Giveaway: Pack of 24 Microfiber Towels

Engine Swap Depot Giveaway

I wanted to run a giveaway for some time now but finding how to run one fairly and in a trustworthy manner can be tough and time consuming. Amazon just started a giveaway program and I figured it would be a good way to give something back to you guys. If this goes well I might do more.

Click this link to see if you win: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2d4080b1a33d6c0a

Project Thunderbolt: Building A LS3 Powered Miata – Part 3

Project Thunderbolt a LS3 Powered Miata Episode 3

Tom’s Turbo Garage has started a new project building a LS3 powered Mazda Miata. In this episode Tom takes his 6.2 L LS376/525 crate engine and mounts it up to the new subframe. Tom included a nice side-by-side comparison of the stock Miata I4 next to the LS3 V8. I have included screen captures of them below.

Miata I4 engine vs LS3 V8 size comparison

Miata I4 engine vs LS3 V8 size comparison

Source: Tom’s Turbo Garage

Twin-engine 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Twin-engine turbocharged 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Turbo Dynamics Canada has taken a sixth generation Pontiac Grand Prix GTP and turned it into a AWD monster. First up they have taken off the supercharger found on the factory 3.8 L L67 V6 and installed a turbocharger. Then they have installed a clone of that engine package into the back seat/trunk of the car. That gives this car a total of 7.6 liters and 1,200 horsepower. Future plans include beefing up the engines for increased RPM, larger turbochargers, higher stall converters, and better gear ratios for drag strip.

  • power: 1,200 hp / 950 whp
  • 1/4 mile: 9.72 @ 141 mph
  • 1/8 mile: 6.21 @ 112 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 1.8 seconds
  • 0-100 mph: 4.4 seconds

Twin-engine turbocharged 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Twin-engine turbocharged 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Twin-engine turbocharged 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Twin-engine turbocharged 1200 Horsepower Pontiac Grand Prix

Source: Turbo Dynamics Canada via BangShift

Speed Academy’s Integra K20A Swap Guide

Speed Academy’s Integra K20A Swap Guide

Speed Academy created a two-part series on swapping a K20A into a Acura Integra. Although the guide was written around a K20A and a 1992 Integra, it should be helpful for those looking to use either a K24 as well as Civic. The series is more of an overview and doesn’t go into a step-by-step detail. I have outlined each series below.

Part 1 – K20/K24 in Civic/Prelude Swap Guide: This part goes over part selection and options.

Part 2 – K20/K24 in Civic/Prelude Swap Guide: This part goes over the installation of the engine and components.

To get you salivating Speed Academy posted a video of the Integra taking down some Porsche and Ferrari drivers at Streets of Willow.

1972 Cutlass Banshee Now Runs A LS3

1972 Cutlass Banshee Runs A LS3 Engine

Jon Swift stopped by Jay Leno’s garage to talk about the history behind this very unique custom 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Vic Hickey was a GM engineer and created this off road racer for GM. The car body is fiberglass and rides on a custom tube chassis. The entire car is about 2/3 scale compared to a factory Cutlass. Vic Hickey was a good friend to Jon Swift’s father and this is how Jon came to own it.

1972 Cutlass Banshee all-tube chassis

For better weight distribution the engine was placed inside the cabin. Essentially the driver sits right next to the engine. In the video Jay talks about feeling the heat coming off the engine as he drove. The Banshee originally was powered by a 455 Oldsmobile V8 but Jon replaced it with a carbureted LS3 engine. The transmission is a manual-shift Turbo 400 automatic.

The other really wild feature is the navigation system. All the turns in a race where written down on paper and wound into the system. Then as your drove the paper would scroll showing you the next set of directions.

1972 Cutlass Banshee controls and steering wheel

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage

For Sale: $12K Firm: 1976 Datsun 280Z With A 5.3 L V8

1976 Datsun 280Z with a iron-block 5.3 L V8

This Datsun 280Z is for sale in Austin, Texas. The engine is a 5.3 L iron-block LM7 V8 which is usually found in GM trucks and SUVs. The engine has an LS1 intake and JCI LSx swap headers. The updraged T-56 six-speed transmission came out of a 800+ horsepower LS7 Camaro. The upgraded transmission leaves some room if the new owner would like to go forced induction. The suspension is five-way adjustable Tokico Illumina struts with linear rated springs. The body is very straight with minimal rust around the gas cap door and some on the driver side frame rail. You can view more photos of the Datsun here.

Seller is asking $12K FIRM. Serious buyers should TEXT ONLY this number 512-621-6927.

1976 Datsun 280Z with a iron-block 5.3 L V8

Source: OppositeLock and Driving Enthusiast (more photos)

Trabant With A Honda Engine In The Back

Trabant With A mid-engine Honda H22 motor

The Trabant was a small car made by VEB Sachsenring in Eastern Germany from 1957-1990. For almost it’s entire production (expect for the last few years) it came with a 600cc two-cylinder two-stroke engine. Because of the high volume sold (over 3 million) and relatively cheap cost, there are many with engine swaps. This particular race version was born a third-generation Trabant 601 S. It now has a rear mid-engine 2.2 L Honda H22 engine that produces around 270 horsepower. Since the car only weighs 866 kg (1,909 lb), it can go 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) in 3.2 seconds.

Trabant With A mid-engine Honda H22 motor

Trabant With A mid-engine Honda H22 motor

Trabant With A mid-engine Honda H22 motor

Source: Urland´s Trabant Homepage via OppositeLock