This Classic Ford Edsel Gets Toyota 2JZ Trade-In
YouTuber Altered Intent gives the classic wagon a much needed boost.
Altered Intent YouTube channel shows creative exchange that takes a classic Ford Wagon Edsel and trades in a Toyota 2JZ engine. The Edsel needs major repairs and modifications before it’s road-ready again, but video posted to the site shows the vision is clear and the process is well underway. Watch the Altered Intent video to see the process of taking a fairly modern Toyota engine and swapping it in for a classic American wagon.
The Edsel Engine Swap
The 2JZ was the choice for this exchange thanks to its reputation for producing great sound and a good boost. While Toyota used the 2JZ in several different models, this one came from a Lexus GS300. At this point, the engine is “bone stock” and the top half of the intake and manifold is missing, all the way down to the bare block. It will receive some attention to the rods and pistons, with the end goal of bringing the boost between 650 and 700. When all is said and done, the mechanics involved with this wagon will be far from the vehicle built by Ford. decades ago.
The Edsel is currently seated outside and descended to the body and frame. The video shows the process of starting the cutting of the vehicle, which suffered some damage from rust and age. With fewer parts holding it together the front begins to shift, it is eventually also removed to prevent the irregularities already present in the car body from getting worse. The process is aimed at ensuring that the Edsel will be fit for the road and ready for its power boost once the engine swap is complete.
A brand from another era
Edsel was a sub-brand of Ford Motor Company and was itself an expansion of Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury division. Edsel produced vehicles of the 1958-1960 model years and named after Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford. The goal of the Edsel brand was to gain market share from Chrysler and General Motors at the time. Edsel was the first new American automobile brand introduced after Ford’s Mercury in 1939 and marketed as a brand of the future.
Unfortunately, due to a bad reputation and a somewhat unconventional style for the time, Edsels did not prove popular with consumers and the brand was quickly disbanded. Considering the short lifespan of the Edsel brand and its relative rarity today, this exchanged Edsel wagon is all the more unique and remarkable. Follow Altered Intent on YouTube to see the continued development of this classic wagon.
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