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> CptTripps' Restoration 2 - Back on track!, 90% done, 90% to go.
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post Aug 19 2013, 03:00 PM
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Hey gang!

I'm back in the mix, and getting ready for another 914 restoration. Not sure this will play out as well as it did Last Time, but we'll give her a go and see what I can come up with!

After I find the right starting-point, here's what I've been dreaming of doing to it.

Subaru EJ20 Turbo 4 engine & Trans. (250-275hp target)
Steel flares
5-bolt hubs
Boxster brakes
Stiffen up the body. (MAYBE a roll-bar.)
Satin silver paint, blacked-out chrome, black satin rims...with colorful calipers.

I think I've found the right starting-point car (70-1.7 with carbs) so I'll drive it a bit while I'm stock-piling parts. That way I can start the project in earnest this winter while the snow falls.

I'm going to use the 901 side-shift trans I have in my basement to mount up to the EJ20 after I can locate a decent one. That way, I should be able to get everything right and then mount it up a lot easier after I drop the 1.7 out. (Best intentions...always lead to disappointment, but I'll try anyway.)

Things I learned the last time:

* Do the body work all the way up to the primer, then let a pro take it from there.
* It's much easier to work when you have a lot of light.
* Garage heaters are your friend.
* When in doubt...STOP and look for an answer. (Doubling your bad efforts never works.)
* Wearing those blue latex gloves alleviates embarrassing situations in meetings
* The search button is your friend. (Spelling is also...thanks Andy.)

Here we go!

UPDATE: I ended up with a 1975 with a V8 conversion as a starting point.

UPDATE 2: The engine I found had a good Trans on it, so I'm going to have a Subaru 5MT not a 901.

UPDATE 3: 350 is my new HP goal

UPDATE 4: I'm naming the project "Grey Matter" because the car is going to be a lot more than just a restoration. That...and project names are cool. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

UPDATE 5: April 17th is the "due date" to have it complete. Not as fast as my last build, but there is a LOT more to this one.
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post Aug 19 2013, 03:07 PM
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Here's what I'm shooting for as a color combo...but on a Carrera GT.

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post Aug 19 2013, 03:25 PM
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talk to dbcooper - seems he would have gone suby 6 if he were to do it over - unless I recall a post incorrectly.

though how cool is it to be running a closed deck suby with boost : )
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post Aug 19 2013, 05:33 PM
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I'm digging through a LOT of threads this week. Looks like I need to decide pretty quickly if I want the 901 transmission, or if keeping it will be more work than it's worth. The idea of buying a complete engine/trans combo that could bolt on a lot easier is appealing. The cable-shift transmission conversion is what has me puzzled right now. I need to plot/plan and talk to a few people first.

I guess Ian is on/returning from his honeymoon, so I'll hold off a few weeks before I make that decision.

Just ordered my steel flares and the rear floorboard. I KNOW I'll need that for either of the cars I'm looking at right now, so it was a safe bet to get them in sooner rather than later. Wish I could remember who I got the door panels from last time. I need to dig into that old email account and see if I can find it. Going to get the chassis stiffening kit too. Sad about Engman...he was a 1-stop-shop for a lot of the things I need this time around.
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post Aug 19 2013, 05:50 PM
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For that much power you should do a 5MT Subie trans...much better fit for your application. Bolts right up with no problem, no adapter required. We're all muddling through the cable shifter thing but many people have done it successfully. I'll be attempting it in a few weeks myself.
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post Aug 19 2013, 06:08 PM
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So what engine/trans combo should I be hunting for? I was looking at EJ20G, EJ20H, and EJ208 engines on eBay. There seem to be a lot of variances in what people here are using.

I'm also confused as to if I should be buying with/without the ECU.
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post Aug 19 2013, 06:13 PM
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Nevermind...figured out that the 5MT is about the ONLY trans that came with the EJ20.
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post Aug 19 2013, 06:21 PM
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Any 5MT will bolt up but you should look for one that was mated to a "turbo" car. The newer the better is the rule. Mine is from a stock 2006 WRX that had a 2.5T in it. I bolted it to a 3.3L SVX engine. Haven't driven it yet but it LOOKS REALLY GOOD!

Someone else will chime in on the engine piece I'm sure. EDIT: Get the ECU and engine wiring harness for sure.

Here's a thread you might want to check out. ON A PRIVATE ROAD some guy was embarassing kids in their Mustangs and GTOs with his lowly 914 2.0T. I'm sure it wasn't DBCooper though...he was just taping it. Note how quickly the 914 pulls away...

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post Aug 19 2013, 09:49 PM
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QUOTE(Chris H. @ Aug 19 2013, 08:21 PM) *

Any 5MT will bolt up but you should look for one that was mated to a "turbo" car. The newer the better is the rule. Mine is from a stock 2006 WRX that had a 2.5T in it. I bolted it to a 3.3L SVX engine. Haven't driven it yet but it LOOKS REALLY GOOD!


The idea of a bigger power plant is fun and all, but I've always been a fan of a 4-cyl turbo. I'm not going to be tracking the car at all, so the gain in HP for tooling around with one of my boys is what I'm aiming for. 3.3 would be a bit of overkill for...me anyway.

Just purchased the Boxster calipers and the adapters from Rich. Ordered the rear 1/2 of the floor pan, and Flares from AA. Looks like I'll be picking the car up Wed night to drive home. Should be fun!
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post Aug 20 2013, 11:44 AM
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Good to see you back!
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post Aug 20 2013, 12:49 PM
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QUOTE(Travis Neff @ Aug 20 2013, 01:44 PM) *

Good to see you back!


Thanks Travis!

Picking up my car tomorrow...assuming it makes the 120mi trip home!
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post Aug 29 2013, 11:12 AM
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So I'm stocking up parts already. Trying to use 914World members wherever possible.

1975 914 w/V8 (xsJerry)


3.5" 911 Struts (sebring66)
Boxster Brake Conversion (a914guy)
986 Brake Calipers (eBay)
Pontiac Solstice Rear-View Mirrors (eBay)
17" Boxster Rims (Cleveland Craigslist)
Steel Flares (dr914)
Fiberglass Rockers (dr914)
10-Piece Chassis Stiffening Kit (dr914)

Still waiting on a set of rotors to materialize that will work.

My assistant's boyfriend wrecked his 03 WRX, so I'm going to grab that motor/tranny and some other assorted parts in a few weeks. I'm not going to tackle the engine swap until the snow flies. At that point, I'll sell off the Renegade V8/901 combo or perhaps just sell the engine locally. (I may be able to just trade it to her BF for the Subaru engine.)

Here we go!
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post Aug 30 2013, 06:47 AM
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Parts are showing up every day...the car is still stuck in California. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/huh.gif)

Picked up rear-view mirrors for a Pontiac Solstice.

$85 Shipped...brand-new. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/aktion035.gif)

I'll need to modify them a little bit, but this should be a great starting point for a modern looking mirror.

Make sure you get the "Manual" version and not the electronic. They're the same price (imagine that) but these move a lot easier. (Guy down the street has one, and I tried moving the mirrors manually and they "clicked" across the servos.)



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Brakes arrived!

...and they're wrong. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)

I open box: Sweet!

I read the part numbers: Shit!

Here's what they sent me.

996.352.422 (RR)
996.352.422 (RR)
986.351.422 (RF)
996.352.421 (LR)

So I got 3 rears and a front. Doh!

Quick email to the seller, and they're going to send me the correct calipers, and take these back. Once I get them, I'll send the calipers and a few other pieces-parts off for powder coating.


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post Aug 30 2013, 06:53 AM
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Rims I picked up locally off of Craigslist.

$500 for all 4, but they have winter rubber right now, so that'll be fine for placement and the rest of this summer.

Front: 17x7.5 - 205/50-17
Rear: 17x9 - 255/40-17

Thinking about powder-coating them, but another member (jbyron) suggested I'd give PlasitDip a shot. They came out VERY cool...so I'm going to run them this year to see what it holds up like. Not bad for $5.


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The wheels look great. I am curious to see how they hold up. Is it just the regular rubber coating or is there a different one?
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post Aug 30 2013, 07:10 PM
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Just the regular PlastiDip Spray you buy from Home Depoti have the Glossifier spray too, and I'll put a coat of that on tomorrow.

My caps came in today...so I sprayed one to see what it looks like.


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Have you considered a vinyl wrap? Uniform colour and sheen. Plus some cool colours. That GT looks like vinyl.
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QUOTE(cwpeden @ Aug 30 2013, 09:12 PM) *

Have you considered a vinyl wrap? Uniform colour and sheen. Plus some cool colours. That GT looks like vinyl.


Funny...I asked that very question a few days ago...and that led me to the dip!

http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=218045

I've got 5-6 different colors of Vinyl on the way. I should have them soon so I can start testing both.
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Parts fairy showed up today...with a great delivery from the ATL.

Steel Flairs
Rear Chassis Stiffening Kit
GT Rockers

...still don't have the car. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)


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