So this 914 project started as a desire to build a kit car, something with a v8 but small and light and crazy lambo doors with big brakes and a manual transmission. After seeing how much work it takes I decided to shortcut the complete car fab process. I really wanted to have more of a creative side to fabricating parts and really having fun but not start from scratch. A local friend had a few 914's and was willing to sell me one that needed a lot of work.
It ran and drove but needed some TLC. I googled for a day or so and decided I would buy a LS6 from a 2004 z06 vette. I called the team at Renegade and bought a starter package to get me moving. LS6 with boxsterS 6 speed and lots of conversion goodies.
I started fabbing up the gullwing doors while I waited for the parts to arrive. Yes I said gullwing doors, or frakengullwingdoors. I know people may not like it but they work and I had fun so far. I will slowly add some progress pics and document the process. I am sure I will have a few questions and welcome any tips or suggestions.
Here is the part of the build....
A few Questions for the brake experts...
What should I do for front brakes. I converted the rear to 5 lug, and want to do the same for the fronts. Looking at getting struts and possibly boxsterS calipers?
Can someone give me some ideas. I have not purchased anything yet. Trying to get a solid plan and then start sourcing parts.
From the looks of it...not your first rodeo.
Scott and Renegade team are good folks.
LS6 + Boxster trans
Liking this one, build what you want
Not that I'm up to doing this but I'd like to see some more of those Gullwing doors.
excite to see the build as it progresses
See, I told you that you would fit right in and get good answers to your questions.
Here's the build thread I said you needed to look at:
The question with gullwing doors is, if you flip over, how do you get out?
"The question with gullwing doors is, if you flip over, how do you get out?"
well...ofcourse through the escape-hatch in the floor, which will be on top then.....
This is going to be fun. Can’t wait to se more
A big thank you to everyone for help with the brakes. Started on the rears this week. Decided on the boxster brakes and using Rich Johnsons kit.
Lots of great threads on how to do all these removal and installs. I tried searching as much as I could. I appreciate all the suggestions and I am really happy with the how the new setup is going.
Definitely a well engineered kit.
Yep, like that!
And now that we helped you, you OWE us. Our first demand is to see pics and written details about the gull wing doors.
Don't make me come to your house...
Ok that is a fair request. I will detail my door build and post some pics tomorrow.
Do not give Chris @http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=19241 any extra ideas for his build, he needs to stay on track to making it a driver by 9-14-2020
Ok for the Gullwing Update. Here are the steps.
1: Remove targa top and cut in half.
2: weld in doors support bars from front windshield frame to rear roof to hold doors.
3: remove oem doors from hinges
4: build a metal skeleton and attach to door.
5: connect and shape accordingly to allow door to freely swing up.
6: attach hinges to door support bars
7: test out 18 gas shocks for lift characteristics. Goal is to have the door be neutral or weightless at every angle. 2x46104 and 1x4699 for each door should do the trick.
8: weld in supports on center tunnel to hold the 3rd (4699) shock
9: add bracing until door does not flex.
10: weld in new lock mechanism on base of door and a striker on the door sill.
11. relocate the internal door handle the external latch still works fine.
12: I will add to these as I continue to build them out... each door takes about 4 hours to get to this point.
Working on getting the engine installed and test fired. Redoing all fuel lines next. Got the tank out (which looks very clean - inside and out)
This weekend my friend Don reprogrammed the LS6 ecu. I wanted the VATS removed but he insisted that about 30 other items needed to be corrected to allow this engine to run. Very cool to see what he is capable of doing. I plan on taking the car there and having him re-tune it on the dyno once everything is installed and the car is drive-able or dynoable.
Adding a sneak peek of my next upgrade. 914 pop-up to 911 led headlights... if people don't yell at me for the gull-wing doors this might push a few over the edge to say something. If anyone needs a complete working headlight setup with trim and motors just let me know. I plan on listing them this week.
Hope you enjoy the update.
getting ready to test "fit" the engine . very exciting.
Wow, how did I not notice this build? Great progress and some interesting ideas. From the looks of it, you go this. Welcome to the World. Keep the progress pictures coming please.
Nice build thread. You are making some pretty quick progress
I just picked up a Boxter S transmission with the LS adapter and I was considering an LS 3. It's all new to me so I am curious why you chose an LS6?
Well I had some time over the weekend to finish up the brakes. 914rubber sent me out a new upgraded 911 master cylinder and the team at Renegade got a bunch of final build parts delivered before the weekend.
The Renegade G86.20 clutch kit is almost as sweet as the transmission mount they fabricate.
I also got a bunch of help from James on the Koni shocks and springs that will work on the setup.
Chris at Tangerine made up some fuel lines for me and Chuck at Elephant racing helped source some final bumpstop components around the turbo tierods.
I also am going to weld in Brads, Chassis repair panels which arrived before I even thought I purchased them. 914limited really makes a substantial product. I cant wait to get these fitted properly.
For you LS guys that like the stock headers I met the owner Dan at vetteworks in oregon. Awesome guy and so many 1 of a kind parts for these swaps.
I mounted up the fenders and like everyone suggested I really needed to expand the stock GT flares. About 4"s more to achieve room for growth and full wheel travel. I wanted to be wide but also 98% steel. The rear of the car is currently 74" fender to fender.
I definitely made some extra work for myself here but the metal fab is really fun and I am going to see how much of this I can do on my own. Lots of paper, tracing and cutting, bending, welding and grinding, but I am giving myself 30 days till I fire this thing up for its first test drive.
The front headlight is starting to take shape. I have the drivers where I want it. Now to build the harness and connect the fender.
The doors are working very nice and I cant wait to start skinning them.
Here are some pictures.
I love it so far!!!
Can't wait to see this monster done. Love the vision.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=24593 you’re a sick individual! And I like it .....
Wild build, I dig it.
The 911 headlights don't look that bad...the front bumper on the other hand
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