In Part 1 of this a 1972 Porsche 914 conversion to a 914/6 GT race car, we show the car after media blasting and outlined all the work that we will be completing. Part 2 covers the restoration starting with the rear quarter replacement and alignment.
Now that our rear quarter panel has been replaced on the Porsche, we can advance to positioning our new 914/6 GT arches. The important part is getting the arches set into the ‘car line’ so they look as they were a part of the body when it left the factory.
The procedure below involves no high tech, expensive tooling to achieve this task, yet provides very satisfying results.
Photos of Porsche 914 fender flare removal
Remove original arch from body, remembering not to remove too much material.
Original fender panel removed.
New GT fender flare from Porsche to replace original.
It’s important to align the GT fenders in the ‘car line.’ Sharpie lines were drawn across from the doors and a gauge made to continue the line into the arch opening.
The ‘arch opening’ line is perfectly lined up with the body line template. This detail is critical to the quality of the end product.
Another view of the body line markings.
Once the GT arch is positioned in line with the template, the arch is held into position with clecos. It’s always a good idea to stand back and check from various angles that the positioning looks good before marking and cutting the remaining materiel on the body.
New Porsche 914/6 fenders in position
We repeated the above sequence for the remaining GT arches.
For more on this Porsche 914 to 914/6 GT conversion, see Part 1 where we show the car after media blasting and outlined all the work that we will be completing. Part 2 covers the restoration starting with the rear quarter replacement and alignment.