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Old 04-19-2022, 04:10 PM
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If 600 streetable HP is all you're after, back when I was fooling with this stuff, the popular thing to do was grab the iron 4" bore block and stick a 4" crank in it.
Usually .030 over making a 408. Bunch of those were running around before the after market LSX block really took hold. At that time the aftermarket was scrambling to produce CNC heads and there were a few good ones that hit the market.

Had a few buddies that ran 408's in their 4th gen camaros, with mild gears, and either an auto or 6 speed. They would run 10.60's or so at 125-128 mph and they were very mild street cars. Certainly not 7000 rpm screamers.

I don't remember what the engines dyno'd at but they were well over the 600 mark to move a 35-3600 lbs. street car that fast. Just a nice set of cathedral port heads (The square ports weren't around yet) and a mild hydraulic roller cam. Most used the stock LS6 intake too unless you had the coin for the LSX intake, but again that was fairly new stuff when I started playing with them.

I ran primarily LS1's and had one 6.0 (LQ4) and one LS6. As far as torque goes, that's all relative. Certainly the LS1's weren't comparable to the DZ 302. As a DZ 302 owner and having owned many LS1's I can say with certainty the LS1 wasn't all that bad down low, and even the little DZ does well for what it is, the LS1 just does it better. But a 4" crank in an LS will certainly improve in that department as I would think that would provide enough torque to satisfy if that's what you're after.

For me, the LS1 with a cam and some bolt ons were enough to satisfy my fun factor in our daily drivers. And it was cheap fun. I liked 3.73's with the 6 speed, 28 mpg and on street tires spinning I could dip into the 12's at 114 mph, only had a 224 @ .050 cam in it LOL. Probably dip into the low 12's or high 11's with a good tire based on the mph. It weighed 3620 without me in it. For a 346 they are still impressive. My wife drove that to work daily for years.

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Old 04-22-2022, 06:23 PM
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Having owned both & gone down this path you can make anything work if you throw enough $$$ at it That being said it is easy & cheap to do it with a LS & you donít need a lot of displacement. This is why I donít think you see a lot of over 500 CID LS.
I went down this path for my last build. I wanted ~600hp at the crank (500hp at the tires basically) & fuel injection. What it was going to cost me to get to that going all Pontiac was more than I wanted to spend. Enter the LS solution...
I took a 48k mile bone stock LS3 ( thatís 6.2L or 376 cid for the non LS guys), had the heads ported, put in a mild cam (225/232-.595Ē/.610Ē-112LSA), a set of 1 7/8Ē headers with 2.5Ē exhaust & hit those numbers. MPG is close to 20 with a 3.42 rear & a 26Ē tire. Even with a 295 width & 220 traction rating tire I canít floor it when taking off as it shreds the tires. Those who say LS have no TQ clearly have never driven in a built one. If this engine ever goes south on me my next step up would be a 408 stroker. From there a LSX454 but Iíll just tell everyone it is a 455 😎
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..If this engine ever goes south on me my next step up would be a 408 stroker. From there a LSX454 but Iíll just tell everyone it is a 455 😎
You may want to examine the LT architecture. Direct injection does some really nice things efficiency and power-wise.

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Old 04-22-2022, 11:42 PM
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Those who say LS have no TQ clearly have never driven in a built one. 😎
Agree. Even a stockish one isn't bad.

As an example of a really broad power band with plenty of torque, here is my stock LQ4 6.0. Even had the stock truck manifolds on it. Engine was never cracked open. All I did was give it a custom tune. Put it in this Blazer that weighs 5300 lbs. without me in it. Stuck 3.73 gears in it which honestly wasn't enough with the 33" tires, if you listen I'm just getting into 3rd gear at the finish line, nearly finished in second gear, which is a 1.62 in the 4L60E I'm using in it.

Yet it still made enough grunt to push the truck to 14.30's at 95-96 mph, and was enough to embarrass that brand new 2010 SS camaro at the time. And that was a soft leave because it had a habit of snapping the pinion clean off the 12 bolt truck rear, and I needed to drive it back home 110 miles. Yeah it makes decent grunt

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Old 04-23-2022, 01:52 AM
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Yeah. I personally have a 370" LQ9 with AI ported cathedral heads, cam motion 227/232 cam, 1 7/8" headers, truck intake, stock truck TB, built 4l65e trans, 2600 stall converter, 3.73 gears in my 71 Cutlass. From a standing start it burns the Nitto 285/35r18 555G2's to 80mph before gettting traction. I haven't gotten dyno numbers with the latest tune, but it made 400tq and 405hp at the wheels with my old tune, and my new tune feels like a whole new car. That car is snappy and will prove to a lot of LS haters that torque is not lacking.

I love and will never swap out my 63 Catalina 462, but there is nowhere in the power band that it feels even close to as quick as the Cutlasss. Maybe after some forged rods and the ported 96's that flow 250@ .500 and a little more cam it might be a good fight. The cars are built for different purposes though, with the Cutlass being tasteful resto-mod and the Catalina more nostalgia street racer. I am of the belief that there are a lot of ways to have fun, and all options should be explored.

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Old 04-27-2022, 09:19 AM
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Back to the big ci ls engines Paul is "asking" about..
No need to go big on an LS. They weren't designed to be big ci engines. Like it or not, it's a better design than the Pontiac. Guys are running 3.70's on 440ci at 2550lbs... what was Tommy Y when he ran at a 3.90 ( best he got) and 505ci?

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Back to the big ci ls engines Paul is "asking" about..
No need to go big on an LS. They weren't designed to be big ci engines. Like it or not, it's a better design than the Pontiac. Guys are running 3.70's on 440ci at 2550lbs... what was Tommy Y when he ran at a 3.90 ( best he got) and 505ci?

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2900 lbs. What size tire was the LS running?

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Old 04-27-2022, 06:28 PM
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2900 lbs. What size tire was the LS running?

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Big tire car..similar car went 5.80's at 243mph.. 1/4..also big tire car.

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Damn...I've been gone for over a week and no one wants to address the fact a Pontiac can run 5.80's at 243 at 2550lbs on alcohol?

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