View Full Version : 68 Camaro SS - LS1/4L60e conversion


BK68SS
04-11-2012, 05:03 PM
I finally purchased an LS1 from crateenginedepot. I am very new to these engines so i have been getting alot of info from my friend (greasemonkeychef) who is doing a swap in a Nova. I just received the engine today so I created an account. I have been reading other posts for a while so I have started getting the feel of the site. I bought a long block so I will be researching for parts.

I have started doing the interior work while waiting for an engine. I started taking pictures so I can post info on the project

bczee
04-11-2012, 05:18 PM
Welcome.. Keep your Project thread going. Pictures.. :D

anyway.. check out the Sticky/FAQ at the top, many builds are thre for you to research..

Fill us in on what you are going to be using for Oil pan, adapters, trans, etc..anyway.. let us know if you questions if you need to..

BC

BK68SS
04-11-2012, 05:25 PM
Thanks. I will get the pictures up, just trying to navigate this site for a bit.

greasemonkeychef
04-11-2012, 05:29 PM
Welcome aboard Brad! This site is a wealth of info and great for parts. When he says check out the sticky's he means soon as you enter the hybid section you will see the sticky's in "yellow" at the top of the forum. There is a ton of info in there for parts needed and what not.

Now post some photos and before long you will be living on this site:D. Several guys are very helpful on here and some are PITA. Just dont be afaraid to aske questions here too. i am sure almost every question has been asked at least once and sometimes the search function is hard to find what you are looking for.

greasemonkeychef
04-11-2012, 05:30 PM
Come on you work in technology this site should be a breeze:twak:

BK68SS
04-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Ha ha. But I work on Macs there, need to learn the lingo here. This is like me signing you up to a unix forum.

BK68SS
04-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Old 383 removed, packaged and sent to a buddy in Michigan.

bmf5150
04-17-2012, 03:24 PM
Look forward to pics

BK68SS
04-17-2012, 06:08 PM
Here is a pic of the car, the new crate engine and some interior work i am doing in the meantime...349949

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bczee
04-17-2012, 06:17 PM
Looks like you got one of the later LS1 blocks, you have a LS6 valley cover and PCV system, that's good!.

Keep up the work... we are watch ! LOL

BC

beater6.0
04-17-2012, 06:25 PM
going to be a sweet ride.

BK68SS
04-18-2012, 12:01 AM
I have seen multiple oil pans used for the early Camaro build. Can anyone share their experience with the oil pan they chose? I am leaning toward a modified f-body pan. Any issues with this route?

BK68SS
04-21-2012, 01:57 PM
After more research, I am now leaning toward autocraft oil pan and s&p mounts. I am planning on not running headers. This part is confusing to me, wish there was more of clearcut answer.

greasemonkeychef
04-30-2012, 11:34 PM
Maybe someone can help me a brad on this question.

We are using a 01/02 camaro intake and harness for this conversion. Now do we need to swap the valley cover and knock sensors or will the newer style knock sensor plug into the older harness? If we change the valley cover then I believe we will then have to change the rocker cover then too? We are just trying to get up to speed on this part of the project. It may be a simple as the knock sensor harness will hook to these sensors and plug right into the main harness?

Thx for any help.

psiconversion
05-01-2012, 07:09 AM
Knock sensor harness will plug right into your stock harness.

Jon
PSI

bczee
05-01-2012, 09:40 AM
The Autocraft pan is a good choice. If you looking at Cast pans, the MAST and Holley are also good choices.

Try and stay with the same manufactor on pans, mounts and header, Mixing and match can sometime lead to more work and additional cost. Check the project threads to see what other are using for pan/mount combo's. But with the newer pans, almost any mount will work now.

keep up the questions and pictures.. ( i get bored here at work during lighter days) :D

BC

greasemonkeychef
05-01-2012, 10:15 AM
The Autocraft pan is a good choice. If you looking at Cast pans, the MAST and Holley are also good choices.

Try and stay with the same manufactor on pans, mounts and header, Mixing and match can sometime lead to more work and additional cost. Check the project threads to see what other are using for pan/mount combo's. But with the newer pans, almost any mount will work now.

keep up the questions and pictures.. ( i get bored here at work during lighter days) :D

BC

Thxs for info on pans. From the pics brad put in the thread of the new engine did they sell him a LS6 rather thasn LS1? I am confused on the difference's. So from my understanding we can just get a knock sensor harness for the LS6 valley cover and it should have no issue with plugging into the 01 main harness?

bczee
05-01-2012, 11:23 AM
The F-Body 01-02 had the LS6 block and intake, but still had the older PCV system, might be a Vette LS6 engine or maybe a CTS-V ? They are the same blocks. Not sure, but is nothing to worry about.

yes, the Knock Sensor should be the same for the Gen III engine. There is a few threads about doing the conversion (also on LS1HowTo) to the LS6 PCV on older blocks. It is a better PCV system and can be just bolted on to the 01'+ blocks, 00' and older needs to do some cutting and grinding on the block.

BC

c6matt
05-01-2012, 11:27 AM
cool build.. sounds familiar somehow..

greasemonkeychef
05-01-2012, 10:16 PM
Hey brad I also read today that some people are using a freeze plug to block the EGR port on the top of the intake. So we should just get a good measurement and buy a $3 freeze plug and call it done.

Also seem like we just buy a knock sensor harness for this motor and it should plug into the current harness. That is if I am understanding what others have posted.

ls68firebird
05-01-2012, 10:33 PM
check out c6matt, tsnow68, and marktanium for cool builds and lots and lots of info. these guys post everything with lots of pics, mistakes, and fixes. I learn a lot of general ls stuff just searching their threads.

BK68SS
05-03-2012, 01:10 PM
Thanks for the info guys! I am also watching a very similar build by bf5150. That is where I got the idea for the S&P mounts with the autocrat pan. When I talked to S&P, he said they are casting a pan for this build as well. I will post more information as we round up more parts.

I am familiar with the other threads except marktanium. I will check it out...

-TheBandit-
05-03-2012, 01:49 PM
Don't forget the x-body swap thread in my sig. Lots of shared tech between 1st gen camaro and 3rd gen Nova.

BK68SS
05-28-2012, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the links guys! Just a quick update:

I have been busy with my sons hockey and collecting parts. I have received the intake, coils, S&P mounts and will be ordering the autokraft oil pan on Tuesday. Getting a little hot here in the desert, may not be doing much work but am still gathering pieces. I was told that exhaust manifolds from a 98 Camaro will work and Corvette ones will not because they dump out of the middle of the manifold. I am also researching the accesories and belt setup. The motor is currently setup for an 04 Vette so I would like to stick with those parts.

Rocketrod
05-28-2012, 01:42 PM
Cool build. Mine swap is very similar with a lot of pics/info if needed.

bmf5150
05-28-2012, 01:51 PM
Post pics when u start back working on it!

bmf5150
05-28-2012, 01:53 PM
I had corvette accesorys,I had say 90% of what I needed!that last 10% to buy was expensive,I ended up at dealer cause I couldn't find anywhere else used!

Rocketrod
05-28-2012, 04:07 PM
I am also researching the accesories and belt setup. The motor is currently setup for an 04 Vette so I would like to stick with those parts.Here is link to a detailed breakdown of the 97-04 vette accessory drive setup, http://www.mamotorworks.com/corvette-c5-serpentine-belts-and-components+1997+2004-acdelco-1-427-9213.html .....also remember your local auto parts store, or rockauto.com may be a good place to look.