How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines Paperback – Jan 20 2009
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How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines into Almost Anything (S-A Design)
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The swapping of Gen 3/4 V8s in to older cars has become so popular that a cottage industry has sprung-up selling adapters, oil pans, engine mounts, headers and other parts necessary to put LS-series motors into old Novas, Camaros, Chevelles, Vettes and even more unusual endeavors such as Buicks, BMW E36es and Jaguar XJSes.
With the level of enthusiasm as high as it is, it was inevitable that someone would write a book about transplanting Gen 3s and 4s into other cars. It was CarTech books, already the publisher with the best line of LS-series books on the market, which responded with How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines into Almost Anything.
Author, Jefferson Bryant, covers a wide-range of engine swapping subjects of concern to anyone putting a Gen 3/4 into an older car. A few of the key topics are oil pans, engine mounts, wiring harnesses and cooling systems.
A very useful addition to the book are several sidebar articles about specific engine swap projects but while they're a nice feature, there's not enough of them.
The majority of the material in the book is accurate. No doubt this is because of the Author's experience as a long-time automotive tech writer, however, there is a sprinkling of questionably-researched statements in the book. Examples are Bryant's claim that the Gen 3/4 engines are the first time GM manufactured an aluminum block, that the Gen 2 V8s (LT1/LT4) were poor performers and a blanket statement that GM's Dexcool antifreeze causes cooling systems to "sludge-up". All of those are incorrect.
The other slight problem with How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines is CarTech's limited editing. I think, had this book seen a stronger intervention by someone editing for length, some "wordiness" could have been eliminated making more space for sidebars on specific LSx swaps.
That said, the problems with this book are comparatively modest compared to its significant value as a resource for hot rodders with older cars looking to dump old Small-Blocks and even some Big-Blocks for more powerful and much lighter Gen 3s and Gen 4s.
So, if you're thinking about stuffing an LS9 into that ancient Chevy Vega sitting in your backyard, read this book.
There is no way that a generic book could cover a specific swap like what they are looking for. The intent of this publication is to illustrate that these swaps can and are being done. (Title might have been worded differently)
Yes, it's slanted towards S&P because they provided a majority of the pictures. They make some nice things, but tend to be on the pricey side. I provided him a couple of pictures also.
This book has some nice illustrations, nice reference pictures and data. But, it is not a book that will actually show you specifically how to install a specific engine is (your) specific car.
I'll read it and then put it on my book shelf in case I need it to generate an idea for another swap.
It may be a good project for him on his next book to take the information in this one and use it to actually document a couple of swaps from start to finish. However, many of the on-line forums have this already. S&P has several swaps fully documented on their site also.
A vast majority of swaps are completed by the "home-builder" who fabricates parts, makes his/her own wiring harness, goes to "junk" yards to find parts, uses the "for-sale" sections on web forums to find parts and ask for help.
It's a good read for a novice.
Overall it covered parts of the swap process that have not been well documented online. I did significant internet scouring and information gathering for weeks before reading this book and this book still addressed a large amount of information that was not readily found while searching. Other parts of the information that is easily found online was laid out well in the book - the sections on the oil pans and accessory layout is very useful and a lot more straightforward than you will find online. The wiring information - something else you can also find online was laid out in a very easy to read and succinct section - much easier than verifying ten different postings on internet forums.