LS Swap: Built Ford Tough With Chevy Stuff

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “Built Ford Tough With Chevy Stuff.” Well that saying apparently is still true today, not just in the hot rod world. One of our Facebook fans, Jeremy, sent in some pictures of his red 1998 Mustang GT. At first we thought, “cool, but we’re a Chevy magazine, not Ford.”

A nice and hefty turbo.

A nice and hefty turbo.

Then we noticed a little something popping through the hood on this ‘Stang. Dubbed project “Bone Stock,” this Mustang is anything but stock. Popping through the hood is the intake and intake cover with the words “VORTEC” across it, which we instantly recognized as an LS. Upon further investigation, we see this isn’t just a simple LS swap-he had to go a step further and throw a turbo on it.

The motor is a 5.3 liter LS, with a Z06 cam. He modified the factory exhaust manifolds to plumb up an 88 millimeter turbo along with an intercooler. A TH400 transmission backs the combo. There is a four inch down pipe thats exits the exhaust through the factory Mustang exhaust as well.

We noticed that Jeremy is still running a truck style intake manifold. While these do offer better lower end grunt than say a LS1 or LS6 style intake, it forces the hood to be cut-which is a bit of an eyesore. Then we got to thinking, maybe that was the point. He wanted all the Ford guys to know that he wasn’t running a stock Mustang motor, he had something special-an LS!

Special thanks to Jeremy for sharing his “Bone Stock” Mustang with us.

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About the author

Tim King

Tim grew up in the garage with his Father. From those early years grew a passion for anything with a motor. Helping his Dad and brother restore a '67 Nova is what fueled Tim’s passion for cars. At the age of 15 he bought his first car, a 1966 Chevelle which he still owns to this day. That car started his journey into the automotive world where he’s done just about everything, from being an auto mechanic to an aftermarket Sales Manager. Not only is he a gear head, but he also holds two Bachelors degrees from Cal State San Bernardino.
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