ICON’s LS9 Powered 1948 Buick Super Convertible

1949 Buick Super Convertible with a LS9 V8 built by ICON

ICON just took the wraps off their 1948 Buick Super Convertible project. It might have taken a year but it seems to have paid off very well. The body has been kept untouched but the metal underneath is high tech. It starts with an Art Morrison chassis with a modern suspension system. Then on top of that goes a 6.2L LS9 out of a ZR1 Corvette which is good for 638 horsepower and 604 ft-lb of torque. To handle the massive power a Supermatic 4K85E transmission was used. I can’t wait to see the heads when this thing pulls up and then pulls away.

GM LS9 V8 inside 1948 Buick Super Convertible

Art Morrison chassis with a LS9 V8

Source: ICON’s Facebook page and BoldRide via TopSpeed

1870 Horsepower 1969 Chevelle

1870 horsepower 8.3L BBC V8 inside a 1969 Chevelle

It may look classic but the engine powering this 1969 Chevelle is all modern. The 1,870 horsepower comes thanks to a Nelson Racing built 509 cubic-inch (8.3L), aluminum big-block Chevy V8. The engine has twin injectors per cylinder, twin air-to-air intercoolers, electronic fuel management and stainless steel exhaust. The transmission is a Mikes two-speed Powerglide with a Gear Vendors over-drive. If you are interested in buying this beast, Nelson is listing it for $125,000.

Source: Nelson Racing Engines

Nissan RB26/30 Powered Jet Boat

15.5 foot Jet Boat with a 800 horsepower RB26/30 engine

Nissan no longer makes RB engines but that hasn’t stopped the popularity of using them. They have long been great choices for automobiles but they are also amazing at propelling boats through the water.

800 horsepower RB26/30 engine inside a custom 15.5 foot jet boat

This is a custom 15.5 foot jet boat powered by a 800 horsepower RB26/30 motor. The boat has a variable deadrise hull, American Turbine SD309 nine-inch SS impeller, and hydraulic trim.

800 horsepower RB26/30 engine inside a custom 15.5 foot jet boat

The engine starts with a RB30 block and mild ported RB26 head. Then adds forged conrods, CP pistons, ACL bearings, Tomei Cams, 90mm throttle body, Bosch 2000cc injectors, and a Weaver 4-stage dry sump. The turbocharger is a Holset HX52.

15.5 foot Jet Boat with a 800 horsepower RB26/30 engine

Source: Spool Imports and NZ Jet Boating (build thread)

Porsche Cayenne With A 1JZ-GTE

A Porsche Cayenne from Russia that has a Toyota 1JZ-GTE swap. Unfortunately that is all I could find. If anyone has more information or better images please leave a comment.

Toyota 1JZ-GTE inside a Porsche Cayenne engine bay

Porsche Cayenne with a 1JZ-GTE engine

Porsche Cayenne with a 1JZ-GTE engine

Source: Nismo-Club.ru (Russian)

Infinity G37 With A RB26/30

2008 Infinity G37 with turbocharged RB26/30 swap

I came across this incredible 2008 Infinity G37 coupe which is powered by a RB26/30. This is a popular combo, where the block is a RB30E and the head is a RB26. The engine features Tomei Poncams, Brian Crower valve strings and retainer kit, CP pistsons, Manley rods, and two Precision 6266 turbochargers. The engine mashup is controlled by a Adaptronic standalone ECU. The transmission is a five-speed from a R34.

Nisssan RB26/30 inside 2008 Infinity G37 engine bay

Nisssan RB26/30 inside 2008 Infinity G37 engine bay

Source: Crank and Piston and GTZ-UAE (build thread)

Holley’s 1967 Chevy C10 Shop Truck

Holley's 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck with a LS3 V8 swap

Holley stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to show off their beautiful 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck. The truck runs a hot cam LS3 crate motor with a GM Performance Parts mutltiport 4BBL. The transmission is a T-56 six-speed connected to a Spec Stage 3 clutch.

Holley's 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck with a LS3 V8 swap

hot cam LS3 with multiport GMPP 4BBL

hot cam LS3 with multiport GMPP 4BBL

underside of Holley's 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck with a LS3 V8 swap

interior of Holley's 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck with a LS3 V8 swap

Holley's 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck with a LS3 V8 swap

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage and Holley’s forum

1970 Chevelle With A LS3

1970 Chevelle with 585 horsepower LS3 V8

The Roadster Shop is responsible for this very mean looking pro-touring 1970 Chevelle. The body sits over a full Roadster Shop FAST TRACK chassis with a four-link rear suspension. The engine is a 585 horsepower LS3 with a top-mounted throttle body. This seems to be very popular now in this classics. It gives you a “vintage” look while still keeping modern EFI.

585 horsepower LS3 V8 inside 1970 Chevelle engine bay

Walk around video of the Chevelle at Goodguys PPG Nationals

You can see more pictures of the build process in the build thread.

Source: Roadster Shop, Forgeline and ScottieDTV