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Suspended Animation

October 28, 2012

While driving the Porsche 914 EV to West Covina, I noticed some shimmy in the steering at freeway speeds. Taking my pal Fordy’s advice, I commenced a complete rebuild of the front suspension. It seems the better part of wisdom to replace everything at once rather than waiting for various components to fail one-by-one. This […]

Skinning the Seats

October 24, 2010

Skinning, as in taking off the outer covering.  I’ll need more time to reskin the seats and the rest of the interior at a later date.  In the meantime I can purchase some replacement foam.  I suspect there may be a higher grade foam that automotive re-upholstery shops use, and I’m going to find it.  […]

Out Damned Spot

May 22, 2010

Pulling the motor today was a milestone.  There’s really no turning back now.  The removal of this 914 engine is very similar to the many VW engines I have extracted in my extended flat-four career.  After disconnecting all of the hoses, wires and cables, four big bolts are removed and the motor is dropped down […]

Up in the Air

May 16, 2010

Spent the day removing the windows, locks, latches and seals from the doors.  I also removed the rear hood and engine lid.  I’ll more than likely remove the doors and front hood and have everything stripped and painted separately.  For the meantime, I’ve put the tail in the air to prepare for engine extraction.  Apart […]

OCD Heaven

April 26, 2010

I’m now past the middle of stripping down the car.  It’s proceeding on it’s own terms at a kind of Zen pace.  I find it relaxing and fun – maybe because I’m in OCD heaven.  EVERYTHING gets bagged and labeled.  Last big push, I tore down the front end of the car and retracted the […]

Loose Change

March 28, 2010

Booty under the seats…

Teardown Begins

March 21, 2010

Today I started stripping the car down, removing trim, handles, lights, rubber – inside and out – to prepare for eventual painting. Here is a link to a short piece of video I took at the start of the day: RELEASE THE HOUNDS! (click here for video) (It’s about 8MB, so you’ll need to be […]

Big Red Doorstop

March 20, 2010

So the new project was shipped via car transport and arrived last week in the AM just after the wife left for work. That was exactly according to plan. She didn’t yet know I had grown our family. I moved the trash containers out of the driveway so the backyard gate could swing wide enough […]