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FS: (CA) '74 914 flat 6 Subaru project

Hello! This is me on my Honda RVF400R, a rare grey-market 400cc V4 motorcycle that I've been restoring over the last two years.

Why am I posting a picture of a motorcycle? In order to help explain why my project '74 914 is for sale. When I bought this car and began the project, I was living on the East coast, had a low-stress job, and hadn't get gotten hooked on motorcycles. Now I'm in California, where time is tight and space is limited. It's time to admit that I will never finish this to the high level of quality I demand of myself, and I need to hand this project off to someone who will be excited to finish it. Or sell it for parts. Buyer's choice.

If you'd like you can skip straight to the photo album.

The car is in Redwood City, CA.

Here's the Cliff's notes of what's modified:

1974 Porsche 914 with approximately 117,183 miles
2001 Subaru EZ30 (non-AVCS, single-port flat 6) in place and ready to go
Intake using Weber trumpets, Triumph Speed Triple 1050i throttle bodies, and custom 3D printed intake manifolds
Complete engine wiring harness built with re-pinned stock engine connectors, and mated with totally stock chassis harness - no stock wiring was cut!
Comes with a MegaSquirt that I'll convert to 6cyl operation for you
Subframe (over)built by Performance Fabrication of San Carlos, CA, who do championship-winning work
Coldwater Conversions half-shafts in installed axles
2006 Impreza RS transmission, converted to 2WD
MR2 cable shifter with custom mount
Honda clutch slave cylinder with braided SS clutch line mated to stock pedal cluster
Low mileage on PO-installed KYB struts, SS brake lines, new brake pads (you can see the ad from when I bought the car: - The fastest growing online 914 community!)
Custom-specified Griffen 3" thick radiator

No 914 is rust-free, but this one has surprisingly little, and it was repaired with some kind of epoxy by a previous owner. It's been stored indoors in California, so there's no new rust since then. In 2009 George Hussey described it as "solid, but a basket case", which was perfect for me. The glass is all good, the chassis is good, the interior is good... the car was, and is, a perfect candidate for conversion. My entire goal was a stock 914 with a fun, modern waterpumper, and I based it on a sweet-driving car with a very tired engine.

I have intentionally cut as little as possible. Only two cuts have been made to the sheet metal: clearance for the engine (and access to the starter), and mounting for the clutch master/pedal. You'll need to cut the front for radiator ducting; I never did. The front trunk had a dealer-installed A/C system; I planned to use that hole for the radiator outlet. Other than that, the car is as stock as it can be. I especially didn't cut any wires. The engine wiring harness is entirely self-contained and replaces the stock relay board.

This one's hard to see - it's where the new wiring harness terminates in a 14-pin plug that connects right up to the stock chassis wiring. No cutting, no splicing.

There's still a fair bit to be done, of course, but the parts that are "scariest" to everyone else (the intake manifold, the wiring harness, and connecting the shifter to the wheels) are all finished. The car needs its cooling system built (I've got a plan you can follow, or go your own way), needs an exhaust (I'll provide flanges for the EZ30 side), and ECU tuning, along with a reasonable list of odds and ends which I will happily list and discuss with you. If finishing it were fast or easy, I'd have finished it to recoup costs. It's a project, but I think it's got real potential.

The car also includes a small assortment of stock parts that were either removed or spares, but most of what I removed was sold to local 914 owners.

Interested? Want more pictures? Want details? Want to ask more about my stupid motorcycle habit? Please get in touch. If I could get $5k for the entire bundle, I'd be quite happy, but please feel free to make offers. The car has languished for nearly two years now; I'd like to see it gone.

You can PM me here, email me at, or give me a call at 415-672-1459.

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