Now that you know what it takes to drop the Gen III in, it probably wouldn't hurt to have some sort of idea on all that's out there and who's providing it. To start you off in the right direction on your swap, we have gathered up a handfull of products that are available for the Gen III application. It's a product guide, if you will.
Street and Performance (1 Hot Rod Ln., Dept. SC, Mesa, AZ 71953, (479) 394-5711, www.hotrodlane.cc) makes swapping an LS1-6 motor into a musclecar easy with its 97-03 LS1/LS6 automatic and six-speed wiring harness. The LS1 harnesses are designed for easy installation with only four wires needing to be hooked up. All Street and Performance harnesses are full-emission and compatible with other manual transmissions. Available kits are as follows: '97-98 LS1 Vette/IROC/TA wiring harness complete for 4L60-E, '99-and-later LS1 Vette/IROC/TA wiring harness complete for 4L60-E, '99-and-later LS1 truck wiring (4.8-5.3-6.0) harness for 4L60-E/4L80-E, '97-and-later LS1 drive by wire harness for manual or 4L60-E/4L80-E, '97-98 LS1 Vette/IROC/TA wiring harness complete for manual six-speed, '99-and-up LS1 Vette/IROC/TA wiring harness complete for manual six-speed, and '99-and-up LS1 truck wiring harness for manual transmission.
In case you feel as if pictures don't say enough, Street and Performance (1 Hot Rod Ln., Dept. SC, Mesa, AZ 71953, (479) 394-5711, www.hotrodlane.cc) offers an instructional video on the LS1/LS6 swap. The video covers all the need-to-know information for anyone who plans to install an LS1/LS6 into theirmuscle-car. It's like watching an exercise video, only this video is cool and will actually help.
Chassis manufacturer Art Morrison Enterprises (5301 8th St. East, Dept. SC, Fife, WA 98434, (800) 929-7188, www.artmorrison.com) has developed a package to install an LS1 engine in '55-57 Chevrolets. The package incorporates Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings, an adapter plate with a positive stop, and OEM-style Chevy mounts. The package can also be used on later-model Chevrolets (some clearancing may be required).
Maintaining the proper oil level in your ride is vital to your car's health. That's why Lokar (10924 Murdock Dr., Dept. SC, Knoxville, TN 37932, (865) 966-2269, www.lokar.com) has designed and built flexible engine dipsticks for the LS1. The flexible engine dipstick is designed with a machined aluminum handle to coordinate with Lokar's flexible transmission dipstick. The slim design allows mounting the dipstick inside the headers. It's also designed for use with factory or Sanderson cast manifolds. Best part of the stick is an E-Z read stainless stick for accurate measure of engine oil.
When it comes to linking up your lead foot to the LS1 motor, Lokar's (10924 Murdock Dr., Dept. SC, Knoxville, TN 37932, (865) 966-2269, www.lokar.com) LS1 hi-tech throttle cable gets it done. All Lokar throttle cables are available in either stainless steel braided housing or black housing. They are designed with a specially extruded liner for extended life of the cable--not to be confused with ordinary braided brake hose. U-Cut-to-Fit outer housing is available in 24- or 36-inch lengths with a U-Cut-to-Fit stainless inner wire. Clevis is designed without cotter pins or set screws. Adapts to factory and aftermarket pedals. Kits complete with installation instructions.
Earl's Performance Products (19302 South Laurel Park Rd., Dept. SC, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, (310) 609-1602, www.earlsplumbing.com) has Form-a-Flex radiator hose kits. Earl's Form-a-Flex radiator hoses are made from corrugated 300-series stainless steel; no copper to discolor or corrode and there is no plating to flake off or rust through. Form-a-Flex hoses can be permanently bent by hand in tight radius and still remain flexible enough to absorb engine vibration and rock. The kits are available in 1-, 2-, and 3-foot lengths with four choices in Earl's patented Double Econo-Fit hose end sleeves. Hose end sleeves are machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum that is either bright-dip red or blue-anodized, hard-anodized in black, or chrome-plated. The Form-a-Flex radiator hoses are designed to fit 1 1/2- or 1 3/4-inch inlets. Form-a-Flex is also available in bulk length for custom applications and the Double Econo-O-Fit connectors are available separately as well.
Building on the success of its Performer RPM LS1 intake, Edelbrock's (www.edelbrock.com (800) 386-8326) new Victor Jr. LS1 intake is the next step up in performance for the Gen III long-block. The Victor Jr. LS1 intake offers an operating range of 3,500-7,500 rpm, and the high-rise, single-plane intake is capable of supporting up to 600 hp, making it the right set-up for big-horsepower Gen III engines. The Victor Jr. LS1 accepts an Edelbrock Performer, Thunder Series AVS carb, or any similar square-bore carburetor and comes with an MSD electronic timing module that picks up MAP, crank position, and cam position in order to drive the stock coil-on-plug ignition system. This module also offers a choice of several built-in timing curves, each tailored for engine displacement, cam profiles, and fuel grades. Each manifold also comes with a throttle bracket designed to work with 700R-4, 200R-4 and Turbo 350 transmissions. Most applications will require hood modification.
Turn Key Engine Supply (www.turnkeyenginesupply.com, (760) 941-2741) introduces its engine management system for GM's LS1/LS6 engines. This computer and harness combination takes all of the effort out of wiring a motor. Using all stock connectors, the stand-alone unit will fit any LS1 engine from 1998-2004. Once installed, the harness and compact Delphi Mefi-4 comput-er is almost completely concealed, making for a very clean look. Perfect for hot-rod and musclecar applications. After the harness is mounted on the engine there are simply five wires to hook up to complete the installation: power, ground, ignition, fan, and tachometer. The harness and computer are marine-grade quality so that they can withstand the toughest of conditions. Turn Key has spent hours on the dyno, fine-tuning the calibrations to supply the customer with an easily adaptable plug-and-play system. On a stock LS1, the customer will see 410 horsepower and 390 lb-ft at the crank and never have to even consider tuning the engine. Turn Key also sells everything you need to get an LS1 burning gas, as well as new, complete LS1/LS6 crate engines.
The Detail Zone (1503 Beech Ln., Dept. SC, Wilmington, DE 19810, (877) 968-7842, www.thedetailzone.com) has a wiring solution for all of your Chevy LS series engine swaps. With a patented design, you can mount your ECM, relays, and fuses where you want. Systems are complete and include an electric fan, a fuel pump, check engine light, and diagnostic port circuits. They are also full-function and closed-loop.
From FAST (3400 Democrat Rd., Dept. SC, Memphis, TN 38118, (901) 260-FAST, www.fuelairspark.com), the XFI Electronic Fuel Injection System is easier than ever to install and delivers a long list of benefits. By using the XFI's Tuning Wizard, the XFI Electronic Fuel Injection System delivers not only ultimate power, but also on-board diagnostics and switch-selectable tune-ups. The XFI EFI system allows for control of a long list of engine functions from torque converter lockup and 4- and 5-bar MAP sensing, to air-condition idle functions. The XFI Electronic Fuel Injection System is compatible with all common ignition types, including GM LS1, LS2, and LS6.
Howell Engine Developments Inc. (6201 Industrial Wy., Dept. SC, Marine City, MI, (810) 765-5100) produces a full line of LS1 engine harnesses specifically engineered for engine swaps. The company manufactures harnesses to utilize the '97-98 ECM, '99-00 ECM, and the '01-03 ECM. Howell Engine Developments also offers programming of the LS1 ECM to match the specifications of the engine being installed. The harnesses are manufactured to a customer's specification.
New from March Performance Pulley (6020 Hix Rd., Dept. SC, Westland, MI 48185, (734) 729-9070, www.marchperf.com) are LS1 Serpentine Kits with outward mount alternator and A/C. The pulleys are precision CNC-machined from solid billet 6061-T6 aluminum to fit perfectly and handle high torque and vibration. This bracket kit comes complete with stainless steel tensioning rods and chrome-moly rod ends for high-performance operation. All necessary hardware is included, and the pulleys and brackets are powdercoated to eliminate polishing in those hard-to-reach places. The company goes as far as hard-coating the high-wear areas on our pulleys. These kits fit most '55-and-later Chevys, but requires anF-body crank pulley/dampener, which is available through March.
Sanderson Headers (517 Railroad Ave., Dept. SC, San Francisco, CA 94080, (650) 583-6617, www.sandersonheaders.com) has a new design for the LS1 header. The new header places the collector slightly off-center, which allows the header to fit tight to the block. The new Sanderson header measures 7 3/4 inches from the center of the flange to the bottom of the collector.
Rock Valley Antique Auto Parts (Route 72 & Rothwell Rd., Box 352, Dept. SC, Stillman Valley, IL 61084, (800) 344-1934, www.rockvalleyantiqueautoparts.com) has stainless steel gas tanks for '57 Chevys with a built-in fuel pump. The tank is fabricated in 304-grade stainless. The main body is done in 16-gauge and the side panels are in 14-gauge. Internally, there are two baffles running front to back and one side to side behind the pump assembly. They surround the fuel pump system with a cylindrical fuel trap, which has a forward-facing opening. This helps trap fuel, especially under acceleration. This tank will have a recess in the top of the tank from the fuel pump area going forward. This helps with fuel line clearance between the top of the tank and the floor pan. The return line is run to the bottom of the fuel trap. The baffles, fuel trap, and routing of return all help in minimizing the chances of starving the pump. Also, the fuel will help keep the pump cool and lubricated, and is also a sound deadener. The entire tank is TIG-welded. Included are two new stainless steel mounting straps with this tank. Custom tanks can be fabricated for any application by Rock Valley as well.
Trans-Dapt Performance Products (12438 Putnam St., Dept. SC, Whittier, CA 90602, (562) 921-0404, www.tdperformance.com) manufactures a designed set of engine swap motor mounts that allow you to bolt the LS1 into the SB Chevy chassis using the stock mounting positions. The kit makes the transplant easy with all the complete mounting plates, pads, and all related hardware. If you have your own pads, you may order the kit without them. Speed Scene Wiring (18975 Marbach Ln. STE 327, Dept. SC, San Antonio, TX 78266, (210) 651-1895, www.speedscenewiring.com) now offers a custom stand-alone harness for the '00-04 LS1 with a 4L60-E. The harness is tailored to a customer's specifications, so there is no room for error. The harness uses the correct boundary coding system, so the engine is 100 percent diagnosable.
Speed Scene Wiring (18975 Marbach Ln. STE 327, Dept. SC, San Antonio, TX 78266, (210) 651-1895, www.speedscenewiring.com) now offers a custom stand-alone harness for the '00-04 LS1 with a 4L60-E. The harness is tailored to a customer's specifications, so there is no room for error. The harness uses the correct boundary coding system, so the engine is 100 percent diagnosable.
AFCO Radiators (977 Hyrock Blvd., Dept. SC, Boonville, IN 47601, (800) 632-2320, www.afcoracing.com) is now offering radiators specifically engineered to be used in LS1 engine swap application. AFCO's LS1 engine radiators are variations of its popular Chevelle and First-Gen Camaro radiators. Models for LS1 applications offer correct inlet/outlet size and location for the new generation of engines. AFCO also offers all of the standard AFCO features, such as full-polished finish, billet filler neck, and easy direct-bolt-in design. In addition to Camaro and Chevelle versions, many of AFCO's other radiator models can be special-ordered to be used with LS1 engines. You can order your AFCO radiator with an optional automatic transmission cooler and built-in electric fan with a fabricated aluminum shroud as well.
Rick's Hot Rod Shop (200 E. Sunset, Ste. K, Dept. SC, El Paso, TX 79922, (915) 760-4388, www.rickshotrodshop.com) has built-in fuel pump tanks available for LS1 engine swaps. The tank is a 100 percent stainless steel piece constructed of 16-gauge 304 stainless with 14-gauge sides and is all TIG-welded. The tanks are baffled with a corral that surrounds the fuel pump, so the pump always has gas. The fuel-injection provision is a CNC-machined piece that seals with an O-ring. The sending unit mounting comes by way of a 3/8-inch-thick CNC-machined bung to ensure a flat surface for proper seal. On basic fuel-injection applications, fuel is fed through an AC/Delco fuel pump. For the high-horsepower requirements, the Stealth-series tank would be used. Similar to the above, but with an Aeromotive A-1000, Eliminator, or Pro-series pump inside the tank, along with a 100-micron filter. These tanks come with an elaborate baffling system and are perfect for any 600-plus horsepower pro-touring/drag car.
Rick's Hot Rod Shop (200 E. Sunset, Ste. K, Dept. SC, El Paso, TX 79922, (915) 760-4388, www.rickshotrodshop.com) offers a wiring harness that includes OE-style connections and quality wire. All wires are marked and plugged into OEM computer and sensors on the motor. The wires are shrink-wrapped in dark grey to keep everything tight and protected.
Rick's Hot Rod Shop (200 E. Sunset, Ste. K, Dept. SC, El Paso, TX 79922, (915) 760-4388, www.rickshotrodshop.com) also supplies the customer with the necessary hardware to install the LS1 in an early musclecar. It has motor mounts and transmission crossmembers to keep at the correct angle with the differential.
From Meziere Enterprises (220 S. Hale Ave., Dept. SC, Escondido, CA 92029, (800) 208-1755, www.meziere.com) is the WP319 water inlet for LS1 motors. The WP319 bolts directly into the stock pump location. Little or no modifications are needed to pick up the 10- to 14-peak power gains. The WP319 is tested in 100-plus-degree conditions, and still kept the motor cooler than stock applications.
Painless Performance Products (2501 Ludelle St., Dept. SC, Fort Worth, TX 76105, (817) 244-6898, www.painlesswiring.com) has released its new Perfect Engine Management System. The new system is composed of two key components: a compact waterproof fully programmed and dyno-tested ECM, and a wiring harness that is plug-and-play with OEM connectors. The kit is designed to make all connection and routing problems easy, so all you have to do is follow the straightforward instructions for a painless installation. Like all Painless wiring harnesses, these fuel-injection harnesses feature a TXL high-temp wire that is color-coded and labeled with each application for ease of installation.
New from FAST (3400 Democrat Rd., Dept. SC, Memphis, TN 38118, (901) 260-FAST, www.fuelairspark.com) is the Perfect Circuit EFI Engine Wiring Harness. Each harness is produced from high-temperature, oil-resistant wiring that meets or exceeds OEM. Every sub-assembly is sheathed in heavy-gauge heat-shrink tubing. Wire terminals are mated with factory OEM waterproof connectors and all wire junctions are butt-connected, crimped, and soldered for additional security and quality. Every harness is covered by a limited warranty that provides a harness that is free from material and workmanship defects.
Newman Car Creations (3430 El Pomar Dr., Dept. SC, Templeton, CA 93465, (805) 226-9201, www.carcreations.com) offers an LS1 A/C pump bracket for LS1 swaps. The OEM A/C on an LS1 is mounted very low and will often interfere with the frame and/or suspension on early musclecars. The new bracket is manufactured from a steel plate and is TIG-welded. The bracket raises the pump and brings it level to the top of the motor. The kit is available with or without a new Sandon pump, and comes with a repositioned idler that will accept the stock tensioner. The kit requires purchasing a longer serpentine belt and trimming of the plastic coil covers.
Fat Man Fabrications (8621-C Fairview Rd, Highway 218, Dept. SC, Charlotte, NC 28227, (704) 545-0369, www.fatmanfab.com) has revised its First-Gen Camaro sub-frame clip. The new clips are designed to utilize an LS1 motor. The clip now has revised motor mounts that bolt up to an LS1 motor and the clip has the proper notching in order to clear the stock LS1 A/C compressor. Fat Man also offers LS1 motor mount adapter plates. The mounts allow you to bolt up an LS1 motor to the already existing mounts.
Haywire (1415 Praire View Rd, Dept. SC, Joplin, MO 64804, (417) 623-7239, www.haywireinc.com) now has available a complete LS1 fuel-injection harness. The LS1 harness is available for both the 4L60-E and six-speed transmissions. Haywire's harness is two-thirds smaller than the OEM harness and comes with a built-in vehicle anti-theft bypass.
Magna Flow Performance Exhaust (949-858-5900, www.magnaflow.com) offers hot-rod kits that include stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing in various lengths and bends, clamps, and hangers for the creation of your own custom dual-exhaust system. Effectively reduce backpressure and increase horsepower and torque with Magna Flow's nonrestrictive mandrel-bent tubing. Available in 2 1/4-, 2 1/2-, and 3-inch inlet IDs. To aid in your custom application, Magna Flow also offers its Tru-X Crossover pipe, Wide Open Magna Flow Performance Mufflers, and Turndown Tips.
Stainless Works (www.stainlessworks.net, (800) 878-3635) introduces its new Muscleflow performance headers for LS1-powered '67-69 Camaros. Manufactured from 304 stainless, the headers feature CNC laser-cut flanges, and CNC mandrel-bent 1 3/4-inch primary tubes. The headers are completely TIG-welded together, and are available in either a mill or polished finish. The collector is a available with either a slip-fit collector, which is sized to the customer's requirements to allow the exhaust system to slip over the collector and is secured by a stainless T-bolt clamp, or a conventional three-bolt flange. Custom sizing and installed oxygen sensor bungs are also available. Stainless Works' Muscleflow LS1 '67-69 Camaro headers were developed for use on Year One's '69 Camaro convertible project car, and are available through Year One. Chambered and non-chambered 3-inch exhaust systems that bolt directly to these headers are also available.
Magna Charger (3172 Bunsen Ave, Dept. SC, Ventura, CA 93003, (805) 289-0044, www.magnacharger.com) offers a complete engine/tranny/harness setup that will drop right in to anything. The Magnuson Retro Blessing is a complete supercharged Gen III engine and transmission package. The Gen III LS1 engine comes complete with a Magna Charger Supercharger system, computer, and wiring harness. The GM transmission is electronically controlled to take the added torque and horsepower.
Year One (P.O. Box 521, Dept. SC, Braselton, GA 30517, (706) 658-2140, www.yearone.com) offers complete LS1 engine and transmission mounting kits for '67-69 and '70-81 Camaros. The kits include engine mounts, a transmission crossmember, and transmission mount. Kits are available for both 4L60-E automatic transmissions or T-56 six-speed transmissions and for cars using the OEM steering or Fourth-Gen F-body rack-and-pinion conversions.