Restore or Modify?

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Asked by Oct 03, 2008 at 12:50 PM about the 1976 Porsche 914

Question type: Car Customization

Alright,
I'm hainvg trouble making up my mind on what to do.

I have a 1976 Porsche 914 that I've blown the motor on.  I'm trying to decided if I want to take the opportunity to restore the car.  (94mm bore x 71 mm stroke with stock d-jet) or modify it.

I can make about 80-90 bhp on a stoke rebuild if done right.

Or if I hotrod it I'm going to pull unneeded weight out and increase power.  The setup I'm thinking of for a non-original motor, will put out hopefully about 160-175bhp with a car weighing roughly 2050.  ~12.1 Ib/hp
Standard here seems to be Honda fans, so compare to a 09 Civic Si 197 at 3000 so ~15.2 ib/hp

In either case I'm stripping the car down to the tub and repainting and rewiring so this is several months and several thousand dollars down the road, but I need to decide since if I got original, there are several nearly unubtanium pieces, out of the 76 d-jet system which is slightly different than the 75 djet, that I need to keep an eye out for.

It should be noted that this 76 is matching numbers, and a '76 48 state legal non-catalyzed verified on both the door sticker and the '925' engine tin.  As best I can tell about half the '76 were shipped without the smog equipment...  So 1 of maybe 2100 of it's kind...

I'm asking here since on 914 or Porsche fan sites you get very biased answers...

FYI my power numbers are fairly conservative...

1 Answer

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ditch that engine for a chevy 350 it should bolt in with little mods to the car although with gas the way it is now you might be better off keeping the origanal engine and tweaking it

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