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Offline '78 LadyBird

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**Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« on: July 03, 2010, 04:45:02 AM »
What are your thoughts on that motor?

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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 05:08:37 AM »
its junk, compared to the ls1 motor....
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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 01:04:29 PM »
The LT1 is what GM built to take the traditional SBC to the next level- certain features, like the Optispark underneath the water pump, were a really bad idea. The LT1's sensor pack is also a source of problems for those stuck with that motor (like 93-97 V-8 Firebird and TA owners). GM clearly learned enough from the mistakes of the LT1 and started w/ a clean sheet of paper w/ the LS1. I definitely wouldn't consider replacing the reliable and powerful classic Pontiac V-8 with the problematic LT1.

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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 02:36:39 PM »
I agree with Geno.
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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010, 02:40:29 PM »
Aside from the obvious electronic problem ( Opti- Spark ), they are a decent motor. They make alot of torque, but not much power. My 00 Grand Am GT whooped my 95 Formula. Definitly wouldnt give up the 400 for it though.
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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010, 03:17:57 PM »
Oh No no no, I'm not looking to swap out my 400 on my '78.  My '78 is staying the way it is.  ;) Except for putting the carb and shaker back to the way it was.

Looking to buy another TA, but getting mixed reviews on the LT1.

Some say it is a good motor while other's say it is a piece of crap.

Now, keep in mind that this motor will not be used as a daily driver, but I wanted to know what type of problems are "common" with this motor.  
And are parts a concern to get a hold of?
« Last Edit: July 03, 2010, 03:19:39 PM by '78 LadyBird »
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Re: **Your thoughts on the LT1 Engine**
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010, 03:21:33 PM »
parts are still easy to come by, but from some friends that had LT1 cars, if one part goes, expect a few others to go all at the same time from a domino effect.... most people are going to say junk since the LS engine has come out, but there are a few die hards that really really like the LT motors....and again, the motor is a torque monster, but no horsepower, I would rather wait and find a later 98-02 car, they look better, and much much much faster, and now a way bigger aftermarket following on it....
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