2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S
LS Swapped Madness
Many moons ago I had a 2001 Porsche 996 C2 that I customized all the way with suspension, Turbo brakes, supercharger, and many many more modifications. It was awesome and I fell in love with driving a Porsche.
Since then, I had always wanted to get back into one and in April, 2023 one locally came up with a blown motor and I jumped at the chance to do an LS Swap project.
It now has a L76 from a 2009 Pontiac G8 and after some upgrades it did 492 HP and 422 ft-lbs of torque on the dyno. Lots of more fine tuned fixes this winter to come.
2009 GM L76
GM Performance Cam
422 ft-lbs Torquue
Exterior: Arctic Silver
Adaptive Sport Seats
Refinished factory Lobster Claw
Android Deck with CarPlay
X97 Shifter and e-Brake
Well, that is what happened this summer while having a conversation with a fellow car nut on what our dream car project is.
Sometimes in life the universe smiles on you and the timing is right. The car has been in a private collection for some time now. It is a bone stock four cylinder roadster that has had some work done to it in its life. We will find out the extent of this work – good or bad – once we start to take it apart. At the end of the day, whatever is wrong, we will fix it as this is a great candidate car and well worth the time and energy to make it right.
It was a very easy decision to say yes to once we saw it and we look forward to building it and keep the previous owner in the loop on the build – which we know he will probably be chasing us for updates anyways and likely demand to be one of the first to go driving in it when its done!
The end goal is a hot rod with full fenders, leaving the body stock, two inch chopped windshield and top, and upgraded chassis, suspension, and brakes. A Ford flathead V8 was originally planned, but giving some consideration that the car will be used a lot and hopefully for long trips – we shifted to a Mexican block Ford 302 with an Edelbrock Pro-Flo 4 EFI system and a C4 automatic transmission.
The rear end is a new Ford 9″ housing from Speedway, new Currie axles and 11″ drum brakes, and a rebuilt 9″ Posi. The mounting surface to mounting surface width is 56″
The end build design is a mix between traditional and street rod. Traditional because the body will remain bone stock except for some bolt on changes – chopped windshield, dropped headlight bar, stainless cross bars, dropped axle, steel artillery wheels, etc. Street Rod because we are going with an EFI Ford 302. disc front brakes, and 4-link rear with coil overs.
The car is currently in the fabrication and mock-up stages with a target to have the complete rolling chassis painted and powertrain installed by the end of February. Then the focus will be on the stripping and metal repair of the main body on a rotisserie.
Depending on a few factors, the car “may” be ready for later in the Summer of 2020. If not then, for sure by Spring of 2021.
The main objective is to have the car complete and fully tested for Deuce Days in Victoria, BC for 2022 – which is the 90th anniversary of the ’32.