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post #1 of 162 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 2:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

Every time I get on a Chevy forum, it seems that more and more people are replacing their engines with some kind of LS engine and over drive auto tranny.
Also, I perceive that many of these people who are doing LS swaps have a tendency to be somewhat snooty and looking down their nose at those of us who are retaining the traditional SB or BB. I see no justification for this kind of attitude towards those who keep and upgrade their earlier type engines.
As a result of this snooty, primadonna type attitude by LS swappers, I have almost completely decided not to attend the Maryland show (which I was really looking forward to at one time). I'm just not interested in driving all that distance just to be subjected being regarded as inferior because I have a SB400 powered 70 with a manual tranny instead of updating with an LS/OD auto tranny.

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post #2 of 162 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 3:02 PM
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

I have a LS in my 67 but I like all old cars. Especially 100% bone stock. I have never had the willpower to leave something alone and really appreciate when someone does.

Iíve been swapping EFI into cars since I got my drivers license. Starting with a TPI 350 in a S-10. I mated it to a 5 speed as I wanted the overdrive. All of my hot rods have been EFI since other than my previous 70 chevelle had a 406/200R4 with a carb. Ran perfect. Not sure why I never went EFI.

Myself I just like the fuel mileage and low rpmís that a EFI with OD offers. Some people donít want or need that. I say as long as you are enjoying the hobby you are doing it right. If everyone was the same it would be boring.

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post #3 of 162 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 3:12 PM
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

Tom , I attended the Maryland show once , you should go . You will see lots of stock restorations as well as others , all good .
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post #4 of 162 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 3:24 PM
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

Bring the 400...yes its popular..but I think what youre saying is the ones that blurt out"ls swap" if you ask about a fan belt.
There really are many that dont believe you can make 400 or 500 reliable ponys with a SB..or have No clue on the low end tq of a big block. All they look at is internet hp numbers. Ignorance.
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

I've seen just the opposite on the snootiness, the purists tend to thumb their noses at the LS swappers. I'm still in the old iron camp and really have no desire to go LS, purely due to the simplicity. I'm also in the camp of "its your car, your money, your decision" group, its hot rodding.
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

Tom at the Maryland show the old school type SB and BB cars with carbs out number LS cars by fair
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Pout and stay home? Not an option, I don't see any of that, just new perspectives which is growth of our hobby.
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

When my son and I bought this Malibu a few years back some were saying is just a Malibu. Pull the 350 and install a LS. We didn't. My son and Nick Smithberg (Engine Masters 2017) went through the motor and heads. Handed me the parts and said make it go. It's getting close LS swaps are fine for some, I'm of the old iron camp myself but I like checking the others out. Go if you can!!!
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No LS swap for me Tom. I love my smelly, oil using gas guzzling big block way to much to swap it out for an efficient computer controlled piece of technology. Seriously, no sarcasm intended. It's a 70 not a hybrid!

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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

My 70 El Camino had a badly cracked 350 block which was not rebuild-able and numbers matching was no longer possible for me. I would have otherwise kept that engine and I debated myself for a few months over which way to go. Finally, it was decided for me when a well-tended 5.3 liter LS truck motor and 4L60E transmission fell into my lap for $800 and $500 respectively.

Thus, fate took me down this path rather than any particular desire one way or the other.

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I've seen just the opposite on the snootiness, the purists tend to thumb their noses at the LS swappers. I'm still in the old iron camp and really have no desire to go LS, purely due to the simplicity. I'm also in the camp of "its your car, your money, your decision" group, its hot rodding.
Same here. I haven't seen or heard any LS engine swapping people acting snooty or having an attitude.

I kind of compare it with the hot rodding days back in the fifties when a lot of guys were replacing the old Ford flat head engines with Oldsmobile or Cadillac engines. Hot Rodding hasn't changed much in that respect.
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

I think it depends where you fall on the scale of originality. One one end, anything goes and on the other, you have guys that buy only NOS parts and make sure the crayon marks and factory overspray are in the right spots. I fall somewhere in the middle. Performance and originality are both important.
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Hi Tom,
It’s a Chevelle show, not an engine or transmission show. I hope to see you in Maryland!
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Re: Is EVERYONE switching to an LS type engine?

I have considered an LS swap because my son keeps pushing me that way, but sometimes other factors jump in. Twice now I have had an LS1 sell before I could get to it! I am now considering using a 427 I have in my shop because I have it. I built is several years ago for my son to put in a 1966 Caprice - he ended up selling the Caprice and never bought the 427 (big block) from me. With the loss of the two LS1's, I tried to put together a 400 small block - ended up being cracked and I had already sold the 383 I had to purchase the LS1 (that really worked out for me)!

Bottom line for me is they are all good, just depends on what you want. I still am an old school big block guy and will put the 427 in my Laguna with a good old Quadrajet - will add an OD trans to make cruising comfortable. To me, it will looks just a good with a big block and an open hood as it would with an LSX or a small block. However, I love the low end torque you can only get from a big block.
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