Engine swaps we like and hate.


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Filthy Sanchez
11-17-2004, 02:19 PM
The sleeper thread got me thinkin'. What interesting engine swaps have you seen? Which did you like, which did you think was stupid or you just couldn't undertand why anyone would do it in the 1st place?

Muscletang
11-17-2004, 09:50 PM
Hate - a rusty 46 Ford truck with a nice shiny LT-1, it isn't exactly stupid but just seems like a waste, guy never raced it, just went to car shows with it

Like - my friend and his dad put a Viper engine into a PT Cruiser, this was nothing but a drag car

Filthy Sanchez
11-20-2004, 05:36 AM
My favorites, 5.0 Miata or 1st gen. RX7 especially if they put in a serious 5.0 stroked and well built. Small block V8 in an early Datsun Z (240, 260, 280, 300) take your pick. Mazda rotary in a Datsun 510. I'd like to take a 13B and put it in a first generation rear drive 323. There's some other cool ones I'll see if I can get some photos.

Filthy Sanchez
11-20-2004, 06:49 AM
How do you post pics?

MagicRat
11-21-2004, 10:30 AM
How do you post pics?
There was an excellent thread on how to post pics in the Honda/Acura section a while back. Go there and try a search.

tigermiata
11-24-2004, 10:51 AM
Over 25 years ago when I saw it and the project wasn't completed at the time, but a VW 'Kombi' pickup (think Microbus with the back cut open) with a 409 Chevy installed in the back.

Andydg
11-26-2004, 12:14 PM
I don't remember where I saw it, but it was probably here, it was a video of a VW Bug with a 427 in it. It was a waste of an engine but that thing really moved!!!

I also saw a really nice looking Dodge Charger on TV with a Viper engine in it, I thought that was pretty kewl.

lucki17
11-29-2004, 03:16 PM
you guys will probibly think this is lame but it is the most interesting swap i have seen, a 93 2 door metro with a built up 91' dodge spirte r/t turbo motor in it, i think it had some where around 400 hp, i got to ride in it and it is insane! it is basicly just an engine with some seats, but my favorite swap is a datsun 510 with a ttz32 motor in it, if you dont belive me check it out on cardomain.com , its crazy, wish i could drive it.

freakonaleash1187
12-12-2004, 12:11 PM
the most interesting swap i have seen (i don't fully agree with it) is somebody put a LS-1 in a Z32. another one i have seen is a rb26det in a z32. my favorite swap will be a vg30dett into my car :grinyes:

charlzneon
12-15-2004, 02:49 AM
i've seen a 95 toyota supra with an rb26dett engine, looked pretty wicked

Filthy Sanchez
12-15-2004, 03:07 AM
i've seen a 95 toyota supra with an rb26dett engine, looked pretty wicked


Help me out here an RB26DETT engine is from who and what? I've seen older Supras with newer Supra engines, a Toyota truck with a Supra engine, an RX7 with a Supra engine, and believe it or not a Supra with a Skyline engine.How about a Taurus SHO engine in a Fiesta seen it both mid engine and regular front engine applications. Also saw an Aspire with a new Focus SVT engine with a turbo kit, not my thing being front drive however interesting none the less. Also liked a Cadillac North Star 4.6 in a Fiero.One I hate was the 914 Porsche with a chevy small block, and all the Honda swaps never really peeked my interest. Though I'd love to put a VTEC in the little Fiat X19 sports car.

Kurtdg19
12-16-2004, 12:39 PM
How about an LS1 swap into a miata (talk about hauls balls).

A good engine swap is one that was done correctly no matter what. I've seen some horrible swaps ex. an rx-7 with an L98 (third gen 350). The integrity of the vehicle was sacrificed immensley. It was faster, but the balance was way off, and the handling suffered due to it. So bottom line: If you plan on swapping, make sure you know what you want and what it will require, or the end result could be a dissappointment.

curtis73
12-16-2004, 01:17 PM
Love: 5.0 V12 BMW into an E30 BMW

http://www.bmw-power.de/Fahrzeuge/E30_350i_stelze/350_v12_10_klein.jpg

Hate: Any japanese swap; unless its a j-spec triple rotary. They're just fun.

Hate: Any swap where it costs ten times as much as the lb-ft of torque it makes.

Love: Caddy 500 in a 76 VW beetle

http://www.wsu.edu/~426hemi/img/underhood2.jpg

Filthy Sanchez
12-16-2004, 03:33 PM
How about an LS1 swap into a miata (talk about hauls balls).

A good engine swap is one that was done correctly no matter what. I've seen some horrible swaps ex. an rx-7 with an L98 (third gen 350). The integrity of the vehicle was sacrificed immensley. It was faster, but the balance was way off, and the handling suffered due to it. So bottom line: If you plan on swapping, make sure you know what you want and what it will require, or the end result could be a dissappointment.

Seen a sight where a guy tried the LS1 Miata, abandoned the project engine just wouldn't fit. It was easier with a 5.0 Ford. He did however turn around and stuff the LS1 in a BMW 325 which isn't much bigger than a Miata is it? That was a pretty cool swap.

MadMac56
12-17-2004, 01:35 AM
I knew a guy years back had a blown 427 in a little English Ford Anglia...He sat in the back seat and drove this sucker on the street...If he went to the strip he just changed to slicks, uncorked the headers and blew everyone away...

charlzneon
12-17-2004, 06:40 PM
Help me out here an RB26DETT engine is from who and what?

RB26DETT is a skyline GTR engine mate =]

ls1mazda93rx7
12-18-2004, 05:13 AM
http://www.hinsonsupercars.com/ the best!!!!

Right_LiRrr
12-19-2004, 07:48 PM
My fav sleeper swap atm is putting the EJ20T from the WRX replacing the EJ25 in Impreza RS. Rice boy killa!! hehehehe. And since the drive trains one both vehicles are so similar too, it doesn't need too much extra work done to the rest of it.

duplox
12-20-2004, 07:16 PM
Swaps I hate... chevy motors in classic fords! which is every damn '32 ford on the planet. My goal in life is to throw a big block ford into a '56 chevy and watch all the chevy fan cringe.

Swaps I like... Volvords!

Ground Rat
12-21-2004, 11:10 PM
Small block V8 in an early Datsun Z (240, 260, 280, 300) take your pick.

Like mine. :iceslolan

Filthy Sanchez
06-26-2005, 05:29 AM
Like mine. :iceslolan

Yep seen it done with Chevys and Fords would love to see someone do it with a Mopar! Actually just seen it done with a V8 (Nissan) from an Infiniti. Thought that was pretty cool.

illegal_eagle187
06-26-2005, 07:38 PM
this one guy i use to live by....had a 2nd gen toyota supra with an LT-4 out of a 97 camaro ss...i was standing outside and i seen him go out to it and start it up and do something and turn it off and i asked him what he gots in it, he said a LT-4, i was like wow...so he showed me, it was nice.......but ive seen plenty of 350 sb, it old datsuns or nissan 300zx, or 280z.......but i would like to see an Acura C30A, swapped into an integra or civic

Filthy Sanchez
06-26-2005, 07:40 PM
this one guy i use to live by....had a 2nd gen toyota supra with an LT-4 out of a 97 camaro ss...i was standing outside and i seen him go out to it and start it up and do something and turn it off and i asked him what he gots in it, he said a LT-4, i was like wow...so he showed me, it was nice.......but ive seen plenty of 350 sb, it old datsuns or nissan 300zx, or 280z.......but i would like to see an Acura C30A, swapped into an integra or civic

Acura into civic swaps are common. Unless you're talking one of the 1st or even 2nd gen. Civics that would be pretty cool.

Filthy Sanchez
06-27-2005, 02:42 AM
I just talked to a friend who says a guy up the street from him has a Z06 engine and six speed he's putting in a first gen Lexus sedan, not the glorified Corolla the rear-drive one. I think that'd be pretty sweet. Closest thing I've seen to that was a 302 (5.0) stroked to a 347 and a 6 speed shoved in a Mazda 929. I'd like to see a rotary engine in a 929 why hasn't anyone done that?

Filthy Sanchez
06-27-2005, 02:45 AM
http://www.hinsonsupercars.com/ the best!!!!


Cool link. I'd like to see them put the new Z06 engines (427) into some RX7s maybe a 300ZX or two. There was a guy near me who who put a 351 Ford stroked to a 450 in a second gen RX7 man that thing was faster than hell.

slideways...
06-27-2005, 03:24 AM
ive seen

RB26DETT in a 240z
SR20DET in a 510, 240z, datsun roadster
cadillac northstar v8 in a golf III
honda ZC 1.6L DOHC motor in a 60s mini cooper
VG30DETT in a 240sx
12A carbureted rotary in a miata
SR20DET in a miata
1.8T in a VW corrado
GM 502 V8 in a fiero
7MGTE(3rd gen supra)motor in an old toyota truck
one guy was thinking about trying a 7MGTE in his 240sx but he hasnt started yet as far as i know
SR20DET in a 350z
2JZGTE in a '98 lexus SC
20B three-rotor in an FD rx7
SR20DET in an FC rx7
buick grand national motor in a 73 corolla
SR20DET in a 91 nissan pickup
H23 turbo in a 1990 accord

Filthy Sanchez
06-27-2005, 03:48 AM
ive seen

RB26DETT in a 240z
SR20DET in a 510, 240z, datsun roadster
cadillac northstar v8 in a golf III
honda ZC 1.6L DOHC motor in a 60s mini cooper
VG30DETT in a 240sx
12A carbureted rotary in a miata
SR20DET in a miata
1.8T in a VW corrado
GM 502 V8 in a fiero
7MGTE(3rd gen supra)motor in an old toyota truck
one guy was thinking about trying a 7MGTE in his 240sx but he hasnt started yet as far as i know
SR20DET in a 350z
2JZGTE in a '98 lexus SC
20B three-rotor in an FD rx7
SR20DET in an FC rx7
buick grand national motor in a 73 corolla
SR20DET in a 91 nissan pickup
H23 turbo in a 1990 accord

From what I gather the SR20DET must be the six from the Skyline (the one that gets 14yo nut riders hot and bothered.) I've seen that in the 510, 350Z, and RX7. The Buick V6 in the Corolla and many of those you've seen as well. A 502 Fiero though!? Dam, I've seen the Northstar Fiero and the 350cid Fiero, he must've put the engine up front? I actually had a pic of an old Toyota truck with the Supra engine thought that was cool. Just recently saw a Honda S2000 motor in a Miata. Would love to see the SR20DET in the Miata, seen a lot of stroked 5.0 Miatas even had a pic of one waxing a Lambo. There was a website which is gone now with pics of various Datsun 510s that had 13bs, SR20DETs, first gen 240ZX engines, 300Z turbo V6s, 5.0s, Buick V6s, Ford 2.3 turbo fours, and even older Buick/Oldsmobile (Now Rover) 215 V8s.

slideways...
06-28-2005, 03:05 AM
actually the SR20DET is the 2.0L 4 cyl from the silvia, the japan version of the 240sx
it gets 17yr old's nutz hot and bothered

the RB26DETT is the skyline motor that gets 14 yr olds nutz hot and bothered

slideways...
06-28-2005, 03:10 AM
sorry for the cryptic engine codes

SR20DET-2 liter 4banger from nissan silvia
RB26DETT-2.6L I-6 from the skyline
2JZGTE-3.0L I-6 from the 4th gen supra(93&up)
20B-three rotor from the japan only mazda cosmo
12A-non turbo 2 rotor from the first gen RX7
ZC- 1.6L DOHC non vtec motor from late 80s crxs?ithink
H23-2.3L non vtec honda prelude SI motor 92-96

Filthy Sanchez
06-28-2005, 05:06 AM
sorry for the cryptic engine codes

SR20DET-2 liter 4banger from nissan silvia
RB26DETT-2.6L I-6 from the skyline
2JZGTE-3.0L I-6 from the 4th gen supra(93&up)
20B-three rotor from the japan only mazda cosmo
12A-non turbo 2 rotor from the first gen RX7
ZC- 1.6L DOHC non vtec motor from late 80s crxs?ithink
H23-2.3L non vtec honda prelude SI motor 92-96

No need to be sorry bro, just learning Japanese engine codes as I've grown up on American cars. Not close minded though as I respect good cars and engine chassis combos, hence this thread. Just saw another cool swap it was a newer BMW inline six stuffed into an old BMW 2002 thought it was different, hooked up well too.

Filthy Sanchez
06-28-2005, 05:08 AM
By the way don't know if I posted this link it's a great engine swap site.....

www.BritishV8.org

Indycarlover
08-17-2005, 09:29 AM
I enjoyed my 350 V8 in my X-Nissan 240 SX!

Nasty-N8
08-20-2005, 11:53 PM
How does a s-13 sr20det in a 98 chevy s-10 sound?? maybe crazy, or stupid but i love my turbo10!

want a supra
08-21-2005, 12:12 AM
A swap that pissed me off...
http://www.meggala.com/hybrid/hyb8.jpg,
a MK4 supra with a damn SR20! Its not that the sr20 is a bad motor... but it is a nissan, what ever happened to the 3s-gte?

Filthy Sanchez
09-03-2005, 05:54 AM
A swap that pissed me off...
http://www.meggala.com/hybrid/hyb8.jpg,
a MK4 supra with a damn SR20! Its not that the sr20 is a bad motor... but it is a nissan, what ever happened to the 3s-gte?

Yeah don't get that one? The Supra comes with a great engine already, same with the RX7, yet I've seen the Nissan in an RX7 as well. Though I did like it when they put one in a 350Z, as well as a 300z. Love the SR20 in a 240SX as well. A Supra though doesn't really need it. What I would like to see though is a lowered Titan with an SR20.

Vtec95Civic
09-05-2005, 02:02 AM
Seen someone with a Eclipse GSX swap in an Avenger V6.. I was just dumbfounded.

flatlander757
09-05-2005, 03:10 AM
My favorite swap seen would be an LS1 into a 69 Camaro :smile:

I'd love to see the new 427ci LS7 in one of those now :iceslolan

I'm not a fan of any swaps(or engines) in FWD cars... a sideways engine is just.. wrong :sly:

blakscorpion21
09-07-2005, 12:47 PM
why would you put an sr20 into a supra? the 2jz is way better than an sr20 but whatever u like i guess. id like to see a 2jz in a civic del sol. 320hp+2000lbs=FAST. id also like to see a 3sgte into my car.lol

Filthy Sanchez
10-10-2005, 01:46 AM
OK just saw this one. It was in Turbo magazine or an import tuner mag a 240 Nissan with a Ford flathead V8!

ZL1power69
10-11-2005, 11:50 AM
probably the two coolest swaps i've seen in person were a DeLorean with the cadilac northstar V8, and a BBC in a porsche 928 :evillol: .

want a supra
10-12-2005, 12:24 AM
A swap I did like, is the 3s-ge swap into a Levin AE86. (sorry no pic)
400th post!

pik_d
10-13-2005, 01:08 AM
about the confusing engine codes, this (http://www.freshalloy.com/site/features/tech/engines/home.shtml) site gives pretty much all but the very newest nissan codes. i dunno any for other manufacturers that have it laid out like that.

i kinda wonder if that sr20 -> supra ment that a supra engine replaced the sr20 in the silvia...?

BlackGT2000
10-16-2005, 09:53 PM
Not much of a truck guy but some of my favorite swaps are ford 302's in a ranger or a 350 in a S10. They seem so fitting, to me it seems that it should have been offered from the factory.

NitRoDrivEn
10-17-2005, 01:31 AM
Bad swap: CRX engine into a riced out Geo Metro coupe

Somewhat good swap: Turbocharged 2.0L Rotary into a 1700 pound Toyota Starlet - a 7 Seconder

Good swap: 1000HP methanol-driven engine on a school bus. That's right, a school bus. Mid to high 9's in the 1/4 mile, while at a 30 degree angle. :D

Here's a video of the bus:
http://videos.streetfire.net/Player.aspx?fileid=A94C3345-D6BB-4D2A-A2E0-17C0C21A1762&p=0

fallenprnce
10-20-2005, 04:54 PM
I love the 240SX SR20 swap, its the engine that car was meant to have... F**k that KA24 Truck engine business., a Swap I HATE, i absoloutley despise anything but a rotary in an rx-7 (makes the car handle like a bag of ass), and i hate to see such an amazing peice of engineering go to waste by putting something with ONE underhead camshaft in it.

Filthy Sanchez
10-20-2005, 10:35 PM
I love the 240SX SR20 swap, its the engine that car was meant to have... F**k that KA24 Truck engine business., a Swap I HATE, i absoloutley despise anything but a rotary in an rx-7 (makes the car handle like a bag of ass), and i hate to see such an amazing peice of engineering go to waste by putting something with ONE underhead camshaft in it.


Gotta disagree with that one, love the RX-7 with Z06 engine swap. Also saw one with a Lexus V-8, I thought that was different. Also like the rotary in a 510, or other old school ride. Just saw someone with a rotory powered first generation I-Mark Isuzu, you know the rear drivers.

sbcnotch
10-20-2005, 11:26 PM
I am putting my chevy 350 out of my dragtruck into my 89 mustang notchback. I have caught some crap about it but the project goes on. The reason for the swap is I allready have thousands in my Th350 trans and 350sbc which has 400-425 HP on motor and when it goes in the mustang it will have a 125HP nitrous plate kit. So you figure 525-550HP in a notchback that will be driven on the street to me that equals FUN. :smokin: So to me the swap I am doing will be one I LOVE

Filthy Sanchez
10-20-2005, 11:53 PM
I am putting my chevy 350 out of my dragtruck into my 89 mustang notchback. I have caught some crap about it but the project goes on. The reason for the swap is I allready have thousands in my Th350 trans and 350sbc which has 400-425 HP on motor and when it goes in the mustang it will have a 125HP nitrous plate kit. So you figure 525-550HP in a notchback that will be driven on the street to me that equals FUN. :smokin: So to me the swap I am doing will be one I LOVE

Yeah, purists get that way. I look at it this way you're looking for a car to go with the engine. If you think you're catching flack for that imagine if you had a Ford engine and located a Camaro or Vette to put it in, you'd catch soooooo much crap for that. I've seen it done as a guy had a twin turbo 5.0 stroked to 347 then was set to put it in an 80's stang, when someone offered him a 67 Camaro so he took it. He already spent the $$$$ on the engine so decided to put it in the Camaro, and every Chevy fan who saw it went Ape shit.

blakscorpion21
10-21-2005, 12:52 PM
lol put a honda motor in a camaro, you would be exiled from humanity. lol

sbcnotch
10-21-2005, 06:59 PM
I am putting my chevy 350 out of my dragtruck into my 89 mustang notchback. I have caught some crap about it but the project goes on. The reason for the swap is I allready have thousands in my Th350 trans and 350sbc which has 400-425 HP on motor and when it goes in the mustang it will have a 125HP nitrous plate kit. So you figure 525-550HP in a notchback that will be driven on the street to me that equals FUN. :smokin: So to me the swap I am doing will be one I LOVE
If anyone has done this before or knows someone who has and you have ANY information that might help I would be greatful. I already know alot about this swap but someone might know something I don't. EVEN IF YOU THINK IT IS SOMETHING SMALL I MIGHT NOT KNOW IT. THANK YOU

ZL1power69
10-21-2005, 09:43 PM
My favorite swap seen would be an LS1 into a 69 Camaro :smile:

I'd love to see the new 427ci LS7 in one of those now :iceslolan

I'm not a fan of any swaps(or engines) in FWD cars... a sideways engine is just.. wrong :sly:
u can get the LS7 as a crate engine now :evillol:
and yes the ls1 into a 69 camaro is awsome. there was one in PHR that had the ls1/4l65E with paddle shifters. u know how awsome a paddle shifted 69 camaro would be.

Filthy Sanchez
10-22-2005, 12:25 AM
lol put a honda motor in a camaro, you would be exiled from humanity. lol

I heard of a guy working on a first gen. Nova (chevy II) his plan was a Toyota NASCAR V-8.

Filthy Sanchez
10-22-2005, 12:28 AM
u can get the LS7 as a crate engine now :evillol:
and yes the ls1 into a 69 camaro is awsome. there was one in PHR that had the ls1/4l65E with paddle shifters. u know how awsome a paddle shifted 69 camaro would be.


Saw that, the paddle shifter set up is great. Would love to put the new Z06 (LS7) engine (427) in a 69 Camaro. Friend of mine has a 69 C10 pickup he wants to put the Z06 in but might just use an LS1 as the Z06 is an expensive engine.

Filthy Sanchez
10-28-2005, 02:14 AM
I am putting my chevy 350 out of my dragtruck into my 89 mustang notchback. I have caught some crap about it but the project goes on. The reason for the swap is I allready have thousands in my Th350 trans and 350sbc which has 400-425 HP on motor and when it goes in the mustang it will have a 125HP nitrous plate kit. So you figure 525-550HP in a notchback that will be driven on the street to me that equals FUN. :smokin: So to me the swap I am doing will be one I LOVE


Go to JTR or jaguars thet run I think that's www.jtr.com or www.jaguarsthatrun.com they can help you put a SBC in almost anything. I have a couple of friends (they're cousins) one rolled his Lightning and he unfortunetly let his insurance lapse. His cousin has a 71 Chevy truck and I'm trying to get them to put the lightning engine in the Chevy truck. The engine has been pumped up to over 500hp and in a chevy pickup that should be fun.

Altimas
10-28-2005, 02:17 AM
bad swap- v8 in rx7.
Good swap- 13bt in miata
Great swap- 20B in miata
Godly swap 26B in miata :naughty:
Can that even fit or been done?

Filthy Sanchez
10-28-2005, 02:21 AM
bad swap- v8 in rx7.
Good swap- 13bt in miata
Great swap- 20B in miata
Godly swap 26B in miata :naughty:
Can that even fit or been done?

Agree with the later three, just not the first one.

want a supra
10-28-2005, 12:20 PM
A v8 swap into a RX-7 is shitty at best, but a 5.0 swap into a miata... GOLD. lol

Altimas
10-28-2005, 02:48 PM
Agree with the later three, just not the first one.
rx7= Rotary eXperiment...

Filthy Sanchez
10-28-2005, 08:11 PM
A v8 swap into a RX-7 is shitty at best, but a 5.0 swap into a miata... GOLD. lol


Actually I've seen a 5.0 in a 1st gen. RX7, same dimensions as the Miata almost. I agree the 5.0 (specially a stroker) is pretty raw. A rotary in a Miata is cool too. I've seen LS1 GM engines in RX7 and there OK, I'd like to see an LS7.

honda_racing101
11-02-2005, 07:46 PM
Whats wrong with an LS1 or another V-8 in an RX-7. The LS1 only weighes 60 lbs more than the stock iron 13b. And it gives the car something its never seen before. Torque.

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