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Old 06-03-2004, 04:11 AM
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Transplanting LS1 in my el camino

Hi everyone out there. I'm new at this so if I do something wrong please let me know. I'm currently installing a 2000 camaro LS1 engine and transmission (4L60) into my 71 el camino. My question is about the motor. The motor ran well in the car (camaro) before I pulled it out, I noticed some water (small amount ) coming out from under the intake manifold. When I pulled the manifold I could see some light corrosion around 3 of the small head bolt on both heads and light corrosion down the block. No sign of moisture on the dip stick. Has anyone with an LS1 motor had this problem? Working on an aluminum and computer run engine is a first for me so if you guys out there can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Geo.

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most likely is was caused by the Dexcool that was used in the camaro which has been a problem.. read about it~~~~~~> www.dexcoolcase.com that crap is so bad that it'll turn to mud & will eat parts up. what i would do is pull the intake/heads & replace the gaskets & also change all the freeze plugs. here's a page of horror stories about it, but beware its colorful http://www.jalopyjournal.com/ubbthre...5&o=14&fpart=1 , and hell I wont put that crap in anything i own matter of fact the wifes car had it & thats the 1st thing i did when i got it, i flushed it all out & put some GREEN antifreeze in it....joe
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Thanks Joe for your reply. I remember my son in-law Chevy S10 had that red coolant in his truck and all that red dirt coming out of it when we did a flush, Now I know what caused it. I will consider your advice on the head gasket and freeze plug replacement while I have the engine out. Geo.
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