On Saturday we had a couple guests from Belgium stop by. Jan (middle) and his wife stopped by with Mark (right) and Matt from 914 Rubber.
They are in the middle of the restoration of their 914-6. Jan is looking a daily driver 914-4.
Later in the AM Mike (orange) stopped by letting me know he'd just bought another 914, #3 . He'd like to make arrangements to do a side shifter conversion.
Getting down to the itty bitty detail work.
Refurbishing sections of the frunk seal channel on Doug's 914-6 RS conversion. Putting a 90 degree bend in a 28mm wide piece of 18 ga sheet metal. Then giving it a dab with the stretcher to create the arc.
Here's a couple shots of Saturday's work.
Cutting out and patching the rust/moisture damage in the front trunk seal.
Had to give the patch piece just dab on the shrinker to get the correct bow.
Plus a shot of beginning to install the replacement cowl.
Let's get this party started. 😁
Back panel is secured with another 50 screws. She's nice and tight. Enlarged the back panel holes so there aren't any issues.
More of the same trimming and tuning issues on the left side.
Last picture is the cone that ties the inner and outer firewalls togethers. The holes end up a bit off center. So I'm sliting the edge to allow me to pean it down for a nice tight weld.
I'll be back next week after she's all welded in.
Beginning the trim and tune up on the back panel on the #maddogmotorsports inner long stiffening kit.
1st. issue is the back pad mounting holes.
71 TUB holes are 245mm on center. MD panel 255mm. I'll correct after completely fitted.
2nd. Turn up the center tunnel angled pieces first so you can get your tool in there.
Got the left and right sides screwed down and ready for welding. Took some beater bag work on the left side to get the e-brake pocket nice and tidy. Last shot is the screw locations marked for epoxy primer removal so it doesn't pollute my rosette welds.
Super In Law is giving Taylor his first MIG welding lesson. Learning on the same 90 amp type that most of us start with.
His first project will be filling in the spot weld cutter holes on our patch pieces/panels. #MiddleMotors#914world
Finished up the right side wheelhouse stiffener kit. It went quite a bit faster with 40 degrees less in temp, metal cools down quicker. Plus I can take/make 6 to 8 stitches. Rather than 4 to 5. 😁
On to prepping the cockpit kit.
Back to Doug's project. 1st on the list. Tune up and fit his new AA CDI bracket to the new Restoration Design battery tray.
1. Tune up the edges and corners on the CDI bracket. 2. Cut out and fill in middle nut. 3. Drill hole and weld on new nut. She's now ready to head to Rothsport and get powder coated with the 6 engine tin.
Seems I got this thing for white.
I'm sjitting here mentally preparing myself for tomorrow's PCA autocross. After the trip to Baja I've been about a second off the pace. Todays shake down run went great. The Hoosier A7s only need last one more day.
I think I'm going to put on a show tomorrow.
Future project finally brought out to #MiddleMotors . Shop got a deep cleaning after Matt headed to Colorado. Probably won't start on it till all of our frame bench fixtures are finished. More on that later.
Time to start welding the panels back in Taylor's car. Kind of like a puzzle.
Piece #1 . Lowest portion of the front cabin firewall. But first all the knicks, holes and harvesting tears must be tuned up.
9pm and still going strong. issues with the new Holley and the accelerator cable. 😑 I still have the pedal board, clutch cable and shift rod to go.
crimped farrel on the Bowden end of the accelerator cable came off. piece of junk.
Spent of the second half of the day right here tracing out/down the ignition wiring. Started with 3 out 4 bad round relays.😕 Used headlight lifts for testing. Bad bulb on the oil pressure lamp. 😕
In the end no power to switched pin on the regulator board power supply relay. Corrected that. New engine wiring harness came after I went home. We should be ready for lights, camera action this am.
Up and at them. Last day of the build.
Goes in the trailer for Atlanta sometime in the next 24 hours.
After tearing down the half shafts, all 4 cv joints are going in the scrap barrel.
I'll clean up 2 half shafts from my stash and we'll order news ones to be installed when it returns.
Your aren't going to believe this one.
New Super In Laws (Jack) tool for poping in the lower sway bar socket.
We ran thru about 6 different c clamps that didn't give us enough room to work.
20 minutes later he's back with this gadget. Took about 3.1 seconds to snap it in. LOL.
I think he should receive a Desert Island award. Inside Rothsport joke.
The engine builder finished up the engine and we got her installed.
Looks to have a couple electrical gremlins that kept it from firing up. 🤔
First task on the list today.
The 75-76 fuel pump access turned out nice. We hand to fabricate a bracket for Facet. Now the pump and hoses can be accessed without pulling the tank.
On to the next throw down. Matt's restoration/assembly is involved in a world wide contest. Who can get their restoration completed by 9/14. Seven days away. Last night was the second night of working till 10pm. Matt, that's another story, 2 and 3am.
In the shot I'm finishing up the engine, prepping for the install today.
Switched gears and spent the day on Taylor's restoration/repair. The left front inner fender has some serious rodent encampment damage. So out came the damaged area. After numerous nips, tucks and saw cuts in went the patch panel. Tacked in and ready for stitch welding on Monday.
Drove to Spanaway Washington and picked Ron's 72 1.7. Project has been stalled for 10+ years and the Air Force is transferring him to Oaklahoma. So he asked if it could help get the restoration restarted. In the end he wants to end up with a nice daily driver. The other car in the driveway, a Camaro with an LS7.
For the short term it sits the corner with a cover on it waiting it's turn.
Looks like I'll be heading to Tacoma on Sunday afternoon to look at and possibly retrieve a future project. Imbeded info in picture dates the photo as 2009. So I don't know what I'm getting myself into. I'll tow the trailer and hear the story/plan. Then determine if the project is something I want to take on.
Oh baby we're having fun now. Trying to fit my big fat head inside the rear quarter panel. Doing the top weld on what I call the long elbow. First 10 stitches were triggering with the left hand, guiding the stick out with the right. Shot 2 is my Miller scuba mask for tight places. Shot 3 is the suspension mount brace welded in.
side note: I'm using an arc welding glove on my guide/brace hand to protect from the heat. And not burn up my #TillmanGlove 24cl's.
Thought I'd add this note while I'm tinkering with my #porsche914 waiting for the eclipse. I'm in procession of 6 914 wiring harnesses. all of them have sort of short burn back from the rear license plate lights.
3 of my 4 wire were cut/cracked thru insulation.😑 short term prevention. liquid tape and new heat shrink.
please check yours.
The circle of life @#MiddleMotors .
Picture of Jack making the final cuts on one of the parts cars being cut up.
Then the beginning of a new life, parts for Matt's restoration.
Making room for one of the next projects thats coming down from Seattle. A little less pressure on that one. I have 4 years to get my portion of the work done.
Day 7. Doug asked about heat last night. I'm laying the coals to the rosettes. Almost warp 9 with .023 wire. 16ga being welded to 2 layers of 18ga.
Using an arc welding glove on my left hand to protect my index finger.
But staying true cooling to less than 102 before next weld.
The DIY work continues at MiddleMotors.
Taylor has just about got the fire wall extracted. Tedious work.
We found a couple burn backs in Matt's harness so he pulled it for a complete inspection.
Going to create a custom CDI hanger
using a 914 ECU hanger. We'll have create a new right side for the CDI hanger. Trim off the excess on the ECU hanger. We want the plug to be on the bottom, out of the weathet. The project is getting a MFI Rothsport 2.7rs spec engine. Custom gearbox.
Day #3 .
Marching thru the Restoration Design replacement pieces.
Rear Jack Points
Seat Mount Reinforcements
Built Up Seat Hinges.
Located outside seat hinges with self tapping screws.
All welded in with U-Pol copper based weld thru primer.
Throw Down Day 2.
Could have used a couple more pairs of Vise Grips. LOL.
No screws, no Clecos. Flange is too narrow. Edges would blow out. So it was clamped between each rosette hole. Slow going. Steel temp had to return to 120 degrees before the next weld.
Day 1 of the Throwdown.
I missed having Carl setting the AC just right. I was pretty focused on each rosette so I really didn't notice too much. Today might be a different story.
I just about have the floor welded in and welds tuned up. All that remains is the engine side of the lower firewall.
I do have one spot to cut out on the inner firewall corner and patch.
Time for THROW DOWN. Jeff is allowing me to take a couple weeks off from Rothsport so I can get Doug's car delivered to the paint shop right after Labor Day.
First shot is the jigs/fixtures for recreating the corner of the damaged cowl.