Another day, another V8 powered Volvo wagon offered for sale, but this one has a manual gearbox and some sweet gold wheels and a bunch of other upgrades. The asking price is a smidge more than I’d like to pay for something as silly as a V8 Volvo, but this one is gonna be as […]
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From 1978 through 1983, the Zephyr was a Mercury’s Fox Body family hauler that shared most of its parts with the Ford Fairmont. Like the Fairmont, the Zephyr was available as a 2-door, 4-door, and wagon with Pinto Inline-4, Thiftmaster inline-6 or Windsor Vee-8 power. Todays example has a 302 V8 that has been given […]
The W123 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a slow and steady beast that is typically powered by a 4 or 5 cylinder diesel engine that pushes something sub 100 horsepower into the rear wheels. These are slow cars, but they will outlast the apocalypse because they are built like tanks. This next example, however, has been […]
The trick with a turbocharger is to make the compressor (that is the cold intake size) big enough that it flows the desired air you need to make your power target and the turbine small enough that it spools at a reasonable rpm (before your engine blows up…for instance). Or…you could just strap on a […]
I love the idea of owning a classic MG with an upgraded power plant and I love the look of this next car…and I’m not afraid of the price…but this next advertisement leaves a bit to be desired. Where are the photos of the engine bay? How clean was the installation? And what is up […]
The Lotus Elite had the distinct honor of being the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder powered vehicle when it was launched in 1974…but this next version is no ordinary Elite. Not that there is ANYTHING ordinary about the front-engine 2+2 shooting brake that looks like a Pinto Wagon that has been restyled by extraterrestrials. This next one has a GM LT1 V8 shoved up front and it might look familiar to you because we featured it Dec of 2020. Find this 1991 Lotus Elite offered for $6,200 in Lexington, SC via myface friendsterbook. Tip from Mark.
e fourth generation Nova was released in 1973 with a “so-called” hatchback body style and restyled front and rear. The big government mandated bumpers don’t look as bad as some of the competition. Fast forward almost 50 years and now this thing looks cool. One interesting thing about this car is that it has the one-year only 262 (4.3 liter making 110 horsepower) small block which was only available in the Monza/Nova (and Pontiac Ventura) for a year before folks at GM realized it was stupid to not just put a 350 into everything. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback offered for $13,500 in Walton, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory (who mentioned he loves those flat seats).
If you see a 90s vintage BMW 5-series with a 30i suffix on the badge you might assume it has one of BMW’s sweet sounding 3ish liter inline sixes…but you’d be wrong. For the E34 generation of BMW’s 5-series they started with the 530i with a M30 inline-6 in 1988, but in 1992 they changed over to a 3.0 liter M60 V8. That’s right in 1992 you could get a 535i with a inline-6 making 208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque or a 530i with a V8 making 215 horsepower and 214 ft-lbs of torque. The M60B30 was a small displacement version of the M60B40 found in the 540i and with a 3.31inch bore and 2.66 inch stroke and 10.5:1 compression ratio it should been capable of making lots of power, but it was under cammed and held back from the factory with a 6500 rpm rev limiter. Here is what you need to do –take the engine apart, coat every rotating component with space age coatings and get a custom ground cam (or four) and some fancy valve springs — open the exhaust and revv it to 8900 rpm. Boom — screaming V8 that nobody else has — and today’s example is one of the few 5-speed equipped 530is I’ve ever seen. Find this 1995 BMW 530i offered for $3,500 in Franklin Hills, CA via craigslist.
The E30 generation BMW 3-series was introduced in 1982, but this one comes from the post ’87 facelift, and has smaller integrated bumpers, removed chrome trim around window, and re-designed rear lights (among other things). BMW also gave the 3-series a number of engine upgrades over the course of production, but that doesn’t matter with this next one because it’s been given an injection of American V8 power courtesy of a Ford 5.0 liter V8 from a Mustang. Find this 1990 BMW 325i with V8 offered for $8995 near Baltimore, MD via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The easy way to add power and performance to an old Jaguar XJS is to remove the mechanically complex V12 and shove an American V8 under the hood…or shove it through the hood. Today’s pushrod V8 powered XJS has a gigantic vision obscuring blower sticking up through the hood and a nitrous bottle sitting in the back seat. Find this 1986 Jaguar XJS V8 Swap offered for $9,700 in Brooklawn, NJ via craigslist.