We will be dealing with the swap mostly as it relates to ‘60s Chevrolet cars, in particular the Camaro and Chevelle.
But the LS swap is good for so many other things. I’ve seen LS swaps in 300Zs, BMWs, and yes Mustangs, both old and newer.
The engine is a nice small package; the LS is similar in size to the small block Chevy, but will require you to move the engine forward 1 to 2 inches on most older GM chassis for firewall clearance. This is due to the fact that the cylinder heads sitting flush with the bell hosing mounting area unlike the Gen 1 small block.
The LS offers a wide array of engines to satisfy your needs from the base LS 6.2 liter (376 cubic inches) with 480 naturally aspirated horsepower, to the LSA 6.2 liter 556 horse supercharged variant.
LS 480hp around $8000
LSA 556hp around $14,000
Chevrolet even offers a Connect and Cruise kit that comes with either a manual shift or automatic that is paired to your LSA but it is pricey at near $20,000.
Things I have read say that the LSA are not designed to go much further power wise, compared to the Gen 3 Coyote engine.
Things to put the engine in the bay:
You will need to change out the oil pan on most crate engines but place like Holley offer a swap pan in “white box” for around $300.00
Painfully easy. If you are a Ford guy here is where you can get jelious. Mounts run around $150 for a pair and will bolt the LS into the chassis.
Tons. You can go anywhere from a $90.00 set of headers off of eBay to whatever you want to spend.
You’ll need an engine drive belt system, once again, many, many ways to go. Prices run from $180 to Thousands. Or you can salvage yard it.
Be sure to get a harness that will support your transmission. There are a lot of them out there and we will not be able to parse that here. But I will say try and get one with as many features included as you can.
The guys at Chevrolet actually set up the LS to bolt to the older transmissions. Thus you can bolt any GM transmission with the Gen 1 bolt pattern to an LS.
4L60E. Case dimensions allow for near zero mods to the chassis.
Manual shift: T5 for the basic LS swap
TKX for the higher horse swaps.
Cost will be around $4500.00 depending on the box
I would probably get an adjustable mount so you can do whatever you want transmission wise. A lot of us seem to want to make changes as we go and that seems the best way to be to me.
If you have moved the drive-train forward, you’ll want a new driveshaft. As cheap as $200.00 and as much as your wallet will take.
Swap cost for a 480 horse LS and 4L60E
Engine Mounts: $300
Management system: $450.00
4L60E with coverter $2500.00
Transmission mount: $100.00
Changing Brake Pedal Height F100
I have nearly run into two cars driving the F100 recently. The pedal is not set at “normal” pedal height on the 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 F100 F250 F350. This we think is due to the industrial nature of the trucks. The cabs were used all the way up to the F700 series.
Ford Power Window Motor Replacement
The Window Freezes. The Window won’t go up or down. The window stutters when you roll it up. The Door Glass is not operational. You may need to do a Ford Power window replacement
Motor, Power Window: 23395-1
Switch Assy, Power Window LH: F-14529-2
Carburetor Too Hot Fix
Our F100 is percolating the fuel in the float bowl and causing a hard start issue both in the mornings and after the truck has sat for an hour or so. We add a wood spacer to the carburetor to drop temps from the low 200s to the mid 100s with this simple fix. We get the benefit of it smoothing out off idle response as well.
National Parts Depot
Gasket, Carburetor Mounting: 9447-15
Fuel Pump, Mechanical: 9350-5A
Edelbrock 8723 - Edelbrock Carburetor Spacers
One Wire Pros And Con
We look at 1 wire alternators vs. traditional alternators. We cover the pros and cons of three wire externally regulated alternator. We cover the pros and cons of the 3 wire internally regulated alternator. And tell you which is best between the three.
Fouled Spark Plugs Cause No Start
Bright Lights for Night Driving
Ford Falcon Mustang Bronco F100 C10 Camaro Nova Vega Cuda
We look at ways to make our Classic Ford Falcon Mustang Bronco F100 have brighter headlights at night using the Excellent S2010LED from United Pacific. We also randomly ordered some driving lights for the bumper from Amazon and got a nice supriase in the Swatow Industries 2PCS 3 Inch SAE DOT Approved Driving Lights LED Cubes Square LED Pod Lights. The combination of the LED driving lights and Halogen H4 bulbs in the headlights will allow us to see at night.
Swatow Industries 2PCS 3 Inch SAE DOT Approved Driving Lights LED Cubes Square LED Pod Lights. The combination of the LED driving lights
7" Halogen Crystal Headlight With 10 LED Position Lights: S2010LED
Converting a Ford Generator to Alternator
We convert our tired old generator to an alternator in our 1964 Falcon. We show exactly how to wire the alternator into the existing car using a new harness we make from one of our existing wire bundles. We also show existing parts from National Parts Depot that you can use to make your own harness to convert from a Ford generator to an alternator. This is not a one wire alternator conversion because some folks do not wan to use a one wire alternator.
Bracket Set, Alternator Mounting: 10156-1B
Spacer, Alternator: 10A370-1
Repair Harness, Voltage Regulator Connection: 14R290-1A
Wire Loom, Alternator Feed: 14305-1D
Voltage Regulator, Alternator: 10316-1R