Project 1968 Porsche 912 - Updates, detailed with PICS!

Discussion in 'Gearhead Garage' started by tweakmonkey, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i dont like steelies either, reminds me of missing hubcaps.
    that white one up there really makes it stand out as a gt/track racer.

    i like the red.
    why dont you get it repainted original color but this time you'll have gloss. i like that caramel peach color.

    just dont get green. please. no.

    this is clean
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    this is fuckin clean.
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  2. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    That blue color is awesome, pretty sure it's Ossi blue. That's also a Targa though. With that color I really like the Fuchs wheels. But I think the steelies will look nice on my car. We'll have to see I guess. :D

    The steelies -are- missing hubcaps. But the stock hubcaps are chrome and just look too VWesque for me. I like the plain style of the regular steelies, and they're definitely more race/rally looking which is a plus, especially with my desert camo paint job. They look more classic, IMO.

    If it's getting repainted, that's the color it'll be. That's down the road though.
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  4. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Picked up the wheels today... $270 for a set of 5 (incl tax). Tires were ordered at $340 for the set. I figure the Fuchs are worth $800-$1000, so even with mounting I'm going to come out ahead with free tires. I might need to paint them up a bit, but they're in good shape since they were spares.

    The weight is 16.7 lbs each. The wheels I currently have are quite a bit lighter at around 11.5-13 lbs each (kind of a bummer that they're getting heavier!). Still, I think it'll all work out. :)
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  6. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    They're not super exciting :) but here you go:
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    Powdercoat? Paint?

    Look nice.
  8. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Good choice. The car doesn't need any help looking pretty. Steel wheels give it a nice balance of smart looks and a car that gets driven.
  10. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I'll call our local powdercoater and see what it would cost. The paint's not bad, just dirty... and it's pretty heavy duty stuff. I could just put a couple coats of matching paint over it and I think it'll be good.

    Why the sad face, soldier?
  11. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    I'm a fuchs fan.
  12. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Me too.

    I knew with this project, there'd come a point where I did something that not everyone agreed with. I didn't expect it to come so soon! But I did know this would be that point. :D
  13. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Damn it's been a while since I updated this thread. Well, better pics are coming soon, but here's what's new...

    I cleaned up and painted those wheels, mounted the tires, and installed them. I took plenty of pics and I'll post those up later. They look pretty awesome, but need some dirt! Also I need to switch over the black lugnuts and paint the centers black. Pics coming soon of that... The wheels weighed about 6 lbs more each, but with tires that was another 3 pounds per corner (increasing weight by 9 pounds per corner, more than I had hoped for, but I think it'll look sweet). Here's how it sits before the final touches to the wheels:
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    It's really nice having the car on fresh new tires compared to many-year-old-hard-as-rock rotten ones with cracks. The brakes work a hell of a lot better now, too.

    I went to a Porsche swap meet on Sunday and scored some goodies. I also saw 20+ super clean 912s. There was even a Sand Beige, just like mine but 100% mint, with the same wheels (except polished and with hubcaps). I took this pic:
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    After looking at this car and many other nearly-mint Porsches, I wasn't feeling any remorse about ditching the Fuchs, as 90% of the cars there had Fuchs... And I didn't mind my flat paint. In fact, I really dig the vintage, worn-look more than ever now.

    And as I was leaving the car that caught my attention most was a forest green 912 that had some scratches, dings, etc., and the same wheels I've got... just plain steel wheels without hubcaps. It had plenty of miles on it, and the wheels had some rust and scrapes, etc. I thought this looked much cooler than mine even. Maybe I'll scuff them up a bit. :lol:

    Oh - the goodies I scored:
    -2x brand new Porsche brand T-shirts (Porsche has its own store and product line) @ $7.50 each. These retail for around $40 each.
    -Scratch-free, matching signal/parking lamps for the front of my car including housings. These usually go for $150-$200 each, I paid $40 for the pair. They're more faded than my passenger-side, but my driver side is almost completely faded... and these match perfectly. I'll clean up and sell my others and probably make a few bucks in the deal.
    -Air cleaner boxes for both sides. I bought these from a guy for $20 each also. One is in incredible shape including the paint. The other is still good w/o rust, but needs a little touchup paint. These really clean up the engine bay nicely.

    Pics of all this new stuff coming soon!
  14. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    If you get your wheels chromed and polished then I get the look you are going for and think it will look good (although I still prefer the fuchs).
  15. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    I just noticed that your trim around your lights are different then the restored one. Are you going to change them out (I say yes)?
  16. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I don't like chrome/polish.. the look I'm going for is the rugged old Porsche that's ready for anything. With the car lowered a bit, the contrast of the black on silver, and some wear/mileage on the wheels I think it'll look pretty good. The vision's in my head, I'll post pics along the way.

    Yep, euro-lights. The US ones are pretty ugly.. I'll evntually switch that out and still debating on blocking the foglights like he did, removing traffic bumper thing etc.
  17. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    LOL in that case I have no idea what direction you are going (style wise).
    :p
  18. tweakmonkey

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    Less bling and more classic German 911. Like these ones I posted before.
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    Out of 100 classic 911/912s I see, maybe 1 or 2 aren't 90%+ cars with either chrome hubcaps or Fuchs. I just want something different.
  19. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Now I get you. You appear to be going more for the racer/road style rather than the cruiser/show car/pretty classic car.

    That explains why you like the flat looking paint job.
  20. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Yes, definitely! It works out fine because I just don't have the funds for the show car stuff, this is the wrong base (being in the condition it started in) and I'd prefer a car I don't care so much about that I can park anywhere etc. But it'll definitely be a cruiser, no matter what motor it ends up with. :D
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    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Coming right along eh. Looks good.
  22. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Dan, when you get it all up to par, do you plan on doing any modifications to the engine to increase horsepower? I'm still totally jelouis and wanting to take a class to learn more about engines. I'm going to start saving for an old Porsche like yours or the other one you mentioned (914?).
  23. tweakmonkey

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    I probably wouldn't modify this engine. I'd get more to just sell it and buy a bigger one. You can swap any 911 motor into it, but I might put in either a fuel injected flat-4 from a 914 or maybe an mid-late 70s 911 motor.
  24. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    What kind of gas mileage would you get with a fuel injected flat 4?

    How reliable were those engines?


    I'm thinking about what kind of engine I want in my ghia and was thinking some form of fuel injected type. But I just want something super reliable and with decent gas mileage.
  25. tweakmonkey

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    I've been told with a 2.0L and fuel injection you could get nearly 40 MPG in a 914. The 912 gets about 20 around town and maybe 25-28 on the freeway - but that's when it's running perfectly... which with carbs is not most of the time. :) I'm sure it can't be worse. My car runs awesome and sounds cool with these Webers, but you can't beat fuel injection for reliability/efficiency/power/consistency.