Mast Motorsports LY6 HO
Let GM's loss be your gain! Mast Motorsports is offering brand-new-and breathed on-factory truck engines for your hot rod. The 6.0L LY6 V-8 is the variable valve timing version of the LS2 engine, but with the better-flowing cylinder heads from the larger 6.2L LS3. The relatively obscure LY6 is currently the 6.0L step-up option from the 5.3L in GM trucks, and makes about 360 hp in factory trim. The variable cam timing, or VVT, is a step up from previous GM 6.0L offerings too, and endows the LY6 with a fatter torque curve that kicks in at a much lower rpm than older Gen III 6.0L engines, like the LQ9.
In case you hadn't noticed, GM isn't selling a whole lot of big trucks lately, and the warehouse is packed to the rafters with truck engines. That's where Mast Motorsports has stepped in. Mast gets these brand-new LY6s from GM and upgrades the camshaft and springs. Then they package it with their own proprietary M-90 ECM, which they program specifically for the LY6 cam/spring upgrade. (No programming or laptop needed.) If the truck intake is too tall for your hot rod's hood, Mast even offers a low-profile LS3 intake manifold ($500 extra).
Mast calls it their LY6 the "HO" for a good reason: it belts out a staggering 480 hp at 6,400 rpm. And the best part is that Mast is moving these out the door for just $6,995 (part No.: 111-001). The price is turnkey too; you get everything you need to put fire in the hole, including the ECM, harnesses, sensors, water pump, throttle body-even a fly-by-wire accelerator pedal. According to Shaun Lide of Mast Motorsports: "Essentially, when you get one of these engines, it requires power, ground, three wires under the dash, and 60 psi of fuel pressure. Then, you're ready to rock!" We checked around the Internet, and did find other outlets selling bone-stock LY9 crate engines, but they had the factory truck camshaft for a 420hp rating, and the going price was over $9,000.
As GM's stock price craters, so are the prices on some of the best V-8s ever to come out of Detroit. If you didn't think you could afford a brand-new fuel-injected crate motor, it might be time to rethink that logic. While the LY9 "HO" still lags a bit behind the standard carbureted small-block in raw power for the dollar, you can certainly argue that the improved driveability, reliability, and fuel economy of a spanking-new LS engine makes the extra cost worthwhile. And that's an extra cost that's getting smaller by the day.
Source: Mast Motorsports 936-560-2218 www.mastmotorsports.com
|Mast LY6 HO: 480 HP |
|Type: ||LY6 6.0L iron block |
|Displacement: ||378 ci |
|Compression ratio: ||9.5:1 |
|Bore x Stroke: ||4.000 x 3.662 |
|Rev limit: ||6,800 rpm |
|Crank: ||GM |
|Rods: ||GM powdered metal |
|Pistons: ||GM hypereutectic |
|Cam: ||custom Mast VVT core camshaft |
|Heads: ||LS3/L92 heads |
|Intake: ||L92 truck intake |
|Valvesprings: ||Mast nitrided beehive |
* LY6 iron-block engine
* M-90 ECM
* Main wiring harness
* Fuse/relay box
* Dash harness
* MAP/IAT harness
* Trans harness
* EGO harness
* EGO sensor
* Fuel pump harness
* Fan harness
* LY6 truck IAFM
* GM 87mm DBW throttle body
* Fuel rail
* Fuel injectors
* IAT sensor
* Air filter
* GM accelerator pedal
* Truck water pump
* Coil packs
* Spark plugs
* Ignition wires
* Engine sensors
Big-Block Chevy Oil Pan
Make the wrong choice in the oil pan department, and you can expect to pay dearly. We're all in this hobby to have fun, and losing an engine to an oiling problem (or losing a race to a windage issue) is pretty much the opposite of fun. Yet all of us are sensitive to spending unnecessarily in areas that don't need it, so where do you draw the line? Moroso's new wet-sump 6-quart oil pan for a Gen IV big-block Chevy (part No. 21048, $462.39 from Summit) is a great place to draw that line. It's ideal for bracket racers and super stockers, and features a stock rail bolt pattern, a passenger-side kickout with 8-inch rear and 6-inch front depth, a solid louvered tray with main cap partitions for maximum power and oil control, compatibility with 168- and 153-tooth flywheels, and accepts a 4.50-inch stroke with steel rods, or a 4.25-inch stroke with aluminum rods.
Source: Moroso Performance 203-458-0542 www.moroso.com
RHS Pro Elite
The New Iron Standard
The press release from RHS on their new Pro Elite 23-Degree reads like a wish list for the street racer: 228cc intake runners, 69cc combustion chambers, 2.055-/1.60-inch valves, radiused exhaust valve seats, and a trick CNC job (full runners and chambers!) for top-dog flow. Crunch those numbers, then add to that the fact that these are, in fact, 23-degree iron heads that cost just $759.99 each (assembled), and you come away with some astounding possibilities. Combined with a budget 383ci or 408ci stroker short-block with a solid roller cam, and topped with a single-plane intake, these chunks signal the day when it's officially possible to assemble an inexpensive 600hp pump gas motor at home from mail-order parts without having to touch a die grinder.
What you'll have is a sleepy, ordinary looking small-block with iron heads, but that breathes fire at the slightest provocation. This concept also happens to be in perfect alignment with many small-tire street car racing classes requiring iron 23-degree heads. Ostensibly, these budget Sportsman classes are what prompted RHS to pull out all the stops with the CNC work (you see, they like it when racers win with their heads). Nevertheless, it is the stock-appearing vibe and low cost of these pieces that make it perfect for a sleepy little Nova looking to tear up some import tin on a Saturday night. We think some kids out there with Hondas are fixin' to get their poor hearts broken.
Source: RHS 877-776-4323 www.racingheadservice.com
We were just discussing around the watercooler the other day that the one thing classic muscle cars need is a modern console. The wish list goes like this: cup holders, flip-up lid with storage, classic looks, nav system, maybe a PowerPoint or two (for the GPS and cellphone), and a comfortable place to rest your arm. Every time we drive a project car-especially the Chevelle-we yearn for that kind of comfort.
Then we got this press release from a company called TMI Products in Corona, California. TMI doesn't have a console for the Chevelle, but they do have one designed to fit all '65-73 Mustangs with bucket seats. TMI says they can make them with stock-style materials and colors, or from exclusive custom fabrics and tones. Installation is by hook and loop straps (Velcro for those enamored with trade names), so no fabricating or drilling is needed. TMI's consoles fit directly over the transmission tunnel or OEM factory console. Other features include a hidden flip-up lid with a storage compartment, coin holder, and map pocket. (No PowerPoints or nav systems-yet.) They also have a hidden secret compartment in the bottom of the storage area. Prices start at $120.98.
Source: TMI 800-624-7960 www.tmiproducts.com
Auto Metal Direct
A-Body Deck Lids
Auto Metal Direct (AMD) operates on a simple principle: sell high-quality classic sheetmetal direct to the DIY consumer. In the process, they deal with lots of home builders who tell them that it just isn't worth the effort to fix rotten deck lids. By the time you sand, patch, fill, and repair a beat-up original, you could buy a brand-new one. In response to that need, AMD now offers all-new steel decklids for '68-72 Chevelles, '70-72 Monte Carlos, and '70-72 Buick Skylarks. AMD even makes the claim that their lids fit better than other reproduction lids, and they're made of heavier gauge steel too.
Source: Auto Metal Direct 866-934-7558 www.autometaldirect.com
Project Talladega is coming together really fast now, and we've started to plumb some of the supporting systems. We're finding out that all that stuff adds up really quickly. When you start ordering lines, fittings, plumbing, gauges, coolers, ignition components, cables, brackets, and fuel system bits, the cost can be staggering, even if you're managing it on a skinny nickel.
One of the easier decisions we made for our Laguna was to order Summit's Electrical Analog triple gauge kit (shown). This kit offers three 21/16-inch gauges in voltage, water temp, and oil pressure-the ones that are considered mandatory for monitoring engine health. All three gauges are electronic, and come with the necessary sending units, and a satin black gauge mount bezel. These gauges have a silver face with blue numbering, and are backlit. We also discovered that when you turn the ignition switch, the gauges go through a complete electronic sweep, just like a new Corvette. Very impressive! And the best part is that the complete kit costs just $99.95 (part No. SUM-2889).
Source: Summit Racing 800-230-3030 www.summitracing.com
Clayton Machine Works (CMW) has just come out with bolt-in pedal assemblies for many popular muscle cars. Developed in conjunction with Detroit Speed and Engineering and Wilson Muscle Cars, these new pedal assemblies are stylish, and available for both manual and automatic transmission applications.
Machined from forged aluminum, the Clayton pedals are available for first and second generation Camaros, Novas, Chevelles, and Firebirds, and a few other applications. Each manual kit comes with brake and clutch arms, pedals with dimpled rubber pads, throttle assembly, and the hardware needed for installation. These manual transmission kits retail for $575. Automatic transmission applications come with a wider brake pedal, and have a suggested retail price of $425.
CMW also makes other stylish automotive products, such as valve covers, door handles, window cranks, throttle assemblies, dome lights, and other trim pieces for interior and exterior.
Source: Clayton Machine Works, Inc. 256-489-2450www.claytonmachine.com