Like most Lincoln’s of the day, the 2000 Lincoln LS wasn’t exactly a shining example of quality and reliability. The fact it sat on the Jaguar S-Type platform didn’t exactly help its case, either.
Both – though perhaps the Jag more so – were derided by the press in their day and are now viewed as darker chapters in the bloodline of their respective brands.
However, despite its many foibles, there are a few bright spots in the makeup of the Lincoln LS: Its 3,700-lb girth is well distributed and all the power from its stock 3.0L V6 engine is sent to the rear wheels. Sounds like the making of a half-decent project car to us.
And that’s exactly what we have here: A tenacious hero who’s currently in the process of swapping out the V6 for a more potent 4.8L LS V8. The owner even went to the trouble of swapping out the stock slushbox for a NV3500 five-speed manual from a Chevy Blazer. Like we said, tenacious.
According to LSXTV, the owner also plans to check a few choice upgrades at the 4.8L V8 like a C6 Z06 camshaft, LS1 intake manifold, GTO oil pan, plus a few other components from a ’04-’06 Pontiac GTO.
We’re also happy to report that the owner plans to take his newly built creation on the autocross course when all is said and done.
Sure, it’s a bit unorthodox, but isn’t that what swaps are all about? Suffice to say, we can’t wait to see this tricked out LS hit the track.