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I just sold my 69 that was basically stock and am now considering making the leap to a pro touring where someone else has done the expensive work on modern upgrades. My concern is with the ones that have LS1, LS2, etc engines in them that previously lived under the hood of a Corvette 10 years ago. It seems like an enormous risk not knowing, really, how many miles are on the drivetrain which i can't work on like i could my normally aspirated 327.

Any thoughts from someone who has already made this leap.

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Well... if you go LS3 then its going to be newer.. LS1 is pretty old these days...
My best advice is look at the quality of the work and parts... if its all bolt in.. it's likley not top grade....
If it has a floating rear... it was a serious owner that used it for roadcourse or auto cross...
would require some before during and after mods photos...
Buy a car from someone on Lateral g or PT.com that is known... will get the best quality that way IMHO
 

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That car has an automatic transmission - not my first choice for a pro-touring car; the crossover tube in the exhaust looks like it's not actually operational; I can't tell what kind of brakes it's got on the front end - disk or drum; the fuel tank looks like a stocker - don't try to run this car in a corner with less than 1/2 tank of gas.

In short, so far as I can see from the limited picutres, this isn't a pro-touring car.
 

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Low budget swap and not cleanly done. I would look elsewhere unless it is real cheap and willing to do some work. Nothing about the car is what I woud define as "pro-touring".
 

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I would keep an eye on the classifieds on pro-touring.com, lateral-g.net and ls1tech.com. And then look for a car that has a build thread, so you can see what's been done, and how well it was done.

You're probably looking for an LS type motor (LS1,2,3,6,7 or LQ4,9, LY6, etc.), T56 trans, tubular control arms(Hotchkis, SpeedTech, DSE, etc) w/ adjustable coilovers, or a full blown PT front clip, 4 link rear, big 4 wheel discs (Wilwood, Baer, C5/6 conversion).

Even if you could just find one with the engine and trans in place, a lot of the other stuff can be added pretty easily. If you don't know what you're looking for check a couple of the build threads on the sites listed above and you'll get a good idea of brands and costs.
 

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Pro Touring??? What does that really mean?

To me #1 would be suspension upgrades. OD Tranny is a must. Followed by added creature comforts, AC, Sound System and then engine and transmission upgrades.

We haven't seen the exterior of this car which look like a 2nd Gen.

Not out of a Vette, more likely an Fbody. LS Engines can easily run well over 100k miles and with the auto tranny good chance it hasn't been beat on.

The exhaust system appears the H-pipe is not welded all the way so probably non-functional and the hangers are weak but again no biggy. I'd just toss in an X-pipe. Looks like SpinTech mufflers which are nice. Somes Long Tubes would be nice in lieu of the factory manifolds.

The frame and underside looks solid. Has sub connectors. No apparent rust.

I don't care for the external fuel pump. I'm sure it's very loud. The C5 filter regulator/filter works great. I would plan on a new fuel tank with an in Tank pump.

The engine install isn't that bad and would not take that much to clean up. Rework the wiring runs and do a little better with the hoses a few other items and you're good. The inside looks like a good start. Car appears to have Factory AC. So for the right price you could pick it up do some suspension and brake mods and have a decent and reliable "Pro Tour"
 

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Looks clean, but as said above, it doesn't look like it's had much more than an engine swap. If I was going to look for a "pro-touring" car, I'd be more concerned about the suspension and brake upgrades than an LS swap- the car you're looking at may run smooth and get good gas mileage, but it's likely to ride, handle, and brake like crap (like they did 40 years ago).
 

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True... I would consider that car a "resto-mod"...today's performance with yesterday's style... If the price is in the mid-to-low thirties, it's probably a good starting point. You will have a car that drives great, is cool to cruise in, but not quite a "track day" car...

As stated above, upgrade the suspension (tubular UCA/LCA); brakes; and fix the exhaust, and you have one helluva daily driver that can run on the highway all day long, is reliable, and will throw down 20+MPG...
 
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