Last year I ran into some bad luck unfortunately. My factory LS1 engine had finally had enough abuse, and ended in catastrophic failure. The reluctor wheel broke loose from the crankshaft, sending my engine to its demise. The timing was severely thrown off, a hydraulic lifter ended up locking into the block causing the valves to hit the piston, ruin the crankshaft and pretty much put an end to the years of good service that engine has brought me. To the stock LS1 engine, I salute you. And off to Hot Rod Heaven you go.
New engines are not exactly inexpensive. So the car has been sitting for quite awhile, almost a year in fact. But have no fear, a new engine is on the way.
Filling that giant hole under my hood, a brand new short block is coming soon. Again, Straightline Performance in Joliet Illinois will be doing the work. Absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the best and most dependable speed shop in Chicagoland area.
So the next big question, what engine is going in the car? Here’s what I decided on:
- LS3 Aluminum Block
- Wiseco Forged Steel Pistons
- Wiseco Forged Steel Crankshaft
- Brian Tooley Racing Custom Grind Camshaft
- Stroker Engine
Displacement and horsepower to be released later. Don’t want to give too much away at this time. I promise I will release more details as the car nears the finish date. Should be done in 30-45 days. Those days can’t come fast enough, because there car is going to be a beast and extremely fun to drive.
Over the past year I also upgraded the suspension and upgraded wheel and tire set up. I now have coil-over suspension, front and back. And will be running Mickey Thompson tires all the way around as well.
Stay tuned for more updates and pictures and this project is completed.