Mongrel engine swaps: improving classic cars

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Lots of classic cars have engines that are woefully outdated by modern standards and are just begging for a swap with something modern. Sometimes it happens for real, like with the Toyota-Yamaha 2ZZ-GE that went into my Mk1 MR2. I'm also thinking about those mongrel cars like the Iso Grifo and various de Tomasos that combined European design with American muscle, and how even they would be improved with modern versions of the V8s they were given. This thread is meant as a pub conversation just pondering combos of classic cars and modern motors.

Facel Vega HK500 (originally powered by various Chrysler V8s)

+ Chrysler Hellcat engine

=Facel Vega HC707

de Tomaso Mangusta (originally Ford powered)

+ Ford flat-plane crank V8 from the GT350R


Chrysler TC by Maserati (stay with me here)

+Dodge SRT4 drivetrain

...finally giving it (some of) the performance cred it aspired to.
 

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How about this one I saw last summer




Basically, I'd put a Coyote into anything. Or better yet, the Roadrunner.
 
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Along the De Tomaso lines, the Pantera also came with Ford engines (Cleveland then Windsor). I'd like to see one stuffed with a Terminator engine from a 2004 Cobra. A few upgrades and you could make 500 horsepower.



 

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de Tomaso Mangusta (originally Ford powered)

+ Ford flat-plane crank V8 from the GT350R


In a similar fashion, I would like a Maserati Bora with a V8 from the Alfa Romeo 8C.



Keeping it Italian, a FIAT Cincoecento with a 1.4 TB Multiair.


And for something German, and not exactly a mongrel engine:lol: a BMW 3.0 CSL with the S54B32HP from the M3 CSL, just for an update.
 

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How about he Gas Monkey Pantera with the V6 Twin Eco Boost?





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The staple of the fast Anglia scene is always a Zetec in an Anglebox. Or a Zetec in a Cortina. Or a Zetec in a Corsair...









Zetecs work well in old Fords...
 
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You put the Voodoo in that Pantera and that car will vibrate itself to pieces before you can say Qvale Mangusta.
 
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