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Porsche Crest pesky clutch cable tube

Last week my teener let me down....was driving all fine and happy with the targa top off , then all of a sudden I can not get enuff clutch pedal movement to get the thing into 1st gear .
I shut the car off , push in the clutch , put it in first , start the car ..shift to second all is fine...until about 10 minutes later when I stop again....I figured OK simple cable adjustment ( just replaced this cable a few months ago )...well I could not get enuff adjustment to get a good pedal feel and I was all out of adjustment on the cable. Assuming something inside the tranny was going south I borrowed a car and let the teener sit for a few days til I had time off from work .
Well it ended up being that the tube the clutch cable goes thru broke away from it's mount inside the tunnel .
Out comes the cutting wheel and opened the tunnel up and rewelded the tube back in place...made an extra bracket to give it a bit more strength and welded that into place...then welded the opening back up again.
Sure would have been nice had that tube ran all the way to the end of the tunnel where there is plenty of access to get to it !

What a difference now !! Just wondering how many other teeners have had the same thing and if they did anything different to remedy it ?
The firewall is still strong thankfully.....
that tube sure moves around alot with out being fastened at the end....it was on the right side of the shifter when I first started .

Being April 1st I was expecting the worst...glad it was something simple to fix...with no cash involved.!
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I've been reading about 914s for a long time now (18 years) and that problem has been around for at least as long. Good to hear it only cost you some time. How did the metal look inside the tunnel? Maybe you should have tossed some POR 15 in there while you had it open for the hell of it. An ounce of prevention................
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No rust inside the tunnel at all....I was surprised !!

I have never used the POR 15...usually I brush or spray on some Ferrachrome . I can not remember if that is how it is spelled..It's a Ditzler product .
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Yeah, when you look at how thinly the clutch tube is brazed onto the firewall, and how much force is put on that poor thing, its amazing that they have lasted as long as they have!

I did the same thing you did, except I didn't reweld the tunnel back up.
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