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Customer Cars: Bob Forman's 1974 Porsche 914 2.0L

Monday, December 11, 2023 4:25 PM

Customer Cars: Bob Forman's 1974 Porsche 914 2.0L

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. Please submit your image(s) and a summary of the restoration or event to 914rubber@914rubber.com. If we select your story for the newsletter, you will win a $50 914Rubber gift card!

This month’s story comes from Bob Forman.

In 2009, Bob finished a 13 year long project of restoring a Porsche 356. With idle time and tools, he figured he would find another, perhaps, not so involved project. A project that would keep him out of trouble.

Shortly after, he found an ad in the Seattle Times that featured a 2.0 1974 Porsche 914 at a reasonable price. After a test drive, Bob determined that the car was a perfect candidate for a refresh. The car appeared to have been raced earlier in life, due to the reinforcements built in along the interior rockers and the angular braces in the engine compartment. The battery was also moved to the trunk, leaving visual access to the “hell hole” which, surprisingly, showed no rust! In fact, Bob was unable to locate rust anywhere.

Upon obtaining the Certificate of Authenticity, it was discovered that the vehicle was originally silver. The VIN in the trunk was blank, which Bob guesses is because it was previously wrecked and then put together with new parts. All the gaps on the car were good and everything was tight, so Bob had no issues with the structure. The paint, on the other hand, was cheap. He wanted to redo it in a similar hue, but closer to a Porsche color. He found a late ‘80s 944 color, Maraschino Red, that was a close match without the metallic particles added. He took the car to Phil’s Finishing Tough in Seattle (the same people that painted his previously mentioned 356), where they found two unwelcome items. Rust was found under the targa roll bar vinyl, and the panel aft of the passenger door had a decent amount of Bondo on it. Both of which were replaced.

Once they finished painting the car and returning it home, Bob took to working on the mechanical side of the car.

As all 914 owners know, shifting these cars can be an interesting experience. This car was no exception, claimed Bob. He made sure to replace all of the vinyl shifter bearings, the clutch, and rebuild the pedal assembly. He replaced the original master cylinder with a 911 variety and rebuilt all of the calipers. He made sure to replace the throttle position sensor, as well. A hot-start relay was installed along with new spark plugs following a satisfactory compression test. Bob also made sure to remove the stiffeners in the engine bay, and returned the battery to its original position. After all of the work, his car runs beautifully and shifts reasonably well now.

One of the last few things to do was to work on the interior. He reupholstered the seats, installed new carpets, and recovered the dash. He redid the grid pattern on his dash as well, finishing it off with a period-correct Becker AM/FM Stereo radio.

To wrap everything up, Bob powder coated the wheels, and had a new set of tires mounted on the car. This addition made the car a joy to drive, and the car sounded great with a stock muffler.

“As popular as these cars have become in recent years, having some tools and manuals make ownership of them more rewarding.” Bob says, “Also reassuring is having suppliers such as 914 Rubber providing parts to keep them running for decades.”

Thanks for your story Bob! We love hearing about the enjoyment these cars bring to our community.

Please submit your image(s) and a summary of the restoration or event to 914rubber@914rubber.com. If we select your story for the newsletter, you will win a $50 914Rubber gift card!

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