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Old 09-10-2003, 11:46 AM   #16
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Thanks, I can't wait to hear back.
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Old 09-13-2003, 08:38 PM   #17
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okay, talked to my brother and all that and here's the story...... forget the WRX engine, if at all possible go with an older 911 engine and also forget the new 911 engine or a V8, and here's why....

a 914 is extremely light, a new 911 turbo engine would be way too much, you'd need to modify way too much, you do not need the power that those put out, again the 914 is very light car.... and in a couple of words a V8 is too much, it's gonna involve way too many mods, you'd need to re-work the whole car.

Your best bet is a 70's 911 engine or maybe an early 80's. I believe the 914-6 had a late 60's engine. But the bottom line on an engine would be a late 60's RS engine out of a 911, if you got that you would be god in that car. If you can't get that go for no newer than prolly '85 911 flat 6 engine. That way you won't need too many mods if any.

As for the suspension question you had, DEFINITLY... 911 parts will generally work on the 914 in terms of suspension, now i was told to get BMW suspension also, i don't knwo if that's a brand of porsche or if that's actually BMW stuff, that'd be something to look into, but 911 suspension will work on the 914 and is a great and highly sought after upgrade.

So basically to overview, what you want is an old 911 engine, and that will be plenty of power to smoke a lot of people and make them look really stupid. 911 suspension is a go. and if you find a late 60's 911RS flat-6 engine... you are god.
-also, lemme know where you're located and I'll see if i can find a good place to take it to to get the work done if you don't plan on doing it on your own.... if you can on your own find either a porsche dealer, they would probably do it for you... or if you can find a brumos in your area that would be great (www.brumosporsche.com) , brumos could also help by giving you advice or tips, they're usually pretty good about that...... good luck
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Old 09-14-2003, 03:04 PM   #18
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Okay, I'm located in Lubbock Texas. So the older 911 is just drop in? Would I have to change mounting or anything? thanks.
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Old 09-14-2003, 03:14 PM   #19
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Also were they sawing that the WRX engine isn't possible at all? or just really difficult? Any suggestions on how/where to find the 911RS flat-6 engine?
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Old 09-14-2003, 08:10 PM   #20
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no idea, try to find one though if you can.... but again, any older 911 flat-6 engine should work, and im not sure about if you'd need to change engine mounts.... possibly but it shouldn't be hard other than the fact that it's hard to get around in that engine compartment.
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Old 11-23-2003, 01:47 AM   #21
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Ok, seems a couple of things are still somewhat unclear:

1)Yes, 911 suspension parts are widely used among 914 people. BMW 320 calipers are also used very often to increase swept area.

2)No, any engine that's not stock is not a "bolt in". But there are VERY good kits for the Chev V8 as well as older 911 engines. Any flat 6 over 3.0 liters is not recommended and will require serious work. The 2.7 and 3.0 make good transplants though. The tranny will take ~230 hp stock so long as you don't abuse it (the 901 sideshift that is).

3)Avoid water-cooled engines at all cost. They require significant modifcations to hook up a cooling system. The only reason I recommend the V8 (renegadehybrids.com) is because their kit is widely known as excellent. Don't go for the EJ25. I hear the VW 1.8T hooks up well, though I can't confirm.


I just can't wait till I can find a decent 914 on my own during my co-op work term. I need money. And a decent selection of 914s.
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Old 12-02-2003, 04:44 AM   #22
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Ha ha.. good stuff here.

The PARTS alone to install a 911 6 cyl into a 914 will run you close to 4K plus the engine costs.

There are two ways to install the engine.. one involves a cheapass bolt in crossbar and the other is the industry standard weld in mount.

You will need:
.a 9146 oil tank (580$) (all 911 engines are semi dry sump) The aftermarket Vellios tank is crap and not baffled correctly.

.engine cooling tin (have to keep the hot exhaust air seperate from the colling air for the fan) steel= 600$ fiberglass replica=450$

.exhaust will have to be purchased or 100% fabbed. factory 9146 heat exchangers will run you 1000$ if you want heat. Headers can be had for 550$ plus a muffler at 250$ or so.

.most engines over 2.7 liter will need a front mounted oil cooler (like all the 911's have in some form or fashion) figure 500-800$ depending on what you 'kludge" together.

.oil cooler. The 9146 had a special oil cooler mounted to the engine that was based on the 911 cooler. You can modify a stock 911 cooler (150$) and make it work. Stock 9146 oil coolers typically run 600$+

oil lines. the 9146 used 4 lines that where specific to the car. 1 hard line and 3 "soft" lines. Replica lines will run you 400$ Factory lines will run you 1600$

Be careful with what you spew... installing a SBC in a 914 is hell of lot easier than installing a 911 engine. The only thing that has to be cut is the front trunk for a radiator.. sometimes.. the rear trunk needs a notch for the dizzy.. but not all dizzy's require this.
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Old 01-30-2005, 08:56 PM   #23
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Re: Buying a Porsche 914

I am in pretty much the same boat as dragonphreak except that I don't have hook-ups to a new engine. Nor do I have mechanical expertise. Would you all suggest that I shell out 6-10K for a 914 in very good shape or just ditch the idea of getting one altogether. Both my brother and my dad had one of these and I have been wanting one for years.
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Re: Buying a Porsche 914

Even if I can find one in perfect shape, how much of a money pit is this going to be?
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:11 PM   #25
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Re: Buying a Porsche 914

I found a nice 914 here on ebay
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