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914-6 "conversion"...$6500 a good deal?

Someone is offering me a 1971 914 conversion (has a rebuilt/low-mile 2.7 six professionally installed). I'm not familiar with the injection system...it has six individual stacks, black in color (definitely not carbs). Car is assembled (all there) but hasn't been run in 3 yrs. Ran perfect before that. Seller is a friend, so I have no doubt he's telling the truth about running condition. Body is immaculate. Not a speck of rust anywhere. Paint needs some touch-up, but overall I'd consider paint 9 out of 10. Car needs some "nickle & dime" stuff (carpet, small hole in driver's seat, front bumper torn), etc. He also is throwing in a "side shifter" transaxle (?) with all linkage, etc.

I can have the car for $6500. Deal or no deal?

Also (and this may be subject to a separate thread), what's involved in ressurecting a motor that hasn't been started in three years?

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sounds good from description.

if your able to get it running for a grand. at minimum it should be worth 10K
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Worth $10k even though it's a "counterfeit" 914-6?
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There is no such thing as a "counterfeit" or "fake" six. There are "original" sixes, and "conversions". Original ones are worth more money when they are totally original. Conversion cars seem to vary in value by how fast they go.

You could get $10K pretty easily with a 2.7 Six conversion that's in good running condition.

Six separate stacks, but not carbs. Sounds like MFI to me. The only 2.7 motors that used MFI were in the 2.7 liter Carrera RS cars, homologation specials that sold a lot more than anticipated. They were not US-legal, but some have made their way over here through the years.

Could be something cobbled-up from a 2.4 liter MFI system, adapted to some extent to the 2.7 motor. Could be real RS parts, though in that case the owner would likely want a mint for just those. Most likely it's a US-spec 2.7 motor (low compression, mild cams) possibly with some updates (cams, maybe compression, maybe other stuff) and a "re-mapped" MFI system.

Other details will influence the value--does it have stock four-lug wheels and stock solid-rotor brakes? Vented rotors? Suspension upgrades? Flares? Wheels/tires? ...And so on....

If it really needs very little work, $6500 is probably a very good deal. But it may need a lot more than it looks at first.

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There is no such thing as a "counterfeit" or "fake" six. There are "original" sixes, and "conversions". Original ones are worth more money when they are totally original. Conversion cars seem to vary in value by how fast they go.

You could get $10K pretty easily with a 2.7 Six conversion that's in good running condition.

Six separate stacks, but not carbs. Sounds like MFI to me. The only 2.7 motors that used MFI were in the 2.7 liter Carrera RS cars, homologation specials that sold a lot more than anticipated. They were not US-legal, but some have made their way over here through the years.

Could be something cobbled-up from a 2.4 liter MFI system, adapted to some extent to the 2.7 motor. Could be real RS parts, though in that case the owner would likely want a mint for just those. Most likely it's a US-spec 2.7 motor (low compression, mild cams) possibly with some updates (cams, maybe compression, maybe other stuff) and a "re-mapped" MFI system.

Other details will influence the value--does it have stock four-lug wheels and stock solid-rotor brakes? Vented rotors? Suspension upgrades? Flares? Wheels/tires? ...And so on....

If it really needs very little work, $6500 is probably a very good deal. But it may need a lot more than it looks at first.

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Sorry...I used the word "counterfeit" for the lack of a better term. "Conversion" sounds much better.

The owner is not a Porsche-guy. He doesn't know much about the car. He purchased it three years ago from someone who needed $$$ in a hurry. He tells me he paid $5500. I'm only assuming this motor is a 2.7. Could it be a 2.4 based on the "MFI" stacks I described? Previous owner told him the motor was from 1978. That would make it a 3.0 (?), but it doesn't look like a 3.0 to me. I guess it's time to look for some numbers.

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6,500 is a killer deal..... it sounds like a nice car with all of the goodies an original six doesn't have.
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it would/could sell for 15K with MFI and a clean body.
(In fact it could sell for over 20 depending upon how clean it is and how well it was converted)
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The car looks bone stock. Looking into the engine compartment, it looks like it was made that way.

So...consensus is: Buy it?!
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If I were looking for a Six conversion project to finish, I would definitely consider it... Just do some real thinking about what the car actually needs, not what the seller says it needs.

You can poke through our "914-6 conversion guide" to get some idea of what-all would need to be done, and judge that against what has already been done in that car and how.

And check the regular hidden areas for rust!! Jack points, suspension console, "hell hole" in front of and below the battery, and so on. Serious rust can hide there and not be visible at first look.

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If the car is in SoCal I can help you look through it for an inspection. I know many fellas much smarter than me on 914s that would also be willing to help you look at this car.

You can ask for help from the folks here to come over and inspect it with you. No matter where you are.

You can also ask for help over at www.914world.com
I am pretty dam sure you will get help with this purchase.
Primarily because many of us love these little cars. And we like to see them get back on the road.

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I'm only assuming this motor is a 2.7. Could it be a 2.4 based on the "MFI" stacks I described?
Yes, it's possible.

BTW, the "side shifter" transmission is the 1973+ transmission. The linkage goes into the side of the transmission, rather than into the tail cover like on the 70-72 transmissions. The linkage is shorter and has fewer direction changes, which makes for less slop and fewer wear-prone bushings. (Not to say there are "few" bushings, just less than the early linkage.)

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Car is in SoFLA. I think I'll do a little more homework as to engine #'s and then make an offer.

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if it's a 3.0 it has carbs on it. if it's a 2.7 it has carbs on it too (it's not going to be an RS MFI engine, trust me).

Carbs and MFI stacks on a 911 engine look very similar to most people.

Carbs:

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$6500.00 sounds like a good price but keep in mind if it hasn't run for 3 years AND it wasn't stored properly it will take some work to get it running/driving correctly. Fuel system may have to be disassembled and cleaned including the tank and replace all filters. The brake system may be rusty/stuck and there is $$$ associated with getting that fixed. Battery and electrical system may need replacement/cleaning to get it all up to snuff. These items would not scare me off but you should be aware of what you might have to do when making a offer. Good luck.
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The guy paid 5500 and it hasn't run for three years and NOW he wants 6500?

Ahem, MY first reaction is do you get kissed?

My second reaction is to take a HARD look at it, negotiate a bit, discuss and then offer him 5......

Does it have five lug wheels? Is there rust?

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if it's a 3.0 it has carbs on it. if it's a 2.7 it has carbs on it too (it's not going to be an RS MFI engine, trust me).

Carbs and MFI stacks on a 911 engine look very similar to most people.
It's definitely injection. There are injection lines running to the stacks. And, the stacks are individual units, not "lumped together" like carbs.

Just not sure what motor it is...?

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The guy paid 5500 and it hasn't run for three years and NOW he wants 6500?

Ahem, MY first reaction is do you get kissed?

My second reaction is to take a HARD look at it, negotiate a bit, discuss and then offer him 5......

Does it have five lug wheels? Is there rust?

Be careful.

Are 914-6 conversions worth more today than they were three years ago? No, I will not be kissing the seller, nor will he be kissing me.

Wheels are 4 lug. Absolutely no rust anywhere. Car is very clean, very original and the conversion looks like it was done correctly.

I'm always careful!
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$6500.00 sounds like a good price but keep in mind if it hasn't run for 3 years AND it wasn't stored properly it will take some work to get it running/driving correctly. Fuel system may have to be disassembled and cleaned including the tank and replace all filters. The brake system may be rusty/stuck and there is $$$ associated with getting that fixed. Battery and electrical system may need replacement/cleaning to get it all up to snuff. These items would not scare me off but you should be aware of what you might have to do when making a offer. Good luck.
Yeah, I realize it will need some resurrecting. He has offered to give me the car and, after/if I get it running, then I can pay him. If I can't get it running, or it will cost more than I want to spend, no deal. He get's the car back and I'm out some time in the shop.
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Injection units look kinda like this (without the velocity stacks):

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