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Customer Cars: Paul Kust's 1973 Porsche 914

Thursday, February 1, 2024 2:15 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. 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 story comes from Paul Kust.

Previously sold to a resident in Milwaukie, Oregon, Portland, Paul purchased this Porsche 914 in 1981. This 1973 914 is one of the few to have the vinyl on the A pillar and it has a lot of the trim found on a ‘72, with all the improvements that came with a ‘73. The car also came with the appearance group options for that year, including a heated rear window.

The engine was originally a 1.7L that he converted to a 1911cc build. Additionally, Paul lightened the flywheel, and installed stainless steel heat exchangers, a Bursch exhaust, twin 40 Webers carburetors, a mild camshaft, and a modified distributor. The car also has a 19mm front anti-sway bar and KYB gas shocks in the rear.

The Signal Orange paint is original and only worn parts have been replaced over the years. The car had Riviera wheels when he purchased the car, but he switched to the Fuchs because he preferred them. His 914 also had the stock wheels and hubcaps that came from the dealer.

Paul is running the 195/65/15 Michelin Pilots on the car to keep the speedometer correct, but did switch out the fog lights for a set of PIAA driving lights from Camp 914. The car still even has the original dealer-installed Becker Europa radio with AM and FM. In the ‘80s, he added the Moto-Lita steering wheel and the Euro lenses, which were popular back in the day, and he trimmed out the mats himself.

“It has been a great car for the 39 years that I have had it! I did a lot of auto-crosses over the years in this car,” Says Paul, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”

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

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