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Mark's Corner: New Roll Bar Pad

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:43 PM

New Roll Bar Pad Coming Soon



I would like to thank everyone on 914world who supported our efforts to create the new roll bar pads for our cars.



To recap, we created these using a metal substructure just like the OEM part. This was the only way to get these to secure to the body correctly and allow for a softer formulation of rubber. Another manufacturer did try to make these but skipped the additional cost of the metal structure and went with a plastic material that is much harder than the OEM.



We created the correct texture to make the new ones hard to distinguish from the original part. The OEM version was a soft foam that had a textured vinyl thermoformed over it. This is the same technique that the dash tops used, and as time has shown us, they have the same issues. The foam and vinyl expand and contract at different rates. Over time they all form cracks at the same stress points.



We have utilized the same technique that we use on our dash tops to make these. We utilize a self-skinning foam injected into a mold under high pressure to pull the texture off the molds. This means the product is made from the same material all the way through, creating a uniform elasticity throughout the part that should last (I.E., not crack) indefinitely.



Production on these is in the final stages and we expect to have them ready to launch next month. While not required we have also put together a “hardware kit” that consists of new screws and screw hole plugs. The new screws are a #2 head that will make life much easier should you need to remove the roll bar pad in the future. This kit consists of 12 screws and screw covers.



Tips for Removing the Roll Bar



The factory screws are quite small and use a #1 Philips tip. Try a #2 and you will strip them out. I recommend using a shop vac and a tool like a small screwdriver or pick to clean out the openings on your old roll bar. If you can see the screw head, it makes it much easier to remove without stripping. A little bit of additional prep time here will save you loads of headache later.



Also unannounced, but I wanted to give you a heads up about a kit we are making to rebuild the rear roof latches. I wanted to mention this as we are making the springs now and within a month hope to have the complete kit together. It will be comprised of new lever plates, double loop springs and a replacement pin for the arm. It is virtually impossible to clean the old latches up fully assembled and recoat them. You will have the ability to do this shortly.



 Again, thank you all for your support. I have several other exciting new items coming soon.



Sincerely,

Mark Whitesell AKA Mikey914

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Customer Cars: Tom Daily's 1973 914 Outlaw

Monday, June 14, 2021 1:37 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 winner is Tom Daily! This is his 1973 914 Outlaw with a modified 2.0 L motor. The car has a pair of Cibie Hood Lights and features a newly installed set of our rubber bumper tops 

 
 
On the inside of the car he has installed custom tartan seat inserts as well as a new carpet set. The car started life without the Appearance Group package so Tom tracked down an OEM center console and installed it to complete the vision he had of his perfect Porsche. 

 


Tom lovingly calls this his Poor Man's Outlaw. The car features a numbers-matching original engine which has been rebuilt from the original 1,970 cc up to 2,056 cc. This is what he believes a sport model could have been, a car with a larger engine minus the additional visual flare of the Appearance Group. 

 


 

This is an awesome example of purpose-driven and understated modifications. Thank you for the great submission Tom!



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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.



Our first customer car story is from Gary Stein. Gary's love for Porsches started in 1973 when he got a 1.7 L 914 brand new off the lot. He kept this car around until 1980, when he fell in love with a 1980 silver 924 S and sold his 914 to fund it. After several years and several different rides, Gary never lost his passion for the 914.



Last March he purchased a 1974 914 LE Creamsicle from Paul Miller and after several long months spent restoring the car to original condition he was finally able to start driving it. 


Despite owning a 1986 930 Slantnose,1987 944 Turbo, and 2010 911 GT3, he says this is still his most fun car to drive and it brings him back to his younger days. Thank you for sharing this awesome story Gary!

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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.

Joe Hunt purchased his Palma Green 1973 914 2.0L as a rolling chassis back in 1995. The car features the original fuel injection which took a huge amount of troubleshooting to get working along with the ignition system. 

 


The eagle eyed readers amongst you may have noticed that Palma Green was not available in 1973, so how did he end up with it? Well, the car has been fully painted 3 times. Unfortunately Joe learned the hard way that you have to pick your painter very carefully as one of the paint jobs came out so poorly it had to immediately be repainted. All that is left for him now is to install plumbing for the heating and upholster the interior with green tartan.



We are always glad to see such a long term project nearing completion, the team wishes you the best of luck in finishing your restoration!



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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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