There’s an LS Engine Swap for Every Build Budget

LQ4 LS Engine Donor in 1947-54 Chevy 3100
LQ4 LS Engine Donor in 1947-54 Chevy 3100
 

There is a plethora of reasons why the hot rodders, drifters, road racers, and drag racers alike have taken a to the Chevrolet LS engine as they have.

It is a very available platform — many varieties of the engine itself and aftermarket parts are hugely abundant, it is not made of unobtainium. It’s relatively simple in its construction, but its design, proportions, and potential make it a valid swap for just about build, swap or project.

1951 Chevrolet 3100 6.0 L LQ4 LS Motor Swap
1951 Chevrolet 3100 6.0 L LQ4 LS Motor Swap — Plumbed for rear-mounted radiator.

The LS engine is appealing because it is exceptionally light for such a powerful engine and because it’s small — it can be squeezed into the engine compartment of a Miata. Plus, it offers a wide powerband with the stock intake system.

Essentially, it is a very attainable, usable engine that generally does not require any modification.

Here are vehicles that may have the engine you are looking for, depending on your build or engine swap budget.