A huge trend in today’s performance-modification aftermarket is swapping a modern LS engine into iconic cars from years past, putting optimized V8 power into classic body styles. PerformanceParts.com is on the leading edge of this revolution (we have an entire section of our website devoted to engines, parts, and accessories), but we aren’t doing it alone. CarTech harnessed the talents of freelance journalist and racing fanatic Eric McClellan to write Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981, providing the definitive resource for intrepid modders willing to undertake this exciting project.
McClellan doesn’t just lead readers through the process; he takes the time to set them up for success from the get-go. He starts by distinguishing between different types of LS engines (including Gen III, Gen IV & others), outlining the criteria that make one or the other suitable for the type of build the reader intends to create. McClellan even goes so far as to educate his audience on how to shop for and choose used LS engines from salvage yards, thus avoiding the traps that might otherwise befall those not fully educated about the process.
With the reader having chosen the perfect engine, McClellan launches into his tale, starting with the engine and its subframe, including mounts and oil pans, and continuing on with the chassis and suspension, including wheels, tires, and brakes; front-drive accessories, including balances and dampeners; the fuel system, including pump, filter, and tank replacement; the cooling system, including heater outlets and electric fan; the transmission, including new and vintage styles; wiring, including gauges and ECM calibration; and exhaust and induction, including oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981 wraps up with Chapter 10, which details a final checklist of inspections for leaks, nuts and bolts, and the first firing/test drive of the new engine.
The folks over at CarTech do a fantastic job of producing thorough, readable, and knowledgeable how-to guides that span the spectrum of aesthetic and performance automotive modification. Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981 sets the pace for an audience hungry for the most accurate and user-friendly information they can find regarding the current LS-swapping frenzy. Click here to order your own copy of Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981.
Size: 8.5” x 11”
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