With the skyrocketing popularity of engine swaps of Gen III and Gen IV V8s into older vehicles, it was about time that one of the automotive technical publishers would produce a book on the subject which is both comprehensive in scope and accurate in its coverage. GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual meets those goals.
The author, Joseph Potak, has impressive Gen III/IV street creds. He's an ASE-certified, professional engine builder and service technician. Since 2002, he has worked for Texas Speed and Performance on Gen III and IV V8 powered cars and trucks. Potak is a Moderator at www.LS1Tech.com and previously wrote How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines.
The book is focused on fitting pre-1997 vehicles with LS-series V8 engines with a lot of emphasis on swaps into pre-computer cars and light trucks. Obvious candidates for these kind of engine changes are older GM vehicles but the book is written for the DIY who is putting a newer GM V8 in any vehicle be it a C3 Corvette, a '57 Dodge pick-up or a 1932 Ford street rod.
Most the information an engine swapper needs is in this book. Invaluable are chapters on engine mounting, controller and wiring harness selection, fuel system design, cooling system configuration and transmission choice. The author's near-decade of work with Texas Speed and Performance putting Gen III/IV V8s in older cars serves the reader well in that the key issues confronting someone fitting an older vehicle with modern LS engine are covered in detail.
Another outstanding characteristic of this book is its photography and illustrations. All the imagery is in color. The author's extensive experience with the subject matter shows in the book's selection of photos.
Bottom line? If you're a gearhead DIY, intent upon putting a modern General Motors, Gen III or Gen IV V8 into your latest classic hot rod project, you need GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual.