This original 914-6 was first delivered to Captain Willis, a paratrooper stationed in Bitburg Germany and later resided in Pordenone Italy. Both he and the car were transferred to Florida where the car collected dust for many years. In 2008, the vehicle was sold on eBay and started its transformation into a 914-6 GT.
Like many projects that come to Patrick Motorsports, this 914-6 sat in the midst of restoration for several years. Oftentimes individuals and even shops underestimate the difficulty, labor and knowledge required for a full restoration.
The body of the vehicle was to receive GT style flared fenders in order to house wider wheels and tires.
The goal of this project was to have a pumped up, hot rodded 914-6 with the ability to park it for prolonged periods of time without needing service. Because of this the Porsche 993 engine was chosen for its hydraulic lifters that don’t require the occasional adjustments solid lifters require for proper valve lash.
To handle the extra torque of the 3.6L, the original 901 transaxle needed to be replaced. With years of experience building and upgrading transmissions, the decision was made to modify a 915 transaxle for mid engine application. The 915 allows for the ring and pinion to be swap so to not have one forward and five reverse gears. The issue arises of how to shift gears. The gear selector output faces forward towards the driver in a 911 but faces out to the rear bumper in a 914. Using a WEVO tail shift conversion, the shift output is redirected 180 degrees.