Originally Posted by Typhoone
Hey everyone. I am about to get a porsche 944. It is gonna be my project car, and i am basically going to be redoing the entire car. The interior is shot, and it needs a paint job. It is the non turbo motor with a cracked head. I don't know wheather i should get the head fixed and then turbo it or just buy a newer rebuilt turbo motor. Or i could do conversions like a 350 or an LS1 but i would prefer to keep it a porsche, and an american engine in an exotic car....it is then mostly and american car. But u guys tell me what u think. U will basically be building my car. I just really need to know what other people would do in my situation. Thanx for the feed back.
The cheapest would be to rebuild the stock 944 engine. After that, it gets real pricey. It would be cheaper to buy a complete 944 turbo than to build up and install the turbo engine (and the 944 turbo had a host of other upgrades, like suspension and brakes to go along with it.)
The LS1 conversion has been done successfully, as it retains the balance of the car and adds more than turbo power (and no, the engine does not constitute "most" of the car. By weight it's less than 20% of the car)