Over the past 3+ years that I’ve been running this site, there’s been a few builds out there that are so popular they get submitted to me by multiple readers, and this thread falls into that category. However, the submissions weren’t even necessary this time, as I have been lucky enough to follow this build since the thread was first created. Kevin, the cars owner, is a one man building machine, doing everything on this little BMW, from fabrication to bodywork, rust repairs to paint, and now the currently-in-progress F20C engine conversion. I’ve personally enjoyed every update of this well-photographed thread, and hope you will keep following it.
F20C RWD CRX
I thought I’d better have something interesting for you guys to kick off the new year, so let’s get the ball rolling. It’s another one of those builds that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but it wasn’t until it was emailed to me by Grant that it powered itself back into my line of sight. What we’re looking at here is a 2nd gen Honda CRX with an S2000-sourced F20C stuffed in the engine bay with a turbo hanging off the side, to be powering the rear wheels in the not too distant future.
Not enough RWD-converted Honda action for you? Then check out the mid-engined RWD DC2 Integra, and the AWD twin-engined Del Sol.
Or, if F20C’s are more your thing, there’s the TA22 Celica, ’66 Sunbeam Minx, and Opel Kadett, all powered by Hondas 92.1kw per liter engine.
UPDATE SEP-2014: This car is now complete! I’m not sure if the build thread has been updated, but MotoIQ have done a 9-page spotlight on this very car. To check it out, click here.
As far as cross breeding goes, I’d say this is pretty subtle. An F20C 2.0L from a Honda S2000 gets transplanted into a 1973 TA22 Toyota Celica. That classic Japanese shape reflects the golden years of JDM styling, while the contemporary heart hailing from a different manufacturer – yet the same country of origin – showcases just how far 4cylinder technology has developed. The owner has managed to capture the best of both worlds, old and new, without going so far as to make a Frankenstein out of the car.
Submitted by Jimmy, a fellow ex-S15 owner from MelbS15.com.
1966 Sunbeam Minx F20C
Here is the second build to be featured on Speedhunters.
The first build I showed you was pure American muscle, from the body, to the frame, to the guy’s working their magic on it. For this next build I’m not gonna go all JDM or Euro on you, but the engine choice does come from the land of the rising sun. I know how much you guys love the Japanese stuff (as do I), but I do try to feature some of the more obscure builds to keep it interesting and fresh.
This next car is a 1966 Sunbeam Minx in the stages of receiving an F20C transplant and 4-link rear end. The guy behind it all is named Mike, he’s a master metal fabricator and I’ve featured one of his builds before. Let’s get started…
Opel Kadett + S2000
I found this build while browsing Oldschool.co.nz so a big thanks to those guys first up.
The builder behind this Kadett has taken a similar approach to the Mad Minor project that was previously featured, essentially taking two uni-body cars and combining the body from one with the chassis from the other.