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Originally Posted by Matt Monson View Post
There’s a difference between molesting a random 930 and reworking a Ruf. If building hot rods is one’s thing then sell the ruf and buy a project to finish.
I couldn't agree more. A large attraction of my mongrel hot-rod with 250K miles on the tub was zero remorse at making it what I want because most of the work had already been done. Even so, I don't modify original parts... And thanks to tatty old paint, I park it anywhere without batting an eye, which I see as another bonus...

On the one hand, "it's your car, do what you want" and "you're not an unpaid museum curator" are perfectly valid POVs.

On the other hand, a real Ruf is pretty special - and a large part of the value would have to be originality or "correctness".

OP clearly doesn't want to needlessly waste money - but bills obviously don't scare him either. I think there are several options that would preserve the provenance:
  • Ruf go through the BTR motor he's been offered.
  • Ruf make the BTR motor into a BTR III
  • Ruf go through & update the BTR with updated tech - a BTR IV, if you will.

Another way might be to take the 1st or 2nd option against future resale purposes - and also build up a 964 or 993-based EFI/ITB/BB turbo mule for whazzing around in. That'd scratch the HP itch and also keep the original option on the table.

I'd be curious to know exactly how much Ruf under-state the output of the BTR III, actually. Everyone knows the numbers they gave for the CTR were *cough* conservative *cough*
'77 S with '78 930 power and a few other things.
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