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Cars > showmews6’s Garage > Blog > 2001 Pontiac Trans Am (Beulah) > LS-1 5.7


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LS-1 5.7
Fri Jul 6, 2012  |  3 comments

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LS-1 5.7

By showmews6

Filed under: 2001 Pontiac Trans Am (Beulah)

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About 3 weeks ago my wife went out to go to work and was going to drive our new Trans Am. She hit the ignition and threw a rod through the #3 cylinder wall. We only owned the car for 33 days. Just beyond what the dealership covered. Since then I have been on a mission to find and affordable yet practical way to rebuild a motor for this car. This morning I have found a replacement block out of another 01 that will work perfectly. Now I can begin the process of tearing my motor down to see if there are parts that can be reused. I did have a diagnosis done on the motor oil and it showed that the viscosity was way too high for the oil that was in it at the time. I decided to blog this today to see if there are others out there that may have more experience or suggestions on putting this motor together such as modifications that need to be made. I don't want to have to do it again anytime soon. I do know that I am going to go with a high volume oil pump this time around. So I am open to suggestions or comments. Thanks and have a great day!

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Jul 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm
There were 74k on the motor. The thing that baffles me about this motor is the price difference. Crate motors start at 3800.00. A brand new ls 1 from a GM dealer is 2950.00. Quite a difference! I think the best option at this time is to buy the block that we found and rebuilt the motor and do it absolutely right. I am going to upload the oil sample lab report to see if anyone has an opinion since I am no expert. Appreciate the input.
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Jul 8, 2012 at 10:33 am
Sorry to here about your engine. What a Bum deal. You didn't metion how many miles are on the car. That might be a contributor. In general, what happened was a freak event that is not common to these cars from what I know. So I am guessing that a good quality rebuild will put you back on the road and you will be trouble free for many miles.

The crate motor from GM is a good fast fix and will have you driving the fastest. But it sounds like you are going a different direction with rebuilding the Block you found.

Another option would be a low mile LS2 from a 05 GTO that has been in an accident. That is another way to pick up a solid motor and get the car rolling quickly plus adding a littel more performance.

Good luck with what ever way you go.
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Jul 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I did find out for anyone who reads this that a block can be repaired depending on the severity of the damage. Call Driskill Racing Engines in Kansas. Ask for Matt. Just found that very interesting.

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