In the build: Three fast Fords

We check out three fascinating and very different Blue Oval engine conversions


Our mates at Ryboi are celebrating Australia’s current run of long weekend action by giving us shed-dwellers the chance to win one of 50 Ryobi ONE + packs valued at a cool $1000 each.

You can enter the comp and check out the terms and conditions here.

We’ve been playing along on our Instagram and have unearthed three outstanding Ford-based engine swaps that have entered the competition so far.

First up, is Benny Jetski’s XC-fronted XB Falcon hardtop, which has a rather fetching ratty muscle car vibe.

What Benny has been spending his long weekends doing is getting the coupe ready to accept a brand-new Ford Godzilla engine – 7.3-litres of pushrod V8 goodness! The swap will include removing the front shock towers and replacing the front suspension with something like a Rod Tech IFS.

You can follow along with the conversion process on Benny’s YouTube channel, check it out below:

Our second victim Drag Challenge regular, Phil Edmonston. Phil started his F100 as a L98-powered deal, but his since pivoted to the same direction as Benny has – to a brand-spanking Godzilla.

Long stints locked out of his South Australian home due to the ‘rona have delayed progress on the build, but he’s now got the front end (including Airride suspension) and engine placement sorted.

Phil is also documenting the build on YouTube and doing a killer job:

Last up is Jason Borg’s killer 1966 Ford Fairlane, a build that has taken a different path to the other lads. For starters, Jason has started with a pretty mint car as his base. And secondly, he’s opted for Ford Australia’s early noughties hero engine – the unique-to-Oz, FPV-built Boss 351 mod motor.

Jason is fitting a Tremec TR-3650 five-speed behind the mod motor, transforming the Fairlane from a sweet cruiser to a gear-banging bruiser! You can follow the build on his Instagram page here.

If you’ve got a cool conversion of your own on the go, let us know! And even better, enter it in the Ryobi ONE + Long Weekend competition here.