The formula sounds simple: buy some old $800 Craigslist special and stuff an omnipresent LS in it. This is what every Internet car nerd recommends if you want cheap speed, and this is how this kind of budget build actually plays out, fuckups included.
A 12V Cummins diesel is an amazingly mechanical motor, and all it takes to get big power and bigger torque is some hardware changes. This video walks you through the simple (and not so simple) steps of the process.
The idea is simple: take the bad motor (a shakey gas big block) out of a good truck (a ‘73 Dodge D200) and swap it with a good motor (a 12 valve Cummins diesel) out of a bad truck (a junked ‘95 Ram). How hard could it be?
[Here's Tony Angelo testing his nitrous-shot 705 horsepower Formula Drift FR-S at last summer's East Coast Bash. It looked like he was prepping for the apocalypse. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove]
Maybe more than anything else, the Scion FR-S, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ trio are platforms: easy to buy, easy to strip, and very much rear-wheel drive. This has led to some rather audacious engine swaps.
Wish you knew how to get a cheap beater car to start drifting? Here's how!
Without anyone noticing, Formula Drift cars became quite possibly the most powerful racers of their kind in any competition anywhere in the world. How do I know this? Because I drove Tony Angelo's 705 wheel horsepower Scion FR-S… and crashed it.