How To Rebuild Gm Ls-series Engines by Chris WernerHow To Rebuild Gm Ls-series Engines by Chris Werner

How To Rebuild Gm Ls-series Engines

byChris Werner

Paperback | May 14, 2008

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With the increasing popularity of GM's LS-series engine family, many enthusiasts are ready to rebuild.How to Rebuild GM LS-Series Enginesis the first book of its kind to help you rebuild your GM LS-series engine. It explains variations between the various LS-series engines and elaborates upon the features that make this engine family such an excellent design.

In this special Workbench book, author Chris Werner uses more than 600 photos, charts, and illustrations to give simple step-by-step instructions on disassembly, cleaning, machining tips, pre-assembly fitting, and final assembly. This book gives considerations for both stock and performance rebuilds. The book guides you through both the easy and tricky procedures, showing you how to rebuild your engine and ensure it is working perfectly. The book also illustrates many of the performance components, accessories, and upgrades that have been developed for the LS-series family of engines.

As with all Workbench titles, this book details and highlights special components, tools, chemicals, and other accessories needed to get the job done right, the first time. Appendices are packed full of valuable reference information including helpful conversions and common abbreviations. You'll even find tips that will help you save money without compromising top-notch results.

Since 1998, Chris Werner has been a regular contributor to several enthusiast automotive publications, most notably GM High-Tech Performance. Modifying small-block-powered GMs since his teenage years, his interests led him to seek a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating with honors from Clemson University, he attended law ...
Title:How To Rebuild Gm Ls-series EnginesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:May 14, 2008Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193249460X

ISBN - 13:9781932494600

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is a Workbench®Book?


Chapter 1: The Small-Block Chevrolet Reborn: GM&s Gen III and IV V-8s

The Small-Block Family Tree

Generation I 

Generation II 

The Gen III Era Begins 

The Gen IV: Improvements Abound 

Determining Whether Your Engine is a Gen III/IV

The Small-Block Lives! 


Chapter 2: Engine Rebuilding: Skills, Techniques and Tools 

What is a "Rebuild?" 

Do I Need a Rebuild?

Who Can Perform a Rebuild? 

What Tools are Needed?

Where Can a Rebuild be Performed?



Chapter 3: Engine Disassembly

Organization Techniques 

Step-By-Step Engine Disassembly


Chapter 4: Parts Inspection and Selection

Parts Selection Words of Wisdom

Engine Block

Rotating Assembly

Cylinder Heads 




Other Engine Parts



Chapter 5: The Machine Shop 

Selecting a Machine Shop 

Before Heading to the Machine Shop

Block Machine Work 

Crankshaft Machine Work

Connecting Rod Machine Work

Piston Machine Work

Balancing the Rotating Assembly

Cylinder Head Machine Work

Other Machining Processes

Final Machine Shop Notes 


Chapter 6: Component Cleaning and Preparation

Cleaning Supplies 

Safety First!

Final Hints 

Step-By-Step Engine Component Cleaning


Chapter 7: Pre-Assembly Procedures

Do I Really Need to Pre-Assemble? 

Pre-Assembly Supplies 

Step-By-Step Pre-Assembly Procedures

What If Anything Goes Wrong? 

Pre-Assembly Complete


Chapter 8: Final Assembly

Before You Begin 

Final Assembly Supplies 

Final Notes

Step-By-Step Final Assembly Procedures


Chapter 9: Break-In and Tuning 

Engine Reinstallation 

Final Preparation 



ECM/PCM Tuning




General Calculations for Rotating Assembly

Compression Ratio Calculation

Cylinder Numbers and Firing Order

Torque Sequences 

Torque Specifications 

Piston Ring Gap Alignment 

Timing Belt/Chain Alignment Marks 

General Engine Specifications

Helpful Unit Conversions 

Glossary of Common Abbreviations


Source Guide