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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 03, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Im looking for info and advice on an engine swap. I have a 1968 camaro with a carburated 350 in it. Im looking to put a fuel injected 350 from a newer camaro (LS1) in it. Im in an advanced auto class in high school so i can do all the labor at school (really awsome teacher).

I was just wondering if they make any kits for this sort of thing.

I am also going to sell my current motor to try to help fund the project. Its a 350, ZZ3 crate engine with about 4,000 miles on it. Does anyone know if i could get anything for it?

The last thing i want to know is where to look for a motor to put in the car. should i get a new motor from some place, go to the junkyard, buy a shortblock.....im pretty much in the dark about this right now.

any help would be great
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 03, 12:34 AM
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This won't help much for now but I saw in some magazine where someone is building a complete LS1 swap kit for 1st Gens. I'll look later today and post it if I can find it.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 03, 01:08 AM
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it is in CHP that you'll find that article. Rick from first-gen just finishes a kit for first gens.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 03, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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ok, great.
i talked to my auto teacher some more about doing the swap in class and where to look for an engine. he said we could do it in class and it would take about a week to finish.

he told me to buy a motor new from either jegs or summit becuase its less hasle and would probably end up costing less than rebuilding one.

now i just have some questions about choosing an engine, but ill make it a seperate post.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 03, 03:27 AM
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I don't think you can buy an LS1 or most other newer style GM engines from Summit or Jegs. Buying one new from GM is something like $7,000 plus you may need to set up all of the wiring, computer, and sensors... I would definately recommend getting a used engine with as low miles as possible. If it is in good shape, you can drive with it for a few years before you decide to rebuild. Also, from what I've read about the LS1 swap, you may have to cut up the subframe a bit to allow for mounting the accessories... basically, I think it would probably take more than a week unless you're really working full time on this.

The ZZ3 is a great over-the-counter engine. With a few parts swaps, you've got an engine putting out more power than the LS1 in stock form for a lot less money.

If you want to go with the LS1 engine for the cool factor though, I understand. I think that working with what you've got will save you a lot of money though.


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