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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760336091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760336090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Potak supplies the wealth of knowledge necessary to take advantage of this remarkable engine between the fenders of almost any car or truck you wish to upgrade. When you're finished you'll have a powerful and reliable LS powered vehicle that takes full advantage of all the best OEM and aftermarket technology to deliver the performance you desire." - HotRodEngineTech.com



"Anyone contemplating such a swap - even if they have one or two under their belt - would be sure to save countless hours of thought and / or frustration by reading through this book first ...... and would likely keep it on the workbench during the entire process." - American Camaro Association

About the Author

Joseph Potak is a professional LS-series engine specialist and technician. He has worked for Texas Speed and Performance since 2002, and caters directly to the performance needs of owners of LSX equipped vehicles. In his free time, Joseph volunteers as a Forum Director within the www.LS1Tech.com Community.

Customer Reviews

Will come in handy some day!
Wayne
Excellent layout with very good quality pics.
J. Ramar
Good information on the LS engines.
Kevin Lipscomb

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hib Halverson on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
With the skyrocketing popularity of engine swaps of Gen III and Gen IV V8s into older vehicles, it was about time that one of the automotive technical publishers would produce a book on the subject which is both comprehensive in scope and accurate in its coverage. GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual meets those goals.

The author, Joseph Potak, has impressive Gen III/IV street creds. He's an ASE-certified, professional engine builder and service technician. Since 2002, he has worked for Texas Speed and Performance on Gen III and IV V8 powered cars and trucks. Potak is a Moderator at [...] and previously wrote How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines.

The book is focused on fitting pre-1997 vehicles with LS-series V8 engines with a lot of emphasis on swaps into pre-computer cars and light trucks. Obvious candidates for these kind of engine changes are older GM vehicles but the book is written for the DIY who is putting a newer GM V8 in any vehicle be it a C3 Corvette, a '57 Dodge pick-up or a 1932 Ford street rod.

Most the information an engine swapper needs is in this book. Invaluable are chapters on engine mounting, controller and wiring harness selection, fuel system design, cooling system configuration and transmission choice. The author's near-decade of work with Texas Speed and Performance putting Gen III/IV V8s in older cars serves the reader well in that the key issues confronting someone fitting an older vehicle with modern LS engine are covered in detail.

Another outstanding characteristic of this book is its photography and illustrations. All the imagery is in color. The author's extensive experience with the subject matter shows in the book's selection of photos.

Bottom line? If you're a gearhead DIY, intent upon putting a modern General Motors, Gen III or Gen IV V8 into your latest classic hot rod project, you need GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By neirbo on May 13, 2011
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I have purchased several books on LS engines and this one has lots of info not found in the other books. It is presented in a logical manner and is well worth what I paid. I reccommend this to others who are wanting to learn about these engines.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dxpope on February 28, 2012
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This is a well organized comprehensive overview of the process of swapping an LS motor into an older vehicle. It gives good information on the various issues one will encounter along with a few solutions which are DIY and a few from the automotive aftermarket right down to the vendor part numbers. However you will need to find other sources for technical detail such as ECU pin and wiring diagrams. This is a good resource for gaining general knowledge and compiling sources for parts. It is not a DYI step by step manual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By george fleischer on December 24, 2011
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Very nice detailed information, for those who are looking to do an LS swap into another vehicle like an older muscle car. Lots of information and color photos along with resorces for finding suppliers for your swap. Also informs you of the costs that can be associated with deciding to proceed with this kind of project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. 3100 on October 14, 2014
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Now that I'm into the build I'm finding I have a lot of questions that aren't covered. So, the title is not quite correct. The photos are great; the information is a good overview for getting started. Most things are covered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald W.Gillis on April 9, 2014
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information is dated but good. shop the internet for more advanced products to make this swap. I wish this book would b e updated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CLASSIC hvac-maniac on May 21, 2014
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This is my only complaint, the Title. The book is as complete as a general information type could be, a truly 'complete swap manual would have to be specific to one vehicle and one engine. this one gives excellent general info about the many different LS type GM motors and is perfect for getting started. Recommended as a first read prior to planning an engine replacement project, lots of great advice on which engine suits the readers needs and vehicle. Lots of suggestions as to getting more specifics as the project moves ahead. Lots of info regarding transmission issues too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leon P. on April 15, 2014
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This book explain all of the possibility of an LS engine swap. This book is what you need to make swap. The book explain transmission and computers you need for the swap.
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