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LS swaps continue

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 31st, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication

The Chevrolet LS engines have now become very popular.  We have been putting them into vehicles ranging from classic cars and trucks to imports.  We are currently working on putting an LS3 e-rod into a Datsun 280Z.  The client resides in California, therefore the LS3 e-rod package was chosen as the powerplant because of its emissions compliance. 

We initial purchased motor mounts, however they did not fit.  The motor mounts did not place the engine in an acceptable location, so Alex Laventure fabricated a set. 

These motor mounts allow the engine to sit back and low to clear the hood.  The mounts were test fit with a mock block and sit nicely. 

The LS3 will be mated to a six-speed transmission out of a Dodge Viper.  The stock Viper transmission is built to handle the high power of a Viper V10 and will be able to handle the power of this factory rated 430 hp V8. 

A transmission mount also needed to be fabricated to properly hold this transmission.  Slight modifications were required to get the transmission to fit and work properly. 

A clutch from Monster Clutches will also be used. 

This LS3 280Z project is progressing nicely.  We hope to have the LS3 running in the 280Z by next week.  Enjoy the New Year and don't forget to check back soon.