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Back dating 993 bodywork?


Vehicle Information: Model: 993; Year: 1996; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: n/a;

Joel,I currently own a 1989 964 C4 that serves as a weekend driver and DE car. Other than lowering springs/shocks, wider wheels and free flowing exhaust, it is basically unmolested with pristine original paint and interior. After 10 years of ownership, I am ready to change to a 2WD 911 that I dont mind altering (lightweight body panels, seats, suspension, etc) to an aggressive street legal car more suited for track use.Contrary to many, my favorite bodied 911s are the 964s. To me, they retain the traditional upright fenders and headlights while incorporating more modern appearing integrated plastic bumpers. Therefore, my ultimate air cooled 911 would be a normally aspirated 1996+ 2WD 993 backdated with wide 965 bodywork - combining the advancements of the 993s (6 spd, improved suspension, hydraulic valve lash, 282 hp, improved brakes, etc) with the Turbo look version of my favorite body style.So my question is:Counting on Porsches long-standing approach of Evolution not Revolution, can a 993 be backdated with 965 based bodywork? I realize most people go in the opposite direction and update to newer bodywork; so maybe the question could be thought of in reverse (964 to 993), or just a compatibility/interchangeability question.With the introduction of the 993, I vaguely recall statements that the doors and greenhouse were carried over from the 964 but everything else was new. Although items such as hood, bumpers, and fenders may appear to be straightforward swaps, I worry that bumper structure, fender attachment points, AC condenser location, and hood and deck lid strut changes may make backdating impossible. Cosmetically, my biggest concern is backdating 993 rear fenders to 965 style. Any benefits to starting with a C2S?The other route would be to start with a 964 C2 and install a 993 engine / transmission, and 965 body work. This route does not capture 993 suspension improvements, but may be the easier, less costly approach.Sorry for the longwinded (& probably pretty strange)question. Thanks in advance for any advice that you can share.Regards,Jeff GCarolinas Region

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