Sometimes, All You Need Is Air
Frown, Purist

Sometimes you don’t need to throw the entire catalog at a car. If you make just a few choices carefully you can strike the right balance. The first choice that Jason Mendieta made was to get his hands on a Carrera 4.

Stepping up to the 964 meant saying goodbye to both his Forester and STI, but he hasn’t looked back. Both Subarus were heavily modified, but Jason knew he had to go about this one carefully. The result is straightforward. Some of the Porsche DNA may have been lost along the way, but it’s simple and clean. It’s a car that Jason chose because he knew it wouldn’t take much to make it his own.


When I first came across the Porsche I was immediately enamored by it; there’s something indescribable that happens when you remove the clear air space beneath a car.


As the penultimate air-cooled Porsche, the 964 body-lines look even better when aired out. There’s no denying that this is a car with presence.


It really goes to show what a good wheel does to a car too. In this case Jason resized his BBS RSs himself; they now measure 17×8.5-inch and 17×10.5-inch front and rear respectively. He’s had other wheels on the car too, and you can see them on his Instagram if you’re so inclined. As it sits now the fitment is spot on.


To get this snug-like-a-glove look and still get around the greater Los Angeles area, Jason needed to go with an air ride setup. He’s chosen Air Lift Performance parts with V2 management to navigate the potholes.


Incidentally, while we were scurrying around the back alleys, a team of people showed up to discuss fixing said potholes in this area.


Potholes aside, Jason’s built this car exactly as he always wanted. Eighties styling coupled with his own imagination, he says it’s a car that makes purists frown. But should they?

Improving Perfection

Before we hit up the backroads to find out, I had to give the inside of the Porsche a thorough once-over.


As you can see, the ‘clean and simple’ mantra has been uttered here as well. Porsche certainly knew what they were doing back in the day and the custom wrapped Monaco wheel from our friends at Renown USA will be the first thing you notice.


Look a bit closer and you’ll find a freshly leather-wrapped dash and tasteful door cards finished with plaid, nice stitching, and RS-style leather pull tabs which match the Renown wheel.


Tucked under the dash is the Air Lift Performance AutoPilot V2 controller which allows Jason the convenience of adjusting ride height on the fly if he so choses. Or, at the touch of a button he can tuck those wheels into their resting position.


And on my way to the rear of the car I just had to admire those wheels again. Brushed silver faces, black hex caps, and polished lips. So tasty.


Arriving at the back end I was pleasantly surprised to find a somewhat aesthetic motor. Not many Porsches have motors which are nice to look at, but with a carbon fiber intake scoop and heater blower bypass this setup ticks that box.

The 3.6L is good for 247hp at 6,100rpm and 228 lb-ft at 4,800rpm. It won’t win many drag races, but the car is, as all Porsches are, a dream in the twisty bits.

Cruising Speed

With the RUF front lip elevated off the asphalt we took a spin on one of the many canyon passes in and around Los Angeles County.


Even at normal speed it’s here that you’ll really feel the shortcomings in a car. Push it a bit and these shortcomings become exponentially more obvious.


However, in the case of this 964 on air, there were no shortcomings. Along with the air ride, Jason’s added an APfab custom tie rod and bump steer correction kit and the car handles like a dream.


It still is a Porsche, after all.


I’m sure if we really got on it we wouldn’t be as fast as a properly set-up car on coilovers, but on this road at the reasonable speeds we were doing, everything was copacetic.

Before installing the Air Lift Performance setup Jason put the car through its paces at a few AutoX events. Now on the new kit he says with a proper alignment and appropriately sized wheels (which don’t rub), the car handles about the same as it did before he switched setups.


It exudes style and remains a fantastic canyon cruiser that’s been gone through with a fine-tooth comb, leaving behind just the right amount of Porsche DNA.


It was out here that I noticed other things that Jason’s changed about the car; the front license place indent was shaved by West Jones Auto, producing a much more natural flow to the car.


You’ll also notice Euro-spec turn signals and, if your eyes are sharp enough, Euro-spec H4 headlights. Even knowing all the attention to detail and love and that’s been poured into this car I’m sure there are still those with a frown on their faces.


If you’re one of these few who can’t see past the air ride I kindly suggest you remember that all of the original parts can go right back on. The owner won’t hear your complaints anyway, at least not over the absolutely exquisite exhaust note of a Cup car exhaust setup that’s had the volume turned up with a secondary muffler delete.


As is often the case when you build a car to a certain style, Jason’s made friends with other like-minded, younger, non-purist Porsche owners. They call themselves the ‘Coolfuchs’ and they’re just looking for a good time in their air-cooled Porsches.

I kindly suggest you let them have their fun.

Trevor Yale Ryan
Instagram: tyrphoto



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What a stunner!


So a week or so ago you rag on young subi owners and their cheap parts, and this week you kindly suggest to let people have their fun? That's a rather hypocritical thing to say.


I do see where you're coming from, but there's a chance you missed what I was on about.

But I dont see any thoughtless thoughtless mods, detached bodywork and knockoff parts here. What I do see is hard work and a thorough vision turned into reality. And this should be celebrated.


Except for the Momo prototipo knockoff steering wheel. After a rewrap, a genuine Momo would be cheaper.


Ah, ok. So you're only allowed to have fun if you've got money. Good to know.


That is exactly not what I have ever said so I can only assume you didn't read either story in entirety.


I don't get it. Such a tidy car and great photos. Everything was going well until I read: " Even knowing all the attention to detail and love and that’s been poured into this car I’m sure there are still those with a frown on their faces."

Who. Cares. What. Others. Think.

And then it got worse:
"As is often the case when you build a car to a certain style, Jason’s made friends with other like-minded, younger, non-purist Porsche owners"

Why ruin such a great feature with commentary like this?


That's the first thing that came to my mind too. This is not the first article on SH, that's been laced with this prejudiced BS. I'm getting pretty tired of these car features, turning into rants about who can judge who. If this "No f***'s given" attitude is what you're comfortable with, then why promote it in every other article. "Before you keyboard warriors..", "I'm sure someone dissapproves..", "The owner doesn't care.." and it goes on and on.

And on the subject of age, is it really a thing you wan't to try and create a division of in SH? ", younger, non-purist..." Are you really so naive to think, that right now is all that matters, and all the old purists just need to shut up?

Like SW1 said, who cares. Just feature the cars, and give some credit to your audience's ability to judge things on their own. I think I could go on about how this kind of attitude pisses me off, but English not being my native language, I think I'll just leave it at that.


Woah, I mean the whole point of me dedicating three lines to this was to be lighthearted. It is something that is happening, especially as the value of these cars increases. I can't make everyone happy but you assign the tone yourself and choose what to take away. On that note, your feedback is appreciated.


3 lines in one story doesn't get commented on. The same thing in multiple stories does.
Love SH but some criticism is fair and you guys get quite defensive (more often than not for good reason - being an online presence and the comments must be a taxing part of the job but don't let it stop you taking on feedback).

Mikko Kukkonen

What is happening, the fact that not everybody likes that you are modifying a classic car? There has always been people, who don't like what some other people do to their cars. It comes with the territory, and it's something one must develop a thick skin for. I gotta say though, that the negative comments are not something I hear being said that often. Hence the next paragraph.

I've seen some of the younger enthusiasts making the hobby harder for themselves, by rebelling against these internet-borne stereotypes that really aren't there. A lot of real car people appreciate other peoples handiwork, and being proactive with this "Zero f's given" (I'm using that, because I think it has become a rallying call for some people today) attitude isn't helping the community at all. Like the owner of the 2JZ Mustang said, it's the internet where all the negative stuff is, and not so much on the streets and car meets/shows. So my point is, that we don't need to promote these negative stereotypes, because it's not that prominent in the real world.

I don't like to get into arguments over the internet, because like you said, with written word it's hard to get your point across to everybody. That being said, I still think that SH has had one too many articles in recent memory, that have clung to the idea that there is a group of people out there that are trying to take away the fun and we need to give them a middle finger salute. I appreciate you replying to my comment, and these are just my issues with your otherwise great car content.


For sure, you raise some really good points Mikko.

As far as thick skin goes it's worth mentioning the owner isn't sensitive to criticism, he knew what he was building and why, and he's executed it really well.

As far as enthusiasts building cars with a 'zero f's given' attitude I completely agree with your sentiment. And it's true the attention-seeking and negativity is primarily on the internet because it's so much easier to infer false intent and there are little to no consequences to insulting someone.

Such is life, and I appreciate your insightful comments.


I can't imagine what you'll add if the English language was your thing.

Mikko Kukkonen

I guess you're right, I think I made my point pretty clear.


trevor seems to have a massive boner for inciting shit


Nice car, great pictures, crap article.

Can SH stop with all the scene politics shit? Nobody cares. We just want well shot photos of nice cars with a bit of copy giving us some background story.


Porsche +RSs + Air Ride + Renown Wheel = Feature.

Well, I guess it's site-sponsor-correct, but what am I missing here? It feels like I've seen this recipe before. A lot. If not in a feature, then in the background of show reports and that.


I think it's just one of those all time perfect combinations that's difficult to improve upon. It's not as if we have a finite amount of space online, so we might as well showcase good examples of a good recipe from time to time.

With regards the sponsor comment, it does happen that cars we identify as potentially feature worthy turn out to have some of our sponsor's parts on them and this is one of them. The companies that help keep Speedhunters alive cover a huge part of the automotive aftermarket, so it's to be expected that their products show up regularly, particularly when they're market leaders within their respective fields.

Christian Schmidt


This is a very nice Porsche and let the people do what they want with their cars. And SH is one of the last online sources were not the Sponsor say what kind of cars and styles should be published.


You misunderstand; I think it's lovely, it just feels like I've seen lots of these fairly recently, all very similar. I've got nothing against what's been done to the car, nor do I think people should not "do what they want with their cars", to each their own.

I like the car, I was just wondering what marked it out for a feature, what it "brings to the party" so to speak, as to me it feels (to use a phrase I hate) a little "played out"; and noticing the sponsor-correct fitment of parts was part of this wondering. I know sponsorship rarely influences content on here, and advertorials are usually fairly well-signposted.

Also to Paddy, you've summed it all up succinctly as always :)
I love most of what goes on here and I try to add something constructive. I'm back to loving Speedhunters with you (and previously Dino) at the helm.
I totally understand why there's sponsors and partners and stuff, I know it keeps the wheels turning; it also happens that they're the best in the biz and it's no surprise they turn up time and again - I've got 8-year-old/140,000-mile KWs on my Caddy and they're still as good as the day they went on, after all :) still never boarded the Rocket Bunny / overfender hype train, though; but that seems to be pulling out of the station.


For what it's worth, my wife found this car (if she learns to shoot she'll put me out a job). Beyond the BBS wheels and obviously some sort of air suspension I had no idea regarding the specifics of the car until I showed up. Not how I'd usually do things, by the way, but when you're traveling it's best to pack in as much as you can and sort it out later :)


Beautiful car!


Drool worthy! Thanks for bringing us these shots Trevor!


I honestly think that this car is really well put together. Gorgeous fitment, perfect offset..... the list goes on ...


no,we don't need "air suspension" on 911,clean car nevertheless.


Non-judgemental question: what do you suggest as an alternative for someone who wants to run their car low when live somewhere that isn't practical for low cars?


the same thing a zebra does when it wants to go swimming but all the alligators are in the community pool.


'I don't like low cars, so nobody else should have them.'

It's a bit of a slippery slope that, when you want to remove freedom of choice based on your own preferences. What if someone else dislikes something you like, and wants to take it away from you?

For a street car, I've not experienced a better solution than air when the need for instant height adjustment is required. My GTI used to scrape at standard ride height over speed ramps near my house, but I can now lift over them no issue and run the car at a lower driving height. It's also more fun to drive than stock and (subjectively, anyways) is much improved on track.

Would it be outright faster with a decent 3-way adjustable coilover setup and proper corner weighting? Probably. Would I ever see that performance benefit on a day-to-day basis? Absolutely not.


I'd be impressed if you could actually give an explanation about why 3 way adjustable shocks are used compared to 4 way adjustable shocks and how much rebound affects performance compared to compression.



I like how you guys are all ganging up on people because there really isn't any real reason to defend bags from performance point of view. Many expert suspension tuners have written about this. Maybe time to buy some books and put down the pen, Hemingway.




The only thing i would change is a duck-tail spoiler

Guilherme Wolff

You know when a car is special when you see it and go like "wait a minute, i've seen this car before!". So well built and unique that it sticks to your memory and you can recognise it anywhere. Congratulations man!


Hey Trevor, do more Porsche stuff! I appreciate your work on this site. Less features with air ride though.. ;)


Haha thanks. In that case you'd likely appreciate the stuff I did with SharkWerks, you can check the tag here:

I wonder what they've got cooking over there lately...


Too much garage queen for me , many details and weight only for beauty , not so much "speed" hunter.


imagine how good with good suspension

Jordan Butters

So close to a cohesive sentence, yet so far.


not everyone he've the same english,my man
respect porsche


One could say the same of anyone who thinks what was written here about bags my friend :)


So close to a cohesive sentence, yet so far.


Welp, this site is so close to covering stuff that isn't rice, but you're all so far. Site has really taken a dive recently imo.


Clean and tight.


Well you can't say that it's not a great looking car. I don't mind air as long as the application suits the build. bags, bbs wheels and oem + styling = OK. Bags on pseudo-racecar = meh.


Clean execution, looks fantastic. Any more info about the air set up? Are the rear torsion bars simply removed or are they set at their lowest position and supported by the addition of the bags also?


Any pics of where the air tank and compressor are mounted? Didn't see any on his instagram either.