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BlueDragonX 04-11-2013 06:26 PM

My Little Project - Swordfish
We don't have a car specific forum around so I decided to leave this here...

I've been spending my spare time and money (spare money? riiiiggght...) on this, an '86 Porsche 944 which I've dubbed Swordfish:

The body is mostly straight, the interior is in mostly good condition, and the engine is completely shot. But that's just fine.

So I did this last week:

The car now sits engine-less, if that's a term. That engine won't go back in, nor will any other Porsche engine. I'll be swapping in a slightly beefier Chevy LS1. I've got the majority of the parts I need for that.

But all further engine work is on hold. I didn't stop at removing the engine. She's currently being stripped for paint. Body work will get done along the way along with GTS headlamps and new fiberglass front fenders, header panel, and Turbo-style race bumper.

As she sits as of this morning:

I haven't decided entirely on what paint to go with. When it finally comes down to it I'll probably end up going with black. Other options are being explored but really I haven't thought of anything I would like better.

Feel free to suggest colors, though, it's nice to see options.

Nighthunter 04-11-2013 06:38 PM

What earned it the name Swordfish?
I think it'd look good in lime green or maybe teal blue with matte black or charcoal highlights.

BlueDragonX 04-11-2013 06:57 PM

Nothing specific. It's a Cowboy Bebop reference. Though if I wanted to be entirely true to the name it'd need to be red, but I've already got a red car :p

Black or matte gray with a green racing stripe was something my wife and I had discussed. She likes green, after all.

Or something similar to this:

I'm just not convinced it'll look good on a 944.

gainman 04-11-2013 08:26 PM

be a man and put a 2jz in there

Jebus 04-11-2013 08:34 PM

I think you should send it to the Tonsixers for a Splash treatment!

BlueDragonX 04-12-2013 06:52 PM


Originally Posted by gainman (Post 2681447)
be a man and put a 2jz in there

I had to Google that. Really not interesting to me.


Originally Posted by Jebus (Post 2681455)
I think you should send it to the Tonsixers for a Splash treatment!

Now all I need's an aluminum body :P I might have other things on the car that need ano, though...

BlueDragonX 04-12-2013 06:54 PM

This morning I pulled the center console, A/B pillar trim, and the dash:

I'll resume pulling stuff on Monday! I look forward to scraping paint off of this thing.

DashHopes 04-12-2013 06:59 PM

Nice project!! Ive always been a fan of blue but thats me.

Yomillio 04-12-2013 07:12 PM

In before you completely regret your decision.

But really, awesome cars if you can get over the (many, many) intricacies of working on one. A good friend of mine had a 944 Turbo project going on for a few years before he couldn't take working on it anymore. He's since gotten rid of all of his other projects and picked up a GT40 kit car last summer - lots of chassis reinforcement, suspension work, and body work going on currently. It's going to have a new Ford Coyote motor in it eventually - should be VERY interesting in a vehicle that weighs around 2200lbs.

Also, if you plan on tracking it, you might want to take a look at the oiling issues common with the LS1 - or you might end up belly-up with it sooner than later.

Bleeds 04-12-2013 07:22 PM

If you call it Swordfish, it's gotta be red. No exceptions!

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