LS1 Camaro Build

Close to the end of summer in 2013 I picked up what will be my 3rd Camaro / F-body that I have owned and essentially worked on. This time I have moved from the very strong and stout GM 3800 engine up to the notoriously feared LS1 motor.

If you have followed any of my previous builds, you will know that my 3.8L powered Camaro was the fastest all motor N/A v6 F-body in Canada (build info here). While I managed to take that record with the v6, it’s not enough- I’ll be looking to claim that same title with the LS1 I have now. It is going to be a lot of fun applying everything I learned over the years from the v6 to the LS1, I mean, working with absolutely nothing, on a shoe string budget pulling every last string to achieve success.

I’m already financially a step ahead of the game considering the 2002 Camaro’s come stock with an LS6 intake bolted to them.

2002 LS1 SOM Camaro C5 rims

If you are interested in following our progress in our quest to take the Fastest N/A LS1 F-body “bolt on only” Canadian record – make sure you check out our racing videos page. We’ll be looking to turn 11’s before eventually adding a cam to this beast.

2002 LS1 Camaro current mod list:


  • SLP Lid with K&N air filter
  • Corsa Catback exhaust
  • TSP 1 7/8 headers with ORY pipe.
  • Poly motor mounts


  • Yank SS3600 stall converter
  • B&M Supercooler (70266) with -6an fittings and stainless braided line


  • Ford 8.8 rear end with 3.73 gears
  • Ford Trakloc Posi unit
  • 31 Spline Moser axles
  • Aluminum driveshaft
  • Poly Transmission mount


  • Qa1 single adjustable shocks
  • 300lb springs up front, stock springs in the rear
  • 2 point boxed subframe connectors
  • Spohn tunnel mount adjustable torque arm with driveshaft safety loop
  • Timken Front wheel bearings
  • Double adjustable aluminum Panhard bar
  • Poly sway bar bushings


  • Hp tuners, tuned by me.


  • Double Din mod with built in dash Nav
  • Aeroforce gauge
  • AEM wideband O2 sensor / gauge


  • Corvette C5 Rims (18″ / 17″)

Modifications waiting to be installed

  • Cam – yet to be determined and will be based on pulling a 10 second time slip N/A
  • Custom ram air setup

Planned modifications

  • Black Berger Panel with Stainless Steel inserts
  • Dial in the tune better
  • I can’t spec a cam until I know how the maximized bolt on setup performs

There will be a ton of research to do in order to make a proper wish list, but that will all be effected by how she performs in the Spring of 2017. Once I get a handle on where my weak spots are, I can better plan for the future.

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