Hot Rod Garage Gets Its LS7 Chevrolet Van Up and Running
Lingenfelter-Tuned 427 Clears its Throat
Some hot rods make lots of sense. A Coyote-swapped Ford F-100, for example, or even a Studebaker pickup with a small-block V-8.
Hot Rod Garage’s 1973 Chevrolet Van does not make sense, however. The big, boxy work vehicle is getting a heart transplant in the form of a stupidly powerful General Motors LS7 V-8, which, if you’re not aware, came standard in the Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06. In that application, it made 505 hp, but of course, Hot Rod Garage’s engine came from Lingenfelter, where power wizards there coaxed an additional 125 horses from the 427ci motor. It’s way too much motor for a van, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Backing up that monster V-8 is a GearStar GM 4L80E Level 3 four-speed automatic transmission with a billet racing lockup torque converter and MSD Atomic Transmission Controller. MSD also provides the van’s electronic fuel injection. Additionally, a Be Cool cooling module will help prevent the show’s host, David Freiburger, from nuking the engine when he’s caning the van hard.
Although Hot Rod Garage wasn’t able to get the Chevy on the road (no driveshaft yet), Freiburger and expert technician Lucky Costa fired the engine up and let it sing. The smooth-running V-8 definitely has lungs, and there’s no mistaking its lopey, unmuffled burble. We’re looking forward to seeing it roast the rear tires out in public.
Source: Motor Trend Channel