Building a BMW V-8-Powered 1928 Ford Model A Pickup
Hot rodding in its early days was all about being innovative and resourceful with what was available at the time. Prior to 1955, the ubiquitous availability of the Ford flathead V-8 made it the engine of choice of hot rodders. But the Chevrolet small-block V-8 took the crown in 1955, and has never looked back since, finding its way under the hood of just about every imaginable motorized conveyance imaginable. But Mike Burroughs, a BMW aficionado, and editor-in-chief of the site Stanceworks, is not one to follow convention.
But Burroughs had enough of a respect for heritage and tradition that he had two simple guidelines for building his vintage hot rod. It had to be a classic, iconic body, and it had to have V-8 power. But his 1928 Ford Model A pickup isn’t powered by a Ford flathead, 351 Windsor or Cleveland, or even the ubiquitous 350 Chevy V-8.
Burrough’s Ford is powered by a 32-valve DOHC BMW M60 V-8, out of a 1995 740i sedan. As you can imagine, swapping a thoroughly modern engine into a more than 80 year-old vehicle was no simple task, and Burroughs goes into the process of taking the truck, literally held together by duct tape and tow straps, and transforming it into the 1500-lb, 300-hp beast it is today.
More details and a video at the link below. Be forewarned, the soundtrack to the video contains some adult language.