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How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines [Paperback]

Jefferson Bryant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are step by step pictures and illustrations, making for a valuable source of information. Overall, a very good reference material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planning an LS Engine Swap? Read this Dec 28 2009
By Hib Halverson - Published on Amazon.com
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"Restorod." Of late, amongst automotive enthusiasts, the term describes an older car fitted with a late model powertrain. The most popular late model engines to put in older hot rods or muslecars are GM's Generation 3 or 4 Small-Block V8s which are known to hot rodders as LS-series or LSx engines and have been the stock Corvette engines since 1997.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for beginner Aug. 25 2010
By Ricardo David - Published on Amazon.com
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Every potential customer for this book has the crazy idea putting in a great new motor into some classic ride. If you are beginner, like me, trying to understand where to start, this book is an excellent starting point. I did the initial internet research and their are a lot of excellent forums on the web with great info but at first its too much zoomed in detail. What I like about this book is that it allows you to take a step back and understand the details of the swap from a system perspective. It presents all elements that will have to be considered and then presents various solutions and products to address those issues. Now that I have this book as my roadmap I can take the time to zoom in to the individual problems for my applications and make better use of the information on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good information May 6 2013
By walter j blackston - Published on Amazon.com
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My twinturbo charged 07' L92 now sits in my 52' Ford F1 so thanks for the great information on how to install it into anything
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engine Swaps Jan. 16 2010
By PhilnTX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm amazed by the comments from the first three people.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Rounded Book May 13 2010
By MDJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Book provides a complete picture of the available GM LS engine swap options. I like the chapter that discusses engine mounts, adapter plates, and oil pan compatibility. It gave me a good idea of what was needed for swapping an LS-3 into a Gen III Camaro. It was interesting to see many non-GM engine swaps, such as installing the LS into a BMW 3-series, Jaguar XJ, Fiero, and even a Volvo wagon.
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