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Old 07-15-2005, 01:00 AM
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Can anyone please let me know how difficult it is to swap the LS1 into a 5th gen. I need to know because I found a deal I can't refuse and I would like to know what I need to get other than the engine,cpu,and trans. Big problem I live in California. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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This isn't an easy swap but it can be done. Fuel system would need to be upgraded for fuel injection, either notching the crossmember or getting a notched oil pan for clearance, custom programming for the ECM - not a big deal but needs to be done-, just to name a few things. Check out this site: http://www.montecarloss.com/ls1montecarloss/ John did one into a Monte and everything that was done you would need to do. Also you might want to do some searching on www.LS1Tech.com in the Hybrid section. There are a few G-bodies that have done the conversion but even the other cars you would need to do the same things.
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These guys in Cleveland, Tennessee have done it into a 1980 El Camino:

http://www.tennesseeauto.com/19elcaowbybi.html
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They could have at least detailed the engine compartment before they dropped in the new motor???

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Thank You for the info, I appreciate it. I did'nt think that it was too hard of a swap but it is a little more involved than i thought. Thanks again
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I swapped a 4.8 truck motor, which is dimensionally exactly the same as the LS1/6.0/5.3 etc.
No oilpan other than a change to an F body pan. No frame notching etc.

G force x member for the 4l60e bolted right in.

It replaced the tired 6 cylinder in my 83.

This is a little intimidating at first, but after you position the motor and drill a few new holes, it's just a matter of getting the electrical and fuel systems hooked up.

Don't be scared of it. This swap makes the elky 10x more fun to drive, with way better gas mileage than the old 6 could have ever dreamed of.
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