LS4/F40/E67

In early 2010 I purchased a 18K mile 2007 LS4/4t65e-hd dropout and started work on an LS4/F40 swap to replace my old Ramjet one. The goals were 100 more hp, 100 lbs less weight, and 30 mpg.

The first engine start was 2/10/2013 and the swap was first driven on 3/3/2013. As of May 2017, the swap has had 38K miles put on it and I continue to drive the car daily 9 months of the year. It is by far the most enjoyable Fiero I have ever had or have driven!

Build details:
• 2007 LS4 with E67 ECM – 18K miles
• 4” cold air intake
• LS7 MAF & Exhaust Manifolds
• LS2: 90 mm Throttle Body, Intake Manifold, Fuel Injectors
• 224/232 .574/.575 DoD compatible camshaft, pushrods, and valve springs
• 2006 F40 6 speed manual – zero mile unit
• 10” Spec Stage 4+ Clutch
• 382 whp @ 6800 rpm, 335 wtq @ 5000 rpm, 22 mpg on daily commute, 29 mpg on interstate
• 2807 lbs curb weight, 608/609 front corners weights and 794/796 rear corner weights
• 12.896 @ 114 best ¼ mile performance so far – Needs a driver mod…

The 2 main challenges with the LS4/F40 were:
• Starter was transmission mounted – no starter provision on the F40 6 speed manual
• LS4 used a 142 tooth ring gear and only came with an auto – no off-the-shelf flywheel

At the time I started this swap, no one had a solution for either the starter or flywheel issue. My first plan of attack was to develop a bolt-on starter bracket for the F40 using the stock LS4/4T65 starter location. I posted a youtube video showing my starter solution spinning over the LS4 on Sept 6th, 2010. I solved the flywheel issue on March 28th, 2011 by designing and machining a new aluminum flywheel to use a 10” clutch.

The rest of the swap was an exercise in fabrication as there were no off the shelf parts available for this swap. It took about 3 years working off and on to complete it. Since it has been completed, it is by far the most enjoyable Fiero I have ever had or have driven.

List of most of the fabricated parts:
• 2 x 3 cradle cross-members
• Custom 4 corner engine/transmission mounts using rubber lower control arm bushings
• Custom accessory drive to relocate the alternator out of sight
• Custom billet belt tensioner arm
• Extensive reworking of the stock LS4 water pump assembly
• Custom bolt-on starter mount
• Custom 12# aluminum flywheel
• Custom coil relocation brackets and smoothed the coil bosses off the valve covers
• Custom bent hard line for PCV
• 4” cold air intake tube with LS7 MAF mounting bracket
• Custom intermediate shaft for the passenger axle
• Custom axle tripod on the driver side
• Custom shifter bracket and reverse lockout
• Smooth firewall panel
• Removed the hinge boxes and used custom hinges to support the decklid
• 500 connector harness and tail light harness removed from engine bay
• Custom engine harness to keep as many wires as possible out of sight
• Custom stainless steel exhaust