I just received my new Dec '13 issue of Chevy High Performance; as usual, I read your Shop Talk editorial and I appreciate you being willing to hear from normal guys like me. The reality is, I was out of the automotive scene for 20 years raising kids, putting them through college, etc. Within the last five years, I have been able to fulfill a dream and have a 1971 Camaro SS that is used for drag racing, the old-fashioned way with big-block power. However, if I had more knowledge about how Chevy engines have evolved, I may have gone another route.
Here is what I would like to hear about in great detail: I don't know the first thing about all the generational changes that have taken place with the Chevy engines. I would like to know about the differences in Gen I through Gen V, then all about LS1 through LS9, and up through where engine technology is today; I would like to see the difference about blocks, heads, water flow, timing, you name it. Also, which ones provide more power for every dollar spent?
Mike, thanks for writing in and congratulations on your latest Camaro acquisition. A few years ago, we did an extensive piece on the latest LS powerplants, describing just what you are asking for. We've been looking to revisit that story with the latest updates, so expect to see that in the months to come.
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