LS1 into '72 Camaro, Let It Begin!

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  1. AndrewT

    AndrewT Member

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    I've been debating putting an LS-based engine in my car for the last couple years while I've been maintaining my SBC 406. Up until recently it had only been a dream.

    Last week I was browsing craigslist and found an LS1 out of a 2001 Corvette C5 with roughly 20,000 miles on it. The engine was complete, minus the PCM, the accessory drive, flex plate, and the TAC module. It came with the complete wiring harness, the pedal assembly, the rails, injectors, the ls6 intake, o2 sensors, exhaust manifolds, coil packs, etc, pictures to follow. I opened it up and it is indeed a new engine. Almost no signs of wear throughout the engine, the cross hatching on the cylinder walls is still very visible. The engine still has the stock spark plugs and they look perfect.

    This is the beginning of my build, I still have to get myself a flexplate, for use with my TH400, thinking of getting the TCI part number: 399753, GM flexplate spacer, TAC Module, Computer (have a friend who has one from a 2003 Escalade I might snag depending on some stuff), motor mount adapters, MAF Sensor (going to get a used one from a junkyard or on ebay), accessory drive, and some other stuff.

    Here are some pictures of my '72 Camaro and the engine it will be replacing:
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  2. AndrewT

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    And this is what will be replacing it:
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    The passenger side fuel rail is slightly bent but after inspection the weld held up perfect and I'm going to bend it back to make it straight. The injectors are like new.
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    More will come as I get more parts and as progress continues!
     
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    Way to Go!

    Awesome!
     
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    Looks pretty complete.

    Tom
     
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    Nice looking LS1! Congrats.
     
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    nice looking car, just an FYI the TCI flex-plate comes with the pilot spacer.
     
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    You will not regret this move. GM sells the flex plate for around $55
     
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    I'm curious to see how this goes...could be one fast mo-fo! :D
     
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    Nice score! The engine looks great!
     
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    The engine you're replacing looks like it's been done up nicely with some newer aluminum heads :eek:
    What kind #'s did that one throw down??

    Congrats on the purchase. Like JJ said, you will NOT regret this move.

    I have one I'm not using. I swapped to a manual on my 2nd swap.

    $25 plus shipping it's yours. PM if interested.
     
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