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914 info needed

recently acquired a 74 914. not a Porsche expert, so not certain of what exactly i have here. was running as of 2012, body is primer. will post some photos later today, would like suggestions of what to photo so i can determine what is oe, and whats been hacked together
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Things that are "hacked together" should be fairly obvious, since the strong implication is that those things are poorly done. Look for spliced wiring, shoddy bodywork, and so on.

At this point, having OE parts is nice but not super important. Though it may be getting more important as 914 values keep climbing, because original cars are usually worth more than modified ones.

What does the VIN start with? For a 74, it should be 47429, with the second '4' meaning the 74 model year. Bumpers should be either chrome or black, and have "tits" on both the front and rear. Engine would be the 1.8 liter or the 2.0 liter. Wheels could be Mahle, Fuchs, or steelies. Or aftermarket wheels like Rivieras.

The biggest thing to look for in 914s is rust. Look around the jack points--take off the black rocker panel cover to check those, or at least swing the bottom of the cover out. (The top is held on with rivets.) Look under the battery, and in front of it. The "hell hole" is the area in front of the battery where the main longitudinal member of the car's structure bends to go up to meet the rear suspension mounts. Also check the inboard mounting ears for the rear trailing arms. Rust likes to hide in between the layers of metal around there, so sometimes they can be very weak without looking bad from the outside.

Lots more places for these to rust, too... Around the pedals, under the back window, at the rear of the rear trunk, in the front trunk seal's channel, above the depressed area for the door latch, inside the sail panel, above the outer edges of the taillights....

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thanks dd, ill post some pics asap. some obvious work has been done to the engine hatch, angle iron and bolt type repair. engine is 2.0 i believe
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