Engine swaps have come on a long way since the heady days of the classic tuning era. Who’d have thought 60 years on,
a classic Ford enthusiast would be fitting a 2-litre, all-alloy, 16-valve mass production engine that revs to 9000 rpm into their Mk1 Escort?
Bigger engines in smaller Fords are nothing new, of course — Jeff Uren’s Race Proved outfit was offering a Ford 302ci V8-powered Capri from the early 1970s. The difference now is that technology has improved the quality of the both the engines and the conversion parts required no end — and the home-brewed engineering cunning involved has come on leaps and bounds, too. We’ve cherry-picked a few great examples of this in this issue, and detailed what’s involved with 10 of the most-popular swaps. Check them out, then get down the garage with your tape measure and start plotting.
Also inside this issue
Broadspeed Anglia: genuine ex-race car now returned to its 1960s roots
Capri 1600XL: Reader’s superb, restored Mk1
Mk1 Zephyr Six: your in-depth guide to the original fast Ford
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