There’s a laundry list of engine swaps that have gotten stale over time—the Chevy LS, Honda K-Series, and Toyota 2JZ come to mind. That’s not to say they’re bad or any less worthy of powering high-output builds, but it takes creativity to make them into something special. Transplanting one into a lawn tractor should do the trick, then.
When the YouTuber crew at Grind Hard Plumbing Co. isn’t fabricating custom parts for 85-mile-per-hour Barbie cars, they’re working on something like this 2JZ Simplicity mower. It’s still in the works right now with the latest update featuring an intricate wiring job in preparation for a Haltech Elite 2500 ECU.
If you’re looking to get up to speed, they’ve documented the entire process from teardown and fabrication to actually rebuilding the engine, which required a second 2JZ to complete. Now, just to be clear, this is a 2JZ-GE—the non-turbocharged version that makes as much as 227 horsepower in stock form. I still wouldn’t put it past these guys to boost it down the road, though, and it’s still impressive as it sits. For the full story, check out this article from The Drive.