Ls swapped...would you do it again?

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  1. Fbird

    Fbird Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    After my keyboard research .... looks like about $3500 into a Ls motor gets me around the 400 hp mark then probably $2k for accessories (headers, mounts, etc....) Not sure how the LS computer stuff is going to like swapping out a cam in a 5.3 or 6.2? ...so from my initial info its a close one, staying PONCHO or abandoning the INDIAN for an Ls.
    Guess when I get to THAT moment i will have to decide.
     
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    You just gotta hunt down the deals. You can buy a GMPP accessory drive for $800. Significantly less used and even better if the engine has it. The best bang for the buck is the LS3. My modified LS1 had to work to keep up with a factory LS3. 430hp stock, add headers and better breathing and it will plenty of power.
     
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    I put a LS1 and 4L60 trans in my'79 TA because I wanted the reliability of the FI motor. Still need to figure out a solution to get the speedo without going the GPS route and hooking up the rest of the gauges.
     
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    You could give the guys a Hawks 3rd Gen a call, that's where I got my setup.. Basically an 05 GTO pull out LS2, I would agree with Badazz on the LS3 if you have the $$, if not and you want to get into the LS platform, the LS2 isn't a bad option..

     
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    I used complete auto meter gauges with an electric speedo. They do make adapters, haven’t seen them myself but people like American Power Train and Bowler would know.
     
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    I wonder how the LT1 swap is, I would prefer it over the LS3, but would rather have an LS7... Maybe some day... You all make me want an LS. I like the idea of something 'easier' to work on. When I say easier, it is easier to get to stuff on the engine! I already have the fuel system, biggest cost would be headers and the actual engine for the LS.
     
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    this guy is putting an LT4 in his car, would more or less be the same aside from the super charger requiring a different belt system
    http://nastyz28.com/threads/79-z28-project-fast-times.325685/
     
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    I would want to do a LT4, but I don’t think it’s a easy swap yet. Still issues with the serpentine systems. I wouldn’t do a LT1, I rather stick with the LS3.
     
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    Out of curiosity why?
    After driving both that lt1 is a monster down low compared to the ls3
     

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