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    Question 1997 LS1 value

    Hey guys I'm new to this whole world of LS1 power and had a quick question. A buddy of mine recently came into ownership of an LS1 out of a 97' Pontiac Firebird and doesn't have any project cars laying around at the time to stick it in. So I figured I might buy it from him to drop into my 73' Nova. Just wanted to see what you guys think a reasonable offer might be. The motor by the way just consists of an aluminum block and aluminum oil pan, with the intake and water pump, and of course the guts are all there, cam, pistons... all stock and really low miles think it had like 5,000 on it when it was pulled out. Thanks for any help you guys can offer.

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    97 was an LT1. the first year of LS1 was in a 98.

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    Are you sure I've run tons of research on this motor already and end everything I find is saying its a 97 LS1 this link for example to a hotrod mag article. http://www.hotrod.com/howto/113_0504...engine_basics/ and when I ran the block number we found on it 12550592 I got a return that it was a 350 97' and up crossbolted block gen3 LS1 aluminum. Maybe I'm missing something but if you point me in the right direction that would be great.

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    Are you sure about it being a LT1, because I've done sum research on this thing already and everything keeps coming back that its an 97' LS1. Like this hotrod mag article http://www.hotrod.com/howto/113_0504...engine_basics/, I even ran the block code we found on it 12550592 and it came back as a 350 97' and up crossbolted block, gen3 LS1 aluminum. Maybe I missed something or over looked something, but would appreciate you pointing me in the direction some reliable sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATCharming View Post
    97 was an LT1. the first year of LS1 was in a 98.
    the first year for an LS1 in F-Bodies was 98. Vettes had them in 97 though.

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    oh thats true. sorry i mean, this site is a pretty reliable source on most stuff, as long as you get the right guys to answer. but yea, it could be a 1997 lt1 motor, but that would mean its from a vette. ls1 was introduced in 98 for the fbody. its a fact.

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    Block Details
    The Gen III V-8 was introduced in the ’97 Corvette as the regular production option (RPO) code LS1, and it struck a chord. That is probably why many enthusiasts call their Gen III engines “LS1s” no matter what RPO was used to order the engine (there are many RPO codes for the Gen III engine, as seen in the attached chart). Whatever you call your Gen III small-block, you should know the LS1 came with an aluminum block loaded with groundbreaking features.


    second paragraph of your link. notice its talkin about vettes

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camaro

    look down to the section that sez "Fourth Generation"

    It featured the 5.7 L (350 cid) LT1 V8 engine that had been introduced in the Corvette one year earlier, as well as an optional six-speed manual transmission. The 1998 model year was refreshed and revised with both exterior and engine changes. Replacing the LT1 was GM's all-new 5.7 L (346 cid) LS1 which had been introduced with the Corvette C5.

    thats what it says

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    Taken then, this is a 97 corvette motor given that the information I collected and over looked, is correct what would you guys suggest would be a fair price to offer for something like this. Again it is just the aluminum block, oil pan, and intake, all stock. And thanks for the help provided so far.

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    Even though ls1s were introduced in 98 f-bodies, the manufacturer date on the motor itself could be 97

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    damnit, that is also true... but now this guy has to figure it out

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