Raby Power for your 356, CHOOSE FROM THE TWO ENGINES AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
Install MassIVe power without cutting or permanently modifying your 356. Using our specially configured 356 conversion engines; featuring our DTM cooling system and proprietary conversion flywheel, and clutch assembly you can convert to Raby power in just a single weekend.
Face it... the original engine in your 356 was designed so long ago that it doesn't even feature camshaft bearing inserts! That means even a "VW Engine" is more technologically advanced!
Over the past few years the 356 application has become our most popular conversion platform for the Raby Engine conversion. Also known as the "Porsche 914 engine" is by far the absolute best way to go for the 356 enthusiast that wants more power, better reliability, a more usable power band or just a lot of drivability and torque FOR THE 356 THAT THEY INTEND TO DRIVE. For the same cost as the stock engine rebuild for the 356 engine we can create a 150+HP Type IV engine and make the engine bolt right to your STOCK 741 transaxle. Its this simple.... Just remove your complete, original 356 engine and preserve it... Then slide in your complete, 150+ HP Raby Conversion Engine and drive away..
There is NO CUTTING REQUIRED AND NO IRREVERSIBLE MODIFICATION MADE TO YOUR 356!!! This is by far the most economical way for people that actually drive their 356 to maximize their investment, especially considering that 160HP costs you the same as the factory 70-90 HP and yet again, the car is not compromised at all.. The Porsche 914 engine was also used in the 911 bodied, 912E in 1976 which makes it the newest. most advanced aircooled 4 cylinder engine ever used to power a Porsche. As the world of automobiles finds newer engine foundations at home in the vintage cars of yesterday our engine conversion makes a lot of sense.
I chose Porsche 914 power for my 1964 Porsche 356C for the same reasons that you should.. Porsches are for driving and not for looking at. I didn't feel like building a "hotrod" 356 based engine only to spend 20,000.00 so I could be passed by someone in a beetle equipped with a VW engine. I chose my 2,430cc Performer engine for my 356C and I am quite happy with the 220HP that it developed on my engine dyno. The best part is people know my engines and respect them so well that the installation of this engine has increased the desirabilty of my 356 and at the same time it really gets the attention of the purists driving around with 75HP while we blister by them running cooler engine temperatures, getting better MPG and doing so with a unique exhaust note with many more "smiles per mile".
I applied my MassIVe engine because I wanted to drive my car, wanted it to be powerful and because it needed to remain reliable. Spending more money on a weaker engine that is difficult to attain even 140HP from, where every component thats purchased is at least 45 years old just didn't make a lot of sense to me. I have built numerous "hotrod" 356 engines and the last one cost 18,500.00 to attain only 160HP with 135 lb/ft of torque. This alone was enough reason for me to not even consider retaining 356 power for my '64C because my engine makes 135 lb/ft of torque by 2,000 RPM. The 356 engine was pulled from my car, placed in a large wooden crate and preserved, just the way yours should be.. Heck have it detailed and make a piece of art for your garage from it. I also chose my engine because I practice what I preach and won't sell yoiu anything that I don't believe in enough to utilize in my own vehicle.
I would agree with some purists that state the use of "any other engine" in a 356 is "blasphemy" IF the use of my conversion engine required permanent alteration of the vehicle. Since my engine is a bolt in that installs just like a factory engine there is no "blasphemy" involved and for the first time you can "have your cake and eat it too".
How about building your own "Bad Egg" Like John Barrett's Outlaw equipped with Raby MassIVe power!
2270cc Type 4 powered Porsche 356A at the Dana Pointe Concourse featuring the engine pictured above