In recent years, the first BMW M3 has become slightly more known for its ability to rival air-cooled Porsche prices at online auctions than for its driving prowess. The truth is the E30 M3 is excellent to drive, but its high-revving four-cylinder engine isn’t for everyone. Here’s what you should do instead of shoving your E30 M3 into a hermetically sealed bubble and waiting for its price to go up so you can retire on the Bring A Trailer sale: give it a beefier engine and then actually drive it. I came to this conclusion recently after driving an E30 M3 with a larger inline-six engine from a slightly newer European-spec M3, and let’s just say that if you ever guessed a little 1980s 3 Series could move with some real urgency once it had approximately 315 horses, you guessed right. The motor in question is an S50B30. That code refers to the high-powered 3.0-liter inline six in the European E36 M3. You know how car people are always saying the American version of the … [Read more...] about Your E30 BMW M3 Deserves A Killer Engine Swap
Kyle Long’s 1966 Volvo 122S wagon would be cool enough on its own, given that he swapped in the more modern five-cylinder engine from a 1995 Volvo 850. The week after finishing it, he took his freshly swapped wagon on a 7,000-mile cross-country road trip, where he’s well on his way to legendary status after already having to swap an engine and transmission just to keep going. Long’s father owns a white Volvo 122S coupe with red vinyl interior, which inspired Long to get a classic Volvo of his own, except with his own spin on it. Long was in college at the time, and his white 122S wagon came up for sale on the Turbobricks forums for just $300. The only problem was that the wagon was in Texas, and Long was going to college in North Carolina. Fortunately, the seller was willing to meet Long halfway in Alabama to hand off the car, as he had grown up riding dirt bikes around the Volvo as a kid. It had been sitting in a field by his house for nearly his whole life, … [Read more...] about The Best Thing to Do With Your Freshly Engine Swapped 1966 Volvo Is Drive Across the Country
Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story by Carl Heideman • Photos by Carl Heideman and Alan Dalman According to the Internet, just about any engine can be swapped into just about any car on just about any weekend. Maybe it’s no coincidence that the Internet is also clogged with uncompleted swaps for sale. These transplant operations aren’t easy, but proper planning and fabrication can separate a cool, running project from garage art on permanent exhibit. The right throttle linkages, ample cooling systems and functioning fuel delivery may not sound as exciting as the promise of a weekend swap, but these kinds of details will lead to a drivable car. Instead of shoving a bigger, badder engine into a Miata, we’re going to upgrade a classic 1967 MGB GT with Miata power. Step 1: Plan, Plan, Plan Why did we decide to swap a … [Read more...] about Engine Swap Science: 14 Steps to Begin Your Engine Swap
Volkswagen XL1 Volkswagen went all-out with its hyper-efficient, super low-production XL1 two-seater. Weighing just 1753 pounds, it's lighter than any Miata from the factory, and comes standard with some seriously cool doors. The twin-cylinder diesel hybrid is enormously fuel thrifty, but it makes just 68 horsepower. We think a Hayabusa engine swap would round things out nicely. … [Read more...] about 15 Tiny Cars That Need a Motorcycle Engine Swap
There are plenty of small cars out there deserving of a high-revving motorcycle engine swap. Which car do you think needs a bike engine most?The first car that comes to mind for me is the Honda Beat. It's a tiny Kei-class roadster sold exclusively in Japan, equipped with a mid-mounted three-cylinder engine. The stock engine has individual throttle bodies and revs to over 8000 RPM, but I can't help but wonder what the Beat would be like with an engine that could rev even higher. And because there's no roof, there'd be nothing between you and that sweet motorcycle exhaust note. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which small car do you think should get a motorcycle engine swap? It doesn't have to be something vintage or sporty like the Beat, either—it could be anything, as long as it makes sense with a motorcycle engine swapped in. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about Which Tiny Car Needs a Motorcycle Engine Swap?