And, it’s is easier than ever, thanks to aftermarket companies like Street & Performance.
Check out this example of a typical LT1 swap using the S&P Kit in another ’57.
Tom Stotts of Mena, Arkansas, acquired his ‘57 Chevy back in 1971 when he was a high school senior in Loveland, Colorado.
Like many “Shoebox” enthusiasts of the time, performance was the first thing on his mind.
Then, a four-speed and a 4.56:1 differential were installed and it was good to go.
Over the next several years the car went through many transformations from 327s to 350s, four-speed to Turbo 400 and gears ranging from 3.08s to 5.36s.
In a Corvette or IROC however, the engine is set halfway under the cowl and the hood, which holds lots of heat in engine compartment.04The old engine and trans come away easily, and the cleaning and detailing of the engine compartment and firewall can begin.If you’re using a computer, now is the time to locate the computer unit and make appropriate modifications to the firewall.01The Side Motor Mount Kit from Street & Performance bolts in, no welding is necessary.The mounts are positioned, drilled and tapped directly through the frame crossmember. By locating the motor mounts and power steering first, the entire engine compartment can be cleaned, painted and detailed first.The fuel is transported through stainless steel lines from Tube Tech of Mena.Power steering was added using a Mullins Steering 605 gearbox, and Lokar accessories rounded out the cabin and engine compartment.Out came the original 283 V-8 and three-speed combination.The original engine was bored to 301 cubic inches and assembled with all of the right stuff for a respectable street machine.The headers come complete with stainless steel bolts, gaskets and collectors.14Hot Rod Assembly Line wanted to hide the fuel lines, so the fuel rails were sent to Tube Tech to be modified to flow into the passenger side, rear of the head.