I'm researching some budget v8 swaps other than the 302. An LSx motor would be my preference for sure, but the whole package of an LS1 + t56 is not my idea of a budget swap.
So I guess the truck motors (such as the LM7) are iron block and are totally interchangeable with the LSx
dean1484 I believe is doing a setup like this right now. I'm hoping he'll see this thread and chime in.
One of the major draws for me about the LS1 over something like a 302 is highway efficiency. But that gets totally negated with the extra cost involved. (if an LS1 swap is $3000 more than a 302, and a 302 gets 24 mpg highway, and gas is $4 a gal, the 302 powered car will travel 18,000 miles before reaching the cost of the LS1 swap)
Anyway, Just looking for thoughts on these alternate LS1 motors and what can be expected from them for the money.
And finally, are displacement on demand motors worth modifying?