|Tony Inae's 914/6 Conversion
Well, can you believe it, another 914/4 to 914/6 conversion diary.
Doing a conversion like this has been a dream since highschool.
is how it all began. I bought my first '74 914 at a wrecking yard for $1300. It was hit
Someone gave me a rear end quarter pannel and I was able to clip
and weld it to my car. It was finished before my 16th birthday. I will include pictures of
it when I find them.
Trevin Hunt and I managed to roll it around a hairpin turn, down a
6 foot embankment. I was just going too fast around the turn, the front right tire hit the
gravel and the rest was history. Lucky for me, I needed an excuse to purchase a straight
body with no body work. The insurance company totaled it and gave me $4500 for it, and I
bought it back from them for $750... what a deal. I found the perfect shell (which was an
engine burn) for $1800, and put all the pieces from the first one into the second one. No
bondo, no body work (except on the rear deck lid from the fire and the rear trunk lid. It
had been sitting at a Porsche repair shop in Lodi, CA.
I then drove the bright guards red 914
through part of college, until I needed a more reliable car. Between unreliability and not
being able to smog the car since putting on dual webber carbs, the car sat... first in the
garage, then my folks found a better spot outside in the back yard. There it sat through
two years while I explored Japan, the remaining 3 years in college, 4 years of med school,
and 3 years of residency in Family Practice. That's a long time for a car to sit outside.
It was time to do my payback with the Air
Force (they funded med school), and before making the trip to San Antonio, TX, I got this
wild idea to see if the car still ran. I put gas into the car, bought a new battery, and
shabang! It fired right up and I drove it to southern California where I and my wife
lived. I was actually thinking about converting this beast into an Electric vehicle, but
while browsing the internet under 914's, I stumbled upon a company called Motor Meister
They had a 6cyl 911 engine for me. They
picked up my car, dropped the transmission to rebuild, and I picked up the car with my '85
BMW 325e and a U-Haul dolly. The BMW pulled the car half way accross the country to our
new home in San Anotonio, TX. I hear the transmission is finished waiting to be sent to
me. As soon as I can scrape up more money, the birth of the engine can take place. The car
is sitting in our garage, waiting patiently.
Porsche Club of America
Region Porsche Club of America
Parts Official Guide to the 914-6 Conversion
Porsche 914-6 Pages
The Porsche 914 Club