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THE eighth edi­tion of our Street Ma­chine

LSX Tuner mag is on sale now, packed with in­cred­i­ble fea­ture cars, tech tips, en­gine swaps, and the best per­for­mance parts to wake up your LS mo­tor! As al­ways, the Street Ma­chine LS tun­ing en­gine bi­ble is a must-have for any­one look­ing to mod­ify their Ls-pow­ered ve­hi­cle – from mild to wild.

Our cover star for this mag is Nathan Borg’s im­mac­u­late gen­uine HDT LE VL Com­modore. Yep, this mon­ster was orig­i­nally a very tidy HDT turbo six car, and it now houses a 440ci Dart LS Next with twin tur­bos.

Nathan’s name might be fa­mil­iar to street ma­chin­ers, as his last big build was a lit­tle red Dat­sun ute dubbed HRDWRK, which won Grand Cham­pion at Sum­mer­nats 28. For his VL build, Nathan’s stan­dards were just as high, and for such a high-end street and race project, he turned to the guys at MPW Per­for­mance in Mel­bourne af­ter see­ing Adam Ro­gash’s work on his own seven-sec­ond VK Com­modore. Adam and the boys ap­plied the ex­act same run­ning gear to the VL with a few choice im­prove­ments learnt from the VK build, and al­ready with just one out­ing to the track Nathan has run an 8.17@171mph.

But it isn’t just the power and per­for­mance of this car that im­presses, it’s the build qual­ity, the beau­ti­fully de­tailed en­gine bay and the rac­eready, Oem-style in­te­rior. Street, show and drag – Nathan’s VL does it all!

Else­where you’ll find Gino Aiello’s Chev­elle, which pre­vi­ously packed a big-block un­der the bon­net. How­ever the switch to a Mag­nu­son­blown 454ci LSX mo­tor has seen drive­abil­ity im­prove im­mensely, and 900hp is plenty to make the big girl boo­gie.

As far as shed-built pro tour­ing Ca­maros go, Jonny Wadsworth’s ’67 SS is up there with the best of them. Its dead-smooth bon­net hides a tricked-up LS3 hooked up to a Tre­mec six-speed. Jonny has done heaps with the sus­pen­sion and brakes too, en­sur­ing this Ca­maro goes, stops and steers as good as it looks.

Want to build a quick Ls-pow­ered street or race car on the cheap by re­tain­ing a stock bot­tom end? We’ve spo­ken to some of the LS ex­perts from around the coun­try to find out what you can do to keep a stock-bot­tom-end LS mo­tor happy while adding boost and mak­ing big horse­power.

It’s not just old cars with new LS mo­tors ei­ther. Ben Hiles’s VE Calais runs the same L98 6.0litre it left the fac­tory with; only they don’t make over 600rwhp straight from the dealer. Ben’s car runs a bolt-on Mag­nu­son 2300 su­per­charger.

While an af­ter­mar­ket six-bolt LS block is ideal for high-boost ap­pli­ca­tions, you can still get pretty far with a fac­tory GM iron block – as proved by Aaron Gre­gory’s 408ci Lq9-pow­ered LX To­rana. With a pair of Pre­ci­sion 71/75 tur­bos the car has run 8.1@171mph de­spite re­tain­ing the fac­tory GM plas­tic in­take man­i­fold and ported GM L98 heads.

Find all of this, plus a land speed record L98pow­ered VN Com­modore; a cool ’66 Chevy C10 with a well-dis­guised LS; an Lsa-pow­ered ’63 Im­pala; a sleeper turbo VS Com­modore; a car­bu­ret­ted L98 in an HZ Pre­mier; a guide to Ls-swap­ping a ’65 Nova; and an 800hp all­mo­tor VK street car – all in Street Ma­chine LSX s Tuner #8. On sale now!

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