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New 914 to me today

Picked this up at auction over the weekend and arrived at my office today.
My first 914...it will keep the 930 from getting lonely. 1974 1.8 56,000 miles





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Very nice, great color.

welcome to 914's!!!!
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Nice, enjoy!
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Wow nice car tell us more
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Lovely! Hope to make my own post like this next week!
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Nice looking 914 - please post up some more pictures so we can all enjoy the car too.
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Sweet, how about a shot or two of the interior
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Just got the car home last night and will be doing a more visual inspection this weekend. The drive home was uneventful as such. The brakes are very soft, so they will need some attention, but the 1.8 liter runs great and remarkably quiet. The odometer shows 55,900 and the interior shows that it might just be a low mileage car. Over night there was no drips, so the motor is completely dry. There doesn't seem to be be a any rust as evident by the battery tray. I wasn't looking for a project car, just something to enjoy.







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Great find. Super nice 914!
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If you want to keep the battery area rust free, get a sealed Optimal type battery, else rain and wash water will wash battery acid off the battery top down into the depths below it, and that is known in 914 circles as the "hell hole" that is where fatal battery rust can lurk. If this is all original then I assume the car was garage kept, and saw little rain. the factory even had a recall on these car cause the battery acid not only rusted the body, but also ate up the nylon fuel hose that sits under the battery tray making a fire hazard.
the recall included replacement of damaged fuel hose and a plastic cover for the battery top. You don't have the battery cover shown in the photograph. The cover would be another solution other than a sealed battery to prevent acid damage.


the roof appears very pristine, to keep it that way I would lay a big fluffy beach towel over it while stored in the runk*** to prevent the runk lid's framing from rubbing the texture off of it. The roof can at times rub on the runk lid and it damages easily.

Also the dome light can sometimes get very hot and can melt part of the vinyl upholstery so don't leave it on long, or best yet get an LED lamp, LED lamps are made that fit the stock housing and they give a good deal more light and don't get so hot.

at the gas station don't leave the gas cap on top of the expansion tank and forget about it when you close the frunk***, else the cap can leave a bad impression on the tank and lid!!!

***by the way the front trunk is called a "Frunk", and the rear one a "Runk".

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Great advice for a terrific looking 914. I would definitely replace the battery with a sealed battery.
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Thanks for some great tips. I am new to the 914, so I open to many of your suggestions. Where can I get the battery cover ? Part # ? I will remember the "Frunk" and "Runk" funny.....
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Also, i am thinking about deleting the "PORSCHE" script on the lower panel. What do you guys think ?

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I think it looks good either way.

I had never heard of "frunk" until Tesla started calling the one in their Model S that. Usually I wind up with "front trunk" or "rear trunk"--though I mostly just keep my spare tire in the rear trunk, because mine gets pretty warm.

Nice Mahle wheels, by the way.

Check all of the fuel lines, including the plastic ones that come out of the center tunnel underneath the car. Heat and age can take a toll and make the plastic brittle. That's not such a great thing for lines carrying fuel under pressure, especially near a hot engine. There are places that sell stainless replacement lines, or you can make your own from stainless fuel pipes of the right diameter. (Solid pipes, not hoses--the center tunnel gets crowded and hoses can get cut because they can move around.)

It's also a good idea to remove the screws that hold the bottom side of the rocker covers onto the car. (Those are the black parts under the doors.) You may be astonished at the amount of dirt and crud that falls out when you do that. The stuff gets thrown there by the rear wheels, and then it collects near the jack point and rusts that out and everything in the area as well.

Don't be afraid of testing unknown panels with a screwdriver--if you can poke the screwdriver through metal, it wasn't strong enough to trust.

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Dave,
Thanks I do like the wheels as well. While they look good from 10 feet away, I plan on getting them repainted or powder coated and get them spruced up. I am also debating about trying to squeeze a slightly larger tire in as well ; looks like i have 195/65/15.

I plan on making an appointment to have the folks over at TRE go over the car and perhaps even do a tune up and oil change. That will give me a baseline to establish a service history as well as a thorough inspection of the fuel and brake lines. From that point on, i ll probably do my own work.
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Actually the Nylon fuel hose is pretty rugged stuff. Unless it is mechanically damaged or exposed to battery acid, it can last a long long time. You can buy a spool of gasoline service Nylon fuel hose from an industrial supply house. I believe I got some at McMaster-Carr mail order (they have online catalog) I replaced the hose in the engine bay because of battery acid damage. the stuff in my tunnel is still pliable and not discolored so I left it alone.

Todays new fuels do rot out the non lined rubber hoses, so only use the new lined hoses such as SAE rated 30R9 hose (it has a Teflon like inner liner) 5/16 inch works well for the bulk of the rubber hoses.

If you pull the gas tank, service the wiper motor and linkages (clean and lube) and the fresh air fan in the cowl, (likely will need lube) install a metal window screen over the factory plastic mesh to keep out small debris else the air box drains can clog and that will flood the fan. this is also a good time to install a front sway bar if you don't have one (and you will want one) all these service items are best done or can only be done with the gas tank removed.


for ultimate in stopping power get the Porterfeld racing front brake pads, they are noisy and dusty, but they can lock up the front wheels really well. They also make a street version, less noise and dust but they don't stop as well.

lots of things you can do to improve or restore on the car.

My friends and I have been using the frunk and runk terms for at least the last 15+ years. Didn't know Tesla is using our terminology, I should have trademarked it! Sad to think my tax money is going to someone to help them buy a $100,000 car and pay for the solar panels on his roof to charge it. plus he rides for free in the carpool lane with no passengers, ugh!!! what a racket!!! I think the guy with the $100,000 Tesla ought to pay my gasoline bill, and build me a 914 lane on the highway.
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Great suggestions by TheCabinetmaker. I also like that you are seeking to establish a baseline for maintenance. That car is in good hands. As for the script, I have never had that on any of my 914's. It looks good on your car, but either way you go, the car looks good.
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Congrats! That is one nice looking 914.
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Great handy tips from those that know these cars,I'am still getting to know mine and its replies like this that really help.
I think the OP has the maintenance check to establish what he needs to do,I myself am more fussy when dealing with low mileage cars due to the fact they sit around not being driven.
It would certainly be a good thing to replace all rubber hoses in the engine space,check flexible brake lines and change brake fluid,I like to do an oil/filter change on a new purchase to establish a baseline for future services,it feels better to know you have it right.
I have been shocked @ what oil and filters have been used by past owners in some of my cars,my first Audi 1.8TQ had a budget filter and the wrong oil in it ???,this was after a service shortly before I bought it.
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Fresh oil and filter - Good cheap insurance and peace of mind.
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