Monday, March 18, 2013

10k: Clean Engine Swap Pormaro: 1974 Porsche 914 w/ LS1 V8 Swap

The GM Generation III small block (known commonly by the name of its alloy block Camaro/Corvette engine version, the LS1) is one of our favorite engines to shove into the front/back/middle/side of just about anything with wheels.  Mount it in the center of a Teutonic two-seater and achieve automotive nirvana. Care to sample this formula? Then check out this 1974 Porsche 914 with GM LS V8 swap for sale in San Luis Obispo, CA for $12,750 via craigslist.

The Porsche 914 was an Audi/Porsche collaboration project that eventually morphed into a pure Porsche badged (but Audi built) two seater, powered by the VW Type 4 aircooled boxer.  The 914 is known for its nimble handling, decent build quality and blaty-blaty flat-four Beetle-esque sound track...but not this V8 powered Pormaro.

 The seller describes the engine setup as "the best out there. Super clean, no shortcuts, and runs great."
 It looks extremely well done in the photographs, complete with proper ECU mounting, fantastic wiring discipline and a focus on presentation that shows this was built by no ordinary craftsman.  This was the work of a detail obsessed maniac who poured his heart and soul into the setup...a huge plus compared to the some of the weekend '6-pack swaps' we've seen recently.  The seller mentions the engine displaces 4.8 liters, meaning it is the Vortec 4800 LR4, the smallest V8 in the family and not technically an LS1...but closely related and puts out 295 horsepower.

The single interior photograph also shows a clean interior without the typical relay under-the-dash hanging ornaments you see on the run of the mill 914.  It would be nice to see a few more photos of this 914 because the amount of fabrication time in this car looks to be impressive.

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  1. Very well done swap. I want to see more pictures just to drool over the attention to detail.

  2. Wondering how well the chasis?unibody can handle the power w/o twisting? ...and what was done to the suspension to handle the extra mass/power/distribution etc.?

    1. Many cars don't have much chassis/frame work done but the nice cars have extensive framing. The factory car is fine for 100 HP but don't hold up well carrying the weight and power. Here is my second V8
      914 being built.

    2. ~ Very well planned and executed, driveability !

  3. ~ there are two houses which specialize in Porsche V8 swaps; Desert Hybrids in Tuscon, AZ. who do many 914 cars. and Renegade in Lost Wages, NV. who lean more toward 911 conversions. . the heavy lifting and corollary homework has all been done. it is just a matter of tweaking an individual unit once you have selected your approach.


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