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Old 05-29-2008, 05:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by JohnnyGrey View Post
Please don't ruin your car! My 928 averages 15mpg, but the only thing I'd swap that 4.5L for is an LS1 If you like the car see if you can find one with a blown engine, or maybe a 912 would be a better MPG project. If you're that serious about MPG, just sell it and get something designed for efficiency.
Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. The current state of the car is completely stripped down for restoration/rusty metal repair. It was purchased as a non-running car with several nice chassis performance parts but an engine that was only 3/4 complete, missing one cylinder and piston, CIS distributor, misc other parts and needed valvetrain parts. It was a stock 180hp 3.0. I sold the original motor parts in entirety for $2000 to an ex VW mechanic who has since put it in a 914 (fun).

So I have no engine now and I'm not afraid to cut metal. It's a lightweight base model with absolutely no fancy weight gaining options. It is by no means a concours winning candidate - it's previous life was in the hands of autocross and track day users as a Drivers Ed car. This car has had a thoroughly enjoyed life. Now it's time for a rebirth of sorts.
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