It seems that a car auction site is popping up every time I turn my head or cough…sometimes when I turn my head AND cough, but that is a discussion for another time. This next car comes from Doug DeMuro’s carsandbids.com, which combines Doug’s infectious optimism with nifty late model cars. What we are talking about today is this bearded Spock universe Mazda MX-5 that has a Jaguar S-Type AJ30 V6 (which is actually a specialized version of the Ford Duratec V6) that puts 220 horsepower into the stock Miata 5-speed manual gearbox. The company that sells conversion kits (Rocketworks in Eugene, OR) claims twice the power and torque of the stock MX-5 and twice the fun. Find this 2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata V6 Swap bidding for $4,567 with less than a day to go, located in Broomfield, CO via carsandbids.com
When I first started reading about this next car, I have to admit that it got my nose crinkled up a bit. Why would you put a later V6 into a classic American muscle car when V8 power/torque/noise is so affordable…and then I thought…because you can. And because the Buick Grand National V6 was a turbocharged thing of beauty and not some junky Camry/Accord fuel saver. Nose un-crinkled, acknowledging positive head bob engaged. Find this 1968 Buick Skylark Buick V6 Turbo swapped offered for $14,999 in Lindenhurst, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next craigslist advert is, for me, an exercise in frustration. First up…it is the radical Vega Wagon version, but there is not a single picture of the entire car. Next, the Vega has been given a Buick/Rover V6 swap, but again…no pictures. I love the gold paint and the black center wheels…but I want to know more!! Somebody buy it and send me pics. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Vega Wagon offered for $5000 in Bakersfield, CA via craigslist.
The 2nd generation Samurai is a compact off-roader from Suzuki, built from 1981-1998. The Samurai makes a miserable ride on tarmac, but is legendary for its off-road capability, with one beating a Jeep record for highest altitude achieved for a 4-wheeled vehicle at 21,942 ft. We think the Samurai is a logical choice for someone […]
You might not think that there is a correct or incorrect engine to swap into a classic Pontiac Fiero…but lemme set you straight. There are many incorrect engines to swap into a Fiero…such as anything rotary from Mazda, something with a carburetor, and anything aircooled…and this might surprise you, but there is only one engine […]
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff G who writes: I know the price is a bit high for DT, but this one is interesting. An early 80’s Malibu aint the first platform that comes to mind when thinking about what should be deserving of Grand National awesomeness, BUT he did do a pretty […]
If you want to build a custom car that’ll be faster than a stock version, you could probably spend your hard cash on various performance parts and your spare time on cobbling up your custom machine…or you could buy something that another person has created….you just need to not mind the creator’s vision and execution. […]
The Datsun 510 is one of those classics that needs little introduction — it combines simple Japanese styling with a rugged chassis and rock-solid Nissan 4-cylinder power…but it could use a few more cubes hood. This next one has been given some more cubes with a GM V6 swap and some more ZOOM-ZOOM with a […]
I have to admit that this next car has me a bit stumped…and I don’t say that lightly because y’all know I love some random piles of parts that would otherwise seem to have no purpose. But this thing. Wow. It was once a zippy little Triumph TR7 convertible with 4-cylinder power and an eye […]
A casual observer might suspect that an MGB GT with a roarty exhaust sound an a big round chromey air cleaner would be powered by an American V8..but you’ve be 2 cylinders off in your estimation, because this next British Rat Rod is powered by a Chevy V6. Find this 1974 MG BGT offered for $7000 […]