You want cheap, reliable horsepower for your 1968 Mustang, but you don't want the same Ford V8 that's under the hood of every other Mustang. What do you do? For Beau Miklethun, the answer came in the form of a heart transplant from a Toyota Supra. As captured in this , the results are unlike any other 1968 Mustang out there, and that's the point.
Old Mustangs are great, but they're a dime a dozen. Go to any car show and you're bound to see a handful, likely with a predicable slate of modifications. Miklethun didn't want his Mustang to be like anyone else's. Initially, he went with a 2.3-liter turbocharged Ford EcoBoost motor like the one in the Focus RS. That worked well for a while, but when that motor blew, Mikelthun started thinking 2JZ.
Yep, under the iconic hood of this pony car now beats the turbocharged straight-six heart of Dom Toretto's favorite Supra. It's a combination, and a sound, you wouldn't expect, but with massive aftermarket support and the headroom to make huge power, this engine choice is a natural.
With the wholly unconventional swap complete, this Mustang is powerful, reliable, and unlike anything else you'll see at Cars and Coffee. Suddenly, a 302 seems so passé.