What's The Most Ridiculous Engine Swap You've Ever Seen?

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As an advocate of taking the beating heart out of an automotive donor and putting it in a smaller frame to make something downright supernatural, I simply adore engine swaps as one of the best bang for your buck mods in existence. What are some of the weirdest and most ridiculous swaps you’ve seen or attempted?


When you work on the internet as I do, you learn to darken your heart and take nothing personally because otherwise you’d never stop crying. However, sometimes I engage with my h8rs and offer up half-assed rebuttals to their often inane quandaries. One particular issue I had was with people talking about how a GM LS V8 engine swap into a Porsche 996 was blasphemy, heresy, and worthy of nothing but scorn.

Apparently, an American powerplant in an iconic German car was simply too much to handle, and I can certainly appreciate that, as it’s an unconventional swap that does more to tank your resale value than a custom Justin Bieber wrap ever could.

However, that’s not the point. The reason you’d change a car’s engine is to get more power, more efficiency, and a different exhaust note. It’s essentially a whole new car for the price of one component. The pros, especially in the case of the V8 Porsche 996, far outweigh the cons.

Having said that, what are some bonkers swaps that you’ve done, or seen hanging around your local PepZone or AutoBoys? Write ‘em in the comments below and I’ll do my best to not convince my wife that we need another project car.

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I haven’t seen it in person, but I’m pretty sure everyone on this forum has seen it like I have. For the movie “The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift”, they took a Shelby GT500 and swapped in a JDM engine to make it a drift machine. The production crew went through the effort of actually doing this. However, once they got the car running, they discovered that it absolutely wouldn’t drift. Not enough torque working it’s way to the backend to break the rear end loose. Instead, they used it for the camera shots and close-ups but used a Mustang with a Ford Racing Crate Engine to actually drift. So ironically, they swapped in an engine to make it do something it could already do, when it couldn’t do it with the swapped in engine.