A VW-Powered, Rear-Engine, RWD F-150 – What Were They Thinking?

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We don’t often ever hear the words: Volkswagen-powered F-150. But when we do, we curl up in a ball and cry inconsolably.

We at Ford Truck Enthusiasts have seen some pretty wacky engine swaps. But remember, just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should!

That being said, every once in a while we see something so bizarre, so unexpected, that it takes us completely by surprise. Much like this video courtesy of Bryan Michaud, who performed one of the weirdest engine swaps we’ve ever seen.


The protagonist of this story is a single cab, flareside 1994 Ford F-150, and its partner an air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle engine. The antagonist? Everything good that’s been disgraced by this project.

While we’d be excited to see something like this at a car show, we can’t help but wonder how or why anyone dreamed up such wild creation? It’s not just an engine swap, but a complete engine relocation behind the cab of the F-150!

Short of a rotary engine swap from a Mazda, the builder could not have chosen a more different motor than what originally came with the truck. An air-cooled four-cylinder engine mounted in the bedrails of the truck, replaced the inline-six or pushrod V8 originally positioned under the hood.

VW-Powered Ford F150

While the transaxle swap reduced the available cargo space in the bed, the engine bay was sealed on the bottom transforming it into a massive trunk! Unfortunately, with under 50 horsepower on tap, payload and towing capabilities are non-existent.

Most engine swaps involve making a vehicle faster, more reliable, or more useful, but this literally accomplishes nothing. It’s baffling. While we admire the fabrication skills necessary to bring this project to life, we can’t help but wonder what the builder could have accomplished had they spent their time and energy actually improving the F-150?

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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