LT-1/LS-1 swap links topic

Discussion in 'High Tech Retrofits' started by Skaal-tel 79, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. triumph

    triumph New Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I can get an LT1 for $1k. Aint gonna find an LS1 anywhere near that....
     
  2. KansasTwister

    KansasTwister Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Location:
    Lawrence, ks
    Ever thought of a gen 3/4 motor? 5.3 votec? Can be had pretty cheap.
     
  3. triumph

    triumph New Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Which 5.3 vortech? I haven't considered it, I don't know much about it. How would it compare to an lt1 in performance and fuel economy?
     
  4. nobreaks254

    nobreaks254 Veteran Member

    Messages:
    503
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Location:
    aberdeen, SD
    You can get a 5.3 from a 2000 or newer 1/2 ton pickup for way less than $1000. I bought one for $250 complete with wirring and computer. They were rated at 285/295 horspower. They can get 19+ mpg in a truck, so in a camaro I would think mid 20's.
     
  5. Todd80Z28

    Todd80Z28 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    11,846
    Likes Received:
    419
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Location:
    Northern VA
    IMO, a 5.3 fitted with the 2001 Z06 cam (204/217°, .525", I think) is going to crank out mid 300s for horsepower, assuming nothing else is done to the engine. It will feel stronger than a factory LT1, and probably be up 1-2mpg all-around. Get a newer aluminum block one, and shave 150lbs off the nose.:)
     
  6. triumph

    triumph New Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Interesting. Where did you pick up that engine for 250? Private seller or junkyard?

    My price for lt1 at $1000 included the 4l60e though...

    How different would this swap be compared to an lt1 or ls1? I mean, since I'm not experienced with swaps, it seems like an lt/ls swap can get more advice from the forums...

    By the way, my apologies for taking this way off topic...
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2008
  7. nobreaks254

    nobreaks254 Veteran Member

    Messages:
    503
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Location:
    aberdeen, SD
    The 5.3 swap would be the same as the LS1 swap. Basically the same motor with small bore and heads. I bored my out to the same specs as LS1. I bought mine at the junkyard with 87000 miles. The LS1 is pretty much a bolt it deal where with the LS motors you have to buy/fab motor mounts. Either way you still have wirring to deal with. Plus the fuel system.
     
  8. PolarBear

    PolarBear Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,189
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Location:
    NJ
    Fixed
     
  9. triumph

    triumph New Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wait, I live in CA, where if I want to do a smog legal swap (i have to), it can't come from a different class of vehicles, so this particular engine wouldn't pass since it comes from a truck.
     
  10. KansasTwister

    KansasTwister Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Location:
    Lawrence, ks
    put an ls1 intake on it and call it an ls1 lol.
     

Share This Page