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Old 12-05-2007, 12:17 PM
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A friend gave me a 2003 LQ9. He starting taking it apart, took off one header and quit. The engine has set im my garage for a year now. So now he's leaving Germany headed back to the states and told me I could have the motor. Can anyone tell me, is this something worth working on? I'm thinking about maybe trying to put it in a '84 Camaro.

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A friend gave me a 2003 LQ9. He starting taking it apart, took off one header and quit. The engine has set im my garage for a year now. So now he's leaving Germany headed back to the states and told me I could have the motor. Can anyone tell me, is this something worth working on? I'm thinking about maybe trying to put it in a '84 Camaro.
Complex Rocket Science motor see here:
http://www.gmhorsepower.com/LQ9.html

Not easy to retrofit to older vehicles without a changes to incorporate electronics that run this thing.

How too in a 95 that had TBI:
http://www.pswired.com/95silverado/p.../6Linstall.htm

to reduce the electronic dependency check out Edlebrock and GMPP. They have intake conversions to a carb and MSD has an ignition module. Check them out on line.

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Old 12-05-2007, 03:34 PM
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Personally I think putting that engine in an 84 Camaro would be a big waste of a very good engine. Do you know why the engine was pulled from the vehicle? Was there something wrong with the engine or was the vehicle it came out of totaled?

A good place for that engine would be a half ton 2wd regular cab 99-up Silverado pickup. Those pickups came from the factory with the Gen III engines and that LQ9 would move a "small" pickup like that quite nicely.

375 or 400hp wouldn't be a big stretch of the imagination either...
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Thanks for the input. I did a little research and you were right, this engine was meant for a pickup. I also understand that it can also be found in vettes? For now, I really have nothing to do with it, so maybe it will sit in my garage for a couple of years until I can have someone clean it up anf find something to do with with. I guess my question is this something worth holding on to? I spend alot of time on my Camaro so this is'nt something that I'm trying to jump into right now. Is this something that in about 10 years, it will be worth something?
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The Gen IIIs are great engines, as long as it's in good shape hold on to it. Yes some Corvettes have a 6.0 in them, the GTOs also had 6.0s for a couple years.

I still think you should find a small 99-up 1/2 ton 2wd to put it in. I've been wanting to do that for a long time.
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The 6.0l found in the vettes and gto are ls2. The same displacement but not the same engine.
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Well, I know the engine needs minor work like gaskets for the headers and things like that. From my understanding the block itself and headers are still good, just need a little cleaning. If I tuck the engine away in my garage and let it sit for a few years, could I pull it out one day, clean it up, put it together and through it in something? Or does it need to be all cleaned up and put together before I store it. The whole thing is being in Germany, Germans are'nt into the muscle cars so you pay an arm and a leg for the simple things.
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Pull the sparkplugs & put a few onces of oil in there, down the intake too then duct tape all engine openings shut.
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I've already pulled both heads, so are you saying run tape across the top. Or do I need to place the heads back on and tighten them down. I've never stored an engine for a long period of time so I want to make sure I store it right to avoid any damage.
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car craft did a buildup, something like 420 hp with headers and an intake with carb, stupid crazy stuff, a cam gave like 45 more hp, and with the big heads from gmpp and a bigger cam made something like 570 hp, without even getting into the block or rotating assembly, great engines, just gotta know how to play
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I've already pulled both heads, so are you saying run tape across the top. Or do I need to place the heads back on and tighten them down. I've never stored an engine for a long period of time so I want to make sure I store it right to avoid any damage.
Yes I would bolt the heads back on then seal it up. Just add plenty of oil to keep it from rusting.
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LQ4 & LQ9 & L92 Heads (KEEPER)

Absolutely Keep that engine. I think I remember the CarCraft article to. Didn't they use the LQ4Block & L92 heads that come on the Cadillac Escalades? The LQ9's are even better and rarer. That Combo made huge HP. Those L92 heads flow better than most OEM big block heads. Check out these reads>>

http://www.carcraft.com/projectbuild...ock/index.html

http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles...ads/index.html
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put it in the 84 camaro, if you dont use ac you dont have any problems, should bolt to trans and should fit with the carburetor intake..... that is to say, if i had it, i would do it.
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