Where U bin Dog?


I know it’s been a while, and you guys may be wondering wtf is up.  To tell the truth, I’ve been having a blast driving this car.  A bunch has happened since I last posted.

Mad props to NoFuel for lending a hand and a driveway changing out the master brake cylinder and helping find the gremlin making the engine run rich.  Thanks bro.  I got the power bleeder in and bled the brakes last Saturday.  I just have to adjust the free play in the pedal to finish that system.  Woot!  The bronze pedal cluster busings are pure butter compared to what we pulled out.

I got the branch piece on the passenger side properly clamped up and now the heat will nearly burn you up.  I found the perfect material to secure the heat exchanger end where my clamp just wouldn’t fit right.  Copper roof flashing.  I didn’t make any measurments on the piece, but it extended about 3/16ths on the branch side, and ~1 1/2″ on the exchanger side, and as wide as I could conform to the U shaped clamp.  The flashing was easily flared on the branch side.  I used a flat head screw driver and a vise to stamp a locking ridge on the exchanger side.  At any rate, it clamped up great.  I still have to finish the drivers side, but it’s pretty solid as it is now.  The passenger side was loose on the exchanger side and was the cause of much squeaking.   No squeaks now.

Oh, I got a Hula girl just behind my left ear in the read window.  She never stops grooving, only when it’s parked.

I installed the fog light flasher module.  That is a definite must if your 914 can’t do this.  The hardest part was removing and reinstalling the fog light dash switch.  Other than that is was plug and play, srsly.  Now, when I hit the high beam switch, the fog lights flash, and they stay on as long asI hold the lever in.  It works like this until you actually pop the head lights, then the lever acts like it normally would.  Also, I can now turn my fog lights on with the dash knob without poping the head lights, works with the running lights on as well.  Perfect for near dusk lighting.  I have to angle both of mine up a tad.

Oh, I installed a foolie switch for the radio.  I found a retro looking switch (DPDT I think) and the dash already had the hole I needed.  The common connection goes to the AUX power lead on the radio, one side goes to the constant 12V, the other to the cig lighter fuse port (which powers on with the key set to “ON).  When it’s switched down, it’s on the switched power lead.  When it’s up, the constant 12V lead fools the radio into thinking the car is running.  That’s pretty much all it does.  It does however keep the coil from burning up if the engine isn’t actually running.  Don’t ask how I found out about that.

I’m making a replacement for the center cushion.  What this car really lacked was cup holders.  That may at first seem kind of stupid, but trust me, try going about your day without using the cup holders.  I found a pic on the webz that got me inspired.  I don’t have too much woodworking experience, and no box making skills, so I got to looking at the center seat box/cushion assembly.  The seat and box are connected with a piano hinge with three screws on the seat.  The box I wanted to use for storage.  I found a basic formed plastic cup holder, change cage, knick knack front box and an area for about 10 music CD cases.  It was small enough, but would require some trimming for what I needed.  Currently I have the base seat replacement laminated with a center dado channel on the top piece facing down.  I then drilled an access hole underneath of where the plastic tray would be mounted.  More on that later.  I’ll be veneering the ply with walnut.  I have the top aft portion covered in  an 1/8th of matching grain walnut, but it’s only rough sanded.  I was working on this this past Sunday.  It was getting late, so I decided to stop and try what I had to see if I pursue this line of work.  As it turns out, I think I’m starting to get used to the new feel.  Two is all that’s going to get this this car at any given time.  The cup holder works great.  Best to put it on the passenger side, a medium kind of starts getting in the way.  I think I’m going to finish this project, and I’m looking forward to seeing the dark wood finish of the walnut.

If it’s not cold this weekend, I should be getting inthe rest of the sway bar bushings.  I’m hoping this will eliminate the annoying rattle whenever I hit any bump in the road.  Just have to see.

One gremlin that came up was the fact that my output shaft seals are leaking.  I’m going to need to drain the tranny, pull the CV joints and half shafts to replace the shaft seals.  I got the tools and parts to get it done, but I just havent gotten a good day to dive into that.  I hear it’s pretty common, and fairly easy to fix.  I just need to get motivated.  I keep an eye on the oil level, and I carry more oil and the tool to pull the plugs.  A 17mm allen.  That’s a pretty big allen wrench.  A big shout out to Dave and his son.  We met at the Advance store and talked 914’s for quite a while.  I now know that the CV bolt tool is not a 12 point torx.  It is however an 8mm triple square.  And it’s a very high torque wrench design.  It also is the CV tool for the 911’s and 944’s.    At any rate, I gotta get those seals swapped out.

Finally found what was making the hot idle pop so much.  I thought it was a stuck open cold start valve, and went so far as to put a cut off valve on the cold start valve fuel line off the driver side rail.  But that wasn’t it.  At least now I have a way of testing it.  A main manifold pressure sensor would make it rev idle, and it wasn’t doing that.  I checked and verified a number of other things, but it boiled down to adjusting the throttle switch and retiming the ignition.  As it was initially set, the throttle switch was right on the break point when the throttle was fully closed.  That point should be at 2 degrees open on the butterfly valve.  Essentially, at idle the brain thought the throttle was opening and increased the fuel flow to accommodate more air flow, and thus making idle run rich and chuff alot when idling at temp.  It also dropped the idle to between 400 and 900 rpm (cold to hot).  I’ll have to put a good tack on it to get firmer numbers, but it idlea stupid slow now.  Makes the hula girl dance a bit.  Retiming it also made a world of difference.  I’m pretty sure it was horribly advanced, judging from the steroidesque rumblings of something more like a beast of a cam, and sporting another pair of cylinders.  Although that kind of sounds cool, but try ordering lunch at the drive through.  I’m still getting a little chuff every so often at a hot idle, but nothing to bitch over.  I’m not so sure about a couple of spots though.  Some throttle settings seem to richen up at point that they shouldn’t.  I’d love to find another throttle switch to test.

I guess that this has been kind of epic.  To those that are still reading, thanks.

2 Responses to “Where U bin Dog?”

  1. Maydog75 says:

    Nice, I needed something intresting to read anyways. My post would read like this, “I sat here for 2 hours, no customers. I farted, played with the Jesus phone. No customers. Farted again, walked to the front window watched it rain. No customers…” You get the picture. So yes please give me something to read. Oh on a better note the 911 will be ready on Friday!

  2. E-Dog says:

    Sweet! I can’t wait to see that paint.

    I know what you mean by business. Last month wasn’t a good month for us either.

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