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How To Build High-Performance Chevy LS1/LS6 V-8s: Modifying & Tuning Gen III GM Engines

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The 3rd Generation (or Gen III) Chevy Small Block V8 is revolutionizing the high-performance world.

The new 450-plus horsepower LS1 and LS6 engines are terrorizing Mustangs and imports all over the US, and with all the aftermarket stuff available to the public, LS1, LS6 and Vortec engines have reached the top of "Hot Rod Mountain."

If you want to "soup-up" your Gen III Chevy V8, then this is the book to read. In order to extract the most power out of your LS1 or LS6, you will need to know how to remove (and resintall) the engine, and an entire chapter of the book, along with 150 color photos shows you how to do that, and do it the right way.

Examples shown include a Camaro, Firebird, C5 'Vette and a full-size pickup truck.

Book Excerpt: How To Build High-Performance Chevy LS1/LS6 V-8s: Modifying and Tuning Gen III GM Engines


As simple as it may seem, just getting the Gen III V-8 out of a production vehicle can be frustrating if you haven't done it before.

Because of this, the following chapter covers as much detail as possible with visual support to show how to remove the reinstall (R and R) a Gen III V-8 from the vehicle it was shipped in.

The tips and tricks listed here are a little from the GM manuals, but mostly from the technicians doing this work every day.

These techs have discovered ways to simplify the task of pulling a Gen III V-8 engine while minimizing the amount of work and the possibility of damage to the vehicle components at the same time.

These steps are offered as suggestions to improve the journey of separating the engine from the vehicle.

If anything, using this info will help you look like you know what the hell you're doing when your friends are around.

The RandR of a Gen III V-8 from the Camaro/Firebird (F-car) and Corvette (Y-car) is more involved than the R and R on the full-size trucks (called the 800-series internally within GM).

This is because the engine should come out of the vehicle from underneath on the F- and Y-car.

GM installs the engines from underneath on the cars, so that's what you need to do, too.

For all of these vehicles, including the trucks, being able to put the vehicle on a lift will make the R and R job much easier.

As you can see from the 100+ images used to document each of the three different platforms, the process is thoroughly detailed here visually to make it easy for you to accomplish.

Reinstalling the oil pan and front and rear covers is kind of tricky as these three components "find their home" as the combination is bolted together.

This is another area in which the GM Powertrain Engineering and Manufacturing people got together to simplify engine assemby by minimizing the number of precision machined, external locating points required.

The usual locating points include dowel pins and machining pads. Without them, engine assembly is easier because the covers and oil pan can be finessed to fit as a combination without having to relocated dowel pins.


Dedication and Foreword | Preface, Acknowledgments, and Author's Bio | Introduction

Chapter 1: The History of the Gen III LS1 V-8
Small Blocks: Gen I/II/III | Thumbs-Up for the Gen III | The Gen III LS1 V-8 Begins | Building an Engine From Scratch | The LS6 Story | The LQ9 | The Future

Chapter 2: The Gen III LS1 V-8 Engine Basics
Gen III LS1 V-8 Usages | The Details to Make Horsepower | Engine Block | Cylinder Heads | Crankshaft | Connecting Rods | Pistons | Valvetrain | Oiling System | Intake Tract | Electronic Fuel Injection | Ignition | Exhaust | Front Accessory Drive | The LQ4 and LQ9 6.0-Liter Gen III V-8 | Quality Built Engines | Vehicle and Gen III V-8 Factory Combos

Chapter 3: Production Parts for Performance
Engine Blocks | Cranks | Rods | Pistons | Valves | Valvesprings | Camshafts | Cylinder Heads | Fasteners | Intake Manifold | Coils | Oil Pans | Throttle Body | Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensors | Airbox

Chapter 4: Tips and Tricks to Remove and Reinstall the Gen III V-8
Removing a Gen III V-8 from an F-Car | Removing a Gen III V-8 from a Corvette | Removing a Gen III from a Full-Size Truck or SUV | Running a Gen III V-8 in a Pre-Gen III V-8 Vehicle

Chapter 5: Bolt-On Power
Where Does Bolt-On Power Come From? | Noise Canceling | Hot Rod Development | Airboxes | Intake Manifold | Performance Camshaft and Valvetrain Components | Supercharger | Nitrous

Chapter 6: 100 Horsepower Anybody Can Install
SLP Power | More Air | A Lift | Special Tools | Tips for Success | Why CNC Porting? | Vehicles That Respond | Dyno Results

Chapter 7: 500+ Horsepower NA Street-Racer Buildup
Power Parts | External Pump Oiling System | Simple Performance | Controlling it All | Every Last Detail | Block Prep | Ring Fitting | Bearing Clearance | Hanging the Pistons on the Rods | Installing Rings on Pistons | Installing the Crank in the Block | Installing a Camshaft | Installing the Connecting Rods/Pistons | Piston Talk | Oiling System and Water Pump | Building Cylinder Heads | Installing and Torquing the Cylinder Heads

Chapter 8: Gen III Vortec Truck Engine Buildups
Simple Supercharger Install | LS6 Parts for Power | Turbo

Chapter 9: 1200-Horsepower 387-Cubic-Inch C5R Power
The Builders | The Engine | How to Build 1200-Horsepower Engines | Prepping a C5R Race Block | Cleaning Parts for Final Assembly | Piston and Rod Assembly | Installing the Cam | Degreeing the Cam | Building the Heads | Finishing it Off | So How Did it Do?

Chapter 10: How to Control That Gen III V-8
Slewing | EFI Computer Contents | Fuel Injectors | Mass Air, Speed-Density and Alpha-N | Sequential, Bank Fire and Batch Fire | Tuning the Gen III V-8 EFI | Gen III V-8 Engine Sensor Inputs | Deep Calibrating | Aftermarket Controllers

Subject: How To Build High-Performance Gen III Chevy LS1/LS6 V-8 Engines. ISBN-10: 193249488X | ISBN-13: 9781932494884 | CarTech SA86

  • Publisher: CarTech Books
  • Author: Will Handzel
  • Pages: 160 - Over 550 color photographs
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-932494-88-4
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