Swifty: The V8 Suzuki Swift

Swifty: The V8 Suzuki Swift

Long time BA Member, Jack Mill, has built the world's toughest Suzuki Swift. Why you ask... he reckons it's because he "likes to party". Jack wanted something different that might raise an eye brow or get a giggle, and we reckon he built what he was looking for.

9 months before Summernats 2024, Jack picked up a run of the mill Swift off Facebook marketplace for $500 with the plans for a few modifications. Nothing crazy, just an LS swap, RWD conversion, and changing about everything else on the thing to make it actually work.

As an auto electrician mechanic (while driving taxis on the side to fund it all), Jack had a pretty good idea of what he was doing, and fabricated the beast in the back shed with a bit of help from his old boy and brother.

He pulled the LS & Glide combo out of his VS skid ute, and paired it with a custom 9 inch (diff* but we’re sure Jack’s packing too). Swifty is currently putting out 400Hp, but Jack was sure to let us know that is only 'for now'.

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The biggest challenge of the build was making the front end to work with the commodore frame. Nothing came close to fitting, so between pulling the firewall back half a metre and building a tunnel through its centre for the driveshaft, there was no shortage of headaches.

Complete with dropping it on its guts with 17x7” wheels up front & 20x10" on the rear, Swift has a pretty mean stance for a car usually driven by girls on their red P plates.

Throughout the whole inception and build the one thing Jack really didn't know was how the thing would actually drive. He's happy to report it surprised him by handling well, being very whippy and fun on the pad.

The BA crew caught up with Jack at Summernats earlier in the month and we're happy to report he's a hilarious, down to earth country boy with a good crew around him. Heading to Summernats he didn’t have much expectations and certainly wasn't banking on the amount of attention Swifty received.

It was a crowd favourite at the show, and the media boys loved it too so there was no shortage of internet presence. Over the past month, Swifty has racked up hundreds of thousands of views online by people loving seeing something different. The sheer contrast between what a Swift should be, and what Jack has made it is a good laugh and draws a crowd.

Over the Australia Day long weekend Jack took out  ‘Best Custom’ at the Local Dubbo Car show. Bathurst Autofest & Burnout Mayhem are next on the cards for upcoming events if you want to see Swifty in action. The goal this year is simple, Burnout Masters Golden Ticket & an entry into Summernats Masters competition next year. If you see Jack out, don’t be afraid to say g’day and be sure to help him with his goal by showing love on all his socials.

Photo Credit: Matthew Garberg

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