This may be a deciding factor.:smile3:
OK, I would really appreciate if you would tell all of us what this swap ended up costing you. I would love to hear some real-life numbers (and if you have a detailed break-down of costs, then so much the better).I have a LS1 in my 85. My wife is a CPA. So I know to the penny [empahasis added]. There are a lot of little things that run up the cost. Mine is built to be emissions legal which added some cost and a lot of headaches. Then a Dakota Digital gauge cluster so the new electronic cruise can be installed. New air conditioning unit. Oh and a bigger radiator. Shorten the driveshaft. I had a lifter that needed replaced so why not beef up the cam a little. And CNC port the heads.Then posi to get an improved rearend ratio. Lots of time the swap will also include the electronic transmission. Mounting the huge PCM module is kind of a pain.
If you are handy with a decent shop and some good buddies you could probably get by pretty reasonable. If not the costs really add up. A lot like remodeling your home. One thing leads to another. Called scope creep.
Reaching thru the window and barely touching the key and listening to it idle....priceless
That's a steal for that price. When I did the cam swap to the LS2 in my GTO those same parts alone were well north of $1k. Factor in cost of install plus the average dyno tune of around $600, you made out pretty well.I then spent $2,000 with another shop that is a performance tuner on new lifters,push rods, high pressure oil pump, upgraded cam, ported heads, performance tune and a dyno run. He was also a tremendous help getting the Elco through the required emissions testing.
Thanks for providing us with the real numbers!!!My costs are a little generic as I hired a lot of the work done and didn't need a detailed breakdown. Since I retired and moved to Colorado I no longer have my nice shop and sold a lot of the tools. But my good job of 40 years provided me with a healthy retirement fund and allows me to watch others work.
I also had a lot of work done not related to the actual install by the same shop. We lifted the body off, sandblasted and powder coated the frame, installed all new suspension bushings, replaced all rubber brake lines, installed new brakes inc. wheel cylinders.
The cost to buy the engine and transmission, have it installed, pcm reprogrammed and everything "connected" was $5,000. The special built wiring harness was $600 additional. $400 for a new all aluminum radiator.
I then spent $2,000 with another shop that is a performance tuner on new lifters,push rods, high pressure oil pump, upgraded cam, ported heads, performance tune and a dyno run. He was also a tremendous help getting the Elco through the required emissions testing.
I'm confident if all this was done in a "previous life" when I had my buddies around and some specialized equipment it could have easily been done for half this cost.
I didn't use any of the specialized parts you asked about. But there was a new air conditioner/specialized bracket that mounted the AC on the upper passenger side. It then cost $400 to have it plumbed in with new hoses and the system tested/charged/cleaned.