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Customer Cars: Dave McKenna's 1976 914

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:28 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 Dave McKenna with his 1976 914. The car was a barn find that Dave came across and bought in 2015 and just recently became roadworthy.



At the time it had no transmission, no floor pan, and the engine was disassembled and spread out across several boxes of parts. He did a bare metal restoration on a rotisserie that took 5 1/2 years to complete. The 2.0 L engine was rebuilt with all new components from LNENGINEERING and now sits at 2563 cc @ 195 hp. Between the new engine and all the new seals from 914Rubber it's like driving a brand new car according to Dave, and is a blast to drive.


 


Talk about a one of a kind car, thanks for the awesome submission Dave!


Please submit your image and a brief summary to blake@914rubber.com. If we select your photo for the newsletter you will win a $25 914Rubber gift card!

Customer Cars: Thomas Trocmet's Euro 914

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 4:25 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.


Sometimes images speak louder than words and that's exactly the case with this month's submission from Thomas Trocmet. Thomas has just finished the restoration of his European 914 and sent several photos highlighting the meticulous care and prep that went into his build.

 


































 
Thanks Thomas for this great visual representation of your restoration!


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 month's customer car story comes from Michael Pavonetti and his barn-find 914!


 
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The car was parked under a shed where it sat for 14 years prior to Michael becoming the owner. It was last registered in 2007.
 


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After taking it back to his shop, Michael was able to get the car cleaned up and tore into it. With a bit of work and troubleshooting, he was able to revive the engine and get the car running.


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Now Michael's car stands ready to take on the Texan roads once again. Thanks for breathing new life into another 914 and thanks for the great submission 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!
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 customer car story comes from Des Erasmus and his retrofitted 1971 Signal Orange 914/6.



Des works as an action vehicle coordinator in Cape Town, South Africa where a 914 is a rare sight. The car he would eventually purchase first made its way to South Africa 40 years ago, but was left behind after the previous owner emigrated. When Des acquired the car in 2006, it had sat for a number of years and was missing glass and leaking oil badly. It was more of a project than he had originally anticipated at the time and he sold it within a few days. He felt a deep regret for passing on it so quickly but life went on. In 2012 he saw an advertisement for a "916" locally and knew it had to be the same car. He bought it sight-unseen 1600 km away and had it delivered to his dry storage until he could dedicate time to work on it.




Fast forward to the beginning of 2021, local lockdowns gave Des the time he needed to begin his rebuild. The car was stripped and mounted to a rotisserie for a bare metal restoration. All suspension components were stripped, repainted, and reassembled with Bilstein shocks in all four corners. 
 




 
The interior was completely redone in custom leather upholstery and a pair of inertia belts took place of the standard non-retractable belts. Des also sourced a center console from a 1973 car and replaced the clock with an oil pressure gauge.




The original motor was replaced with a 911 2.2 T engine complete with freshly rebuilt 2.7 S pistons and barrels. An original set of 914/6 engine tin was sourced and imported and a replacement oil tank was installed. The tail-shift transmission was rebuilt using a combination of side-shift and tail-shift linkage.



When Des went to take the car on the first test drive he quickly found out the gears were all reversed and needed to be sorted out. After dropping the transmission and fixing the issue, the six is finally ready to get back on the road. We're glad to see another brought back to life, thanks for sharing this great story Des!


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 month's customer car story comes from Roland Schlimm and his 1974 Sunflower Yellow 2.0L.




Roland bought the car in 1990 after his first '72 914 had the suspension cave in under the battery. He had spent over a year specifically looking for a 1974 to replace it with and finally found one in Delaware.After driving it for a number of years Roland decided it was time to invest in freshening it up back in 2004. Over the course of the next decade he had pulled the motor, had it rebuilt, and completely disassembled the car for paint.




In 2019 it finally made it to the paint shop. After a couple years of reassembly it was road ready and inspected in 2021. After more than 3 decades with the car filled with persistence, frustration, patience, and of course money, it is an absolute treat to drive. Great work Roland, and thanks for sharing the story of this beautiful car with us!


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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