Burnt Piston Project: 1977 Porsche 911 S

1977 Porsche 911 S Project

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This 911 S intrigues me! You see, 911s never go cheap these days, even rusted out projects. Well this one looks solid to me, yet it’s only bid up to $14k with no reserve. I know that’s not cheap, but for a 911 S, that seems like a good price. I think I know why it’s not bid up even more though, one of the pistons ran dry and got burnt. They paid a shop to check it out and things never got passed pulling the engine out and apart. It needs a new piston and jug at the very minimum, but given what they are going for these days, it might just be worth bidding on! Find it here on eBay in Abington, Connecticut. Do you think the original engine can be put back together without a total rebuild?

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  1. Bob Hess

    The chassis on this year car was completely rust proofed by the factory making it an excellent candidate for an upgrade build etc. Bought right would give the builder a financial envelope to build a great car without exceeding the present market rate.

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  2. RayT

    Josh, my question to you is: since the engine’s apart, why would you NOT rebuild it? Yes, I know that’s a spendy proposition, but it avoids a LOT of future grief. Whenever I’ve had an engine out of a car, I have always done bearings, rings, gaskets, etc., had bores and crank checked, and so forth. Compared to savings by doing my own labor, the parts seemed inexpensive indeed!

    I have loved every stock 911 I ever drove (leaving out an aftermarket hot rod that belched up its clutch during a relatively mild launch), and only the usual issue — money — keeps me from owning one now. Do the engine, go through the rest of the mechanicals, drive, and restore as funds allow.

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  3. Bob Hess

    Speaking of “is it worth it”, the ’60 roadster at the bottom of this page is more than worth restoring, even if the original parts have to be replaced from other cars. These were a limited production run and now worth a ton of money. What I don’t see on this car is rust. The last 356 roadster we restored at our shop was 1/4 restoration and 3/4 rust repair. Last track on it in 2011 was $80,000 value. Saw one go just recently for over 200K. Also restored a ’60 roadster race car in the late ’80s that recently changed hands for $140k.

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  4. nessy

    Only bid up to 14g you say and with a bad engine? Not too long ago, this era 911 were a dime a dozen….

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  5. RockabillyJay

    Least desirable year of all the air cooleds..the 2.7 is a motor prone to problems. Good basis for a hot rod project though. I have a feeling it will pull more than 15K.

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  6. robert

    …and to answer your questions about engine rebuilds on 911’s. First I have a 1973 911E the last of the mechanical fuel injection (I think) I bought it new and sits in my workshop now going on for 28 years without even seeing the sunlight. The insides are orginal and better than Barrett’s. It needs and always have since it was one year old syn’s, and smokes. When you work on a Porsche account of the expense you replace only parts needed. That in the old days was a rebuild. Now if your fortunate to have a large bank account have at it.

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  7. Bob Hess

    2.7 is a great engine if you replace the head studs. Lots of power even with the fuel injection on it. Agree on the hot rod project.

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  8. Ross W. Lovell

    . Greetings All,

    Porsche rebuilds are like Benz rebuilds, the parts are top quality, so much so as it demands better than average machining and rebuilding skills.

    Wish Jaguar was as critical with spec’ing their parts and parts manufacturers. Some are better, some worse. The German stuff…….no quality issues with OEM, can’t say the same for the aftermarket that is involved.

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