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Old 12-17-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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looking to put a big block in my 98 camaro

im looking to put a big block in but i dont which engine i should get and i really dont know to much about hot rodding. I thought before i just went out and bought a motor i would ask around and talk to a couple people that have done this before. What are things i need to know before starting this project.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:19 AM   #2
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My tip would be that you make sure you have the money to finish it,cause its going to be expensive
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:35 AM   #3
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yeah....good luck with that bro........youre gonna pay out the @$$ to convert your car into something that will be able to handle that big block........check out SUMMIT RACING that might give you an idea of some things
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:54 AM   #4
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they have small blocks that push some damn decent power.......theyre well priced......and you wont have to change TOO much on your car to be able to install it....... good luck
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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Have you considered an LS motor?

I'm betting you could build an LS motor cheaper, and also, consider the weight advantage versus a big block.

As I've posted elsewhere, I have a buddy who owns his own shop, and we've been talking about the possibility of putting the LS7 in my SS. Swapping in a LS motor is easier than installing a big block.
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:28 AM   #6
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I'd go with Moose's idea about the LS7, it's smaller, more efficient, and will have pretty much the same horsepower as a 427/454/502
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:38 PM   #7
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whats an ls motor
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:02 AM   #8
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is the ls motor the same as the one in the newer vettes
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:06 AM   #9
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whats an ls motor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_LS_engine

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Old 12-20-2008, 04:03 PM   #10
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so you guys r saying the ls motor will make around the same horsepower as a big block and is lighter then one?
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:28 PM   #11
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so you guys r saying the ls motor will make around the same horsepower as a big block and is lighter then one?
You are correct sir.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:29 PM   #12
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whats a good ls motor because the ls7 seem to have the most hp but are very exspensive
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:37 PM   #13
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whats a good ls motor because the ls7 seem to have the most hp but are very exspensive
If money is a concern, you can pick up an LS1 relatively cheap and with some mods make enough HP to keep a grin on your face for a long time.

I'd start by visiting some shops in your area, as well as any salvage yards.
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thats the thing there are really no good shops locally. At salvage yards you think they would have decent motors? Also you think i can build up an ls1 to make it a low to mid 10 second car?
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thats the thing there are really no good shops locally. At salvage yards you think they would have decent motors? Also you think i can build up an ls1 to make it a low to mid 10 second car?
Where are you located in NJ?

As for salvage yards, stop by, get to know the folks who operate it, explain to them what you're looking for, and I'd bet they'd be willing to help in locating an LS1 from a wreck.

As for a "low to mid 10 sec. car", how are you planning on using your car? If its a second cr, that you want to use for shows and at the track, fine, but if its your only car, be careful how radical you go. I've had a few friends go too far, and have ended up selling their cars for less than the time and money invested.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:50 PM   #16
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central nj and this is going to be a secondary car i can take to the drag strip
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:58 PM   #17
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since its my secondary ride what do you recomend to make it a 10 second car?
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