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Old Nov 15th, 07, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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new engine

hey im swapping in a new motor for my 95 camaro z28
any recommendations for what kinda motor?
i was also wondering if a shop would put in an ls1 for me
or if theres something better i should get
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Old Nov 15th, 07, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: new engine

Depends on how much money you want to spend. A LS1 6 speed swap - figure $10k. Cheapest would be to put in a LT1 which of course, would be the easiest as well. Then you have to worry about all the computer stuff, In late 95, they started to come out with the PWM version of the 4L60E. The 6 speed also clanged with the LS1. The LS1 is not a direct bolt in. Whatever you put in, the computer has to match - tranny, gear ratio, injectors, ....... If you to a carb motor and eliminate the computer, then you might have a hassle getting it inspected in your state.

If it was me, I would find a $300 LT1 out of a Caprice or Roadmaster and create a nice stroked LT1. Will be the cheapest route and more power than a stock LS1. It will bolt right in, and you can pay $150 and have your PCM re-flashed. If your going for it all, the LSX is the way to go, but have a big wallet.

You may want to check out LS1tech.com or Camaroz28.com. Many other LT1, LS1 forums also exist - google should pop them up.

In short, you can do anything if you have the money

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Old Nov 15th, 07, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: new engine

A 95 Z/28 came standard with an LT1.

I would rebuild it, stroke it to 383, get some LT4 or similar aftermarket heads, AFR makes a good LT1/LT4 head. Add a GM "hot" cam, and head off to a good dyno shop for a tune and reflash the PCM.



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Old Nov 15th, 07, 08:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Re: new engine

thanks for the advice guys
im trying not to spend over 5k on the car but im going to take everything you guys said into consideration
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Old Nov 16th, 07, 05:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Re: new engine

hey i just talked to my mechanic and he said he found me a 57l v8
and he said my 95 camaro z28 didnt have an Lt1
i assumed that my camaro had a Lt1 can anyone give me some info on the subject?
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Old Nov 16th, 07, 06:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: new engine

Find a different mechanic!! All Z28s in 95 had a 5.7L LT1 (not to be confused with the LT-1) motor. An LT1 is a 350 (5.7L), just a newer more HP fuel injected generation than the pre 93 Camaros. It was the first major change in the 350 since it's introduction. The LS1 is the next generation after the LT1. In between, GM introduced the LT4 I believe only in the Corvette - main difference was cam/heads/intake. All LT4 stuff will work on LT1s and this is what Jim was referring to. Now, other LSx models have been introduced - including the new Camaro.

It is much easier to go with a older 350 (pre LT1) then with a newer LS1. Easiest thing to do is to find an LT1. They can be bought for $300 and then you can do what you want. This is if your Z28 motor is missing or broke beyond repair.

You should find a mechanic with LT1/LS1 experience - preferably in fbodies. Working on these motors poses challenges that requires different knowledge then old SBCs with carbs.

See wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrol...l-Block_engine . Everything you need on SBCs.

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Old Nov 16th, 07, 07:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: new engine

An LT4 based 383, using your existing block and inteke and EFI system will be killer, and great bang for the buck.

If you can't afford a stroker, do a basic rebuild and slap on the TL4 heads and good cam, she'll still wake right up. (and look stock, and still be emissions legal is she's tuned right.)



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Old Nov 16th, 07, 08:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Re: new engine

yea cars manufactured in 1995 and before aren't subject to emissions tests in my county.
but thank you guys for telling me
I've got the original papers from the dealership confirming my car was a z28
when the mechanic told me it wasn't i got really depressed. especially since i didn't do enough research for my first car a few years ago when i was shopping around and had just turned 16, and just wanted a camaro with a v8 and a 6-speed and got the 95; then found out i could of had a 96 with an ls1 for virtually the same price. that took a while to get over also.
and where would i get a engine for 300?
i found one with a 6 year warranty and 80,000 miles on it
for 1,200
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Old Nov 17th, 07, 02:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LT1s in the full size GMs are the same except for heads and a few things your going to swap anyways. These are iron head motors where the Camaro/Firebird are aluminum. Check craigslist or local salvage yards. I picked up a spare a couple of months back with the 4L60E tranny for $450. I see one listed in Charlotte for $650 that says it's a rebuild short block. They usually don't have warranties buying used.

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/pts/468815816.html

One in Raleigh that spun a bearing, but if your building it, don't care - http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/481726972.html

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/470198635.html

LT4 STUFF - http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/465605252.html

Craigslist always has some.

As a FYI, the LS1 didn't come out until 98 for fbodies. LT1 fbodies are cheap as long as you don't want it pristine - I have less than $2k in mine in my signature link.

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Old Nov 17th, 07, 04:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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find a new mechanic, LT1's came in 93-97 FBODY's
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Old Nov 18th, 07, 04:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: new engine

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find a new mechanic, LT1's came in 93-97 FBODY's
I agree! Find a new mech.
Some (about 100) '97 anniversary SS's got an LT4.
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