Friday, July 25, 2014

Coffee Brake: Coolest Engine Swap Now And Later

To swap or not to swap is always the question, particularly when you see a classic with a small engine such as an Opel Manta A.  What if you've already gone down that dark path of unoriginality, now you've got to ask -- is your engine swap cool enough?  Is the boogie worth the pick juice worth the squeeze?  So, the question then for today's Friday Coffee Brake is: What is the coolest engine swap you've ever seen and what would you like to see?

from corvaircorsa.com

The builder of the Jaguar V12 powered Corvair called it the Jaguair, which sounds much better than Corvag, but neither convey the awesome that is a V12 front engine'd Vair that looks 100% stock from the outside.  Read more about it here on Corvaircorsa.


The swap of the future will be the 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline-4 that is currently scheduled to be put in the 2015 Ford Mustang.  The EcoBoost engine will be rated at least 300 horsepower in the Mustang and would be perfect to swap into a Fox body Ford Mustang SVO from the 80s.

Worded another way:

What engine swap do you want right now and what are you looking forward to?

30 comments:

  1. Fisker Karma "glider" + 638 HP GM LS9 + 6-speed stick = WM Destino - article / article / info

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  2. I've gotta bookmark this page so I can update it in a couple of years when my next project is moving under the power of its transplanted heart. Hmmm...

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  3. Holy automotive genius batman!

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  4. also this location swapped mid-engine saab 900T - saw it at the saab museum a few months ago - svävare!

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  5. Coolest swap already done has to be the Jerrari. Its got its own wikipedia page for cryin out loud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerrari

    Coolest swap in the future. Tesla model S power plant in a 64 Pontiac GTO.

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  6. SHOgun Festiva was supercool and of course you cant complain about a LS1 swapped Porsche 914 right?

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  7. Hilmerson's Volvo powered Opel Manta Opel Manta always rises quickly to the top, right under the Jaguair which is the hands down winner for me.

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  8. I would like to seeJuly 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    A modern Aston Martin V-12 in a Lagonda S4 and a modern BMW-sourced V-12 in a Camargue.

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  9. Some sport bike engine in a Fiat 850 spider

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  10. Aston Martin V12 in a Jaguar XK12C with a 6-speed sequential gearbox is one I'd like to see (and own and drive). Couple of odd ones I've seen are Jaguar DOHC six in a vintage sports-racing Ferrari (glad to say later restored with its original Ferrari V12) and a Jag six again in a Chevy 3/4-ton 4x4 pickup! That one was later replaced by a Cadillac V8. Worse than these (which were at least cool engines) was a Willys L-head 4-cyl engine in an MG TD. Ugh!

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  11. Kawasaki ZX-11 sportbike engine mid-mounted in an AW11 MR2. It'll never happe....oh, wait.

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  12. VW Vanagon with a 6.0 liter W12:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avbzt-Uca20

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  13. olds 215 into a volvo 122

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  14. Easily the craziest swap I've see was when I was 13 in the mid '60s in a quarter car wash in Los Angeles. There was a Corvair van in the next stall with the door open and inside was a V8. I'd heard of such swaps before and went over for a better look and saw there were two nailhead Buicks in line! I talked with the guy a bit but don't remember much more than that he worked for Arias Pistons. He did an incredible smoky, fishtailing burnout for me when he left.

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  15. Yep, I can't wait until the 2015 2.3 Turbo Mustangs get on the road so people can start crashing them!
    The more in the salvage yard, the cheaper that 2.3 drivetrain will cost!
    That would be perfect for my Volvo 1800ES along with a Mustang II suspension for the rack & pinion steering.

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    1. That's a good choice! Call it half a Tiger.

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    2. Until you try to race it and it showed its stripes are full blown. A stock Tiger would be hard pressed to catch it with 300HP and a 6 spd. Other Fords like Cortinas, Falcons and early Mustangs will also benefit anyone looking for a bolt in using Ford components and (as Rene points out) a Mustang II front end.

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  17. I was working at an insurance company in Ohio in the mid-70's in underwriting when I got a call from an agent. With great hesitation he said he wanted to insure a client's Opel GT. After an agonizingly long set of questions trying to find out why the agent felt he needed permission to insure an Opel GT, I finally asked, "What engine is in it?"
    "Uh.....a Merlin."
    "I know what a Merlin is and it won't fit in an Opel GT."
    "Well, he cut the car in half, extended it about 10 feet and put it behind the driver's seat in the middle of the car."

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    1. Opel GT with a V12 airplane engine in it, you say? Did it look like this, this, and/or this? Here's link to a story about the fun people were having with these engines in the 50's and 60's, putting them in cars, boats, trikes, tractors and a BMW Isetta.

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    2. That is completely insane. Why can't people just drive their old classics nicely at the speed they were intended to travel?

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  18. The bigger SHO Ecoboost engine in any car platform it will work in?

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    1. Isn't the biggest SHO/Yahaha engine the one that was tucked quietly into the Volvo XC90? 308 HP. Sweet engine, very robust and with the Volvo AWD gets incredible gas mileage hauling a heavy load.

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    2. But the SHO EcoBoost 3.5L V6 makes 365hp easily in stock trim :-D and much more with slightly bigger turbos. I worked on this engine for Ford back during development in 2006. I still like it.

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  19. The swap I'm currently working on. An Alfa 3.0 V-6 into my sweet GTV

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    1. Any pics posted anywhere, EvDeath?

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    2. Not yet just started, it's my winter project, but the road is well marked, several of the swaps have already been done. See Alfa Performance Connection, Orange, CA

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  20. Miatabusa- Dave Coleman's swap is the dream of every motorhead that likes light cars and ridiculous revs. The icing on the cake is that his write up is what every car-nerd should read for a good education and shows that even the guys that are way smarter than ourselves are still learning. Really awesome stuff: http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/3520/Project-Miatabusa-Part-17-EVO-II-is-Finally-Here.aspx

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    1. And I should add, if beautiful custom machining is your thing, beware the images are definitely NSFW, pure fabrication porn.

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