As a younger man, I spent a lot of time around modified Subarus. I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience (or so I thought) to the point where I decided to attempt motor swap. I parked my car in my mother’s garage for what I thought would be the very last time it would ever be naturally-aspirated. Boy was I…
“It makes great noises!” Jay Leno exclaims, almost inaudibly over the exhaust of this 1973 Restomod Mazda RX-3 packing the heart of a second-generation RX-7. Great noises, indeed.
The Subaru Rally Team USA crew may have just a bit more experience with this than your usual NASIOC bros, but when one of their cars experienced engine woes at the Oregon Trail Rally, they got to work. Old engine out, new engine in. Here’s a time-lapse of a sub-three-hour engine swap for one of their Imprezas.
Swapping your car's engine with something better can create a very pleasant Frankenstein. Like this Beetle with an Alfa Romeo flat-four. It's politically incorrect, but still very cool.
No matter if it is a cheap and cheerful econobox or a shiny and pricey Ariel Atom V8, light cars can get a lot out of high-revving motorcycle engines.
When it comes to the question of tuning communist cars, creativity quickly becomes the most important quality of the engineering team. Even it that only consists of a few buddies with hammers and beers in their hands. Sure, you can always bring a classic Lada's engine up to 160+ horses with a limited slip…
Perhaps the only thing stranger than dropping a small block Chevy in an relatively unloved mini-SUV is the fact that more than one person has done it.
What do you do when the trusty 5 cylinder diesel in your 1981 Mercedes 300TD finally requires a replacement? While most people would probably find another Mercedes diesel and enjoy several hundred thousand more miles of relatively trouble free driving, the builder of this unique Benz had an entirely different idea.
Ever the fans of a good engine swap, we couldn't help but admire the work behind this one. Can you identify the motor and the vehicle? Click "More" for the answer.
After getting my Project Van Hell '66 Dodge A100 last weekend, I was a bit apprehensive about removing its rod-knockitty engine through the doors. I've done plenty of engine swaps, but never out of a mid-engined van. No problem!
First of all, I know most of you are already yelling "HAYABUSA," but that's what everyone says when they see this car. We need more creative engine-swap suggestions for this fine Italian thoroughbred.
"Hey bro, engine hoists are for loser V8s. The Honda Civic's engine is so light, it floats right out of the car if you unbolt it. Seriously. I read it online." - A Moron.
Last time we checked on on Dave Coleman and his Hayabusa-powered Miata project, the Miatabusa Madmen had their new engine installed. Were they satisfied with the 161-pound weight savings? Not at all!
You probably remember the Police Brutality BMW M70 V12-Powered '63 Thunderbird, which suffered from some teething problems on the track. If so, you'll be pleased to know that it now sports reliable German diesel power!
Dropping an L28ET yanked from a Datsun 280ZX Turbo into a third-gen Firebird and racing the result was a good idea, which makes today's swap a great idea!
We were hoping— without much basis in anything resembling reality— that the L28ET-powered 3rd-gen Firebird would utterly dominate this weekend's LeMons race. Sadly, a roaring engine fire ended the aptly named FireKats' run at a major trophy.