Possible engine swaps for 87' Porsche 911?

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#1

Is it possible to drop in a VW Type 1 or 4 aircooled engine in my project 911? I like the idea of ‘less is more’ horsepower, kind of 912esque. I also think the lighter engine would contribute to a better balanced car. I eventually will replace it with a proper 911 soul but I’m not too keen on spending a large chunk of my budget for this car on a new 3.2. My main thing is I don’t want to be breaking out the Sawzall at all on this.


#2

I’m sorry , but this makes no sense to me . You have a collector vehicle and if you modify it to hold a VW engine and even return the right engine you will have lowered the value.


#3

My plan is to install the engine without modifying any Sheetmetal or the chassis. I’m not sure how this would effect the resale value when re-installing a stock motor. Ultimately, there would be no way of telling and I doubt anyone would really care.


#4

You said it is a project so what is the hurry . It sounds like you have time to rebuild the original motor.


#5

That’s the sad part though, previous owner was the “Por$che=investment” type and deferred proper maintenance and it overheated and cracked the block and internals to toast. It’d cost me as much if not more to buy a new one versus rebuilding the toasty one.


#6

I would make it my project to gradually acquired the needed parts from car shows/swap meets/recycle shops, etc. Go to a Porsche forum and ask around for ideas on how to get a running engine back in your 911. I bet you’ll find a number of enthusiasts willing to help. It doesn’t need to match the year, many 911 aircooled engines can swap. But the thought of putting a noisy wheezy VW engine in a 911 just is a no-go for me.


#7

I’d start by finding a copy of the magazine Dune Buggies and Hot VW’s They’ll have several advertisers who sell new VW type 1 compatible engines, intended as replacement engines for 1960’s and 70’s VW air cooled Beetles. Call up a few of the advertisers and ask your question. I expect they’ll know, or will direct you to somebody who does. If an 87 911 is air cooled, I expect the answer is “yes”, that will work, but may need some add’l adapter hardware. Expect some challenges. I have a friend who owns a 69 912, and every time I see him he goes on and on about his carburetors … lol …