Engine swaps can be expensive and time-consuming measures for even the most experienced of mechanics, but even casual car people like to discuss the “what-ifs” of engine swaps. Those with a passion for cars seem to always have thoughts on how to make their beloved cars better—enter the heart transplant that is an engine swap.
To us there are two types of engine swaps, factory and non-factory. A factory swap is the daydreaming about the cool factor of a brand putting one of their engines in one of their cars that it is currently not optioned with. Example—The 2019 Colorado would be more than a little bit cooler if the 5.3-liter V-8 from the Silverado found its way under the hood.
The non-factory swap is the more popular one to discuss. A small-block Chevy 350 in a hot rod, or a supercharged 3.8-liter six in your Fiero. The sky’s the limit here so long as your fabrication skills and budget are up to the task.
This would be a perfect swap candidate. Plenty of room under the hood. (Photo Hagerty)
Want to drop a Ford Coyote in your Plymouth Roadrunner, a Buick Wildcat in your Mercury Cougar, or a Jeep Tornado into your Pontiac Tempest? Let us hear it—what powerplant do you wish you could put under the hood of your favorite car? Let us know in the comments below.