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944 sbc v8 conversion!

I am looking into buying a 944s that is set up for a SBC. The transaxle/transmission has been replaced with one from a turbo s, and it has recently been rebuilt. in addition, it has four wheel disc brakes and four wheel independent suspension.

It comes without an engine, but has a torque tube exposed and ready for mating to the bell housing and engine I would need to buy.

My largest concern is whether it would be easier to buy a carbureted sbc engine, or try to tackle the more complicated wiring of the lsX or lt1 engines (assuming it IS more complicated).

If I can find an LS1 engine with low miles and comes with a wiring harness and computer, will the computer need to replace the existing computer in the 944? Is this difficult to modify seeing that I wont need certain things (oxygen sensors, emissions units, etc).

Everything is pointing towards buying a carbed chevy engine to make the conversion easier. I dont have a lot of money to spend, so the cheaper the better. I am somewhat handy, but have never completed an engine conversion.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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i did a ls7 swap into my 944 over last winter . is a track only car that puts out well over 600 hp at the wheels . i like it so much i'm building a 944 with a 350 SBC carbed motor now . the 1st build cost me about 5k . i got the motor from a totaled abandoned car that was sitting at my shop for a year . the builds go ez with the SBC motors i can't say the same with the ls7 motor . there is allot of fab work to do to get the LS7 motor in the car . the SBC motor with a carb will not clear the hood so i have to do some thing about that . go to forums . there is allot of good info there . thow i'm a shop owner i never liked or worked on US built cars so my knowledge of american cars / motors is or was limited . i found that the 944hybrids forum was a help .
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