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LS Conversion Cost

What would I expect to pay to convert to an LS setup from a SBC?


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Way too many variables to give an estimate.

You need to be more specific about the combination and engine you're considering
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I list the parts I used and total price a few years ago, do a search for "LQ4 to 69 camaro swap parts list" and you will find it.
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Re: LS Conversion Cost

Complete swap parts including cooling, fuel system, electronics etc will cost approx $5k. Add the cost of the motor and tranny and rear end upgrades to determine your overall budget.

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Here's mine. This is parts only. Can save big dollars if you find the right drive train.


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^^^^

Don't see the TO bearing, tranny pigtails, crossmember, fuel pump, fuel lines and fittings. Belts, hoses, PS lines, fluids, exhaust system work and other misc items needed to complete the swap.
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Re: LS Conversion Cost

$7000 +/- with rebuilding the motor (wanted a fresh start )
Went with a carb....easer/cheaper IMO also wanted to keep it somewhat old school

intake, oil pan, flex-plate, motor mount adapters, MSD box, hoses, swap headers, ETC.
Kept the stock 68 replacement radiator, th350 trans.

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Don't see the TO bearing, tranny pigtails, crossmember, fuel pump, fuel lines and fittings. Belts, hoses, PS lines, fluids, exhaust system work and other misc items needed to complete the swap.
Good points. Should have put a disclaimer that this wasn't an exhaustive list, mostly high level. But fuel pump came with the tank, engine mount kit included the tranny crossmember. I didn't itemize every single item, but it gives a snapshot of what we're up against when considering the swap. The total is considerably more than what I paid for my running, driving, numbers-matching ragtop 68 Camaro (16 years ago). Not for the faint of heart, but I have ZERO regrets and would never go back.

Good thing my wife has never seen this spreadsheet....

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I already have a 6.0 LQ4, LS3 cnc heads and Crane 1.8 rockers ($2500)

Last night I ordered this :

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I still need a edelbrock performer rpm, street demon 750, TPS sensor for the carb and an MSD controller

I have a friend building a 4L60e and I will need a EZ TCU trans controller.

All of this will be ~ $3800.

So I am into this for about $6300 so far.

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I already have a 6.0 LQ4, LS3 cnc heads and Crane 1.8 rockers ($2500)

Last night I ordered this :

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Hooker Motor Mounts 12618HKR

I still need a edelbrock performer rpm, street demon 750, TPS sensor for the carb and an MSD controller

I have a friend building a 4L60e and I will need a EZ TCU trans controller.

All of this will be ~ $3800.

So I am into this for about $6300 so far.
That's certainly one way to do it but I think a lot of the LS secret awesome sauce is lost without EFI. Of course so is some of the cost...

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That's certainly one way to do it but I think a lot of the LS secret awesome sauce is lost without EFI. Of course so is some of the cost...

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Just a cam swap and low 11's....I don't think EFI would be any faster.
Then again, I didn't have any of the EFI stuff for the motor.

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Just a cam swap and low 11's....I don't think EFI would be any faster.
Then again, I didn't have any of the EFI stuff for the motor.
Quarter mile ET's are not something I personally worry about. I don't drag race... :>). Drivability, fuel economy, reliability, maintenance, consistency, ease of installation with no carb to mess with, etc all play a role for me.

I am not looking for an argument, just expressing a point of view. I fully respect your choice...

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That's certainly one way to do it but I think a lot of the LS secret awesome sauce is lost without EFI. Of course so is some of the cost...

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I will use the carb setup and report back on performance and mpg. Time will tell if I stick with it or go EFI.

Forgot to add the cost of the Howard's copycat of GM hot cam (219/228) : $350 and $150 for new lifters.

That get's me up to $6800.

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Quarter mile ET's are not something I personally worry about. I don't drag race... :>). Drivability, fuel economy, reliability, maintenance, consistency, ease of installation with no carb to mess with, etc all play a role for me.

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Just a cam swap and low 11's....I don't think EFI would be any faster.
Then again, I didn't have any of the EFI stuff for the motor.
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No argument here...to each their own
Just putting out options.
Carbed LS engines make more power at peak. WOT at the strip works perfect.

EFI for the most part gives you better drivability on the street.

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