Engine Swap

1967 Renault R4 Restoration with Gordini 1387 cc Engine Swap

May 19, 2017 in Engine Swap / French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 1967 Renault R4 was the subject of a restoration complete with a 1387cc Gordini engine swap, as seen on www.Renault4.co.uk. We have always been big fans of tiny cars, which would be obvious if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency in the slightest. We especially appreciate them when they have been warmed over by enthusiasts who know which parts to pick from their various years of manufacture and then assembles them all together using the most choice pieces, which is exactly the case of this project featured here today. While it would normally be a bit odd to label a car with only 94 horsepower a “sleeper”,  one has to take into consideration that that figure is now more than 3 times the amount of power of it’s original stock 847 cc engine, which makes it quite befitting of the title now, wouldn’t you agree?
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Tastefully Built 1969 Datsun Roadster Resto-Mod

May 12, 2017 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1969 Datsun Roadster was built as a resto mod utilizing an assortment of interesting and clever features by the crew at Spriso Motorsports in Corvallis, Oregon. This project wasn’t exactly their first tango at swapping a modern SR20DE engine into one of the iconic Japanese convertibles. In fact, they had completed several before, using “test drivers” to sort out any possible bugs before selling their conversions to customers looking for upgraded power, handling and brakes featuring modern reliability all wrapped up in a vintage package. This particular ’69 S13 SR20DET came about as the result of one man’s new found interest in the vintage convertible after many years of 510 dedication, and the following story is about his build and what changed his perspective forever. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what would make someone simply walk away from a previous devotion and never look back…
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CSX2000: The Very First Shelby Cobra Ever Produced

April 28, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / English / Factory Photos / Patina / prototype / Race Car / Survivor

This innocuous appearing blue AC set before you just so happens to be one of, if not the most significant sports cars in automotive history to ever grace an American powerplant. You see, this vehicle is CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra to ever be produced. But you already knew that there was something special about this car, didn’t you? Upon first glance at it’s photos, the automotive connoisseur in you already immediately noted it’s well earned patina, ruling out the possibility of it being a later produced replica, especially when you consider that the majority of replicas wear wider flared bodies. This one’s narrow body, early unfamiliar looking vintage badges and all original looking interior were all tell tale signs that this was possibly an exceptionally iconic car that you are looking at, but would you have known that this Cobra should also possibly be considered the ultimate production car engine swap of all times? Perhaps a bit of a grandiose statement at first read, but let’s take a closer look at this car’s history and then you can be the judge yourself of that and also decide if it’s worth the claimed $20 million plus dollar estimate that has been placed as it’s value…
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1989 Ford Transit Van with 640 hp Jaguar XJ220 Engine Swap

April 25, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / Sleeper

Being that we are the Car Build Index, it is our mission to bring our readers the most outrageous engine swaps, restorations and projects that we can possibly find. There are a lot of lackluster, uninspiring hack jobs out there, but every now and then we find something that we get excited about which fits the bill perfectly. That being said, it is only appropriate that we now present to you the following 1989 Ford Transit  Supervan. Normally, a plain white van would not be exactly earth shattering to the average car enthusiast, but we are certain that we could change that bleak outlook when we happily report to you that this one was originally a Jaguar factory test mule that is now fitted with a 640 horsepower XJ220 supercar engine…

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Video: Porsche Boxster Prototype Disguised as a Turbo Body 964 Targa

April 21, 2017 in Engine Swap / German / Video

Porsche is back again with another video featuring one more gem plucked from their private warehouse facility. This time around it is a short story about the original Boxster prototype that is disguised as a Turbo Body 964 Targa with it’s rear window tinted so you can’t see it’s mid engine hiding behind the front seats. Somehow, we don’t think these rough test mules get displayed at Porsche’s museum just up the street from them, so it is a treat to get a chance of hearing their interesting stories in what would otherwise be a car tucked away in obscurity unable to tell it’s tale about it’s part in automotive history. Enjoy:

Also, be sure not to miss /DRIVE’s video look inside the Hidden Workshop of Porsche Classic.

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2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” by 911Design

April 19, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” is the subject of an on-going, 4 year active project by 911Design in an effort to build one of the most extreme street/track 911 GT2’s, possibly of all time. The custom fabrication craftsmanship and attention to detail in the suspension, engine and brakes, and all of it’s associated hardware is just absolute art. No posing here. In it’s final iteration, the 3.8 Twin Turbo engine was dynoed at 843 rwhp at 1.1 bar while running 100 octane race fuel.

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1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston V8 Replica Project

April 17, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

This 1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston Replica was the 8 year project of a South African man who set out to create an exact tribute to the original “A2” race car built by Basil Green. The South African Ford dealer originally made approximately 560 road cars and 6 race cars powered by Mustang 302 V8 engine swaps, which were the only modified cars other than Carroll Shelby’s that were authorized by Ford Motor Company to be sold at their dealerships while offering full factory warranties. Known as the “GT40 killers”, it’s no wonder that the owner of this vehicle chose a Perana to be the subject of his replica build. Until you actually hear it, you could almost get away with calling it a sleeper…
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Ford Mustang Convertible Shelby Resto Mod From Norway

April 4, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Other than the pictures attached of this Ford Mustang convertible Shelby resto-mod build by Pony Performance in Norway, we unfortunately don’t have any other information on this featured car. You don’t have to be a Mustang enthusiast to appreciate what is going on here though, with lots of custom fabrication including a side exiting exhaust, a hand made steel hood and independent rear suspension assembly. The shop’s site looks to have been down for a while other than the front page, but regardless of all of the dead ends I felt that we had to feature this car anyways. It’s that good. Sometimes pictures alone can tell a full story themselves. Judge for yourself….

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1968 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner Restoration

March 3, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Hemmings.com recently profiled this ’68 Plymouth 426 Hemi Road Runner that was restored by Supercar Specialties in Portland, Michigan. It was an absolute mess when it showed up at the shop with rust everywhere and even cobwebs in the engine cylinders, but when it was finished it was sporting a 712 hp Ray Barton Racing built engine that was further tuned enabling it to turn the quarter in 10.92 at 126.92 mph. We dig the factory look of the finished restoration, which is now a show car but absolutely not a trailer queen by any stretch of the imagination. Check out the attached pictures of it’s transformation on the next page and then find a link to the full story following after.

Reader Submission: 1960 Austin Seven Mk 1 Mini Restoration/Yamaha Engine Swap

February 6, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission / Restoration / Video

This 1960 Austin Seven Mk1 project is brought to us today by CarBuildIndex.com reader Joe, who wanted to share with fellow viewers his epic build that includes an engine and transmission swap from a 2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle. The 11,000 rpm, 998 cc motor is said to produce in the range of 164 horsepower and weigh merely a scant 150 pounds. At 200 pounds less than the stock one it replaces and in excess of 30 more horsepower than a fully built 1275cc Series A engine, that’s a win/win formula which you will never find us arguing with. The project started almost 6 years ago and it is currently in it’s final stages of completion, so come take a closer look at it with us on the following page and then be sure not to miss his linked site that details his build in full.
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BMW 1M with M5 V10 Engine Swap

January 24, 2017 in Engine Swap / German / Video

We haven’t featured a late model car receiving an engine swap recently, so when we came across this behemoth we thought that we would throw it in the mix. It’s a BMW 1M that has received a 5 liter V10 engine from a 2005-2010 model year M5 shoe horned into it along with it’s SMG gearbox, as well. Normally that would be good for 507 horsepower, but the madmen at TJ Fahrzeug Design in Germany who were responsible for the engine swap re-tuned it to closer to 555.
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2011 Fiat 500 Abarth with Mid Engine and Rear Wheel Drive

January 10, 2017 in Engine Swap / Italian / Modification Thread / Video

This 2011 Fiat Abarth was taken and made into something that more closely resembles the original classic Abarth by moving it’s engine behind the seats and giving it rear wheel drive. Although this one has mid engine placement rather than rear, we would have to agree that it was a better choice than having it hang out over the rear axle like the classic version. It’s called the “Motore Centrale R230” (which we hopefully don’t have to translate for you) by the Italian aftermarket tuner Aznom, the “R230” representing what the little Fiat engine’s horsepower was tuned up to. With a custom cradle made to hold it, suspension by Bilstein and larger brakes by Tar-Ox, could this be the closest thing to an Renault R5 that we have seen since the Ford Shogun? We say take it one step further and give it flares, more horsepower and less weight, which sounds like something close to what they have planned for it with a possible track day version in the future. Until then, check out the pictures and videos on the following page for a bit of entertainment…
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1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

January 9, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Restoration

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down…
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Volkswagen Golf Build for U.K. Time Attack Series

January 3, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This Volkswagen MKVI Golf is the subject of a race car build thread on VWVortex.com by forum member “[email protected]”. The car started as a wrecked plain Jane base model Golf, but was given the full work over for Time Attack racing by Milltek Sport in the U.K., which included a warmed over 415 hp Golf R 4 cylinder turbo engine. There is no mention whether it received the R’s 4 Motion drive system too, so we are left to assume that it retains the base model’s front wheel drive platform, perhaps for weight savings or race class regulations. We have always been big fans of modified VW’s when they are tastefully and properly built like this car, which shouldn’t be confused with a drift car, not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Otherwise, the name of the series that this VW is racing in wouldn’t be called “Time Attack”, since going sideways isn’t exactly the quickest way around a track…
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Volkswagen Super Beetle Build by APR and VW of America

December 22, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This Volkswagen Super Beetle is a featured build on vwvortex.com by APR in Alabama, linked at the bottom of the page. It was created in collaboration with VW of America, who chose the shop because of their well known reputation for OEM-quality modifications. The goal of this build was to create a monster all wheel drive turbo Beetle that would appear like something that might have come straight from the factory, only slightly altered for performance. They used an AWD system out of a donor Golf R 2.0, and it’s stock 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo received modifications giving it in excess of 500 horsepower. Naturally, big brakes and suspension upgrades were installed to handle all of it’s new found power.

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“Spirit of ’76”: First Hydrogen Peroxide Funny Car Restoration

December 12, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This stretched Ford Mustang II funny car has “win win win” written all over it, where do we even start with this one? First of all, what we got here is the world’s first hydrogen peroxide rocket powered drag car, and it is all wrapped up in a stars and stripes covered motif that was ever so popular back in the ’70’s era that it originally raced in. We couldn’t tell you who popularized the bicentennial look first, but Evel Knievel sure sticks out in our minds as one of the early pioneers. Regardless of whoever can claim to have coined the look, we had never seen a steam engine powered funny car before this one and had no idea that the concept lived outside of Jay Leno-esque antique cars. This particular example recently showed up on Bangshift.com and can be found in the attached link at the bottom of the following page. The jest of the story is that it’s current owner, Steve Atwell in Michigan, recently set about restoring the race car once known as the “Spirit of ’76” to make it capable of blowing off some steam at the tracks in all of it’s original glory once again. We always appreciate a good curve ball thrown at us every once in a while to mix it up, and this one certainly fits that bill perfectly. Behold…
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Short Take: Datsun 240Z with Viper V10 Engine Swap

November 7, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Sleeper

This unsuspecting classic Datsun 240Z was the recipient of an engine swap of all engine swaps, receiving a Viper V10. The low key sleeper looks extremely well built and we have been scouring the internet trying to find any information regarding this car’s build to go along with it’s pictures, but have come up short time and time again. Rather than keep it selfishly to ourselves any longer, we felt that it still had to be shared even without any solid details to go with it. If/when a build thread can be found, we will update it here at that time. Until then, find what pictures we do have on the following page.

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1968 Chevy Camaro Resto Mod with LS7 Engine

October 25, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1968 Chevy Camaro resto-mod was built by the experts at Bodie Stroud Industries for actor/comedian Tim Allen. Normally, we aren’t exactly huge advocates of most resto-mod builds. Even the name by itself immediately conjures up mental images of huge chrome wheels and other SEMA-esque anachronisms made to poor, unsuspecting classic car victims, but we can forgive the damage that term has caused when the outcome is as tastefully built up as this car here. The intention of the project was to build a car that reminded Tim of the hot rods from his youth, although this time around as an updated modern day interpretation utilizing a 427 LS7 engine with upgraded suspension and brakes, too. Finally, he wanted it to remain period-correct-stock looking to the untrained eye. Continue on the following page for a closer look…
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Short Take: Geo Tracker with LS1 Corvette Engine Swap

October 7, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Sleeper

This Geo Tracker is the recipient of an LS1 Corvette engine swap with a blower on top, no less. Although we don’t have much information about the build, we felt the absolute necessity to include it here since we knew our viewers would appreciate the pure insanity of the whole concept just as much as we did. Does it have to make sense? Not to us when it’s a sleeper build of such epic proportions.

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Pontiac Solstice Build with 427 V8 Engine Swap

October 5, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread

This Pontiac Solstice was the subject of a project build at Hot Rod Magazine. With the additional help of General Motors Performance Division, the two joined forces and utilized the 2 seater’s rear wheel drive platform as the basis for a 7.0 liter, 427 cubic inch V8 engine swap. Since neither take any assigned task haphazardly, naturally everything in the car was torn apart and rebuilt around the new crate engine using mostly all GM parts numbers, including suspension and brake upgrades to match it’s new found horsepower. Continue with us on the next page for a closer look…
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