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Porsche 550 Spyder Replicas

The Porsche Spyder was born to be fast and has a rich racing heritage. To do the Spyder justice, it needs Horsepower and it needs a healthy dose of it. While getting its dose of HP, it needs to be done reliably without constant maintenance. A Spyder that breaks all the time just “ain’t no fun”

Many Spyder owners are not “super handy” with tools, so they need an entire vehicle that is trouble free. The ones that are will appreciate the fact that everything involved with our MassIVe Shroud is simple to work with!

The Spyder needs an engine to propel it effortlessly, and that’s what the TIV is capable of. Most Spyders weigh in at around 1200 pounds. Testament to TIV power I personally have a Porsche 914 that is equipped with a MassIVe 2316cc “Annihilator” engine combination. My 914 weighs in at 2200 pounds. As an example this car will turn 7,700 Rpm and 110MPH in just third gear. It does this reliably enough to make a 5 hour drive with temperatures near stock levels. This engine combination can be outfitted with a MassIVe DTM system, and will cool extremely well. We offer these engines to Spyder owners in complete form on our sister site

When the TIV is converted with a MassIVe DTM shroud the end result- A reliably powerful engine!

The TIV engine (of pretty much any displacement) is great in town, or on the highway, so the character of the speedster is enhanced by the addition of the “Factory Big Block” The Type IV!

Being able to have a 100(stock HP)-150BHP(performance,2270cc) or 180+HP (Performance 2316cc)engine that idles like stock in town and gets 22-30 MPG, while having a rev capability of up to 8,000RPM (with performance engines) is absolutely amazing. It really pushes the Spyder like a rocket ship at any speed, and power is totally on demand with the Spyder’s incredibly lightweight body and chassis.

The MassIVe DTM shroud installs onto the engine quickly and easily. This is especially true if you opt for our deluxe kit with all new TI cooling parts.

If your Spyder is outfitted with a transaxle prior 1971 you will only need 3 later model pieces (release bearing, clutch cross shaft, and a release bearing guide, all of which we sell in a kit just for this) to bolt the TIV engine to your current gearbox. If you have a post 1971 gearbox no conversion pieces are needed and the engine is a direct bolt up. The TIV engine will bolt to either a swing axle or IRS chassis. Some conversion enthusiasts opt for one of our conversion gearboxes that’s 100% set up for the TIV engine and is ready to install. This gives better fuel economy and better torque transfer with the now larger engine. We design the gearbox for you and your cars powerplant. The Spyder is so light that all conventional means of figuring gearing change with a TIV.

The installation of the engine into your vehicle is easy, it installs just like a standard Type 1 engine with dual carburetors and in most cases can be done in about the same amount of time. The Spyder has no engine bay and the engine will slip right in, with NO CLEARANCE ISSUES.

Currently there are only a few exhaust systems for the TIV conversion..The best Spyder system I have seen comes from Greg at Vintage Spyders and works well in a TIV converted Spyder

The conversion engine will need to be fitted with Dual Carburetors, or a Fuel injection system that uses twin throttle bodies with hex bar linkage. The design of the shroud does not allow the use of a single carburetor. Single carburetors on large engines like the TIV have been proven to be inefficient, so this is not an issue with most conversion enthusiasts.

One of the best parts of our cooling system is that the engine does not look like a 911, or a TI, it looks like something many people have never seen, and that will separate you at car shows and events. The MassIVe DTM has a hint of a nostalgic look, I have even had folks think that a converted engine was a 547- 4 Cammer!!! (AKA Carrera engine) at first glance!

Of course, if you desire your conversion engine to be designed, balanced, blueprinted assembled and thoroughly dyno tested by a professional, then see our complete conversion engines on our sister site Do it all once and forget it! We Love to build Spyder engines, and I can personally say that everyone I have ever driven, simply HAULS ASS!

If you have a Spyder (any Manufacture) and want to boost the daily drivability or all around performance, choose the Type IV for the job and you will be amazed. With our shroud and a TIV the engine won’t be needing much more than a wipe down, because it simply won’t be breaking any longer- It’s a TIV!