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Customer Cars: Marty Stein's 1970 914-4

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:12 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 Marty Stein! Marty is the original owner of this 1970 914-4. Originally ordered in April 1970, he had spec’d out a base model blue 914 with tan interior as he couldn’t afford the extra $200 for the Appearance Group option.



In early July of 1970 he got a call from the dealership saying 3 cars arrived on the lot and that his name was at the top of the wait list. “One of the cars is white,” the dealer told him over the phone. Previously he had been told by the dealership that they could not get a hold of any white cars.



Realizing that this vague comment may mean his dreams of owning a 914 were at stake, Marty asked if all the cars were white. The dealer replied again, “one of the cars is white.” When he got to the lot, his fears were confirmed. All 3 cars were white with the Appearance Group package.



Determined to get his car, Marty was able to borrow the difference from a colleague and picked up his 914 on July 9th, 1970. The car became his daily driver and followed him from Miami, to Vegas, and now California. It was repainted 3 times and daily driven by his son before it ended up sitting for 20 years.



In 2015, Marty started work on restoring the car with the help of some friends and a local upholsterer. What he initially thought would be a 3 month process turned into a 3.5 year project with double the starting budget. The car is once again a proud daily driver and brings its owner enough joy to forget about buying a 308 Ferrari as a stablemate for it. Thanks for the great story Marty!


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Mark's Corner: Interior & Resins Products

Monday, June 7, 2021 10:51 AM

I wanted to touch on 2 subjects for this newsletter to shed some light on what is really going on behind the scenes of our Interior program and the 914 Resins program.



Interiors



As many of you may or may not be aware, we started making door panels almost 7 years ago. We had backed off on production of these due to the amount of labor they took to construct and the need to harvest some of the existing hardware from the old door panels. I am pleased to announce this is no longer the case.


 

We now fabricate this hardware and it comes standard with all of our door panels, including the cage nuts. We have also included all 18 door panel clips needed to mount the new panels to the door frame.



Note that the holes necessary for mounting the door pockets and pull handles now come pre die-cut. These are also shipped with the door cups to make this ready to install out of the box. Our goal is to make installation as painless as possible. 







We are currently building up some back stock and will be relaunching these in the coming months. The new listing will also have a few “custom” options that will include plaid, houndstooth, and even GT door pulls. We had to slow down on production to get these back on line in a manner that yields a better product.



We have also just completed the upholstery mounting clip sets for the seats. These are critical for making the seat side bolsters and center sections stay in place. In most cases, many of these are completely rusted away or missing as they were never available directly from the factory for replacement.

These will be sold as a set per seat basis and will include the pop rivets necessary to mount the clips.



We are committed to providing you with what you need to make your car look good. We look forward to sharing more information about future items that will be available in this category soon.



Resins



We had the opportunity to mount the complete trunk assemblies for both the front and rear trunks lids. The front trunk springs really have more pressure than they need to open the hoods so we are actively sourcing a better option for use with the resin hoods.


 







Fitment is looking good currently but we are making some adjustments to the metal that gets embedded into the hoods to give them more strength.

 





The front hood with headlight delete should be ready this before August, the alignment is good and only needs some minor changes. A few of the molds have some imperfections in them that are minor, but keep them from being 100% perfect and ready to start using. There are some “hot spots” in the molds that will require glazing putty and some block sanding to remove. They are minor, but we believe in full disclosure. We are looking at the costs to finish them completely in house as an option.



Finally, we will also have replacement front valances available this month. The steel ones are hard to come by, so if yours is undamaged why risk it? 



Stay well and try to get in some quality 914 time, 'tis the season.




 Remembering Roxie

I’m sad to report that my faithful friend and frequent shop dog Roxie passed away this past Wednesday. She was with us for over 14 years, just last week we were commenting that she may have a few more years left with us because she seemed so healthy.



I'm glad she got to spend one last brisket filled holiday with the extended family this past 4th of July. We already miss you girl.

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Customer Cars: Jim Legge's Pride & Joy

Monday, June 7, 2021 9:56 AM

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 Jim Legge. He started this project three years ago and has had lots of fun working on his pride and joy. All work has been done in house - including the drivetrain, body, and paintwork! 

 

 
Jim just started installing his new parts on the car and is excited to see it all come together. He expects the car to be complete by midsummer and we can't wait to see it when its all buttoned up. Thanks for the excellent submission Jim!

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Introducing 914RR - 914 Rubber Resins


We have been dabbling in fiberglass for over 10 years now. The LE front spoilers, door cards, and door pockets were where we first dipped our toes into the water.  


We have now taken on the commitment to manufacture many new products after Jim Sheridan decided to step away from the 914-fiberglass business. We had the opportunity to purchase his hood molds, door skin molds, fender flare molds and more. The Sheridan hoods were known to be very spartan, perfect for race-specific applications that only required a skin.


We plan to take these products to the next level, starting with the hoods first. The first modification will involve producing an internal structure that will allow them to mount just like a factory hood. We will then offer 2 different types of fiberglass; a standard E-fiberglass (think Economy), and a more robust fiberglass commonly referred to as S-fiberglass (think Strong).


The S-fiberglass looks and feels exactly the same as E-fiberglass. However, it is made from a higher-strength glass fabric which gives it approximately 40% higher tensile strength, and a 20% higher modulus. This fiberglass has a greater strength and abrasion resistance when used as a composite reinforcement. Additionally, all of our S-fiberglass cloth feature an aerospace grade Silane finish. This helps create the most durable fiberglass option without the added expense of going to carbon fiber.


For those who do want carbon fiber, we will soon have the capability to produce these in carbon and even Kevlar fiber. Kevlar fiber will give more abrasion resistance while maintaining high tensile strength. We will be offering the carbon fiber in a clear gel coat and our standard primer gray gel coat.


These are just a few of the items coming soon. Look forward to seeing more information on these exciting new products in future newsletters and don't forget to checkout our LE Front Spoiler and Rear Valance.

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Customer Cars: Dave Green's 2 Resto Projects

Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:02 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 Dave Green. He has two restoration projects loaded with 914Rubber parts that he is currently working on. The first is a blue 914-6 conversion sporting a twin plug RS euro spec 2.7 L engine with the original Weber carbs.

    
 










The second car is a black outlaw 3.2 L 914-6 conversion. Dave picked up the 2.7 L car locally but flew out to Palm Springs to pick up the 3.2 L and drive it home on an epic 1600 mile road trip with his son!




You can follow the build thread for the blue car here and the black car here.Thanks for the submission Dave!


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