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New 912E owner, project thread

I am starting this thread to document my 912E project. I happened on this particular car through the sale of another 914 2.0 I bought then sold a few months back. When the seller described this car I was a little hesitant at first but once a few pictures showed up in my email and a little more details emerged about the car I knew I had to have it.

Heres the story on this 1976 bitter chocolate brown, sunroof 912E as far back as I know:

Car was parked around 1990, maybe 1991. Currently showing 68,543 miles and I believe these mile to be correct, New Jersey title from 87 showed around 43,000. The only obvious thing I can see as to why it was parked is a snapped clutch cable. Doesn't seem likely thats the only thing that took it off the road but thats all I can tell as of now. What really got me excited about this particular car was everything was there with it and doesn't appear to be molested in any way. While its not the most desirable Porsche, it is a true time capsule car.

I am pretty excited to finally own a nice, complete, virtually rust free aircooled Porsche. I have started tinkering around here and there mostly cleaning up after the years of mice, dust and other random stuff left in the car but someone left it pretty clean for me already! I will update this as I go but I will be working slowly as I have a few other projects I am working on at the same time. Planning on keeping this nearly stock, I may lower it slightly and change out the 14" fuchs for some cookie cutters or 15 fuchs just to get a more modern size tire on it.... Needs a full mechanical resto before anything cosmetic though!















Just got it off my trailer and into my shop yesterday afternoon.... no time for pics as a monsoon swept through as we were rolling it inside... stay tuned!
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Very cool barn find.
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Nice find!

I pulled my 912E out of a Porsche dismantler's lot about 4.5 years ago. It was nowhere as nice of a starting point as you managed to find.

About the tires, my 912E is much more lively on the 14" Fuchs than any other wheels I've had on it. The light wheel/tire combo really helps acceleration and braking (short of locking the wheels, which is fairly hard to do with no power assist)
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Nice find!

I pulled my 912E out of a Porsche dismantler's lot about 4.5 years ago. It was nowhere as nice of a starting point as you managed to find.

About the tires, my 912E is much more lively on the 14" Fuchs than any other wheels I've had on it. The light wheel/tire combo really helps acceleration and braking (short of locking the wheels, which is fairly hard to do with no power assist)
Thanks!

I like the look of the fat tire with the 14s, got a set of used 195/70/14 from a friend just to use as rollers in the meantime. Have to get these 30+ yr old Vredesteins off of there!
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Nice find! Looks like there were a bunch of other Porsche's in that barn! What's the story?

Check out my site The Porsche 912E Experience for some useful info.

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Its the usual story of someone hoarding cars for a number of years only to realize they can't ever possibly restore all of them but unlike your average car hoarder this man was very kind and let one go for a price I could not refuse!

I got it on my lift last night but it was 2am and I was too tired to take pics. I'll post some more later. Everything looks great so far though.
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Got the nasty vredesteins off the Fuchs, time to give these guys a good cleaning and refinishing. Not trying to make them perfect, just trying to preserve the factory anodizing and redo the black paint.




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Ryan -

welcome to the "E" club. I have a new to me 912E that I am restoring as well. The Pelican forums are great and have a lot of information and great people but wanted you to know about a designated forum for 912E owners over at the 912BBS that has a good amount of traffic and lots of information to help you with your restoration. come on over and have a look.

912E Help

Besides myself, there is at least one other person just getting started on their rebuild/restoration. I have the engine out, just split the case today and am getting ready to build out my engine to increased displacement and stroke.

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Thanks for the tip, I've been on the site but I don't have Internet or a computer at home so I'm slow at updating these threads. I'll get around to posting it there at some point.

Two cleaned, combination of simple green and soap. Got the other two to do then I'll try my hand at flood painting them.

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Some underbody shots from my incredibly crowded garage!





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Quick trip to the shop tonight, no work just dropping off parts so I took a pic.

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Sweet find, looking forward to your progress! These are special cars.
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nice find. welcome to the club. Ive got a set of used rear calipers and rotors if youre interested in some rare spare bits. were working fine when pulled for vented SC rears this year (2017).
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by the way we are both also in the "refrigerator white" vintage Volvo club too.
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Sweet find, looking forward to your progress! These are special cars.
Yes I agree, I'm not a stickler for originality but these cars should be left alone!

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nice find. welcome to the club. Ive got a set of used rear calipers and rotors if youre interested in some rare spare bits. were working fine when pulled for vented SC rears this year (2017).
Thanks, I'll PM you.
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