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More Turtledeck Mold Making

With the mold for the driver’s side complete, it was time to do the passenger side. Pictures show my improving mold making skills! Unfortunately, I didn’t use enough mold release and the mold bonded to the body at one point on the turtle deck. I was forced to destroy the mold to get it to […]

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Progress, Against All Odds

Last week the clouds parted, the sun shone, and I had time to work on the 914 again. After much carving, shaping, eye-balling and reshaping, I was finally pleased with the shape I’d worked out for the fillet on the turtle-deck. The fillet covers the hole left behind by the now absent b-pillar, lost when […]

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Shaping the Body

The 914 has reached a really exciting phase. It’s starting to take the shape I’ve been daydreaming of. After a lot of trial and error, several failures, it finally dawned on me to form the shape of the car with industrial modeling clay. The same clay professional designers use to prototype and mock-up their own […]

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Deleting Pop-ups

I’ve read it somewhere that the Porsche 914’s pop-up headlights were added added as an afterthought to meet regulations for the US market. I don’t know how much truth there is to that story, but the 914’s pop-ups never really looked well suited to the car. Pop-ups in general have never held much appeal to […]

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Building A Racing Seat: Third Try

When writing my last post on the racing seat build, I forgot to include the pictures of my very first attempted build. My original idea was to build a seat plug I could mold a composite seat from. I build a basic frame patterned from the 914’s original stock seats and started building up plaster […]

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Up, From Down Under

Mid-engine cars, awesome as they are, the engine sits behind a nearly impenetrable barricade of bodywork and suspension components. Otherwise simple maintenance tasks become an exercise in frustration. Even when sitting on jackstands, changing the little Porsche’s oil requires the crawling skill of a contortionist. Considering the engine requires a valve adjustment every 3000 miles, […]

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Try and Try Again

Chopping the targa top off the 914 was the easy part. Figuring out how to put it back together is the fun part. Over the last year, ( yes it has been a year), I have been obsessing over what to do about the area of the body where the b-pillar used to be. Here’s […]