When Holley started the LS Fest a few years ago, its organizers probably never realized just how big it would become or how important it would be. People come from as far away as California to be a part of the festivities. Better still, they drive their transplanted Bow Ties thousands of miles to partake.
Perhaps that's the beauty of the LS transplant in all sorts of vintage iron. Whether the engine finds its home in a '69 Camaro, a '55 Bel Air or a '33 Chevy, these modern mills deliver the kinds of benefits that inspire people to get behind the wheel. Whether you like the big-block-style power, the miserly fuel economy or the inherent benefits of its compact dimensions and light weight, the LS had become the hot rodders choice as the engine of the new millennium.
Yes, there are so many LS swaps in old vehicles it has almost become a cliche and many enthusiasts reject the notion for just that reason, but so too did many flathead devotees when the original Chevy small-block became popular in street rods in the '50s. The LS may be winding its way down as a production passenger car engine, but we are guessing it's just hitting its stride in the enthusiast world.
We had Tommy Lee Byrd pick 10 of his faves from the 2014 LS Fest and we share them with you here (photos and captions by Tommy Lee Byrd).
Chris German, Cleveland, TN 79-1/2 Camaro, ls2, six speed, mini Tubbed, four link rear suspension, cambered nascar style rear end housing. Roll cage.
Calvin Andrews, coshocton, Ohio. 1970 C10 truck, ls2, t56, hand built round tube chassis, C4 corvette suspension front and rear. Lots of great details. Goodguys truck of the year finalist for 2014. Mediterranean Blue Sikkens paint by Steve Newell, leather by DJ's Upholstery.
Eddie Holbrook, eastern Kentucky. 1967 Camaro, 408ci LS, carbureted, 88mm turbo, pump gas, TH400 trans, stock leaf spring suspension, 275 drag radial, stock interior, no cage. Ran 11.00 on the brakes (trying not to get kicked out because of no cage). Home built car.
Adam Hodson, Ft. Wayne, IN. 1973 Camaro, stock bottom end junkyard 5.3 with a cam and valve springs, single Borg Warner S475 turbo, 20 psi of boost on E85 fuel. Stock leaf spring suspension, 275 drag radial, stock wheels. Drove it from Ft. Wayne to Bowling Green, ran 10.00 in the heat but has run a best of 9.80 with this setup.
PAC Racing Springs shop truck, 1949 Chevy 3100 truck. It looks like a barn fresh truck with surface rust and patina but it is a well crafted race truck underneath. Hand built chassis, road race suspension, full roll cage, 442ci LS engine, t56 six speed, 16 inch steel wheels and whitewall tires from Coker Tire.
Sid Sanocki 1964 Chevelle wagon, Ride Tech suspension, LS6, 4l85e trans, stock style interior.
David Harned 1968 Camaro RS, 403ci LS engine with FAST manifold, automatic trans, pro torquing style build. Slick, simple and clean car.
Heath Hoover 1956 Chevy 210 two door post, Ride Tech suspension, Holley EFI, leather interior, patina paint.
Danny Popp, Cincinnati, OH, 1972 Corvette autocross car, massive fender flares, 315 front tires, 335 rear tires, high revving 388ci Lingenfelter LS engine.