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Need serious speedwork advice

This is a discussion on Need serious speedwork advice within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I was going to bolt on longtubes (and ORY) and install a cam until my mechanic told me that the ...

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    Need serious speedwork advice

    I was going to bolt on longtubes (and ORY) and install a cam until my mechanic told me that the labor to install these two are like 20-25 hours. At 75 bucks an hour, that is a lot of money per horse. He stated that a suoercharger is almost triple the power for only 2x the cost. Is this what everyone else has experienced, or is this guy hosing me? I am in south Florida and really wanted the Lt's/cam, but want bang for the buck! Please help.

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    When I got my car, I ran to my mechanic and asked him about a Stall Converter, Headers, Cams, and even Gears. He told me it was 13hours for a Cam job ($975.00) and each other thing is about over a $1000.00. I'm stickin to easy bolt-on stuff right now.

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    do your self a favor and shop around a bit. headers you can do on your own all you need is a grinder or a dremel(take alot of time) with a sanding pad. and some wrenches. the hard part is getting the exausht behind it put togeather.

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    This guy sounds like a moron. It does not take 22 hours to do exhaust and headers. At the most it should take 6-7 hours. I was able to do myne on my old car in about 6 hours with hand tools in a driveway. He has a lift and air tools, it should not take that long. You would want longtubes anyhow if you think about running a supercharger.

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    that is exactly what i was thinking (lt's w/ a charger).........Anyone know what type of labor is involved w/ installing a cam?

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    All I got to say is LS1HowTo.com, print it out and do EVERYTHING yourself!!!!! Basic tools is all you need! And some free time!

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    Thanks for the site, looks like it has some good info on there.

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    The mechanic is a theif!!! Like everyone else has said it does not take 22 -24 hours to do headers and exhaust. I will say that you should expect a few rough times here and there but you can do your headers and exhaust normally in 6 to 8 hours but definately over a weekend no problem. Depending on what supercharger you are looking at though time will vary. I would just promote you doing this yourself and ask someone who is familiar with F-bodies to help you. The cam can be done in what I would not say is easy but a weekend mech can handle it. Like I mentioned, if someone tells you it takes 6 hours make it 8. Good luck!

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    Mithell's labor manual calls for 13.2 Hrs to change a cam in a 2000 f-body w/traction control & 6.9 Hrs to change the Ex. manifolds and crossover pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Perdue
    Mithell's labor manual calls for 13.2 Hrs to change a cam in a 2000 f-body w/traction control & 6.9 Hrs to change the Ex. manifolds and crossover pipe.
    That's what I said above. 13hrs for the cam job = $975.00. That's alotta freakin money to me especially after you buy the camshaft and pushrods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Perdue
    Mithell's labor manual calls for 13.2 Hrs to change a cam in a 2000 f-body w/traction control & 6.9 Hrs to change the Ex. manifolds and crossover pipe.
    a half decent ls1 tuner can have everything done in 8 hours.
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    Well if thats all you do you might (but I doubt it) get it done in 8Hrs. But the average shop is going to charge you what a labor guide calls for. Just because he can do it faster doesn't mean he will only charge you 8hrs too.

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    There's actually 2 pretty good cam install write-ups on ls1howto...http://ls1howto.com/index.php?article=23 and
    http://ls1howto.com/index.php?article=2

    You'll need to buy a few tools like a pulley puller but it's a lot cheaper then $1000 labor...and you can always have a tow truck on stand-by just in case

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    Thanks for the advice - I decided not to go w/ the cam and just do the Lt's and ORY for now. I asked around and found another local guy (who is highly recommended) who said 6-8 hrs for job. So, I guess he is more in line. I just hope all goes well - I hear lots about throwing codes, etc w/ Lt's.

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