Saturday, March 24, 2012

Daydream Engine Swaps

All of us have a back catalog of hypothetical lotto win, batshit crazy project ideas.  Things that keep us entertained on sleepless nights and our minds occupied in soul sucking waiting rooms where the only thing to read is a stack of old Forbes magazines and Newsweeks full of ads for the new Oldsmobile Acheiva, the faded beige wallpaper and stained commercial carpeting, flickering flourescent lights behind plastic covers littered with dead flying insects, screaming children and disenterested, mouth-breathing parents, the clock on the wall with the nearly dead battery who's second hand can only twitch limply - similar to how your eye does when you begin to fantasize about stuffing your sweaty socks into the mouths of unruly kids and the permanently agape gobs of their slovenly, moronic parents...

Did I digress?

My personal favorite of these fantasy swaps involves a Radical Hayabusa-based V8 and a Kei car.


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Yep, a two-point-something liter, DOHC, 32 valve V8 with 450+ horsepower and 10,000 available RPM in a mid-engined, 10' long car.  With gullwing doors. 

What would I call it?  Puny Pagani, Mini McLaren, Little Lambo?  Whatever its name, it'd be a true pocket supercar, and one hell of a glamorous way to die.

Share your personal daydream swaps!

12 comments:

  1. The latest Porsche turbocharged engine in a 914!

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    1. Singer will stuff a GT3 motor in a 964 chassis, I'm sure they'd be able to help with your 914. Great idea, BTW.

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  2. Stuff the M5 V10 into an e34 wagon, that'd be up my alley.

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    1. That'd be just about the perfect car, provided it had a properly geared manual transmission.

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  3. First, GM's 260hp EcoTec 2.0 DOHC SIDI Turbo four (from the Solstice GXP or Sky Red Line) with attached six-speed manual box in a stock-appearing Chevy Monza or, perhaps the ultimate expression of the Vega chassis, the original Buick Skyhawk. More reliable than any Cosworth Vega, though possibly not as impressive aurally.

    Second, a Jeep 4.0 High Output six-cylinder stroked out to 4.6 liters, perhaps with an intercooled twin-turbo arrangement engineered in as well, lovingly nestled under the hood of a 1970-1973 AMC Gremlin or Hornet Sportabout. Make sure to paint it in full Mark Donohue T/A-style tricolor stripes, too.

    Finally, in an ever-evolving swap idea I've had for years and have yet to see anyone fully carry out, the absolute hottest flat-six from Porsche (currently the 3.6 DOHC twin-turbo edition) stuffed into the rear end of a Gen-2 Volkswagen Transporter and hooked to a suitably overbuilt version of the Syncro 4WD system. Even better, do all this to a Westfalia pop-top and spend the summer driving as quickly as possible to every VW show around the country, never having to even think about renting a room.

    Well, wait, one more. Maybe the monstrously outsized Triumph Triple under the hood of a Geo Metro - truly an evolution of the original idea. The sound of it alone would be priceless.

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    1. Some great ideas there, Duncan.

      Check out my Cars and Coffee pics - the VW Transporter Syncro pictured had an air-cooled 911 motor, I'm guessing 964 or 993 type. It hauled ass and sounded insanely exotic.

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  4. '64 Corvair with full Porsche AWD setup & ~ 400hp Porsche flat 6

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    1. Nice. How about a Corvair motor in a 912?

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  5. A V6 from the Clio V6, rear mounted in a MkI Twingo, mated to a shortened chassis, gearbox and AWD setup from a Delta Integrale HF. A pocket-sized Group B. Also, avoiding any exterior hints of the monster inside (aside from the obvious rollcage in place of the rear seats) would be preferable.

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  6. I dream somadays about an old 500 Fiat with a turbo twinair 2 cylinders. Something practical, cheap ans road legal. But with way more horsepowers than any original abarth!
    Or a dauphine with a Twingo rs motor, a Ford Cortina with an ecoboost, a 505 with an thp engine... Infact its pro touring like in US but efficient ans more euro. in France it is not at all road legal, i must set up a business in UK or somewhere un eastern europe... ;-)

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    1. I love the TwinAir idea! Thanks for sharing.

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