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Username Post: 95 Impala, LS swap or keep orig?        (Topic#340006)
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Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Reg: 03-13-05
10-21-16 07:19 PM - Post#2657704    

I have come across a great 95 lt1 SS impala for cheap, but it has all kinds of engine leaks and distributor and cooling problems. Is it worth more to keep it original and fix all the problems, or swap in an ls3 for grins?

I spend most of my money on beer, women and racing. The rest I just waste.

77 C10 Class 8 desert race 520hp sb372/th400, 82 Titan RV 454/th400, 94 Blazer 6.5 diesel/4l80, 94 C2500 6.5 diesel/5sp, 97 K3500 454/4l80 dually, 01 S-10 ext cab 4.3

Edited by scottm on 10-21-16 07:20 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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Loc: Los Angeles
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10-21-16 11:55 PM - Post#2657729    
    In response to scottm

The leaks are just poor maintenance and bad wrenching. It's all easily fixed and '95's are OBDI and easy to tune and diagnose.
That being said there are a bunch of guys who have done and LSX switch but be prepared that it is a censored of a swap and you will have to swap the trans too and PCM and wiring, etc.
Go to and pose this question. Before you ask the question, download Qalo's Handbook and read it. You will learn a lot in a hurry about these cars and be able to get advice from guys who really know their stuff. Good luck.

Jim B.

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Loc: Cleveland, OH
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11-06-16 08:26 PM - Post#2660266    
    In response to fbi9c1

the car is worth more with a properly done clean swap than stock with the exception of the super low mile cars that were bought and mothballed. this does not sound like one of those. for a while they were the last real RWD v8 vehicles and held good value. now there are cars with 2x the horsepower and values have suffered because you can go grab a (insert hemi charger, g8, new SS here) and be faster, more powerful, and get the same mileage of the b body.

it's not a hard swap, the wiring is probably the biggest pain. i did my 95 SS and enjoy it, and it's easier to work on than the lt1.

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Reg: 11-25-18
11-25-18 12:38 PM - Post#2752316    
    In response to scottm

Go LS3. Give that car the engine it deserves. I have a 96 with a great running LT1, but am considering the swap myself.


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