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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 winner is Mike Carter! This is his flared 1974 914 with a modified 2.0 L motor.

 


 
The car originally came out of Texas, but Mike bought this 1974 914 in Ohio in 2010 as a roller with motor and trans sitting outside the car on the ground. The old owner was going through a divorce and needed to sell. He had already finished the flares and was beginning to plan out the build on the engine but never got the chance to.

 


 
Mike built a strong 2056 cc 2.0 motor using Keith Black performance pistons/cylinders and a high performance Jake Raby cam, among other upgraded valve train components. The compression was set at 9.1 and he bought new DRD Racing L6 heads and installed a set of rejetted and tuned Weber 40 carbs.

 


 
The flywheel was lightened to 12lbs and an all new clutch assembly was added. He installed a 1974 Porsche 911 front suspension and brakes and upgraded to a 930 Turbo wheel package with 16x7 in the front and 16x9  in the rear.

 
 

 
All of the interior components and upholstery have been refurbished, and nearly every seal and rubber gasket over has been replaced as well. Mike reckons he has taken nearly every nut and bolt off the car at least once. This is certainly one of the more in depth builds we have seen so far and we hope it keeps bringing you joy for years to come. Thank you for the great submission Mike!


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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 winner is Mark McLaughlin! This is his 1974 914 father/son project with a modified 2.6 L motor.

 


Starting life as a humble 1974 914/4 1.8 L, this car saw many rough years before arriving in Mark's possession. Mark and his son knew they wanted to create something different from the many other styles of 914 GT tribute cars. They came upon the notion of a “Leichtbau” (which translates from the German language to Lightweight Design) build.



The original engine was swapped for a 2.6L Type IV Horizontal Fan Engine with a unique underbody oil cooler duct system. The decklids and bumpers were all replaced with fiberglass components along with removable fiberglass fenders. The side window glass was replaced with Lexan and a pair of repa style race harnesses were added to the leather seats.



The car is sitting on Jongbloed Modular wheels and Toyo R888 tires with 7.5x15 in the front and 8.5x15 in the rear. It features a moderately aggressive suspension and has newly rebuilt brake calipers. This is a beautiful car with a great story that has only just begun, thank you for the submission Mark!


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Mark's Corner: The Haltbar Resins Program

Friday, June 11, 2021 5:21 PM

Haltbar™ Resins Program



We have decided to bring all of our fiberglass parts together under our new Haltbar™ Resins Program. The word haltbar means durable in German and we thought this was the perfect way to describe our new resin parts.



How did this come to existence?



A business associate of mine that has many years of experience manufacturing both commercial and military-grade aviation composites helped us put this program together. With the acquisition of the Sheridan molds we were able apply different techniques and create stronger parts. These panels represent a significant advancement in materials composition and manufacturing techniques that are similar to those used in high performance aircraft manufacturing. 



While Sheridan was well known for making body kits and panels, these were skins only that attached via Dzus fasteners. While these are great for the race market, we felt like there was more work to be done.

 


The first improvement we made was to manufacture the substructure needed to make these bolt on just like the factory parts do. We created a stainless mounting structure to allow these parts to be bolt-on replacements.
 
 

 
In another twist, we will also be adding carbon fiber options to the mix. With the carbon fiber we can offer a product that is much lighter while not being significantly more expensive than the fiberglass.

 


The front and rear hoods will be the first release of the series of products that you will be seeing soon.

 

We have also acquired a few other sets of molds that will allow us to launch a wide variety of new products, many of which are not available anywhere else. With the carbon fiber products we can even do custom build schedules by special order.



All of these will be part of a more complete system with numerous options for valances, flares, and more. We look forward to sharing more soon!



Sincerely,

Mark Whitesell

AKA Mikey914 on world
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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 winner is Richard Lewis. This is his 1974 2.0 914 with air conditioning and Bose surround sound.

 
 

Richard calls this his Orange Bumblebee. This is a 1974 model year car combining the best of both 914 Limited Edition color schemes.


The 914 LE was limited to 1000 units worldwide and all were sent to North America to be sold by Canadian and American dealers. 500 cars were made in a black and yellow combination called Bumblebee and the other 500 were a white and orange combination called Creamsicle.


Thank you Richard for sharing such a cool crossover car that we don't often get to see!

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Customer Cars: Triston Kirt's 1975 2.0 914

Thursday, June 10, 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 winner is Triston Kirt. This is his all original 1975 2.0 914.

 
 

Triston and his wife were only recently introduced to the world of 914s. They previously had a 1972 which was regularly driven until rust stepped in. After an unsuccessful restoration left them without a car, they were surprised to find an all-original 1975 914 for sale by the second owner. The car had only 40,000 miles on it and came with lightened pushrods and flywheel, front and rear sway bars, and ATS wheels.


After doing a bit of digging Triston was recently able to connect with the cars original owners. He came to find out that they were integral members of the WMR PCA in the 70's and 80's. The car had also been routinely raced, rallied, and shown off while they owned it.


It's not everyday you get to find a car with such a fun history, let alone hear about it from the mouth of the original owner. We hope this car keeps bringing you smiles for miles, thank you for sharing Triston!



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