Many years ago, my first car was a 1955 Chevy with a 6 cylinder 235 cu in engine, with a 3 speed on the column! Great car! I was a real motor head even in my teens & before, so I decided to drop a 327 V8 into the engine bay & put the 3 speed shifter on the floor! The first thing I did was paint the car a bright burgundy red color & add the classic crossed flags emblem with "327" on both sides of the front fenders (or wings as you Brits say)!
After driving to the local speedway to the races on a weekend night, some smart mouth guy in a hot rod yelled hey you got a 327 in that thing? So we sort of raced away from the stop light & of course he got a good laugh due to my inept performance....it was mostly me despite my 6 banger not being that fast (but still a good engine).
Long story short, after swapping in a new 327 V8 engine & moving the shifter to the floor, and adding fake white walls to the tires & chrome baby moons to the wheels (I couldn't afford fancy wheels) I started enjoying my then very fast 55 Chevy!
Next time after the races, the same guy that made fun of me had to eat crow after I out performed him big time! Mind you, to this day I'm not one to street race, but in my day the stop light drags were quite common and safe with no problems!
The guy yelled over to me and said what happened to your car?....I said "the engine swap is now complete!...the badges aren't fake anymore!" ;-)
Some things never change! LOL!