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Whats the longest your project has taken?

Assuming that there is a mystical point at which these "never ending projects" reach and you can get in the car, turn the key and go for a 2 hour drive with no major hickups requiring a call to AAA, whats the longest you've embarked on a project?

I accured my chassis in January of '02, stripped it of all parts and installed the cage in the fallowing months. Then it went to the JC with me to the autobody shop in late '02 to get all the body work and flares. Not fully completed and school ending, I had to wait till the '03 school year, and went back to finish the paint prep and final painting in the advance class. Its been sitting in my garage for over a year now receiving odds and ends.

I hope to make a slide show of it when i'm done, along with some video of the body work process i took. In my current income bracket, figure it will be another 2 years before the 3.2, quaffe, Fikses, RSR front shocks, Boxster calipers, and other "want" items will be acquired. Its a long journy, but well worth it.
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:24 AM
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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary that I dropped my engine. I'm probably about half way to being completely done. Your right though, it's fun and worth it.
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:55 PM
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Pick-up free 73 2.0 : 1995
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Run out of construction budget: Nov 2004......maybe finish this month

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Parade 2000, in Sacramento--Dave's 914 stalls out and won't re-start. Dave, after winning overall on the Tech Quiz, has to get towed home again.

Parade 2004, Fort Worth--Dave's 914 is towed in, but Dave then drives it all over the DFW area for the whole week. (The car ran for about a month before Parade, as well.) I only placed 2nd overall on the Tech Quiz this time. I'll take that over a non-running 914!!

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That's good Dave ... do you still have the questions? It sounds like they'd be interesting.
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I ain't one much for "Zen & the art of 914....yada.."
Mine was up in the air for a year for the conversion to a 6.....and entirely too much of "while I'm here"

Since then, it's gone up on blocks every winter for some"we aren't done yet" but I get it done in time for the first AX of our season which usually starts in March.
This winter is no exception.
I gotta do some cuttin' or buy a bunch more tape
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JP--you also need to not knock over your beer with the creeper! (Boy, that's a heck of a big beer to make that big a stain under the car!! )

Larry--I do have the questions, but no time or inclination to type them all in...

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Dave, do you have a scanner???

The lonest project I have worked on is my current 914. I have been working on it just over 2 years. It runs now, but not quite ready to drive yet, the body work is almost done too but not ready for paint yet. I am hoping to have it ready for paint by spring, I am thinking it will be 3 years total before its all done. But then again, they really are not ever done.
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1973 Drive a friends teener and become hooked..
73-99 While making plans to aquire a 914/6, Life Happens.
1999 On a first date with an interesting women we pass a perfect 914/6. I mention this is a car I've always desired.
Two days later she calls to say a friend of a friend has one , in need of much repair, for sale cheap. And ,since I have no room in my driveway ,I can put it in her garage.It turns out to be 4. Now I know a good deal when I see one so I marry her, thus ending a lifetime of setting my own project prioities.

2000..rebuild 2.0 motor
2001..no progress
2002.. no progress
2003 ...no progress (There seeems to be a pattern here!)
Jan 2004 ..It's now or never..I begin searching the internet for parts..
On ebay I come across an ad for a 914/6 located in my own neighborhood , less then 3 blocks away. I contact the owner knowing full well I can't afford it but could I come over and drool on it?. He replies that perhaps I'd be interested in one of his other 914's!. I come home with one in need of exactly the parts I've already restored.

Feb 2004 Begin making monthly contributions to Pelican and asking dumb questions on this BB.
June 2004 ..It lives! But still needs some mo'parts and pampering before meeting my dependablity requirements. I give Wayne, Dave and the guys more money.
October 2004 It's show time! I celebrate by taking the wife for a romantic weekend to the Ozarks, where the leaves are changing and the roads are curvy.
The wait ( for both the car and the woman!) was definetly worth it!

Life is good when you can say both your 914 and your partner are exciting and low maintenance!

(Yes dear..I'll quit waisting time on the computer and go out and clean the oil stains off the driveway)

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Dave, do you have a scanner???
Sorry, no scanner.

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I`ve been working on mine about 9 years! Lots of work and a very limited budget. Last thanksgiving was the first time I ever drove it. It still needs a couple of little details done but it is road worthy,and so much fun( I have flash backs to the seventys with my first one every time I fire it up.)
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2002 I need a car to drive every day instead of my Ram with 360, headers and power chip. What to buy? Cavalier? Escort? Yugo? Rickshaw? Donkey? Then, coincidentally, dude at work shows me picture of a car he's been storing and keeping up for a Doctor who moved South. He says hey lookit this, a "PORSCH-A" very sarcastically. "Seriously, you don't want it, it's a lousy Volkswagon with an aircooled motor." I didn't hear a word. Just bells. And angels singing, And trumpets. I was in love. (duh with the car).
It was a paintroller Zambezi green, but had been lowered and had Rivs, stainless brake lines, wide tires, and the interior was perfect. Rebuilt 1.7 from some dealer, and quite a few other nice little goodies. Very little rust either, and it was straight.
3 grand, less than I expected to spend on a dumpy daily driver, plus it was unique, and a targa! I drove it the rest of the summer, and figured for 3 grand who cares what happens to it I'll beat on it and keep it running for fun.
Ohhhh great, so I do a search in the internet for 914, and the first result is - - - Pelican Parts. Gasp! LOOK AT ALL THE STUFF I CAN DO TO THIS CAR!
Yeah, thanks a lot PP. It's all your fault !

Since then
winter 2002/2003 - gt flares, 911 suspension, new cobalt blue metallic paint. Looks awesome.
drive it all summer, have a blast, love this little car, but I keep getting passed by furniture trucks and women pushing baby carriages on the sidewalk.
winter 2003/2004 - sell 1.7 to dude on ebay who puts it in a bus (he's in San Diego, I'm in NY). Find 2.0 engine, dump every dime and get a Visa just to finish nice 2056 for it. Awesome! Then I warp cyl head, rebuild, get it running even better, but now it's too late in season and have to store it.
winter 2004/2005 - doing some custom door panels, new intakes, gonna make a new muffler before spring, maybe a new seal or two, but nothing too complicated FINALLY!!! All the big stuff is done, until I have to redo some stinky bodywork that shrunk around my flares when it hit the sunlight after painting it. But I just wanna drive the stupid car, not work on it, so who knows how long it'll stay like that.


Well, you asked!

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Five years and counting

Burned exhaust valve in Oct. 99. Pulled engine during X-Mas of same year. Decided to to the 911 front suspension upgrade, chassis stiffening kit, shaved side markers and body work all around. Bad case of "while I'm in there" led to short shifter, Crane ignition, Mazda Miata seats, re-drilled rear hubs for 5-lug 911 fuchs wheels, relocate battery to back trunk, etc. Know now I went about it all wrong. NEVER take a car all the way down! I still haven't started the thing after five years. A lot is done but there is a long way to go. Next time I will do one thing at a time and drive it after each upgrade to keep from losing interest. Hope to start the thing over X-Mas this year, but in the process of building a 24x30 garage so we'll see...
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OOOOO... 24'x30' garage.... So much space to pile stuff... Oh i can hear the trumpets of heaven now! My 66 911 chassis could be inside! You are a lucky man Brad...
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24 x 30 garage? ...Sounds like a small one for Texas.
I agree with Brad ... avoid "project creep" or risk losing interest.
The satisfaction of sucessfuly completing a small project provides motivation for continuing. (And if you do change your mind @ least you have something that resembles a running car to sell!)
If you are going to tackle a major re-build plan for twice as much time, money and frustration as your first estimate.
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Garages (my wife insists I call it my shop) are never big enuff.
Mine is 24 X 36 & somehow in 4 years it got full of shi....ah...stuff. The pics don't show 1 wall, but you get the idea.
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Hey, you guys can at least walk around your car without looking like your doing Yoga excersizes! My garage is about 10ft wide with storage racks lining one side, and about 30 ft long. It makes up in lenth, but the washer/dryer, extra fridge, work bench, solvent tank and granite measuring block quickly fill any avaliable space.

The funny thing is my new neighbor thinks i'm rich because of my 914. He told a tree trimmer who came to my house a few weeks back. The trimmer was hired by the rental agency who i rent from, who in turn told my girlfriend who works at the local bank his business is apart of. Just thought i'd share that.... I'm rich beeatch!!!!
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