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Customer Cars: Steve Klima's 1970 914-6.

Monday, November 15, 2021 2:44 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.



This month's submission comes to us from Steve Klima with his father's original-owner 1970 914-6.


 


This car was actually bought new from Stoddard Imported Cars where Steve's father, Dave Klima, worked as a salesman and sold the car to himself. This car is one of the Stoddard modified 914-6's which was done in the 1970s. It has a 2.8 twinplug engine along with a side shift transmission.



The car has been fitted with 15x7 Fuchs and 185/70vr15 XWX's and has 21,600 original miles on the drivetrain. Steve was able to get this 6 back on the road again with help from Chris Moore at Autobahn Extremist who dedicated many long hours to getting this car up and running again.



This is a truly special car with some great history behind it. If you want to share your car's story, reach out to us and it might just be your car here next month. Thank you for this great submission Steve!


Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

Customer Cars: Paul Habberfield's Modified 1974 914

Thursday, November 4, 2021 4:56 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.



This month’s submission comes from Paul Habberfield and his modified 1974 914.


 
This 914 started life as a 1974 Zambezi Green 1.8 which was first registered in Norfolk Virginia. After spending 36 years stateside, it made its way back across the pond to Europe and in 2010 landed in the UK where it made its way to Paul.



This was the start of a complete nut and bolt rotisserie rebuild including steel GT flares, chassis stiffening, and a full safety cage welded in. The wheels are 8-inch Fuchs and 9-inch Minilites, the brakes were replaced with Porsche 930 Turbo components all round and the suspension/roll bars are from Elephant Racing and are fully adjustable.




The power plant is a period Magnesium case 2808cc flat 6, running 46 PMO’S, large valves, ported heads and GE60 cams. The headers are ceramic coated and exit via a stainless RSR muffler. This is a car which demands your attention as it approaches and passes.



After 11 long years of hard work and dedication, Paul has was finally able to register his 914 in early 2021 for road use. Prior to this the car had a brief competition history in 2018 where it entered a single Classic race and won its class. 




His next plans for the car are to install some heavy-duty sound proofing and carpet for routine hill climbing on the weekends as well as making the ride more accommodating when his girlfriend is brave enough to come along for a ride. 



Paul’s goal is to bring the car back to the US for a road trip like no other. He wants to visit the car’s home state and as well as our headquarters and make some truly unique memories with his car. We look forward to seeing you whenever you make it out here, best of luck to you and thank you for the excellent submission!


Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

Customer Cars: Phillip Wagner's 1975 2.0 914

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 3:13 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack. This months submission comes from Phillip Wagner and his copper metallic 1975 2.0 914.

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Phillip has owned this car since 2009 and began his restoration in 2015. The car was stripped by hand down to the original primer so that all rust could be found and remedied. He also decided to backdate the early chrome bumpers onto his car at this time. The car was painted in L99k copper metallic.

 





Since completing his restoration, Phillip participated in the Werks Reunion Amelia Island 2021 where he took 1st place in the 914 category. Very cool to see the hard work that went into restoring this car getting the recognition it deserves! Thank you for sharing Phillip and we hope to see you on the road soon.



Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.


This months submission comes from Michael Hartmann who is the 3rd owner of a very special 1971 914-6 (0372).

 
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Michael first acquired his 914-6 in February 2010. The car, which had spent its entire life in the Bay Area, was black when he bought it and in need of a full restoration.

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After a false start in May of 2012 that resulted in a 61 month delay, the car went down to Auto Art Customs and the talented hands of Kent Simmons.  Kent restored the body to better than original, all metal finished and finished in Glasurit Irish Green. The car was assembled by Jim Geer, Kent Simmons, Andy Thonet and Bob Fullton. 


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Michael replaced the existing Weber equipped 3.0 with a 1987 3.2 with Motronic injection, 964 cams, Ben McFarland’s custom SS full exhaust and a custom Steve Wong chip. The original tail shifter was converted to a side shift and the brakes were upgraded to 914-6 GT rears and early 911S aluminum front calipers.He also has installed a GT oil cooler up front with hard lines running behind the driver’s rocker. The Car runs around 190 degrees most of the time.



From left to right: Previous owner, Michael's brother, Michael.

 

Michael and his brother went back to the second owner of the car after restoration was completed. He was blown away by the completed car and appreciated the chance for him and his wife to see the car which they took their honeymoon in. Last year he was able to participate in West Coast Ramble and had a great time on the road. Since completion, Michael has put about 4,500 miles on the odometer and drives it regularly. The longest trips it has taken so far have been to LA and back, twice. This is a beautiful restoration which had a lot of hard work put into it, thanks for sharing Michael!


Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

Customer Cars: Michael Massel's Modified 1972 914

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:51 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack.



This months submission comes from Michael Massel with his modified 1972 914. His 914 story began in 1999 when he purchased this car for his 18 year old son from their local independent Porsche mechanic.

 


 
At that point, Michael already had a 1960 356B Sunroof Coupe and a 1970 911 T that had been modded to a 1973 RSR clone with all factory parts in the late 1970s. He had never given the 914 much thought before, but after taking a ride in it, he was hooked.



As time went on the project was eventually placed on the back burner after the car was hit in 2002. Michael and his son stripped and disassembled the car in preparation to repaint it but it never ended up happening. In 2018 his son announced he was going to sell the car and Michael's wife told him they needed to keep the 914 in the family, so he got to pay for the car a second time when he purchased it back from his son. 



It's presently in it's third year of restoration and should be in primer in the next month or so. After being a Porsche-owner for 30+ years, Michael is taking his time and being meticulous with this process.



The car is definitely not original, but not quite an outlaw. He is calling it a bit of a hybrid, a sort of Gulf livery historic racer that's also street legal.



The list of modifications is long with lots of goodies, including all of the updates from the 1972 through 1976 model years. It will also feature the 5 gauge 911 dash to match the rear flares from Chris Foley, frame stiffening from Brad Mayeur, seat lowering from James E. Patrick III, and a second off louvered deck lid from Lee Schlabaugh.



Michael hopes to have this project back on the road next year and we look forward to seeing more of it when its completed. We wish you good luck on the build and thank you for the excellent submission!


Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $15 914Rubber gift card!

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