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Photo: Dave Emanuel courtesy of Corvette Fever

These are the Melrose-coated headers and the engine mount plates that take a Napa motor mount PN 602-1147.

'hoto: Dave Emanuel, courtesy of Corvette Fever

Swapping an LS-series engine into a C4 Corvette will require motor mounts and headers but otherwise is a relatively straightforward swap. The C4 digital dash does not require a C4 computer, so that's not a deal breaker. Imagine an all-aluminum LS engine making 500 hp under that clamshell hood, and a gold-chainer C4 suddenly becomes a road course rocket.


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We talked to Dave Emanuel, who swapped an iron 5.3L LS engine into an '87 C4 Vette he bought for $3,000. This entire conversion is detailed in a series of stories in our sister magazine Corvette Fever. Emanuel also installed a Tremec TK0-600 five-speed, retaining the C4's stock hydraulic master cylinder. You can peruse this series online at Speed Hound Performance in Georgia offers both custom engine mounts and a set of Melrose-coated headers for this conversion that combined will run about $900. You'll also need a Corvette-style accessory drive to clear the steering on the C4. These accessory drives can be expensive, but you can also go with a Kwik Performance conversion for just the alternator and power steering for $287. We outlined this kit in a previous LS-series engine accessory drives story ("LSx Accessory Drive Swap Guide," May '09). You might also want to get rid of that cheesy digital dash that the early C4s came with. A company called VettAid is marketing a nice analog gauge package that plugs right into the stock C4 wiring harness. END

Photo: Dave Emanuel courtesy of Corvette Fever

These are the Melrose-coated headers and the engine mount plates that take a Napa motor mount PN 602-1147.

We found this '03 iron 6.0L engine and 4L80E automatic at the swap meet. Combine this $2,500 deal with another two large for an '85 C4 and you have the two big ingredients to build a killer supercar.

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