Hedman 1958-64 Chevy Bel Air, Impala Ls Engine Swap Kit For Use With 4L60E & 4L65E Auto Transmissions - HD03813
Hedman Hedders has been known for decades as the industry's premier high performance header manufacturer, and BRP Hot Rods is an LS engine swap authority. The two performance "gurus" have joined forces to create these LS Engine Swap Kits that contain practically everything you will need to drop an LS Series engine into a variety of early muscle car chassis. Each swap kit comes with a set of frame and motor mounts, transmission crossmember and transmission mount. Since all the parts were developed as a kit, they eliminate the "trial and error" headaches generated by parts that are not designed to work together.
These kit's frame and engine mounts are rebuildable, and are manufactured using 1/4" cold-rolled steel plate. Urethane bushings, grade 8 bolts and all-metal locknuts come with the kit for a secure mount. The crossmember is compatible with 4L60, 4L65E, 4L80E and T-56 transmissions, and also includes a durable urethane bushing and mounting hardware. Finally, all metal engine and transmission mount components are 007 silver powder coated for a long lasting clean look.
The kit is designed to maintain the factory recommended 3 to 5 (degree) pinion angle using factory front accessories, and will work with OEM oil pans (exact pan will vary between applications). It is this attention to the details, and the use of off-the-shelf parts that make these kits so invaluable to gearheads looking to perform the LSX swap. The superior quality of Hedman LS swap kits is so reliable, they are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Use with the custom designed Hedman Husler headers (click-on links listed below)1-3/4" Mid Length Headers
1-3/4" Long Tube Headers
1-3/4" X 1-7/8" Stepped Long Tube Headers
1-7/8" Long Tube Headers
1-7/8" X 2" Stepped Long Tube Headers
2" Long Tube Headers
LS Swap Cost: What I Paid for My LSx V8 Swap & How to Budget Build Yours
Got a Fox-body Mustang? 240Z? ‘54 Mercedes? You’ll need to go ahead and LS-swap it. You can’t swing a melting ice cream cone at a car show without dripping it on at least a dozen LS engines. With these swaps becoming so popular, I began to wonder if the saying “Cheap, fast, and reliable—choose two” had finally met its match. I decided to LS-swap my own car to find out just what it takes mechanically and financially, and I review what the LS swap cost was for my ’64 Impala and how to budget your own with this post.
Deciding to LS-Swap My ’64 Impala
My 1964 Impala convertible is a car that I have had since 1997, and I drove it for the first time around 2014. Needless to say, it’s been my project for a while. The car came from the factory with a straight-six engine that I could always rely on to run like complete garbage. The carburetor was the reason the engine always ran so terribly, and also the reason why I wholeheartedly believe that all carburetors belong in an airtight container at the bottom of the ocean. The only thing that this carburetor did well was inhale the happiness from my soul and burn it within each of the six cylinders.
After years of trying to love my straight-six, I smartened up and decided to find a better engine—one that actually made me happy when I fired it up; one that was a little wild and fun; and one that wouldn’t unexpectedly get weird on me. I basically wanted the maple frosted donut of the engine world. That underdog maple donut, a little offbeat and not for everyone, that you have to respect because it’s a smart choice. Anyone that has ever experienced the maple frosting knows it’s always the right decision if you’re playing the long game. So the solution to my engine problem was obvious; I just had to LS-swap it.
My coworker here at 1A Auto happened to have a super low mileage 6.0L LS engine (LQ9) with new 6.2L (L92) heads sitting on it, and a variety of other fancy bits to go with it. After months of offensively low offers from my end, I eventually forked over the cash and bought it from him. This was the first major step into #ThatLSSwapLife for me, and I was thrilled to be doing it. From that point on, I began gathering all the things that I needed to properly swap my car to be a Muncie M21 4-speed shifted, fuel injected 6.0L V8.
LS Swap Cost: Budget Build Chart
I sold one of my other project vehicles to fund these Impala updates, and I tracked everything I bought throughout the entire build. Some items on my list were completely unnecessary for a simple LS-swap (see: shiny alternator bracket), and other items were mistakes that I made (see: fuel line mistake). That is why I have also included the two columns on the right for my estimates on a “budget build”.
|Parts I Bought||What I Paid||Budget Build Items||Budget Build est. Prices|
|6.0L LQ9 Engine||$1,500.00||Junkyard 4.8L 5.3 LS Take-out||$450.00|
|Bellhousing (BHCV-10004)||$267.20||Auto Trans from Craigslist (TH350/TH400/4L60E)||$200.00|
|C5 exhaust manifolds||$50.00||Used exhaust manifolds||$50.00|
|7″ Brake booster||$54.49|
|V-band clamps (three) 3″||$57.56||V-band clamps (three) 3″||$57.56|
|V-band clamps (two) 4″||$76.00||Weld the majority of the exhaust||Free (bribe a friend?)|
|Clutch pivot ball||$9.95||Automatic transmission mount||(Modify yours)|
|Clutch (11″ clutch with 1 1/8″ 10 spline)||$200.00|
|Bellhousing bolts||$17.95||Bellhousing bolts||$17.95|
|ARP Flywheel Bolts||$31.89||ARP Flexplate bolts||$31.89|
|Weld in bungs||$30.19|
|Weld in bung caps||$29.38|
|Fuel pump & regulator kit||$169.99||Fuel pump & regulator kit||$169.99|
|Fuel tank||$93.95||Draw fuel from the existing sending unit||Free|
|3/8″ Sending unit||$43.95|
|Engine mounts||$12.13||Engine mounts||$12.13|
|Aluminum Radiator||$179.99||Junkyard Radiator||$75.00|
|Rad hose upper||$15.29||Rad hose upper||$15.29|
|Rad hose lower||$11.19||Rad hose lower||$11.19|
|Radiator fan||$27.58||Radiator fan||$27.58|
|Oil + Filter||$25.00||Oil + Filter||$25.00|
|Alternator bracket||$159.99||Reuse truck alternator bracket||Free|
|Fuel hoses mistake||$94.00|
|Fuel hoses mistake fix||$65.00||Reuse fuel lines on vehicle||Free|
|Exhaust Hangers||$19.70||Exhaust Hangers||$19.70|
|Straight 4″ Exhaust pipe||$165.86||Straight 4″ Exhaust pipe||$165.86|
|Mandrel bent 4″ exhaust pipe||$89.00||Mandrel bent 4″ exhaust pipe||$89.00|
|Dynomax 24217 Muffler 4″||$52.83||Straight pipe it||Free|
|Harmonic Balancer Bolt||$9.99||Harmonic Balancer Bolt||$9.99|
|Harmonic Balancer Installer Tool||$14.99||Harmonic Balancer Installer Tool||$14.99|
|OBDII pigtail||$7.95||OBDII pigtail||$7.95|
|Gauges?||???||Junkyard air intake parts||$15.00|
Now, you’ll see I spent nearly $4,000. Yikes! This is why you should never, ever, ever add up your receipts when building a cool car. You will also notice that the “budget build” was less than half of my total. The biggest reason for this is because the 4.8L, 5.3L, and automatic transmission options are a HUGE savings over the 6.0L / manual transmission option. Those engines and auto transmissions are more plentiful and just plain easier to swap into a car. I also could have grabbed a lot of these parts used from a junkyard for far less money than I did. That being said, this shows you how all of these little items add up fast with any kind of engine swap, not just the LS variety. I definitely didn’t expect to spend nearly $4,000 on this engine swap, but somehow I managed to do so.
In the grand scheme of engine swaps, horsepower per dollar spent, and overall happiness from having fuel injection, both are actually a pretty great deal. The 6.0L manual is exactly what I want in my Impala, and building a big block Chevy with the same power would easily put me in a similar price range. For the LS swap “budget build”, the combination of parts may not be perfect, but it will be totally functional and reliable. Once the drivetrain is up and running, you can pick away at the small stuff as you enjoy the vehicle. Maybe throw a cam and valve springs at it, or add in some tuning and a turbo. Cheap, fast, and reliable—I’m calling this a SUCCESS!
Got an LS V8 Swap? Tell us about it in the comments!
Written by Jeremy Nutt.
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LS Conversion Radiators
We now offer conversion radiators specifically designed for your car with an LS engine. They feature all aluminum construction, but unlike others on the market, they have beautifully stamped tanks with strengthening indentations just like your original. They're a double pass design putting the inlet and outlet on the same side which greatly simplifies plumbing to the engine. The all important steam port bung is welded into the upper part of the tank which lets your new LS engine vent properly. They also include a sensor port that can be used for a coolant temp fan switch. Excellent restoration type quality made in the USA. Available in bare aluminum or black and with or without high performance electric fans installed.
313-9014-0M 59-64 Impala (Manual trans) $679.00
313-9014-0A 59-64 Impala (Auto trans) $755.00
Radiators with Fans
313-9014-MF 59-64 Impala (Manual trans) with fans $1078.00
313-9014-AF 59-64 Impala (Auto trans) with fans $1154.00
Black Epoxy coating
Optional dual high performance fans installed
Complete Wiring Kit – 1961-64 Impala For
- Chevrolet Fullsize 1961
- Chevrolet Fullsize 1962
- Chevrolet Fullsize 1963
- Chevrolet Fullsize 1964
- Replacement headlight switch with internal 30amp circuit breaker included. Retention collar nut, adjustable length shaft, and custom knob are also included.
- Standard turn signal flasher, hazard flasher mounted on fuse panel, and horn relay mounted on harness.
- Fuse box designed to fit in original location. All required hardware supplied. New ATO fuse panel allows for easy fuse and circuit breaker accessibility. Harness is laid out and formed to allow for nearly all after market accessories such as; gauge packages, wiper systems, heat and air conditioning systems, etc.
- Original switch connector bodies! (Exclusive to American Autowire)
- Steering column connectors will plug directly into most after market steering columns as well as 1961-1964 GM columns, which utilize stock GM turn signal switches.
- Along with wiring for your original dome/interior lighting we have included separate under dash light sockets.
- Instrument Cluster wiring is designed with a “cluster harness disconnect” system for easy service and assembly. All original terminals, connectors (exclusively from American Autowire), and light sockets are also supplied for original cluster gauges. However, the best aspect of the disconnect system is that any gauge cluster package can be easily and neatly wired in. This includes AUTOMETER, CLASSIC INSTRUMENTS, DAKOTA DIGITAL, STEWART WARNER, and VDO just to name a few.
- Rear body harness assembly is designed to plug into the main harness in the original location. Flexibility in harness design allows for original or custom routing. EXCLUSIVE! Rear body wiring includes backup light lead wires with correct light sockets, stop and tail light lead wires with correct light sockets, license plate lead wires, and fuel tank sender wire and connection. In addition, a complete preassembled trunk lid harness is also included at no extra charge!
- New floor dimmer switch is provided. Wire length and connection accommodate original floor mount dimmer switch.
- EXCLUSIVE! GM bulkhead connectors for the engine and front light wiring are included and ready for easy installation. Original or custom routing of the new harness is no problem!
- Engine wiring includes connectors for original points type as well as H.E.I. distributors. Power and tach connectors supplied for GM H.E.I. distributors. Alternator connectors are supplied for GM “SI” series internally regulated alternators. GM “CS” series alternator adapter is available separately.
- Front lighting includes extra long leads for special routing when custom under hood appearance is desired. All headlight, park light and directional light connectors and terminals are provided, as well as a switched trigger wire for electric fan relay (usually recommended with AC).
- You will find that with our inclusion all the original style light sockets, connectors, terminals, etc. packed into every aspect of this harness, it makes it the most complete system of its type in the industry!
|Dimensions||20 × 12 × 5 in|
Kit 64 impala ls swap
I lie shaking with fear. The doors and windows are closed - I hope they don't hear me. The night passed in a restless half-oblivion, now falling asleep, now waking up from howling. In the morning, getting out of the car, besides the morning cold, I felt a terrible hunger.Using an F-Body Oil Pan on 61-64 X-Frame Impala with an LS Swap.
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