We’ve always amazed by the sheer creativity of engine swaps. Converting a car to use an engine it could of (but didn’t) is one thing, but jamming a maximum engine into a car it never could have come with is very much another. We’ve seen the ever-popular Taurus V-6 SHO engine swapped into a Ford Focus by a Ford dealer, and by individuals (and nearly everything else – SHO engines never die, they just go on to greatness. And, much more rarely, shameful mediocrity). We’ve also seen an SVT Contour 2.5 DOHC V-6 swapped into a Focus, which according to SVT lore is a swap that was considered very briefly as a factory offering.
Then come the V-8 Focus swaps. Starting with ye olde pushrod motor swap. Nice, but dated. You can buy a kit for most of the parts needed here. You may even find a clean V-8 swap on eBay. These are popular but also are very rare. Then you get into the 4.6 DOHC swaps. First, and most famous, is the ATI Terminator swap – a 4.6 iron-block DOHC supercharged Cobra engine. Nicely done, and complete down to the T-56 and transplanted Cobra IRS.
Now we come to this home-grown swap, a 2000 Ford Focus wagon with a 4.6 DOHC Cobra engine and a solid rear axle. Unusual in that it is a wagon. Read the complete story here on Focus Fanatics, or follow thru the pictures below. This was a tremendous piece of work, very well done, and the results speak for themselves.