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‘Willy’ started life as a 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera purchased by Kelly-Moss Director of Operations, Andy Kilcoyne in March of 2018. The story truly begins a few months prior when Hoonigans Larry Chen and Will Roegge were in Wisconsin shooting the VICCI Safari car blasting across a frozen lake not far from Kelly-Moss HQ. While connecting over burnouts, drifting and general shenanigans during the shoot, Larry, Will and Andy kept in touch and when Will listed his ‘84 911 Carrera at a great price, Andy jumped on it. A few group texts and one friendly dare later, Will’s old Carrera was the new candidate for the next Safari build. As Andy says, “It didn’t take much convincing for me give this Carrera the Safari treatment. If you’ve ever driven one, you’d understand why.”
This particular 911 was a grey market car legally imported into the US, living majority of its life in the South, making it the perfect candidate for a bespoke build. This wasn’t always the plan however, with the initial direction being mild plus a few personal touches – a quick flip if you will – but the visionary mind of Andy and the team at Kelly-Moss didn’t let that happen. What started as Rally suspension, additional lights and modest wheels and tires, turned into the car you see today when ‘what ifs’ quickly turned into realities. Mike Medearis of Kelly-Moss helped talk through design features with Andy and together they came up with an overall goal; Be the most understated, modest looking Safari build to come out of Kelly-Moss, while still making it completely ridiculously over the top. With a general direction, the team got to work.
Over the course of about 10 months every piece of the car was apart, replaced, renewed, rebuilt, or reimagined with the build goal in mind every step of the way. Jason Disch did some of the best fabrication of his career on Willy. The front bumper, lower valance and deleted bumper extensions are a couple of Andy’s favorite items on the car. The wheel wells are also 2 ¾” larger, maintaining the stock radius to look unmodified to the untrained eye. Five inches was also removed from front inner wheel well opening on the chassis side to aid in steering lock, side to side clearance, with the larger tires. Tim “Dog” Homburg has countless hours in welding and fabrication on the car, including the cage and custom roof rack. He’s a true artist and perfectionist, and if you see the car in person, you’ll understand why. Jamison Blizard did the majority of the mechanical work and assembly with great attention to detail and also dealt with Andy’s constant input and suggestions, a fun task in and of itself, as some would suggest Andy is very picky. To keep the car all metal, short of the carbon / kevlar roof, and come in at 2500lbs is nothing short of remarkable, but you really can’t expect anything less from a team like this.
Many of Willy’s one-off features are muted and insignificant, but if you put this by another 911, or another 911 Safari for that matter, you’ll start to notice the subtle, unique details that set it apart. Function over aesthetics are consistent with this build as is with all cars that leave Kelly-Moss. While previous Safari projects had big personalities with loud, flashy design language, Willy speaks more to Andy’s personality. Large in stature and preferring to blend in, rather than stand out. Andy has no particular plans with Willy other than to enjoy it, but figures anything is for sale if the right situation presents itself and the offer is good enough. He’s always happy to build another as there is always room in the shop for one more project! Enjoy the HUGE gallery of images just below the detailed parts breakdown.
1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera, Willy Safari Build Highlights
- Kelly-Moss (KMR) modified stock aluminum front bumper and custom aluminum lower valance
- 30” Black Oak LED curved light bar in the front bumper, 30” curved rear light bar tied into reverse lamp circuit, and 40” combo spot / flood curved light bar roof mounted
- 9eleven LED headlamps with DRL’s and integrated turn signals
- Hella Rallye horns
- 17”x7” Braid Fuch’s replica wheels
- LT245/65/R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires
- 6 piston front and 4 piston rear Brembo brakes
- Dual Tilton brake master cylinder with adjustable brake bias
- Exe-Tc adjustable, inverted twin tube gravel dampers
- Eibach springs (paired with dampers, 11” travel up front with 10” in the rear)
- KMR reinforced front lower control arms featuring 18mm ball joints
- Elephant Racing suspension bushings
- Fuel Safe 17 gallon fuel cell
- Odyssey battery relocated into the smugglers box
- RS style door panels and carpet
- Recaro Leather seats
- KMR seat mounts and anchors to lower the driver and passenger 3”
- MoTeC C127 digital dash display with back up camera illumination on dash
- MoTeC PDM (Power Distribution Module) to eliminate all fuses and relays
- MoTeC keypad for operation of all electronics
- KSV Loom custom chassis and engine wiring harnesses
- Porsche Classic GPS radio
- JL Audio amplifier
- Focal speakers
- KMR Custom Carbon/Kevlar roof
- Momo Prototipo steering wheel
- KMR custom full roll cage extending into front chassis for structural reinforcement
- Roof rack mounted to halo in roll cage to handle heavy loads
- Seam welding and chassis reinforcement
- KMR built 3.4L engine: 340hp
- Jenvey electronic fuel injection
- Porsche smart coils
- Mahle high compression Pistons and cylinders
- Custom ground camshafts for low end torque
- MoTeC engine management – tuned by KMR
- BBE headers with a 991 Cup high flow muffler
- Twin Setrab oil coolers
- 185a custom built Alternator (stock is 90a)
- BRM built 915 Gearbox
- 7/31 ring and pinion
- Short gear ratios (1-5)
- Guard billet LSD differential
- Wevo shift gate conversion
- G50 axle conversion
- MoTeC backup / rear view camera integrated next to rear lightbar
- KMR fender liners and mud flaps
- Complete rotisserie body/chassis restoration, including many custom project specific touches along the way.
- Removal of all unnecessary mounting tabs, brackets, mounting holes, etc.
- Complete smoothing of dashboard, removing all knobs, switches, and levers that are now integrated into the PDM & Keypad, including eliminating the glove box door.
- KMR custom hand formed front and rear flares for larger circumference wheel/tire package.
- All steel construction body panels with exception of KMR carbon/kevlar roof panel
- 2 ¾” larger wheel well opening – maintaining radius to look unmodified
- 5” removed from front inner wheel well opening on the chassis side to aid in steering lock (side to side) clearance
- Paint: Complete 360 degree repaint, starting with stripping to bare metal, coating with metal prep solution, epoxy primer, followed by finish bodywork, another coat of epoxy primer, interior (rollbar tubes, floor, dash & ceiling) finished with semi-gloss black, high build filler primer applied to exterior then block sanded by hand, then sealed with color matched urethane sealer.
- The color was brought to life with a custom color waterborne metallic gray base coat, 3 coats of high gloss / high solids clear coat flat sanded by hand and finished off with 2 coats of satin / matte clear
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