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    My Mid (engine) Life Crisis

    I purchased this Porsche 914/4 a little over three years ago when I saw a fellow member's car and the light went on about 914s. I hadn't planned on slipping down the rabbit hole, as the car was very clean already and mechanically quite sound aside from the fact that it had the notorious tail shift transmission. On it's best day the 901 box had a 50/50 chance of getting the gear you wanted, so I decided to build a side shift transmission instead and do a 5 lug conversion.

    Long story short, it took much longer than planned because life intervened. When I finally got to start on the car I had a laundry list of 'wants' and was yet again enabled by my friend Mike Eberhardt and his shop Vintage Racing Co. Without a doubt, this car is now a revelation to drive. I was always ambivalent about 914s and 914/6s. No more.

    So before the pictures, a quick breakdown of the specs:

    Jack Raby Type IV motor; 160hp / 155lb-ft
    Front oil cooler
    Side Shift transmission with Tangerine Racing parts and Short Shift kit
    Full front 911 SC suspension with Bilsteins all around
    Custom 911 rear brakes, drive shafts, hubs, and flanges
    15 x 7 Factory Fuchs in RSR finish
    Triad exhaust
    Custom half roll bar
    Driver Scheel sport seat with heat, factory passenger seat with heat
    Extra Scheel passenger seat and factory driver seat in matching tartan with heat (so they can be mixed and matched)
    380mm Factory wheel double-wrapped by Dallas Custom
    My personal favorite custom 901 shift knob
    Factory Targa roof and Saratoga Targa top as well.

    I stole liberally from different years of 914 production. The center console and tartan fabric were not available until after 1972, but I wanted a chrome bumper car without overriders. This particular '72 914/4 popped up and I couldn't resist making it my own. I did however resist the urge to make it a GT clone or install a 911 engine. The Type IV has great power/weight specs and the car has plenty of power for what it is.

    Here's how it was at the start of the project:

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    that's a real beauty.
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    Very nicely done...
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    That is wonderful if I do say so! Then again I'm biased from 49 years of 914 ownership.
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    I'm a big fan of 914's, I own two. One a 4 that I picked up for $1500 and trash on the cone track, the other is a former Garretson built IMSA car that I'm putting a 904 body on. A 914 is a blast to drive. I routinely tell guys with never ending project Porsches to sell them and buy a driver 914, they will have a lot more fun.
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    Adam. Are the 904 parts taken off the real bodies?
    And how close in size are the two cars?

    Is there anything you had to shorten or lengthen?

    Do you use a 914 windshield? Or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott A View Post
    Adam. Are the 904 parts taken off the real bodies?
    And how close in size are the two cars?

    Is there anything you had to shorten or lengthen?

    Do you use a 914 windshield? Or something else?
    There is a guy in Canada who took a mold off off a real 904, 0065 I think, so the body he makes is dead nuts accurate. I've taken measurements from an original car and it's very close.
    The 914 is five inches longer then the 904 so I'm having to shorten to the frame. That's actually not the trickiest part, the real hard part was all 4 shock towers had to be lowered. You can read about the whole build here.

    http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.p...1007&hl=begins

    I thought the body I got was too small, not being a big guy 5'9" I thought I was too big, then I sat in 0014 and no, it's just a really small car.
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    Are you running 7Rs front and back, what size tires?

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    Hi Don, they are ‘73 and up 15” x 7” Fuchs, not 7Rs. I think these came off an SC.

    The tires are 195/65/15 Goodyear Eagle Sport all seasons.

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    Did you roll the fenders? They look good.

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