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This Generation
After reading Kevin mcclelland's editorial this month, it reminded me of the timeold traditions of real hot rodding; when gearheads actually had to build things to suit their needs. That meant custom fab work with laborious sweat and creative forethought, including engine swaps that most would frown upon today. Yes, dropping a Bow Tie powerplant into B-o-Ps and even the Blue oval variances.

These days, while we're seeing an incredible number of Ls mills being transplanted into just about everything with four wheels, and then some- including street machines, drag cars, boats, and off-road sandrails, i've seen tremendous growth in big-blocks being dropped into '87-93 Fox-body Mustangs for doorslammer applications. Do i agree with this? Not really; however, i'm willing to give up some semblance of respect for the type of numbers these guys are laying down at the top end of the stripe.

More recently, i spoke with a major aftermarket supplier who asked me about my perspective. I said my piece and he replied, "it kills me to see any Chevy, let alone a big-block, in a Ford. While i can't stand those combinations, it seems to be getting more and more popular, and unfortunately, they seem to work well." The tone of his voice really revealed his mixed emotions over the matter, but all said and done, it's a fact of life; people are doing it and like anything, some love it, while others would like to use those creations as a boat anchor.

I'm sure many of you have read or heard about another magazine in our source interlink media family, where they stuffed an Ls1 into one of these cars. Of course, i couldn't resist scanning the net to see what people were saying about it, and sure enough, there was quite a buzz on several Ls-type message forums. As expected, many couldn't fathom the thought, while others wanted to learn more about it. If nothing else, it stirred up enough of a controversy that it made for a good read.

Now don't get me wrong, i have no intention of going that route-not even the desire-i just want to know what your thoughts are on the subject. Better yet, have you ever created something similar or has the thought even crossed your mind? What about sticking a sportbike engine into a golf cart? Yes, i've seen one, and boy did it do some incredible wheelies. If you have photos, i'd like to see them.

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