Advantages of Camaro LT1 accessories for V8 swap, Stealth Conversions

The advantages to using the Camaro LT1 accessories are several. Camaro LT1 engines are more common at the wrecking yards than the Corvette engines. The Camaro accessories also offer more room between the engine and the radiator than the Corvette accessories. And it is much easier to connect the radiator hoses to the stock S-10 radiator when using the Camaro accessories.

The one potential problem with using the Camaro accessories is that the air-conditioning compressor interferes with the frame rail on the trucks. On the Blazer shown above, the air conditioning compressor comes close to the frame rail, but clearance is adequate. That's because the 2wd Blazer has the motor mount pads raised about 1-1/4" higher than the 2wd truck mounts. With the trucks, we recommend notching the frame as shown on page 7-20 of our "Chevrolet S-10 TRUCK V8 CONVERSION MANUAL," which allows the driveline angles to remain close to stock.

We believe most 2WD Blazers with V8's are lowered and notching the frame allows improved driveline angles. It also reduces the amount of hammering required in the transmission tunnel when the engine is set-back (Hammering isn't a big deal to us, but some people prefer to keep hammering to a minimum).

Improved clearance between steering shaft and exhaust manifold, Stealth Conversions

In 1995, the S-10 trucks, and the S-10 Blazers got a driver's side airbag, and a new steering column. The new steering column makes the V8 swap easier for two reasons. First, the "bell-style" joint on the steering shaft (which interfered with the exhaust manifold as shown in chapter 7 of our manual) is no longer in the engine compartment. This improves clearance between the steering shaft and the exhaust manifold by about 3/4". Secondly, with an automatic transmission, the new steering column uses a cable shifter, which means no firewall mods are required because of shifter linkage clearance problems. 1994 Trucks use the same type of steering column and automatic transmission shift linkage as the early style trucks.

In this swap, the engine was not offset towards the passenger's side and there is good clearance between the steering shaft and the Camaro TBI exhaust manifold.

If the engine was offset towards the passenger's side by about 3/4" (which is a typical amount of offset with the trucks shown in the introduction of this manual) the Camaro LT1 exhaust manifold could be used, which, with the 275-300 horsepower LT1 engine, would offer a power increase over the TBI manifold. To use the Camaro LT1 exhaust manifold on the passenger's side, the frame rail on the passengers's side would have to be notched as shown on page 7-21 of our manual.