31st Jan2013

Will It Fit? Lexus V8 Into a S13!

by Michael Chandler

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Last night I went over to Jordan Collier’s frigid garage and watched him put together an engine hoist and then test fit his shiny new 1UZ V8.  Did it actually go in?

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Jordan decided to bolt up a few things before dropping it into the bay.  First was this spacer.  Gotta have it so the whole transmission and shifting thing work.  Looks odd, but it works.

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Then this beefy QuarterMaster clutch went on.  They use it in NASCAR, and that’s good enough for Jordan!

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With the clutch set up on, and the exhaust manifolds bolted up she began her journey down…

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Well whataya know?!?  She fits!!!  Not without a few minor issues, but nothing a cutting torch and a welder can’t fix.  Next time you see this thing out in the wild you’re gonna be seeing these under the hood:

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler.



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