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Thumbs up Save the Porsche!

I will get the dimensions and materials used for the cradle.

I will incorporate some "lessons learned" during the cradle build.

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Here is a picture using the metal brake to fabricate the longs.

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+1 on the body cradle plans

I have these projects in my future. I sure would like to learn from your experience.

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Just stumbled on your awesome thread...what part of Houston?
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Just stumbled on your awesome thread...what part of Houston?
I suspect there are many Porsche nuts in the area, even living in cul-de-sacs near churches!

My dream was always to get a 914 and missed my last chance back in the mid 90's.
Since then almost every car I love has sky rocketed in price to beyond what I could afford. Congrats on saving this car!!! Most would have scraped it.
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Cool Saving a Porsche!

Glad to see someone doing ground level sheet metal work and fabrication. He is definitely right that you have to think all the way through each part segments as well as the total making sure everything is going right. A large chance of error is you do not have clarity of the work.

Have not done any auto sheet metal fabbing, but have via the aircraft world (both commercial and general aviation). I really like it because it is gives you a great feel and satisfaction to make a part correctly and have it fit properly.

A lot of Congrates!!! Job well done.

Would like to see the plans and measurements/materials for the dolly and the sheet metal brake. Very interesting applications!

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This is shaping up to be one of the finer DIY threads I have seen. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks mark74carrera, just let me know how I can help!

sck007 I live on the west side near I-10 and Hwy6.

SegaGT I had to look at the picture again. It's not a church, it's a private catholic school. (It's amazing how much info you can get out of a picture.) And yes, most would have scrapped this 914. But, as the thread title says: "Save the Porsche!"

Thanks shoguneagle for the support! I need to make a sketch with the dimensions of the brake to share.

Thanks DrDIY for the support!

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I have uploaded a pair of videos.

When I got the engine running:

https://youtu.be/-a0rPjXoYo4

After running the engine many times (with lots of fuel injector cleaner) in the tank:

https://youtu.be/7fwghOzIIFw

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That engine sounds pretty good Claus. I noted in the second video idle settled right in but it appears you don't have a rev limit when you punch throttle. That's limited by the rotor cap and OEM is 5850 rpm. You can also get one for 6500 rpm. I highly recommend one or the other least your throttle cable gets in a bind wide open. Ask me how I know about that
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Big difference!

Claus,

I got mine started about a month ago and it sounds just like your first video. The difference is remarkable. I am going to try the same thing. did you clean the injectors out/off the car or did you add cleaner to the the gas tank?

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Nice vids. I have always liked "dual-duals" on the type IV...
I was disappointed Pacesetter no longer made the Monza quad for certain applications they used to.
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Claus,

I got mine started about a month ago and it sounds just like your first video. The difference is remarkable. I am going to try the same thing. did you clean the injectors out/off the car or did you add cleaner to the the gas tank?

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Mark, I cleaned the injectors out of the car, and also ran the car with 2-3 gallons of gas and a bottle of injector cleaner.

Glademister, I don't have a rev limiter in the distributor.

Here is a picture of my daily driver and my 914 2 years ago:

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Here is what I have done to build the rear suspension mounts.




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You might also consider tying the outer pivot point to the firewall with a Heim joint or similar adjustable-length link. Your new parts should cut down on flexing pretty significantly, but there may still be movement between the pivot piece and the rest of the chassis, resulting in extra toe changes. I've seen that on a number of 914 racers, notably the ones from Hergesheimer in L.A.

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You might also consider tying the outer pivot point to the firewall with a Heim joint or similar adjustable-length link. Your new parts should cut down on flexing pretty significantly, but there may still be movement between the pivot piece and the rest of the chassis, resulting in extra toe changes. I've seen that on a number of 914 racers, notably the ones from Hergesheimer in L.A.

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Will do Dave! Thanks!
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Got more steel today!
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Fabricating the driver's side longitudinal.

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After a few months, (and being unable to find a better tub at a good price near Houston) I continue on my journey. Now it's the driver's side longitudinal.



Sometimes when bending long pieces, my home fabricated sheetmetal brake doesn't get the bend right in the center section.

So I came up with this to make the bend have the same radius throughout the length of the whole piece (3.5 feet long)





Here is the inside long

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Working on the 914. I think the drivers side console mount is in much better shape than the other side.


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