This very mean looking 1990 Ford Crown Victoria is for sale in Alexandria, Virginia and the seller is asking $7,700. The Police Interceptor’s factory drivetrain was replaced with a 6.8 L Triton V10 and 4-speed 4R100 automatic transmission out of a Ford F-350. The engine produces 310 horsepower and 425 ft-lb of torque from the factory. If you recognize this car it is probably because it has been featured in Hot Rod (2001), Car&Driver (2002), and Jalopnik (2012).
I stumbled across this eBay auction from over a year ago while researching for another article. The auction was for a 1936 Nash Lafayette with just about everything under the body taken from the Toyota/Lexus parts bin. The drivetrain is sourced from a third-generation Toyota Soarer that includes a 2.5 L twin-turbo 1JZ-GTE, automatic transmission, and a Torsen differential with 4.08 gearing. The classic body sits a custom frame that allows the car to use front and rear independent suspension parts from a third-generation Supra and Lexus models. This is a great project and I hope it resurfaces.
Team Raidopower Motorsport, a drift and time attack team from Sweden, just released pictures of their new Nissan S14 drift car. The car features a 3.2 L BMW M104.996 and a Turbobandit TB80 turbocharger. Wrecked Magazine is reporting the engine produces 700 horsepower.
This 1985 BMW 535i was built by Turbo Charging Dynamics. Several years ago they replaced the factory engine with a 5.3 L L33 V8 attached to a single turbo and T-56 six-speed transmission. The engine produced 442 horsepower and 445 ft-lb of torque on 5-6 psi of boost and was able to average 27 mpg over a 400 mile trip. With the fuel tank half full, the car weighed 3,278 lb with 54.7% of that weight over the front wheels. Recently a new L33 engine was built with a 99 mm bore and 82.8 mm stroke giving it a 5.1 L displacement. It was upgraded to handle 10 psi of boost and safely reach 7k rpm.
Mighty Car Mods has released part 14 on their Project Gramps. If you have been following the series the guys previous Liberty was flooded when it was left out in the rain with the widows down. In this episode the guys finishes transplanting the heart and guts out of the old Liberty into the newer 4th generation Subaru Liberty Wagon.
Source: Mighty Car Mods
Randy Cook has written a book called Bowtie Ferraris about American racers in the 1950s and 1960s who swapped American V8 engines into their Ferrari race cars. The racers used the engines because it was a lot cheaper than trying to fix the factory ones. Although Chevy was the top choice for engine swaps, racers also used Ford, Buick, Chrysler, and even Offenhauser. Randy also ownes a 1959 Ferrari PF coupe with a Chevy V8 swap. The pictures and video are of his car.
Interview with Randy and his Ferrari starts at 13:55