A Series III Jaguar XJ (1979-1992) is a seriously wicked automobile and it deserves the respect of the automotive community. This includes respect for the splendid inline-6 (or V12) engine that was originally installed in the stately saloon chassis. But there comes a time when maintaining that cantankerous DOHC beast becomes prohibitively expensive and yearly maintenance starts to cost more than the value of the vehicle. This is the time when you pull out the measuring tape and realize that a small block from the General will fit inside…and since you’ve got a GM 3-speed auto as factory transmission…well…it is just a matter of time before your overhead cams are exchanged for pushrod actuated valves inside of a Chevrolet LT1 V8. I figure it this way — until Britain has paid off the debt of two World Wars were we saved their bacon, they’ll have to put up with American hillbillies shoving V8s into their fancy Jags. Sounds fair to me, but I’m not sure if Jeremy Clarkson would agree. Find this 1986 Jaguar XJ6 offered for $5,500 in Irvine, CA via craigslist.
Chevy V8 Swap
This next car comes as a tip from JB1025 who calls it Dat-Vette Custom V8 and says; Not everybody’s cup of tea but looks well done could not build for this…but hang on just one minute…we’ve seen this car before. Find this 1978 Datsun 280Z V8 Custom offered for $8,500 in Tukwila (funny…those wheels could use some […]
Porsche fans around the world cry copious (and salty sweet) tears whenever someone takes an aircooled 911/912/914 and shoehorns a Chevy V8 under the hood, but what about the unloved Porsches from the era of the front-engine watercooled P-car? Yeah, nobody sheds a tear when those go under the knife…whatever, I love stupid engine swaps […]
Welcome to the new and improved Daily Turismo, where we don’t feature cars with lazy-bones Chevy V8 swaps. In 2015, you’ll need a 3-rotor Wankel and reverse rotating V12 to make the cut…wait…whats that Mr FuelTruck? You’ve found a Ferrari 400 with a small block Chevy V8 for cheap? Forget what was previously said. Find […]
The Jaguar XJ6 is one of the legendary sports luxury sedan of the ’70s that every man (or woman) who considers himself a motorhead should own some day. The highway manners were particularly noteworthy, close your eyes and you could hardly tell you were moving — something that couldn’t be said for many of the […]
The Series I Jaguar XJ was the last out of the marquis to match superior driving dynamics and exemplary build quality with stunning design. It created the brand cachet that successive Jags prodigally exploited for decades. Power rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes pushed the technological envelope, while the power plant pushed the sheet metal to higher […]
The Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD wagon is one of those solidly built classics that is powered by an engine fit for pulling a plow. If you want that plow to make it to autobahn speeds you’ll need to get one like this…complete with a swapped Chevy 5.7 liter V8 crate motor. This 1980 Mercedes-Benz W123 Wagon […]