CA you are probably screwed as far as the smog equipment is concerned.
If body is really straight and "rust free" it may be worth the trouble...
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How clean? How straight?
What options?
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:29 PM   #4
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why would a 50 thousand mile car need the top end rebuilt? No way in my opinion that it has 50 thousand miles if it does need a top end rebuild.
The later cars have all of the subtile body reinforcements so are actually better, and the bumpers make the cars ride better on the interstate. These days the body is the most important thing, so if the body is good 3000 is a steal.
Everyone restores the cars to their original configuration now no modifications unless you are starting with a salvaged 914
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:34 AM   #5
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. . . These days the body is the most important thing, so if the body is good 3000 is a steal.
I agree!
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. . . Everyone restores the cars to their original configuration now no modifications unless you are starting with a salvaged 914
Stop saying that! I waited 20+ years to get the time and money to make my 914 what I want it to be. (Tastefully modified)
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I kind of agree with the Dr., but I would get rid of the big ugly bumpers (BUB's) and go with the early chrome bumpers. As for the engine, rebuild it and take it out to 2056 and keep the stock FI and swap in the earlier exhaust. A '75 is smog exempt in CA so you should be fine. If there is no rust, the killer of 914s, $3K is a steal. Good luck.
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Oldcal.....like doing a PPI on any running Porsche, this one I would take or if it can move have a Porsche body expert go over the entire body. Spend a couple hundred to check it out good. Best, Mark
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Since you don't seem concerned about the engine (you can rebuild), let's focus on whether the body actually is good. Areas to check are under the rocker panels, the area under the battery tray, all the way down in the corner, take the roof off and see if the gaps at the top of the door where it meets the rear quarter panel aren't tightening up. See if the doir opens and closes smoothly.
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any complete 2.0 car is worth 3000 for the parts value!!!!!
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