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I just bought my first Camaro, a 1998 with a 3.8L V6 5spd MT, less than a month ago, so I'm fairly new to the Camaro world. I've heard a lot about the LS1, but I wanted to get more opinions on it. Mostly I was looking for pros and cons based on personal experience and if you'd have any other suggestions. Thanks in advance!
 

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Try LS1TECH.com for a lot of good info on the Gen 3 motors. I recently put an LS1 in my Chevelle and used that site for a lot of tech info.
 

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It can be done

New LS1 longblock around $3200
junkyard $1500-$2000, I have seen complete motor and tranny for $2000-$2500. I am sure you could find one with decent mileage.......

Another option for a budget build is a 5.3 which junkyards are loaded with and they are relatively cheap $500-$1000..

Its all about how you want to go at it.....

If it were me I would opt for a 6.0 LSX like LS2,LS3,LQ9,LQ4,L92,LY6.......
So many head and possiblities..... I mean You have 15 degree angled heads, damn near race tech on the street for peanuts..... SBC's putting out big block numbers minus the weight and cost..... L92 factory heads that flow 322+..... that even out performed AFR's in a dyno test for the dyno Kings if it means something too you..... Dyno's too me are pudo, show me ET's......... But it made some of these internet geniuses hush their mouths about dogging GM........:D A factory GM head that cost $500-$1000 out flowing a $3200 head.... You some guys were pissed when that happened...

For my conversion I did have to swap stuff like tank to a EFI tank but I did my swap on a budget.....

Here are some examples of how I saved some loot....

$50 95 Impala SS EFI tank with factory baffle and intank pump(junkyard)
$50 95 Roadmaster EFI sending unit(junkyard)
$125 walbro 255 lhp pump kit(summit)
$28 corvette/ fuel filter regulator(Napa)
$50 97-99 S10 close ratio gearbox 12.7.1(junkyard)
$40 31011 rag joint/steering coupler

There are other things ,but it cost me less to do this than a poorbuilt 468 I had built...... and will have more power....

It would help if you can find and cross reference your car to see what late model parts will fit you car/body style....... Then you can save some doe and go to the junkyard/craigslist/ebay and buy the parts for peanuts, unless you got money to blow..... I mean certain stuff you have to buy new like motor mounts(unless you are nice with the flame), headers etc......... But with you car being a 98, the swap should be painless.....
 
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