Dave Reader
May 2, 2016 3:16 p.m.

Triumph Spitfires are relatively commonly seen with engines swap. But someone took the time to swap in a MG B motor. Given if offers only a bit more power, weighs a lot more and a wash reliability wise one has to wonder why. One could accomplish the thing by adding a Weber and a small pile of bricks to the Triumph motor. Given that why do I still want it?

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/calgary/spitfire/1161557062?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

and the money shot

Keith Tanner MegaDork
May 2, 2016 3:28 p.m.

Depends on when it was done, I guess. Maybe he had a hard time getting Triumph parts in the late 80's or something.

bravenrace MegaDork
May 2, 2016 3:33 p.m.

Probably because he had a Triumph with no engine and a good MGB engine.

JamesMcD Dork
May 2, 2016 3:34 p.m.

It could have been a case of "this is what I had sitting around."

NickD Dork
May 2, 2016 3:38 p.m.

Still makes more sense than the Integra GS-R sedan I saw with a D15 swapped in. That one made me rage.

Duke MegaDork
May 2, 2016 3:47 p.m.
NickD wrote: Still makes more sense than the Integra GS-R sedan I saw with a D15 swapped in. That one made me rage.

GS-R motors being what they are, and GS-R owners being what they are, I can only assume that was the result of too much enthusiasm grenading the original engine, coupled with too little money to source another one.

NickD Dork
May 2, 2016 3:53 p.m.
Duke wrote:
NickD wrote: Still makes more sense than the Integra GS-R sedan I saw with a D15 swapped in. That one made me rage.

GS-R motors being what they are, and GS-R owners being what they are, I can only assume that was the result of too much enthusiasm grenading the original engine, coupled with too little money to source another one.

Seems like it'd be way more expensive to put in a D-series though than just a non-VTEC B18

Duke MegaDork
May 2, 2016 3:53 p.m.

In reply to NickD:

Granted.

Knurled MegaDork
May 3, 2016 5:27 a.m.
NickD wrote: Still makes more sense than the Integra GS-R sedan I saw with a D15 swapped in. That one made me rage.

Maybe his car was stolen and stripped of its drivetrain, but he found a D15 on Craigslist from someone who just did a VTEC B18 conversion on his Civic...

Heck. That sounds like the kind of swap I'd do just for the lulz. Park the car in a high crime area, let it get stolen (should take about four hours), hidden camera to get the look on the thieves' faces when they open the hood.

RossD UltimaDork
May 3, 2016 7:19 a.m.

By the time I actually have room/time/money to do my Zetec rwd swap, it will be completely pointless swap. Used Duratecs are now cheap and the rear wheel drive transmissions are substantially better than a Zetec and pinto 4 speed.

T.J. UltimaDork
May 3, 2016 7:19 a.m.

One of my favorite 'funny' swaps was the guy who put a 850cc BMC A-series engine from a Mini into a honda of some sort. Don't remember if it was a Civic or a CRX. Did it as a joke on all the folks who put Honda engines into Minis.

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