1993 Mazda MPV – What The F@&%? – Modified Magazine

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Mazda MPV

You won’t see this minivan kids to soccer practice.

at Modified, we have made an attempt over the past months to expand our horizons in an to bring the readers a more kind of reading experience. of sticking to a formula that we works, we want to change it up a bit and forth some content other magazines would likely consider running, due to of backlash from people not an oddball for what it is.

We feel true automotive enthusiasts appreciate anything that has a character to it, even if it is a bit off the wall. particular feature is the very of off the wall, even if it may appear unmenacing on the surface.

By now you’ve out there’s more to this ’93 MPV minivan than meets the Just in case you haven’t skipped ahead to see the engine bay and sheet, let me make it easy for There’s a VG30DETT in there. a twin-turbo JDM Z32 V6 in a Mazda rear-wheel-drive

You may be wondering why anyone would such a vehicle, and in fact one go so far as to call this car crazy, or even stupid, but saying any of things without knowing has gone into this and why, would be shortsighted and to the creator, David Swenson of a man who is very much in love his minivan.

To fully understand why David has this van, we need to back in time to when he was a lad of 6 years. “The interesting about this build is this is my first car,” explains. “When I was 6 years my family took a trip to Alberta, in the MPV, and that was my experience in it. We used this van to all through [my upbringing], tow the boat on and make the long haul to go Grandma in the summers. There was this van didn’t do.”

It been all peaches and cream for and his van, though. When he middle-school age, David to develop a feeling of resentment the van because it was not exactly cool or Even though it was better being dropped off by the school David never really a draw toward cars, and if completely honest, we can understand how happened.

Much to his dismay, reaching the legal age to drive, the van his to do with what he pleased. It was at time that David to think outside the box and try to come up ways to make lemonade out of

“In high school, I began by out the middle seats, and giving van] a healthy dose of system wattage that set off car alarms,” David recalls “High school lingered on, and I to use the MPV for shuttling my friends and hauling the to the lake. I began to fall in with the MPV. There was nothing it do, nothing it couldn’t haul, and it couldn’t go.

 But just as every story progresses, the relationship was something. I had a need, a need for

So what’s a boy to do when he has the need for but has a car with next to zero support? Customization, of course. and his father began looking for an engine to replace the 103hp MPV V6, and after taking rough and doing a little number they ended up with a JDM VG engine from a Z32 Fairlady Z. At point, we want to interject and say that although this idea sounds completely to most people, we love the that David and his dad tackled project as a team (not outside help, though) and out of the joy of wrenching.

“I began the swap the course of] the summer before I college,” David tells us. “I had in love with the MPV so much I even purchased a beater MPV to the transportation duties during the If that’s not dedication, or at the very the most extreme example of Syndrome we’ve ever of, we don’t know what enlisted the help of Andre at Motorsports in Kent, Washington, to a shop with a lift and of auto knowledge,” David dynoing the MPV on its stock JE V6 to get some numbers (103 hp and 157 lb-ft of to the wheels), I moved it over to the and took some wire to the harness. There was no turning now.

“Working through that at Pina, lots of people in and contested my sanity and the notion of a minivan. Some were skeptics, and were able to see the brilliance. One a local police officer and EVO told me this was ‘just stupid.’ Roughly four months after the transplant was complete and the of recovery was complete ensuring the didn’t reject the infusion, we it back on the dyno, ran the engine a couple of full load and hit 388 hp and 383 torque.”

David has mixed a lot of parts from many carmakers to complete his Frankenstein’s minivan project, but he tells us it was not as as one may think. “Using a two-post made the swap unbelievably he says. “Lifting the van off the subframe and assembly was no problem. The VG fit like a and I was even able to use OEM MPV motor in the stock location with my radiator in its stock location.” has spent a lot of time since the van became reborn to finish off here and there and to slowly every last thing needs updating or upgrading.

He has plans to swap in a 9-inch rearend soon, a modification sure will drastically the characteristic of the currently non-LSD-equipped one wheel burnouts) van. also has a new motor sitting on his waiting, a motor he hopes be good for more than 400 hp. He he would love to quadruple the output of the MPV, and we’re that’s completely within given the right supporting

In a nutshell, David has taken a car he loved, then hated, and a way to love it again. “When I further in life, my dream is to a fleet of MPVs,” David “I’ll have this another dedicated for off-road, and a MPV with the stuff dreams are of.” Even though we may not David’s exact enthusiasm Mazda minivans, we certainly fault him for loving what he

So if you live in the Pacific Northwest and find yourself face to with an unassuming looking van, keep your open for that spool. be surprised if David smokes and don’t be mad, you’re not the

Specs Details

’93 MPV

Engine JDM Nissan VG30DETT V6

Mazda MPV

Engine Modifications Coolant to bypass; removed all emissions air conditioning; single fuel regulator; Unorthodox Racing pump, alternator, power aluminum pulleys; Flex-a-lite fan; aluminum performance dual Z32 MAF sensors; dual HKS blow-off valves; dual DSM intercoolers; Hallman manual controller; Chromex ceramic-coated plenum coolant pipes by Coatings; custom grounding oil filter relocation kit; NA power steering pump; High Performance 15 row oil cooler; 255-lph fuel pump; performance satin stainless mufflers; Z1 Motorsports split steel downpipes; custom inch intercooler piping by Motorsports; custom dual inch into single exhaust; dual Quick Performance electric cutouts

Management NisTune; A’PEXi II

Suspension stock struts Monroe air shocks (r); air tank; Chrome Viair compressor; Energy Suspension

Drivetrain Custom one-piece by Aukeen Drivelines; Z1 Motorsports–upgraded transmission; Precision Industries 9.5-inch Dragon torque Hayden Automotive 678 transmission w/ custom fan set-up; stock differential w/ 3.91 gears

Exterior Original Midnight paint; custom trailer metal rear bumper, vents, foglights, reverse

Interior original seats custom center console; gauge cluster by Advanced Cutting and Design; converted shifter to floor (from a rear heater delete; Meter Phantom speedometer, wide-bands, water temperature, temperature, oil temperature, oil pressure, pressure, boost, fuel gauges; Alpine W-205, 6.5-inch component speakers; Engineering XXX 12-inch custom enclosure tuned to

27 hz; Audiobahn Stinger 5 farad capacitor; Stinger 200-amp relays, terminals, distribution blocks; HC1800

Wheels, Tires ’02 Ford Mustang 16×7.5-inch Motorsport Technology hubcentric rings; Yokohama Avid V4S 245/50R16 (f) 255/50R16 (r); 30mm four-pot aluminum w/ custom mounting brackets; SS brake lines; Subaru B9 315mm x 30mm rotors Hawk HPS pads; stock drums

Thanks To Dwayne and the at Metal Supermarkets in Kent for the Andre at Pina Motorsports for the and lift, Jim at Specialty Sheet my brother, Perry, my mom, and the neighbors for persevering through the sounds of the MPV TT and the late nights in the

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