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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!

Say hello to our new Bumblebee 914! So first off what the heck is a Can Am or Limited Edition (LE) car?

 


In 1974 Porsche decided to capitalize on their success in Can Am racing and introduced a Limited Edition series of 1000 cars in 2 color schemes (500 each). The first was option was Black with Sunflower Yellow, also known as a Bumblebee, and the second option was Ivory White with Phoenix red, also called a Creamsicle.




Karl Schulz's LE Creamsicle from our Customer Car Story in May.


It’s easy to see that the how the black and yellow got its nickname, but why was the white and red called a Creamsicle? The red actually has a strong orange tint and against the white body it really looks orange.



So these colorful cars were definitely eye catching but to many the color schemes were seen as over the top. Most of these cars went into hiding as subsequent owners removed the orange and yellow decals from the car and repainted the wheels and front valance. Many were lost to the rust monster before their notoriety ever came to light.


There are a few ways to spot an LE car. The front valances were built from a heavier fiberglass and featured a notch in the center to allow for more cooling in the engine compartment. They look like this - https://914rubber.com/limited-edition-fiberglass-front-spoiler-for-914 Some retain the metal tabs that mounted to the back of the spoiler on the bottom of the undercarriage of the vehicle.




These cars all came with the M-778 CanAm equipment package from the factory. This was the only year it was available. It is also the only way to know you truly have a LE car. The Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from Porsche will specify whether or not your car originally came with this package.

 
 
Jeff Bowsbly maintains a registry of the Limited Edition cars on his website and currently has 277 surviving cars listed at https://bowlsby.net/914/CanAm/. If you have verified that you own one and have not yet registered, now is a great time to do so.




With the rare opportunity to acquire one presenting itself we had no choice other than to buy it. This car is fairly unmodified from its original state and we will be sharing updates on the disassembly and rebirth of this car. We are excited to have this opportunity to restore a part of history with you.



Sincerely,

Mark Whitesell

AKA Mikey914 on world
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