Feb 7, 2000 update to the Porsche 914 project car

Tobacco Road

old port
new port

Scheduled to appear in GRM late this year or early next year, our 2.0-liter Porsche 914 was bought in North Carolina, where it had been stored in a tobacco barn for ages. The Porsche changed hands for the princely sum of $1200. Deficiencies included a lack of clear title, which was quickly solved, and a bad exhaust leak.

Once the engine was removed and disassembled, it became clear what the problem was: the number-three cylinder had developed a head gasket leak which had gotten much worse, thus ruining the head. Fortunately, the engine is now in the very capable hands of Shine Racing Services (http://www.srsvw.com), where it will be completely rebuilt with the addition of a Web Cam, Euro pistons and some other neat tricks.

Our 914 also received some serious port enhancement. That’s the old port on top—the reworked port is on the bottom.

The body on the car is virtually rust free—a major bonus. At this point we are stripping, prepping and painting the engine compartment. Next, we will tackle the suspension and brakes.

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