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Old 03-21-2019, 10:12 PM
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Cheapest V-8 swap you can do Will still run you $20,000.00 do you really think it’s worth it to put it in a car that old?

i’ve got a 2005 sedan six speed manual, I would love to put an LS motor in that, there is an outfit here in Texas that specializes in doing just that. They told me 25,000 for a full install and that was four years ago, but I just can’t justify the price.
Old 03-22-2019, 09:05 AM
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I would never consider paying somebody to do the work, but as a long term project sitting in a garage for a couple years while I do literally everything myself, hell yeah... It'll be a race car / night runner either way so IDGAF about insurance values.
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There's a guy on YouTube that documented every single step of stuffing a LS motor into a 2004 Miata. He did ALL the work himself and in the last video (published several months after he finished it), he documented all the costs involved. It came to $43,600. Now mind you, he used a crate LS motor and that was 12-15K if I remember correctly, but even without labor costs. After selling all the parts he took off the Miata it was $38,800 and 9 months working on it when he could

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Old 03-23-2019, 07:17 AM
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How could it be that much. Dear god.

Some nut is trying to stick a hell cat engine into a 350z recently.
Old 03-23-2019, 10:41 AM
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Keep in mind that's a $7 LS3, probably $5k into the transmission, custom frame, probably $3k in the rear axle. That's for GM OEM basic components, using an older generation LS motor can be significantly cheaper.

You can pick up an LS1 for under $1k, LS2/6 for $2-3k. Complete Sikky kit with everything else needed for $4k. If you rebuild the engines then toss on another $1500 or so, you'll definitely be running a different cam so figure in at least some money for that but if it was a low mile salvage vehicle donor then it might not even need a rebuild.

So it CAN be done for significantly less but probably not any cheaper than $6k or so unless you picked up some used components for ultra cheap.

Most of the high estimated costs for swaps are because folks are paying out the 80+ hours of labor to a shop to do the work.
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