|This winter I will be having my 914 repainted so I thought this was a
good time to get a service cover to protect the new paint from tools and grease. Well it
seems service covers are available for 944s and 911s but not for 914s,
so I set out to make one. The end result cost about $10 to make. The "deluxe,
two-tone" version took less than two hours to cut and sew. An "economy"
version, costing no less in materials, but less in time, could be made in 20 minutes or
so, but might not hold up quite as well.
The measured drawing shows the pattern we used. I say "we" because credit is due for my wifes sewing skills which were a key to our "deluxe" version. The photo will help you see how the cover lays on the car and what a "two tone deluxe cover" looks like.
You will need three running yards of "S/C Vinyl" which should be 54" wide. S/C Vinyl is a very flexible vinyl material that has a soft backing material. We found this a Walmart for $3.23/yard. Two strong flat magnets are also needed to hold the front side edges of the cover to the car. I found some "rare earth" magnets at a surplus store for only a quarter a piece. (Got a few extra to put on my oil filters to catch any metal in the oil). I imagine the donut magnets available at Radio Shack and other places would also work, but they are not nearly as strong.
The "economy" version of the cover is made by simply placing all of the vinyl over the back of the car, marking and cutting. You can either cut from the pattern, and hope for the best, or use this stepwise marking and cutting procedure on (and near) the car:
The big difference between and "economy" and "deluxe" cover is finishing the edges with rolled hems (thicker lines on the diagram) and adding bar tacks (sewing back and forth) to reinforce the corners from tearing. Our cover is two-tone simply because Walmart did not have a continuous 3 yard piece of black vinyl the day we shopped for it, but after all, it looks pretty fancy having two colors... (The pre-finishing dimensions of the side (tan) pieces are 55" x 18" and for the center (black) piece is 58 ¼" x 53"). See finished product, Figure 3 and Figure 4.
The dimensions on the diagram are finished dimensions (but I would still use the chalk method rather than just cutting directly from the pattern). For the "deluxe" version, add ½" inch for each rolled edge and seamed edge.
You may also want to add a softer backing, such as mattress pad material, to the top part covering the trunk to prevent tiny dents from tools which leave your hands prematurely.
This was a great project to share with my wife Jill (without her help it would have been very "economy") and reduced the amount of time she is spending these days as a "914 widow" while I work on the car.
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