WEBMINING> Porsche 356… with Audi V8?!

During the short while that I have been in the automotive sector of journalism, I’ve got to admit I have been fortunate enough to have seen some pretty crazy projects to say the least. However, after seeing this, I was absolutely stunned at the fact that any sane person would attempt something as monumental as this. I came across this forum thread as I was searching for some  immaculate Porsche 356s one night. After numerous search engines and countless visits to Porsche related forums, a tagline in bold letters read “Porsche 356 with an Audi V8 on KustomCoachworks.com. I immediately got to thinking, “You can’t be serious – how the heck would anyone tackle the enormous feat of shoving a 4.2L 360hp Audi V8 from an S5 into the back of this tiny 1950s Porsche 356? They must be mad!”

As I spent most of my time starring at thread pictures and scratching my head as to how he was going to accomplish this, it soon became evident that the person behind the build truly has a pair of big bullocks. Grant or “Crafty” as he is commonly known as on the forums, is currently residing in Hong Kong.  I can’t say I’ve seen anyone even attempt something of this magnitude stateside. I was truly amazed by how extensive this project was turning out. No surface on the car was left untouched, as Mr. Grant took on everything himself – from the widening of the shell in order to incorporate the massive V8, to the custom intake ducts that now take the place of the rear quarter windows.

I find it ironic that Grant’s towing his project 356 up his driveway with an Audi RS4 (note the Chinese letters on the street, since it’s in Hong Kong). Awesome.

It’s not every day you see a true enthusiast conquer something of this nature. I still wonder how this idea even came about – it probably all started with a few beers, which led to a few more beers, and a friend saying “what if”or “how hard could it be”?  This eventually led to Grant cutting into a pristine 356… Totally insane if you ask me, but thats how ingenuity starts. I personally feel the name Crafty fits well for a person willing to take what is given to him, only to toss everything out the window, changing the rules of what we know is possible. Maybe the word impossible doesn’t apply to Grant, as he takes thinking outside the box to a whole new level. It’s great to see that there are still guys out there like Grant who are still trying to push the envelope.

::Tamer Omran

Follow Grant through his trials and tribulations of the build

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18 Responses to “WEBMINING> Porsche 356… with Audi V8?!”

  1. Curt says:

    The pic of the widened rear end is not his car, just what he is going to model his after. Sick build though so far.

  2. /o/ says:

    >implying an Audi v8 is fast and reliable. drop a 2jz in it and call it a day.


  3. Never really thought about such pairing.. I will be following the thread!

  4. James Evins says:

    Wow, great find!!!

  5. D1RGE.EXE says:

    >implying an Audi v8 is fast and reliable. drop a LSX in it and call it a day.

    @ lol – fixed it for you.

  6. Baisley says:

    This should be an interesting build

  7. Clint Davis says:

    INteresting project, i’ll be coming back for more

  8. VictoriaM says:

    interesting and exciting story! can’t wait to see the finished product!

  9. anth says:

    looks like an awesome build, but the links aren’t working for me :(

  10. kerl says:

    even more extreme:

    vw fridolin with a touareg w12 engine:


  11. Tamer Omran says:

    thats Extreme – btw thanks for the comments everyone.

  12. Lucas Perez says:

    I love 356′s

    Ive had a dream of just buying a crusty old shell, putting in an old VW motor and slamming it to the ground unrestored.

    Course even the horrible almost un-salvageable chassis’ go for bout 5k or something like that =/

  13. Russell says:

    what an awesome looking driveway (the stones, not the steep incline). can’t wait to see this car when it’s done!

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  15. crafty says:

    Hi guys,

    … seems like news of my little project is starting to go viral.

    I cut the floor out this weekend and slid the engine under….. some pics here>>


  16. tamer omran says:

    @Crafty… its a pleasure .. thanks for peeping my post… insane work man.. mad props

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  18. Daniel Maran says:

    I like what you are doing with this project Grant, very ballzzy indeed.
    It combines my love of 2 beautifully stunning car makers aud’s & Porschee’s.
    Great job Grant, keep it up.

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