People swapping new engines into vintage vehicles isn’t anything new, but ...
People swapping new engines into vintage vehicles isn’t anything new, but this project is certainly worth the closer look.
It’s the 1972 De Tomaso Pantera that is had its original Ford-sourced 351 Cleveland V8 swapped out for the new 3.5-liter Ford Ecoboost V6. Italian-bodied Ford GT, anyone?
This vehicle, tuned by the SCT Performance of Florida, was actually put together by Gas Monkey Garage about the year ago, but we think it is too cool not to mention.
The engine, sourced from the 2013 F-150, is equipped with the modified turbochargers and a custom tune, making 440 hp and 475 lb.-ft. of torque to the wheels.
Power is sent to the ground via the ZF transaxle mounted to the engine using the custom bell-housing.
It is not like this is just a show car with the big-power engine, though. Coilovers, six-piston Wilwood brakes, sticky Nitto tires have been added to tame the extra power. SCT has also added the A-pillar mounted boost gauge and the very fitting Momo steering wheel.
We are not sure Ford would have put in a turbo V6 into the Ford GT in 1972, were it to build one, but this vehicle is still pretty sweet. We bet it’s a riot to drive.
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