In last month’s Lowrider Performance feature we showed you garage mechanics the first steps in how easy it is to install or transplant an LS engine from Chevrolet Performance. The engine was dropped into a lowrider Cadillac Eldorado that was transformed from front-wheel drive over to rear-wheel drive. The engine chosen was the Cadillac LSA with a 6.2L LS platform engine fitted with an intercooled Eaton supercharger. The engine is original equipment in the Cadillac CTS-V and Camaro ZL1. As most of us know, years ago if you wanted to put an LS engine in your car, you needed to do a lot of custom fabrication and wiring. Thanks to Chevrolet Performance’s Connect-And-Cruise line of engine and transmission packages those problems are history.
Dr. Jamie Meyer, performance marketing manager for Chevrolet Peformance says, “The Chevrolet Performance engineering team has worked to provide our customers with a turn-key solution for their project car. By providing a brand-new Chevrolet Performance LS crate engine and backing it with the right transmission combination, including the hardware, and also rounding it out with all of the electronics, it provides for a wonderful foundation as we see here in the project ‘Helldorado’ Cadillac.”
The LSA, like the LS3 and 5.3 engines, is available as an E-ROD configured engine package, which provides all of the emissions equipment depending on the year of your vehicle or if that is required in your state. The benefits of improved performance, mileage, and dependability make this a no brainer for many of us lowrider car builders as you can witness from all the LS-engine featured rides in this monthly issue. Now let’s continue our second part of this LS-engine series install and follow along with the simple instructions and complete the easy steps of dressing up the front of the engine by mounting on the alternator and pulley kits to finish off the front of our LSA.
1. Luis at the House of Pain Customs in Baldwin Park, California, continued his quest to complete the front assembly of the engine install by following the instructions’ first steps as he began with mounting on the alternator bracket.
2. The next step was to mount on the tensioner bracket.
3. Packaged bolts are included with the part number so that you know where they go. These bolts were to fasten the tensioner bracket onto the water pump.
4. The tensioner pulley was next in line and you can see here that there are pin guides to help set it in and bolt it on.
5. This pulley is also mounted onto the tensioner and is used for the supercharger.
6. And now the alternator comes in to play and it is also mounted onto its own bracket.
7. Next up was the power steering pulley that needed to be assembled with two wrenches so it could be fastened on.
8. It’s now time for the genuine GM fan belt assembly.
9. The alternator and power steering units fan belt was assembled onto the previously mounted pulleys.
10. Next on the agenda was the supercharger belt that was placed over and onto the pulleys with the help of the tensioner pulley.
11. The electronic control module (ECM) that you see here, is the vehicle’s computer system. This module controls the engine’s fuel metering and timing of the fuel injectors.
12. “Plug and Play” by the provided manual instructions are the wiring plug connector that you see hooked up here.
13. The module is mounted to the side of the vehicle’s firewall.
14. The GM throttle pedal was up next to be installed as the mount plates were modified to be bolted in place inside the floorpan.
15. The radiator, hoses and a few other components are all that’s left to be installed onto this Cadillac before the push-button start will be bring the fire into the Helldorado. After this segment of “Connect” is complete, then it will be time to “cruise” on over to the upholstery shop.