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V-8 Miata swap

V-8 Miatas, including the original Monsters and the more recent Ford and Chevy engine swaps.

  • We’ve been keeping a close eye on V-8 Miata swaps [click for large gallery of images], with an eye towards possibly building one ourselves. That means very closely looking over Miata V-8 swaps at car shows,…

  • We’ve seen a lot of different V-8 engines swaps into Miatas over the past few years and covered many of them in posts here. We’ve seen neat swaps performed by individual builders, but we’ve also seen poorly executed swaps and outright hack jobs.…

  • The original “Monster Miata”, detailed in this post: http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-blog/?p=2089, was one of the most significant aftermarket creations for Miata enthusiasts in the 1990s. With a transplanted Ford 302 V-8 engine, a matching transmission and differential, and even a full heavy duty IRS…

  • Speaking of the Monster Miata (in followup to our last post), here’s another view of an authentic Monster with the Ford diff added.  If you are buying a Monster, having this part is the sure…

  • In an earlier post, we covered what a Monster Miata is, how it’s built, and added some thoughts about it’s potential usefulness to a driving enthusiast.  Here’s one last look at the topic, courtesy of a video…

  • The “Monster Miata” was the creation and product of Monster Motorsports, a defunct California company. The Monster was a Miata with a Ford 5-liter (actually 4.9) cast-iron block/heads OHV pushrod engine and a Borg-Warner T-5…