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I always thought it would be fun to take a 944 with a burned out engine and drop an aluminum small block in it. A roll cage, the aluminum window supports and a ricky racer type paint job - maybe a copy of Smokey Yunick's Chevelle? Could be a fun car and definitely would anger the purists out there.
 

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Porsches are for humorless stuck up snobs, Geeto don't do it. Except for 914s of course.
Humorless? I've got a great sense of humor!!


No mustangs. I've always wanted a long nose "toad, as Geeto calls them. My Dad rolled up the driveway in a brand new 1975 914 when I was a kid and that's what got me started. Over the years the family had three 914's, a 924 turbo (fun car) and a Super Beetle convertible. The first car I bought with my own money was a 1971 Ghia convertible. I guess I was an impressionable kid and the german stuff just stuck with me. I was always infatuated with the 1973 911 RS when I was a kid. I suppose thats why the older style appeals to me so much. I considered backdating my SC but it seemed like a lot of fluff just for teh look, besides that SC looked great as it was.

As much as I like the suby boxer in a 911 once you go that route the car is unsellable to all but a few, very few, select buyers who would appreciate it. I'm already wasting 300+ hp in the 996, and I never really used what the SC had, I'd be looking for something that is simply fun to drive and that I'm comfortable enough to work on. There are a ton of cars that fit that bill but I'm just drawn the the old porsches.
 

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Actually the guy who owns the 911 RSR is Chris Banning and if you want your life to be sucked away for days begin reading what I think is one of the most awesome gearhead threads on the internet:
What happened to the Mulholland "King of the Hill" RSR? - Pelican Parts Technical BBS.

I think I hate you for posting that link. When the hell am I going to sleep? I'm only on page 12 and there are 300+ pages.

A lot of the stories are from my "era" when I was into cars. I lived nowhere near there so that part isn't familiar, but I remember reading about it. I also remember a lot of the cars they are talking about, including a buddy's modded V6 Capri that he was very generous letting me use.

Fun times, fun times. I can't remember the last time I saw one of those Capris. I wonder if I'd still like it as much as I think I would? I am thinking about finding a project car after all...
 

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Tony had a very nice one of those, as I recall. Or at least the English version of it. I don't think they called it the Capri. If was probably called the Ford Hornswoggle or the Chipping Campden Saloon or something like that..
 

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Normally I am against mashups like this
I am just going to say this now....and really I am looking at Jag more than you Steve but it applies as well - Anybody who is against cross brand engine swaps doesn't understand hot rodding, performance vehicles, or really anything that is cool about playing with cars or bikes. They are just being snobs and idiots. Some of the greatest cars and bikes come from the idea of stuffing brand X's mill into Brand Y's chassis (see for example Triton, Bimota, Any Ford street rod made in the last 50 years, Fieros with v8 swaps, backdraft cobras, etc.....).
 

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there was an estate sale green capri on ebay last week - unmolested car but a project none the less. It didn't sell maybe you can contact the seller:

Mercury : Capri 2 Door Coupe in Mercury | eBay Motors

there is also a perfect 1985 model in MI on ebay as well:

Other Makes in Other Makes | eBay Motors

I saw the first one you listed - interesting but I can't buy another car until late this summer at the earliest. As for the second one, I had completely forgotten about the later generations of Capris. Not interested, they didn't look right to me.

WTF since starting to read that thread I've even been listening to some 70s music.

I need to get out of the house more. Spring can not get here fast enough...
 

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I always thought it would be fun to take a 944 with a burned out engine and drop an aluminum small block in it. A roll cage, the aluminum window supports and a ricky racer type paint job - maybe a copy of Smokey Yunick's Chevelle? Could be a fun car and definitely would anger the purists out there.
You give it the 924 Martini edition's paint job:


Honestly the 924 is the better swap canidate because the car is just flat cheaper. For some reason 944s have been creeping back up in price but everyone hates the 924. You do have to use the 944 transaxle though - unless you want to hunt down and swap a C5 corvette transaxle and pay a fortune for a swap cradle (which they do make for the 924 and 944).

Plus, there is something delightfully perverse about doing major damage to egos with something so universially despised as a 924. The car has 50/50 weight balance and honestly if they just badged it as a VW it would be a huge collector item right now, but because they badged it as a porsche everyone loves to shit on the 924. It's the same with e30 BMWs - the car is fucking brilliant but anybody who doesn't own one looks at those who does and writes off the car because the owners are of a certain type (again looking at you Jag).
 

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It's the same with e30 BMWs - the car is fucking brilliant but anybody who doesn't own one looks at those who does and writes off the car because the owners are of a certain type (again looking at you Jag).
I think most people consider e30 owners as car enthousiasts. Its the E46 and E90 that feel like you could probably replace their car with a Honda Accord and they might not even notice for a few weeks.
I thought people didn't consider the 944 a real Porsche because of the engine or something. Maybe i'm confusing with the 924.
928 was the v8 one right? To me, they all looked the same and i never paid them much attention. Prefered the starion and conquest to them.
 

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I think most people consider e30 owners as car enthousiasts. Its the E46 and E90 that feel like you could probably replace their car with a Honda Accord and they might not even notice for a few weeks.
I thought people didn't consider the 944 a real Porsche because of the engine or something. Maybe i'm confusing with the 924.
928 was the v8 one right? To me, they all looked the same and i never paid them much attention. Prefered the starion and conquest to them.
E30 owners get a lot of shit from other car "enthuasists" and I use that term loosely. I have heard the term douchebag from more than a few friends when I had one and I had a pretty mild convertible. Jag won't consider anything BMW for anything based solely on the owners and I just think that is crazy. I grew up with an uncle who had awesome canyon carving BMWs and some of my father's friends had gray market M cars (6 and 7 series) so I think they are awesome. Even some of the e36 cars were ok but I think that is the Generation where they went from being the most reliable engaging german car to cutting edge technology that requires a warranty recall every week. I had 2 E34 5 series cars (one a dark green 1991 M5) and positively loved them (even though the 530i v-8 was the biggest dog I ever saw). my trusty rusty 1976 2002Tii was one of the best cars that I owned in the 1990s and I got shat on for having that by everyone: my muscle car guys shat on me because it was euro and slow, other BMW guys shat on me because it wasnt a 3.0CS or a new e36, and other euro/jap guys used to just think it was an antique.

944s got shit on a lot even when new - the rear engine aircooled guys shat on them for being water cooled and having the engine in the wrong place, and being too heavy. The 928 guys shat on them because they were the "entry level" porsche, and everyone else shat on them because for some reason they had the build quality reputation of a mid 1970's camaro (and I have heard the 944 called the German camaro on more than one occasion). The 968 is an awesome car in every way and made great strides to recover the concept of a front engine rear drive porsche but notice that porsche doesn't really make one now with that architecture. People used to shit all over the 914 too because it was small and weird and not as cool looking as a karmen giha VW but was even less practical. I still can't take a 944 serious as a performance car and they styling is dated but for some reason they seem charming to me now. MY parent's neighbor has a real 930 factory race car (as a street car) and a 944 with 30,000 miles on it that he autocrosses and while I am impressed at how clean the 944 I just can't help but see it as a german camaro, and I like camaros.
 

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Not only do I hate BMW drivers, but the cars are massively over rated.
actually the best BMW still only gets a Meh rating from me
 

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Humorless? I've got a great sense of humor!!


No mustangs. I've always wanted a long nose "toad, as Geeto calls them. My Dad rolled up the driveway in a brand new 1975 914 when I was a kid and that's what got me started. Over the years the family had three 914's, a 924 turbo (fun car) and a Super Beetle convertible. The first car I bought with my own money was a 1971 Ghia convertible. I guess I was an impressionable kid and the german stuff just stuck with me. I was always infatuated with the 1973 911 RS when I was a kid. I suppose thats why the older style appeals to me so much. I considered backdating my SC but it seemed like a lot of fluff just for teh look, besides that SC looked great as it was.

As much as I like the suby boxer in a 911 once you go that route the car is unsellable to all but a few, very few, select buyers who would appreciate it. I'm already wasting 300+ hp in the 996, and I never really used what the SC had, I'd be looking for something that is simply fun to drive and that I'm comfortable enough to work on. There are a ton of cars that fit that bill but I'm just drawn the the old porsches.
That kind of family history in Porsche and VW cars means that only the ownership of vintage Fiat can instill humility and sense of humor in you.
 
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