This article is from a past issue of the magazine. Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published, and get access to our full digital archive, by subscribing to Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story and Photos by Carl Heideman Swapping engines: It’s a dream that has kept hot rodders dreaming–and building–for generations. Substituting powerplant A for powerplant B isn’t always a bolt-in process, though, especially when it’s a cross-pollination project. That’s when you need to break out the fabrication tools, as we did when installing a 1994 Mazda Miata driveline into a 1967 MGB, our latest project. So far we’ve made mounts for our engine and gearbox, modified our clutch pedal and hydraulics, and made the throttle work. It’s now time to get the accessories on the engine. In addition to the alternator, this car will eventually receive an Eaton M62 supercharger as well as an air … [Read more...] about Swap Science: How To Hang An Alternator
Trans Dapt Performance Products is excited to announce the latest addition to its line of LS Swap-in-a-box kits for first and second generation GM F-Body cars. Made specifically for the 1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird as well as the 1970-81 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird/Trans-Am, these kits come with everything an enthusiast needs to bolt a modern LS engine into their classic F-Body. The Camaro and Firebird are some of the most iconic cars of the muscle car era, but the performance of even the largest available engines for these cars pales in comparison to the capabilities of GM’s venerable LS-engine. This becomes even more apparent when looking at the second generation of the car when tightening emissions standards and rising fuel costs dropped the horsepower output to below what the average economy car produces today. Now, with the release of Trans Dapt’s LS Swap-in-a-Box for the Camaro and Firebird, owners can ditch their old, inefficient powerplant … [Read more...] about Trans Dapt’s LS Swap-in-a-Box kit for 1967-1969 or 1970-1981 GM F-Body
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
Red Bull could swap engine suppliers next season with Christian Horner acknowledging that they have "options" for the future. Although Red Bull won the Chinese Grand Prix with Renault power, the team's weekend in Shanghai was not without engine dramas. Ricciardo's engine went up in smoke in final practice leaving Red Bull in a race against time to get him into qualifying. They made it by two minutes and a day later he won the grand prix. However, it was just the latest engine issue that had befallen Red Bull with Horner conceding they could look elsewhere for 2019. "Luckily we have options," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "Renault wishes to continue working with us, and we have a front row seat with regards to Honda. "We can observe how they develop." As of the start of this season, Honda are powering Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso and have shown vast improvements compared to their time with McLaren. Horner added that Red Bull would make their decision "in the summer break." … [Read more...] about Horner: Red Bull have engine options for 2019
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?