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6 Oddball Engine Swaps that make you go Hmmmm….

Posted in BMW, car modifications, Car Tech, Cars, Chrysler, Dodge, Engines, Honda, M Series, Mini by MrAngry | October 27th, 2010 | 30 Responses |

Ever own a car that you wished had more power? I know I have. Generally the cure for a situation such as this is simple. You can either bolt on a turbo or supercharger, add some heads or an exhaust, maybe a big bottle of nitrous, or simply sell the old bag of bolts and buy something new. There are however those chosen few petrol heads that choose to think outside the box, and go buck wild by simply shoehorning an engine that’s bigger and better between the frame rails. Sometimes it works out great, other times the cars just turn into a Frankenstein mess. Either way though you have to respect the heart, soul and labor that’s put into these projects because 9 times out of 10, they turn out to be pretty darn cool.

• 1988 Dodge Conquest TSi w/ Small block Chrysler 340

1988 Conquest TSi

Now here’s something that you don’t see everyday. Going from a turbo-charged, fuel injected inline-4, to a small block 340 cu in V8. Hell, even in stock form the 340 would piss all over the original 176 hp 4-banger, so in my book this conversion is first rate.

• 1989 Ford Festiva Shogun w/ Taurus SHO V6

1989 Ford Fiesta Shogun

Shogun V6

This is one of those rare factory experiments that was just o-so-right! Ford decided to take the 220 hp Yamaha derived V6 from the Taurus SHO and stuff it into the back of a Ford Fiesta. They flared the fenders, dumped the back seat and in turn, created one of the coolest little hot hatches in history.

• 1969 Dodge Charger w/ 6.1-liter HEMI

1969 Dodge Charger

1969 Dodge Charger

Fiddle with a carburetor enough and you’ll find yourself longing for something high-tech with fuel injection. The owner of this 1969 Dodge Charger must have felt that way, as they ditched the original Detroit gas guzzler in favor of a new 6.1-liter 425 hp new generation HEMI. They now have power, mileage and no BS carburetor hassles.

• 1988 e30 M3 w/ E60 M5 V10

BMW e30 M3

BMW e30 M3

Arguably one of the best M-cars ever created, the e30 M3 has an extreme cult following. However in stock condition, with only 215 hp on tap, you’ll need to rev the crap out of it to get the most from the little mill. That is where the 500 hp V10 from the e60 M5 comes in. Do some fabrication work, drop the big V10 between the frame rails and presto, instant super car.

• 1980’s MG Roadster w/ Corvette LS1

MG Roadster

MG Roadster

I have to say that this is probably my favorite on the list. On the outside it’s a simple unassuming MG Roadster, but on the inside it’s a fire-breathing powerhouse, capable of surprising the crap out of just about everything on the street. Kudo’s to the owner for this one.

• 1980’s Mini Cooper w/ Honda K-Series Vtec

Mini Cooper Honda Engine

It’s small, handles great and now, thanks to the Honda B-series engine stuffed under the hood, has some serious cojones to go with the looks. The only downside I can see to this swap is that this thing must have a monumental amount of torque steer. Otherwise though it’s a pretty wicked little road burner.

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30 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    i saw an old 71ish camaro with an ls7 stuffed under the hood O.O

  2. 98dsmgs says:

    My favorite on this list is the charger but the M3 is a VERY close second

  3. BigRuss says:

    ive seen the 6.1 dropped in almost every old mopar now that its starting to become the norm… but that V10 M3 is fuckin sweet

  4. ds440 says:

    I saw an 80’s Volvo station wagon run a low 12 at the local dragstrip. I stopped the kid driving the car to ask him what-in-the-hell he had in that thing………..350 Chevy stroker motor. Nice.

  5. Shahroz says:

    i remember in dubai i saw an SLK at the local store with cutouts in the hood and displaying a swapped SLR engine
    can only imagine how that lil beast ran! ( if it really was an SLR engine lol)

  6. SNAK3 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV4HdsDZX6c
    a smart car with a hayabusa is prolly the best one

  7. Togo says:

    I owned a 1.2ltr Vauxhall Corsa and stuck a 2ltr Vauxhall Calibra engine into it.

    In true rookie fashion(it being my car mod) I neglected to change the engine mounts to stop it killing my car.

    It killed my car.

    For the first week, it was utterly demonic. And then the gearbox broke.

    I got £100 scrap :(

  8. BigRuss says:

    i kinda want to drop a 440 Fuel Injected Hemi in my ram…

  9. BobK says:

    Once saw a 1980 BMW e12 5 series with an LT1 V8. It was done right, no backyard special.

  10. edide_b18c5 says:

    that is in fact a b-series NOT a k-series

  11. Ahmad says:

    You made a typo with the minicooper, the engine in the mini pictured is a B-series.

  12. MrAngry says:

    edide_b18c5 & Ahmad – Thanks for the heads-up!

  13. James says:

    That photo of the SHO engine is the 96-99 and up SHO V8 which was just a duratec engine with two extra cylinders. The Festiva SHOguns had the 1990 SHO V6 Designed and Built by Yamaha.

  14. Jason says:

    Wrong SHO motor pictured.

  15. Jason says:

    Ford didn’t put that motor in the Festiva either, Chuck Beck and Rick Titus did.

  16. TwistedD85 says:

    That’s a V8 SHO engine, not the V6, just a heads up.

  17. jeffy says:

    I’ve seen a 2nd gen Celica with a Grand National motor

  18. MrAngry says:

    Thanks for the update on the SHO V6 – Problem Solved!!

  19. mba student says:

    Honda Insight + k20a ultimate sleeper

  20. Brenden says:

    You made a second mistake with the Mini Cooper with the B series motor. You said it would have monumental torque steer. Since when do Honda motors make any torque?

  21. Craig says:

    I am surprised that none of the older Z cars are up there. They take the Skyline GTR swaps, as well as the SBC swaps. Or how about any Subaru. I have seen people drop the flat 6 engines from the SVX into everything ranging from Impreza’s to Legacies (Libertys).

    These are all well-known swaps to most car enthusiasts.

  22. Jason says:

    I see you deleted my comment, but the SHOgun info is still incorrect. Ford had nothing to do with that swap. I’ll link you if you’re looking to make this article accurate.  

  23. 68SportFury says:

    Hey, that’s my photo of the V8 Conquest.

    Elsewhere in my Flickr stream, you can see a Crosley wagon with an early Hemi in it.

  24. kyle says:

    most of these swaps are pretty common…

  25. antny says:

    is there any scrap mini for 100/200

  26. antny says:

    if so send me a picher

  27. antny says:

    mg zr with honda s2000 block !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Zack says:

    How about the Honda Civics with Corvette engines? Or Geo Metros with v8s?

  29. gstatus007 says:

    correction. mini cooper has a b-series vtec. K series have revers orientation