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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-03-2014, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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94 Impala SS - Engine Rebuild

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I looking to get my engine rebuilt. It's currently a stock LT1 SS with about over 150K. Any recommendations for shops that do rebuilds particularly for our cars? I'm in Southern California.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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A few years later and I'm still looking to rebuild. Any suggestions for shops???
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I don't know your rebuild goals, or budget, but you might want to consider an LS swap. I did a big dollar LT1 (all forged) rebuild (for a supercharger), and I regret not just biting the bullet and going the LSX route. To be clear, the main reason I lean toward the LSX platform is the ease of tuning (especially in a forced induction platform).
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If tuning is your major hangup then a 24x conversion is a lot cheaper than an LS swap.

just saying.
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Thanks for the feedback guys!
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If tuning is your major hangup then a 24x conversion is a lot cheaper than an LS swap.

just saying.
I am going on the assumption that the OP's 150,000 mile engine needs a complete rebuild. The tuning is part of it, but the hard parts availability and choices are better when going LSX.
I love my LT1, and there is a sense of pride with staying LT1.
However, I know I could have gotten a boneyard LSX motor, built it up, and had a great motor that was easier to find parts for (and tune) for the same money.
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I'm just looking for my car to sound tough and get off the line fast!!
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I'm just looking for my car to sound tough and get off the line fast!!
Well in that case, 3" Flows and gears. Scads cheaper than a motor rebuild. ::snarks off/::

There ain't nothing about a 150k (or even 160k or 170k) LT- that automatically mandates a rebuild. Especially a stock one. You've surely searched these past 2 1/2 years on your own, so which shops have you eliminated or been attracted to?

We now at least know you're leaning to drags over roadcourse (but still don't know whether streetracing or a real strip). Impossible to offer anything more than generic comments without key input like budget and more legitimate performance goals, along with current condition and any issues with your motor.
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Hey everybody,

I looking to get my engine rebuilt. It's currently a stock LT1 SS with about over 150K. Any recommendations for shops that do rebuilds particularly for our cars? I'm in Southern California.
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I'm just looking for my car to sound tough and get off the line fast!!
unless you have a knock in the engine, blow smoke out exhaust you don't need a "rebuild" at 150k mi......unless you want to "build" a motor for more HP.

If the later and you are not doing any of this work yourself you will need a big check to pay.

For a stock car if you just want to "get off the line faster"...lower gears like 3:73 and a good higher stall torque converter will certainly "wake up" the car and get it moving faster. You don't need to go ape **** on a high stall TC, something about 2800 would be good for a "stock" motor. Install a larger external tranny color also

"sound tough"....the Hot cam has a chop idle and along with some SpinTech Pro Street mufflers will have a "tough" aka "choppy" sound

any of the above will require PCM re-program (excluding mufflers and 1:6 RR) and new valve springs are required for any cam. Including your stock 150k mi motor along with 1:6 RR

Shops specific to B-body, LT1 platform not really around anymore in SoCal. George Bates was really the only B-body specific shop but he sold it.
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If tuning is your major hangup then a 24x conversion is a lot cheaper than an LS swap.

just saying.
Exactly!

A good LS conversion will cost ya at least $10K when all is said and done. A lot more than a rebuilt LT1.

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I am going on the assumption that the OP's 150,000 mile engine needs a complete rebuild. The tuning is part of it, but the hard parts availability and choices are better when going LSX.
I love my LT1, and there is a sense of pride with staying LT1.
However, I know I could have gotten a boneyard LSX motor, built it up, and had a great motor that was easier to find parts for (and tune) for the same money.
So you haven't done a LS conversion.....eh?

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