Swap It Out, Drop It In
Another book that the steel-bodied Bowtie folks will want to borrow from you is Jefferson Bryant's How to Swap GM's LS-Series Engines into Almost Anything. That's because it's loaded with the info needed to put The General's latest V8 family between the fenderwells of not only '96-earlier Corvettes, but GM's F-Bodies (Camaros and Firebirds) and G-Bodies ('78-'83 Malibu, Monte Carlo, El Camino, LeMans, Grand Prix, Regal, Cutlass Supreme, etc.). As a matter of fact, How to Swap GM's LS-Series Engines into Almost Anything is THE guide to swapping these engines into non-GM vehicles, too.
Its chapters cover the history of the LS engines (Gen III and Gen IV, including Vortec engines) as well as selecting an engine; engine and transmission mounts; oil pans-both OEM and aftermarket; engine management systems (ECMs and tuning software); wiring harnesses and wiring; cooling systems and accessory drives; transmissions; fuel systems (including fuel pumps), and exhaust systems.
In each chapter, there are examples of LS-engine swaps, detailing the modifications, parts and tools needed to make the swap work and result in a vintage ride with 21st-Century performance and fuel economy combined. Illustrated with lots of photos and diagrams, How to Swap GM's LS-Series Engines into Almost Anything is a book that you'll want to read first to give yourself an idea of what this kind of engine swap involves...then you'll want it handy when you start on the LS-engine swap that you'd only been dreaming about.
A Work of Current Interest
Pay no attention to the steel-bodied Bowtie on the cover....Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems is a non-brand-specific reference book that's an ideal teaching text for those who've never worked on electrical systems before-or those who want to improve their skills. All the tools and the proper equipment required for automotive electrical tasks are covered. Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems also explains how to perform tasks like adding new circuits and repairing existing circuits, installing aftermarket electronics, building your own wiring harness, and troubleshooting.
Author Tony Candela explains how to complete popular wiring projects, such as adding late-model electronic accessories and convenience items to earlier-model cars, installing relays, designing and assembling multi-function circuits and harnesses, and much more.
With this book, you'll be able to assemble, design, and build single-function and multi-function circuits and harnesses, troubleshoot and repair existing circuits, and install aftermarket systems and electronics. Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems is your essential guide for wiring from scratch, modifying muscle car electrical circuits for cooling fans and/or power windows, or adding a premium stereo and other conveniences to modern performance cars.