Since engine swaps are on the brain today, you might like to read Tom McCahill’s visit to Bill Frick, who started swapping Cadillac engines into Fords (Fordillac) and Studebakers shortly after the engines first became available in 1949. Here’s a brief snippet:
Is this a practical job? Well, with Ferraris and Continental Bentleys costing more than three times as much, you get a car that will outrun the Bentley and match most of the Ferraris. In my book, it won’t corner with the best but it does fairly well, as Frick demonstrated on an airport course when he creamed a well-driven modified Jaguar around the circuit.
Here’s the whole thing: blog.modernmechanix.com