What do you do when you get yourself a Mazda RX-8 for a good price because the engine is kaput? Well, one solution is to install a massive Cummins 6BT, 5.9-litre truck engine.
Why the hell not, right? And that's exactly what the guys from Bodge Rides Garage did. Let's just be clear here; a truck engine installed into a small, rear wheel drive coupé. Sounds nuts!
First things first, and that's to make space. All you need is an angle grinder and a hammer and, voila, a lot less Mazda. The engine is so large it protrudes into the cabin, so a chunk of changes needs to be made to accommodate this under the dashboard, and the bonnet needs to be butchered too to make space for the engine. Hot-rodding 101!
Then, using some of the solid off-cuts, welding in a couple of big supports for the engine mountings. The starter gets converted from 24 to 12 volts and the clutch master from the donor truck is attached. A steering rack from a BMW E32 is installed and finally, the ginormous motor is mounted.
Plug everything together, rewire the whole lot and BOOM! Time to smoke some tires.
It's a work in progress and you can follow the dudes on their YouTube channel as they continue, but we reckon Frankenstein would be proud of this monster for sure.
And, on that inspirational note, I think we need to do some 'upgrades' to the boss's Mazda RX-8 when he's not looking!
Check out the video below.