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Question of the Week: Tell us your dream engine swap


#101

Burning rubber doesn’t prove anything. For a street car, the longest strip of rubber that I have ever seen was by a 1950 Ford six.


#102

True John but, slamming the pedal down and laying a good strip without any brake assistance is pretty fun. Not trying to prove anything except making myself laugh.


#103

Believe it or not, I also have a 66 Silver Blue Mustang convertible. I will finish up a 7 year restoration in a few months. Mine also came with a 302 (circa 1969). I was lucky enough to find a period correct 289 and had it rebuilt. As for Angie…depends on a lot of factors like are you running an auto, 3, 4 or 5 speed? How do you envision using Angie? Weekend pleasure cruises, local shows?

Mostly, it depends on your budget.

From the pic, it looks like a C code (originally a 289-2 bbl). On the lower end of the scale, I’d say go with a freshed up 289 or pre 1971 302. Both have enough horsepower and torque to get you around at a decent clip. If you have deep pockets and a lot of time, I’d consider a 2013 or newer 5.0 but now you’re looking at some other upgrades for Angie to keep her happy (and you safe). With twice the horsepower and torque, you’ll need to make sure the structural integrity is up to snuff. Wiring will need to addressed along with an upgrade to the rear gears. Most important is a decent set of disc brakes (I went 4 wheel disc with a booster).

Good luck with whatever you decide. Angie is a real beauty.


#104

Already driving one of mine – new crate LS3 in my 82 242 Volvo. Pulled out the 5.0L Ford that was in it before to upgrade to the current mill. Next will be to find a clean 71-74 Toyota Corolla and go aluminum LS in it.


#105

BLOWN HEMI IN A PRIUS…
call her Greenpeace


#106

This is an awesome build.


#107

I think I have 2. A Honda Fireblade bike engine in an old Honda S600 or S800 convertible, and taking a 32 Ford style hotrod and powering it with a turbo Honda K-series mated to a BMW ZF 5-speed.


#108

1954 Corvette powered by Pontiac OHC Sprint 6. Two speed automatic would appear more correct, but four (or 5) speed would be more fun to drive.


#109

I’d put in a K code HP289.


#110

Friend plans to put an Arias 496 into a Fiat Topolino for street use. Radical.


#111

215 V8 aluminum Buick into an Sunbeam Alpine…about 170lbs lighter than a Ford V8,


#112

I owned a 1951 Olds Rocket 88 that had the engine bore and stroke squared (3 7/8 bore and 3/78 stroke or 1/8 inch 125 thousandths overbore) that had plenty of power back in the late 1950’s but I always had dreams of having a 1957 Olds J-2 engine installed (the 3 carb version). Never did it but always wondered what it would be like.


#113

@jguyer_autodrome - That is certainly an interesting combination that I don’t think I would have ever come up with. I dig it!


#114

Trust me, the “Buick guys” would hate you. Lol.


#115

I’d drop an Innercooled Buick Grand National V-6 into a VW Bus. It would take some plumbing work getting a radiator & inner cooler up front but it can be done.
Can you imagine the look on people’s faces when their Corvette or Challenger got blown away by an old VW Bus?
With all the weight over the rear wheels I bet it would hook up pretty well & pull the front end once max boost builds.


#116

Might get some resistance for this one, but back when I worked at a car dealership and these were new, I always thought a Nissan Juke body on an old school lifted pickup chassis would be neat.

For the engine swap, I’m thinking blown-alcohol BBC rear mounted/rear facing, monster truck style.


#117

Most of the cars I like came with a great engine in at least one trim level. The Shelby GT350/R, for example. The one car that has always lacked power, in my opinion, is the Mazda Miata. Now that the latest design has improved looks and lost weight, it’s a ripe candidate for a turbo version. Pick your favorite 2.0T available from just about any great source these days. They’re making well north of 250HP, which is a huge gain over even the Miata’s most potent engine. And don’t give me complaints about peaky output–many excellent examples are tuned to provide excellent low-end torque and fairly flat torque curves to near red line.