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Customer Cars: Michael Blains 1.8L Porsche 914

Thursday, April 4, 2024 11:41 AM

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 [email protected]. If we select your story for the newsletter, you will win a $50 914Rubber gift card!



This month’s customer car story comes from Michael Blain.



Michael bought his 1.8L 914 from a classic car dealer in Indiana, and had it shipped back to the UK in 2016. It was fairly clean, original, and rust free, but needed an engine rebuild. He also needed to replace the suspension and rebuild the brakes. After all that work, the car drove and handled brilliantly.



The car had been resprayed at some point, and had front end damage that had been poorly repaired. Michael wanted to fix both of these things, and had found a local classic car body shop that agreed to do the work. Due to him being retired, the body shop agreed to let him help with the work to keep the cost down.



After pulling out the spare tire, he realized the damage to the front end was worse than originally thought.



The car was stripped back to bare metal, dents were removed, and areas with rust were welded. After a lot of work, the car was ready to be resprayed to its original color Saturn Yellow. Though the respray looked amazing, it was then Michael realized a few things.



Everything that he took off was covered in dirt and needed proper cleaning. A lot of the fittings needed replacing or repaired, and the car needed new aluminum sill covers, both of which he got from 914Rubber.



It took him a lot more time to refit everything compared to taking it off. There required a lot of finessing to get everything to line up and fit.



“However well you bag up and mark stuff, 18 months later it’s not always clear where bits fit.” Michael tells.



He now understands the rear trunk spring’s reputation. When he was refitting the spring, the hinge pivot wasn’t rewelded properly causing it to fracture. Getting it off again involved an old spanner and a lot of swearing.



It was a lot of work and time fitting the new rubbers, replacing worn parts, getting the shut lines on the door trunks, and the lights to line up, but Michael says it’s been worth the time and expense.



His car is nearly complete, it just needs the bumpers, carpets, seats, and a few other bits to fit. As well as a new fuel pump since the old one didn’t survive the time off and started to leak.



Lastly, he bought another roof, and had it sanded down and painted Saturn Yellow (he still has the original for the stock look), and left off the vinyl on the sails as he says it looks cleaner.

Thanks for your story Michael! We love to hear about the community's restoration projects and the joy they bring.

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2 Comments

WW
posted on Monday, May 6, 2024 10:08 AM
Nice color, did this to my Saturn yellow 914 2.0 in 1995....on my wife's recommendation...916ish look.
R Mick
posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:08 AM
I agree with no vinyl on the sail panel. Color matched top is a different and nice touch.