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> 914 GT 3.6 Ferrari Build, - Mechanicals coming along, electronics soon!
tygaboy
post Apr 22 2022, 01:58 PM
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Hi 914 World -
A bit of an intro, if you'll indulge me.
I've always been a believer in fate and karma. A believer in serendipity. A believer that the universe presents thing to us for a reason. Sometimes good, sometimes not. Fortunately, the journey of adventure I'm about to begin is one of the good ones!

Maybe a year or so ago, @Krieger Andy calls and says he has a buddy looking to buy a rear valance for a 914 and do I have one I'd sell. I said that I do, give my contact info to your friend. A few days later, this guy calls and we arrange for him to come by the Red Barn and see if the valance meets his needs. He arrives and we start "the dance of the car guys"! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) He talks about his car experiences, I talk about mine. We talk 356s. We talk 911s. We talk 914s. Obviously, we have a ton in common, including a love for my LS build. He pours over my car, noticing not only the big stuff, but all the little things I've done, too. On this day, he buys the valance and we agree we'll stay in touch. And we do!
Over the course of the following months, he stops by pretty regularly, I visit his place and it's clear that beyond the car stuff, he's a good guy, we get along well and we're going to be friends.

So, one day, we're chatting about RacerBenz. my 2001 Mercedes CL500, Corvette suspension, mid engine, center seat track car build. Yes, I know, a horrific waste of time and money. But anyway, I say "What would be cool is to build "Benzo Ferrari! Find a Ferrari engine and trans and..." He interrupts and says "I have one! From a 360 Modena. And the trans, harnesses, ECUs, etc. I'd love to see it get used for something. Why don't you come get it?"

Wait, what? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

Fast forward to last week where I do just that. Here's what's in the Red Barn now: 3.6 liters, 400 hp and 275 lb/ft of Italian automotive porn.


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post Apr 22 2022, 01:58 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:02 PM
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As those who've followed my LS build know, I'm a sucker for what I call "style points". You can imagine how long I sat in the shop just staring at this contraption. It is spectacular. The finishes look so purposeful. It really does look like it was plucked from a race car, not a production car.

It's sitting there and all I can think is "there's just no way it'd fit in a 914".
But at the same time, there's my car, drive train out for the latest round of upgrades. How could I not at least try?


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post Apr 22 2022, 02:03 PM
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Hmmm, this looks more promising than I expected.


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post Apr 22 2022, 02:03 PM
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QUOTE(76-914 @ Apr 22 2022, 12:58 PM) *


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That is a Monstrous engine!
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:06 PM
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Well, would you look at that! It fits. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/aktion035.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/piratenanner.gif)


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post Apr 22 2022, 02:07 PM
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QUOTE(Root_Werks @ Apr 22 2022, 01:03 PM) *

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That is a Monstrous engine!

@76-914 @Root_Werks You're right, I do need help. What time can you be here? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/poke.gif)
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:08 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:14 PM
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But wait, it gets better!
I forward these pics to the engine owner and we talk, basically agreeing "I'm in if you're in!" But, I tell him, while it looks good in the pics, to REALLY make it work, I'd have to chop all that rear X-bracing out of my chassis. And I'm not going to do that.

He reminds me that he has a '72 914 chassis with GT flares, metal finished valances and rockers, chassis stiffening on the longs, 5-lug and essentially ready for paint.
We went and looked at it today. It's as nice a chassis as I've ever seen.


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post Apr 22 2022, 02:16 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:22 PM
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So. There it is: the next build.
There is one major thing that could bring this to a screeching halt. Most critically, the very first step is the engine is going to a Ferrari expert for a quick look-see. If there are any show-stoppers, this engine is this chassis won't happen. Should that be the case, the good news is there's a Porsche 3.6 sitting in the wings.

So, no chassis cutting is happening until we know the Ferrari engine, she is good!
We hope to have that done in the next couple weeks. And assuming it's all a GO, my outrageous goal is:

Debut the running/driving car at Red Rocks Classic in Sept.

Wish me luck!
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:24 PM
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That is a Monstrous engine!

@76-914 @Root_Werks You're right, I do need help. What time can you be here? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/poke.gif)

How does 2:30 work Chris? Say around July 2024. Busy until then. Can't wait to hear it run. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Apr 22 2022, 02:38 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 03:56 PM
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This is going to be amazing! Hope it stays the factory color.
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post Apr 22 2022, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE(markhoward @ Apr 22 2022, 02:56 PM) *

This is going to be amazing! Hope it stays the factory color.

@markhoward Mark - Interesting, as you already know, in that the COA shows it as Paint to Sample / 9990. The paint tag supports this, too. No specific color called out but the factory color looks like Raspberry.


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post Apr 22 2022, 04:36 PM
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That’s some of the best valance work I’ve seen!

I’m completely down for this project!!!!

And there is so much room on either side of the engine for a pair of GT35 turbos… (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post Apr 22 2022, 05:02 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 05:40 PM
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I would put a Porsche six in the flared 914 and build a tube frame car without any bodywork to showcase the engine.
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post Apr 22 2022, 06:17 PM
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post Apr 22 2022, 06:25 PM
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It's all my fault! Two wild and crazy guys (IMG:style_emoticons/default/lol-2.gif)

@Krieger Andy - first it's suggesting my cross-member mod, next this match making! I sooooo owe you!
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