It’s common knowledge that if you’re seeking a cheap, reliable high performance motor for your hot rod, a Chevrolet Small Block is usually your best bet. However as Autoblog points out, it’s often considered taboo to drop a rival automaker’s engine under the hood of your car, especially if you’re dealing with one of the Big Three.
That didn’t stop Tommy Pike, owner of Tommy Pike Customs, from using General Motors 6.2-liter LSA V8 to power his latest restomod project, a Quaker State-sponsored 1969 Ford F-100.
Pike, being your usual aftermarket enthusiast, couldn’t just leave his engine stock. In production form the LSA crate motor makes either 556 horsepower under the hood of the Cadillac CTS-V, or 580 horsepower under the hood of the Camaro ZL1. Thanks to a new pulley with more boost and forged internals, Pike’s engine is making roughly 800 horsepower, which pairs up nicely with the F-100’s modern independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes.
Check out Pikes creation in the video below, and keep an eye ouf for some of his other impressive GM creations lurking in the background.