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LS swap?
#1
Not even trolling, has anyone done an LS swap? I know it's sacrilegious, but it's a good, plentiful and compact mostly aluminum engine.  I'm weighing my engine options before I start spending money, and I don't want to go the modular route because I don't want to hack up the shock towers and spend money on coilovers.
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#2
It is a good engine but you should consider the total cost of the swap, trans, custom headers, driveshaft, carb conversion or custom fuel system for efi etc. If you are concerned with re-sale value the conversion is a loser, in my opinion. Then again, I'm one of those guys who hates seeing a SBC in a 1932 Ford or a Pontiac Firebird or a LS in fox body. I've always chalked it up to lack of knowledge and or judgement.
Chuck
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(03-03-2017, 07:58 PM)c9zx Wrote: It is a good engine but you should consider the total cost of the swap, trans, custom headers, driveshaft, carb conversion or custom fuel system for efi etc. If you are concerned with re-sale value the conversion is a loser, in my opinion. Then again, I'm one of those guys who hates seeing a SBC in a 1932 Ford or a Pontiac Firebird or a LS in fox body. I've always chalked it up to lack of knowledge and or judgement.
Chuck

+1

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(03-03-2017, 07:58 PM)c9zx Wrote: It is a good engine but you should consider the total cost of the swap, trans, custom headers, driveshaft, carb conversion or custom fuel system for efi etc. If you are concerned with re-sale value the conversion is a loser, in my opinion. Then again, I'm one of those guys who hates seeing a SBC in a 1932 Ford or a Pontiac Firebird or a LS in fox body. I've always chalked it up to lack of knowledge and or judgement.
Chuck

+1. There are plenty of Windsor blocks available, aluminum heads, intakes, and other power goodies. You can save another 90 pounds by getting an aluminum block.

Back when I was monitoring the Pony Express 90 race in Nevada, you should have heard the bow-tie boys howl when a guy showed up with a 428 FE powered Camaro. I figured turnabout was fair play  whistling



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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#5
I'd thought about making a comment to the effect of having to reconsider your membership... but then I remembered we have a member in Europe swapping in a Jaguar drive train, and it's going really well (but at least Ford has a stake in Jaguar, if I remember right whistling )

But - why not?  Could be cool.  At the end of the day, it's the Mustang sheet metal that most people will ever see anyway, so as long as you don't plaster Chevy emblems everywhere, I supposed we could let it slide...


... just this once, though.


rofl

Eric

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#6
This is my thoughts. LS cheap easy HP they fit in everything. However I tend to look at them as exactly that disposable hp, hang a turbo or a blower on a stocko LS make 1200-1600hp spank it's arse for 2000kms then go to the wreckers and repeat. A well built clevo or even a Windsor would have more of a sense of achievement and owner pride to me in a mustang and last for years. A cranky high winding clevo will certainly get your nuts clacking.

I am a chevy guy if I was going LS it would be a Lsx454r or better still Sb2. However at the end of the day your car your choice

He has all the vices I admire and none of the virtues I despise
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#7
Blasphemy!

No chevy in a FORD!
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#8
No chevy in a FORD !!!!
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#9
Personally I think the LS swap could be neat. It is a great engine. From a practicality, cost and resale standpoint it is probably a bad idea. But if you can do it with no hacking or beating I see it as a harmless way to have a reliable injected engine. I would love to see it done, and see all the of the posts as the project went along.
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#10
haha, I thought I was on my Jeep board. The LS swap is kind of popular with the FSJ crowd. Jeeps that look like this:

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Both easier and more complicated in an old Jeep. Easier because some companies make things like engine mounts, more complicated because of the transfer case and front/rear drive shafts.

I keep talking myself out of it for the jeep. The expense just isn't worth it since the Jeep runs fine now and I just don't drive it much. An LS swap would allow me to easily run an OD transmission. I would also gain fuel injection (which is good for Jeeps that you take off road) and of course horse power.

But in the Jeep world when going off road reliability is key. The LS engine is reliable but all of the custom engineering to make it work isn't. Simple things like routing the wiring can cause issues. So at this time I am still keeping it simple. And it's kind of fun to run with the new rigs while sporting a 71 Jav engine and a carb. Wink

So back to the question about the mustang. I wouldn't do it. Not because of any blasphamy but because of cost. I think there are other options that would keep the cost lower but give similar results.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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