HOW TO DO AN ADVANCED SEARCH.

Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:56 pm by Admin


For the benefit of 944Hybrids users there are two search functions available for you to use.
The purpose of this sticky is to explain the "Advanced Search" function because it is much more powerful and is the best choice when researching information.

When you log on to the site a list of options is shown in a line at the top of the page. One option is labelled "Search", use this option (NOT the search box lower down on the right).

After you click on the upper search option, a drop down box appears. At the bottom of this box is a radio button marked "Advanced …

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944 with GM 5.3 / 4l60e / ford 8.8 rear end combo

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944 with GM 5.3 / 4l60e / ford 8.8 rear end combo

Post  ceramlclst on Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:54 am

I started this project 2 years ago and have since finished it and put 3000 miles on it. Drove it to a VW show in Ocean City last year ( H2O, I'm a VW tech ). I'll just post some pictures so you can get the general idea of what is going on, but essentially its a 944 with a 100k mile 5.3 and 4l60e transmission, I cut the floor out and rebuild the floor so I could fit all the factory interior over it and still fit the transmission.. Completely removed the porsche rear suspension and trans. assembly and installed an adjustable 4 link suspension with a Ford 8.8 read end ( 327's with LSD ). I used painless performance harness and HPTuners software. But the engine is completely stock other than the intake manifold and oil pan. Everything is homeade with a Lincoln 180T. Smile

This one is just with the engine balanced in place.
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First startup is always exciting... I think you can click this to get to the video?
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Ended up having to buy this holley low pro oil pain because the truck pan was about an inch off the ground, this pan gave me about 3 or 4 inches.
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This was before I had finalized everything, I wanted to see if everything would hold up, go or blow!
you can see I did in fact blow a coolant line that I neglected tightening... woops... click for video

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So let me know what you think and if you have any questions just ask! Thanks for looking. Smile

I just ordered a bunch of turbo parts too (T76 .96 A/R ) so I will probably be adding to this.
















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Re: 944 with GM 5.3 / 4l60e / ford 8.8 rear end combo

Post  ceramlclst on Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:56 am

And by the way I made actual spacers for the subframe, I didnt leave the sockets in there lol

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Re: 944 with GM 5.3 / 4l60e / ford 8.8 rear end combo

Post  xschop on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:44 am

Props. Did you leave the factory radiator in place?

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Post  ceramlclst on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:53 am

Thanks and yes, the factory radiator is just enough to cool this engine, I never had overheating problems.

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Post  xschop on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:56 am

Diddo... 180 T-stat or 160?
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Post  ceramlclst on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:58 am

whatever comes factory, I left all of that alone. I would guess 180? Its funny I actually read your posts to help with a few problems I was having, it was very helpful.

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Post  xschop on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:01 am

160 cools better in traffic and keeps the fans from kicking in so often. Now go out and find a vette to embarass. Laughing
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Post  ceramlclst on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:02 am

haha been there already, and an M5! Thanks for the tip, I did notice my fans were running quite often, led to my assumption that this radiator is JUST big enough haha

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Post  xschop on Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:05 am

The T-stat is the limiting factor with the 5.3 and NA radiator. Add a cup of methanol and watch the temps drop another 10* Cool
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Post  gamman on Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:53 pm

Props. Not many sporting an auto here, if you would/could fit a t567890 or whatever it's called, you might get some more Internet love. Anyway congrats on making something work with some serious changes.
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Post  ceramlclst on Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:44 am

yeah, I would like a T56 and its really all set up for it ( clutch pedal is still there ). I went with the automatic strictly for the cost, I got that transmission for 100 bucks. Im into the car total for less than 6000$ including the cost of the car. Just bought a new house and we all know how that goes... pale

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Post  hawaiifiveoh on Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:40 pm

New guy here looking to possibly do something close to what you have here.

Not new to turning a wrench, welding, etc, but never have done much actual fab work (cutting the tunnel and 8.8 install). For someone that is relatively new to it, would you recommend shying away from it or is it fairly straight forward? I'm really starting to like the chassis for a swap candidate, but I really don't want to dig that far into something and be stuck paying someone to finish my work.

Any updates btw?

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Post  raexcct2 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:56 pm

ceramlclst wrote:yeah, I would like a T56 and its really all set up for it ( clutch pedal is still there ). I went with the automatic strictly for the cost, I got that transmission for 100 bucks. Im into the car total for less than 6000$ including the cost of the car. Just bought a new house and we all know how that goes... pale

Any plans to offer up drawings or dimensions for the Ford 8.8 rear end conversion parts. I sucked at welding in high school (38 years ago) so I would definitely want a pro to do this part.

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Post  sparkydog on Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:37 pm

Congratulations on your build! Have you weighed it yet? I'd like to know what your total weight and of course front/rear percents are.
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Post  shokwave30 on Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:21 pm

nice work.. hw does the handling compare now since the balance is off
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Post  ceramlclst on Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:44 pm

Handling is not nearly as good as stock obviously. I wasn't too concerned with handling when I put it together. Last year I rigged up a T76 .96 A/R turbo, with some sticky tires on the back. I'll post some pics up in the next couple days. Running 10 psi with yellow valve springs. FAST!! Cool 

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Re: 944 with GM 5.3 / 4l60e / ford 8.8 rear end combo

Post  Brownmaxr on Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:33 pm

Bringing this back from the dead. Did you by chance have any drawings ever done up for the rear end swap? or the trans tunnel?

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