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Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a totaled out newer vette, GTO, or a
Camaro and retrieve all the goods out of one of them, then scrap or
part out the rest, might be a little more work but in the end should be
This is just marketing. The kit is an LS3 with all the smog stuff and an emissions tune in the computer. Not even E-85 or flex fuel. This is really no different than any other LS swap.
If you lived in California it would be significantly different:
GMPP worked closely with the influential California Air Resources Board (CARB) and secured approval that makes E-ROD-equipped vehicles compliant in California and other areas that mirror CARB's recommendations and emissions standards.
No other LS swap can make this claim - NOT A ONE - yes its expensive, but by having an EO number from CARB there is no need for a referee station to review the install which is major headache.
If I had 8 grand to throw away on my worthless 78 I'd do it in a second.
1978 L-82, Tremec TKO 5 speed, Sunset Red mettalic, offset trailing arms,
New engine by me
tuned by Lars My Corvette Web Site
and not CA. Lived in AZ,NM,etc 'cause I was govt property for a long time. Then drove big Peterbuilts to CA to San Joaquin Valley and hauled back produce - that valley is/was one of the prettiest you'd ever see until Nazi Nancy Pelosi and her friends cut the water supply off to the farmers, now it is a desert. BTW, wonder if she would give up her water supply to her vineyards? I can think of a way to do it, but it would be very,very loud.
At first glance I did not realize the swap is CARB compliant, now the price tag makes more sense. It is very expensive to have components, let alone an entire engine certified as a compliant swap with the CARB. Since the state of California does not require vehicles older than those with a 1976 production date to be inspected, the point of installing a compliant engine is mute. This is one reason why I chose to restore a classic 1969 corvette. On the other hand, it is cool that the engine produces that ammount of power and torque while running clean.
I think this idea is fine. It's a little expensive, but aren't all crate engine expensive? To have a CARB exempt engine is nice thing in my eyes. I believe this means you could potentially put the engine in a OBD II car and not have any weird emissions issues. Over by me, that's a big deal.
'75 Coupe - LS1 T56 6 speed. A work in progress. VBP Performance Plus system, Super 10 bolt and T/A's, lightweight bumper covers
'12 Subaru WRX Hatch - Daily driver, bone stock. pictures build thread
Kudos to GM for actually going to the trouble to get a CARB compliant swap put together. does Ford have one?, Chrysler? Sooner or later the cars that people will be working on will be cars that still require testing.
I have to imagine though the costs and paperwork to get a motor swap to be CARB compliant arent negligible.
I'd consider this (if I had the money). Mine is my DD for the summer, so fuel efficiency is somewhat of a concern for me. I want power, but I'm not out hot rodding up and down the main street or anything. Plus, no carburetor is a huge plus imo.