To Swap or Not To Swap

One of the great debates among car enthusiasts is engine choice. There are some that believe an engine should remain original. Some think a motor can be upgraded or replaced with a better performing motor from within the same brand. Then there are those that live by the motto that anything goes! 

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I subscribe to the idea that the only opinion that matters is the owner’s. With that being said, I appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to swap a motor and I am drawn to these creations. 

A popular swap with the Honda crowd is replacing the economic engine of a Civic with the more powerful engine of anything else with a Honda or Acura badge. Similar to the muscle car method of replacing small blocks with big blocks which is widely accepted in most crowds. But what if someone puts a Ford motor in a Dodge, or a Chevy engine into an import? 

The Chevrolet LS series motor has been GM’s most successful engine platform, leaving the factory in everything from the Chevrolet Corvette to Cadillac CTS-V. It’s so popular, we have seen it swapped into just about everything. 

I saw this Nissan 240SX powered by a Chevy LS engine and it looks mean. 

The car growled like only an American muscle car can. The drag slicks show you that this is not a drift car. 

Sure this owner could have gone with a JDM engine swap, but this was off the beaten path. As a car guy, even if I would never do it, I can’t help but appreciate it.


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