Hooniverse Asks: What's the craziest part you can find for your car for sale online?

Over on Jalopnik, there’s a post about a very curious part being offered for sale on eBay. It’s a turbocharger. Not just any spin-loving snail though, as this one is the type formerly employed by BMW to force air into its M12 Formula One engines. Yes, you can have the turbo components that help Megatron engines produce upwards of 1,400 horsepower.
It’s not cheap, of course. The asking price is nearly $12,000. That’s a lot of coin for a setup that didn’t even perform well in its day. Still, if you’re a BMW fan with money burning a hole in your pocket, it could as least make for some amazing automotive art.
It is certainly insane. It would be more insane if someone managed to swap this into a setup under their hood. Now I’m curious what might exist for other cars that’s on the same level of insanity.
What have you found for sale online that could be adapted to work in your own vehicle?

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23 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the craziest part you can find for your car for sale online?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    Technically, I only need the big block motor mounts and a new hood to drop this in my 1977 Corvette. 1000 HP for less than $20k! Sure beats the stock 180HP.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Or for a little more $$$, an extra 2000HP over that one: https://www.prolineracing.net/blogs/engines/plr-540-bbc-head-hunter-3000-hp

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        With a solid block you will be living life a quarter mile at a time!

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    I can get a new drive belt for my KV Mini 1 for the low, low price of 730.84 Kč (plus shipping) because this size is still being produced for certain models of agricultural equipment:

    1. Vairship Avatar

      So.. drive belts for a KV1 are easier to find than for a Volvo 66?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        The DAF club in Britain stocks all manner of Variomatic belts and has new ones manufactured whenever supplies run low, so that’s even easier. The Volvo’s belts are more expensive than the KV’s, however, and of course two are required. Also I’m pretty sure the club doesn’t accept the koruna česká as payment.

  3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    Burning a whole what in your pocket?

    1. Alff Avatar

      a whole hole

  4. Alff Avatar

    I can get the modified intake needed to retrofit an Alfa Twinspark to a 105 Spider. Not sure why I’d want to, but I can.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Cheaper than rebuilding the twin cam, and perhaps better power, plus EFI? Downsides may include having to keep the bonnet shut at all times…

  5. discontinuuity Avatar

    I could buy a short-shifter kit for my Miata if I wanted. But the shifter throws are already really short, so I don’t see the point.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Yeah, you’re probably better off just going for a sequential gearbox at twenty-ish grand and calling it good.

  6. smokyburnout Avatar

    The Insight engine has a codename that starts with the same letter as the Beat’s and they’re both on the same Wikipedia page, so I like to think that means I could make the ITBs fit

  7. salguod Avatar

    You can spend about $10K in parts to change your mid 2000s WRX 5 speed gears to very strong straight cut gears plus a stronger clutch and upgraded differential.
    I know this because we just did so on the 818 we built at work after breaking the stock transmission in the burn out box on our first drag strip run.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      As a mid engined car it probably would have been worth skipping the burnout box for the first run! I forget how much power it has, is wheelspin an issue?

      1. salguod Avatar

        335 HP at the wheels from around 3500 rpm on to the redline. The WRX donor was 227 HP at the crank and was moving over 1000 pounds more, which should be easier on the transmission. But, and we think this is the killer, the WRX split its power between the two axles, all of ours goes through what was the front axle. Plus the WRX 5 speed is known to be fragile at elevated power levels.
        We’re running R888 street & track tires that hook up quite well. Our driver was a semi professional drag racer and owns two sub 10 second drag cars, so he knows what he’s doing. He wasn’t even trying to do a full burn out, just wanted to scrub the grit off the tires.
        The new gears and differential should fix it, but by the time we got it back together, it was too cold to run it again. We were expecting a mid 10 second time.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          My drag racing experience is only with street cars, but that requires care not to break things! I wonder if the driver was too gentle and didn’t get the wheels to spin (giving a preview of what the launch would be like). My advice – if it is not a dedicated drag car, don’t worry too much about getting a killer 60 foot time.

  8. outback_ute Avatar

    Could probably adapt a Territory front subframe into my ute to make it AWD. After some floor modification to fit the transfer case. Ironically this would give less ground clearance than it has currently.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      SY Territory AWD front end componentry. BF2 RTV Ute rear end (inc Diff Locker)
      It’s been done before. Was there a later Falcon Ute equivalent of the BA RTV ?
      Or you could get a Ranger, made in the military dictatorship of Thailand.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        I have an XH though, I have seen an RTV conversion started but not finished. There is a BF wagon with the conversion you’re describing, not sure about any others.
        They stopped building the RTV at the end of the BF2 which is a shame as I feel the popularity was building. Ranger is probably a decent substitute but not the same.

    1. cap'n fast Avatar
      cap’n fast

      new neighbor(female) has a chevy 3/4 ton p/u with “camel toe” hitch cover. very very amusing. it is not generally available otc as she says she made it herself of cast polyurethane. waiting for the truck to be curb parked in daylight for a pix of it.

  9. Fresh-Outta-Nissans Avatar

    I know this one!
    There’s a Hayabisa V8 swap kit for like $75k. Also, you can buy a pair of TRD superchargers for $50k. They wont sell you just one.