Video: 6.2L LSA Installed in a Crappy Old Boat

“Hey, I got an idea…” said the Skipper to his first mate, “Let’s put a 6.2L, 556 HP LSA small block in this old, crappy boat!  “Huh?” said his sunburned cohort.  “Yeah, it’ll be the first known application of a stern drive, supercharged small block installed in a boat, ” said the Skipper as he snapped open another can of Rainier. At this point even the sun baked buddy was confused and fired back, “You’re cut off!”  

LSA install 1

A plywood throne is unfitting for a pretty LSA.

Evidently, the party continued out on the lake and they went forward with this idea, with the guys at  Michigan Motorz pulling off the build and documenting the events on YouTube.

A “marinisation” of a car engine requires a host of modifications including cooling, exhaust, fuel delivery, EPA requirements, and hooking the beast up to an outboard drive. The big deal with this install is Michigan Motorz nixes a thru-hull exhaust setup for a thru-prop system with the goal of quieter operation.

With the LSA neatly installed in the scaly old fishing boat, we get to see the finished project cruising quite nicely out in open waters laying down a foamy, v-shaped wake.

Which begs the next question, “why?”  According to our research, a crate LSA goes for around $19K and the Mercury Bravo Outdrive goes for about $11K. Even a used LSA yarded out of a old CTS-V ain’t cheap. Has this become the worlds most expensive, sea-worthy Rat Rod?  Maybe, but we think the guys at Michigan Motorz used this exercise as a floating “mule” to prove this mega HP, thru-prop exhaust install could be done.

Duly noted.  Can we now can see this in a proper, metal flake speed boat?

 

 

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Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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