General Motors E-ROD '55 Chevy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back in November, General Motors unveiled a new crate motor at the SEMA show. Dubbed the "E-ROD," it was designed to meet the needs of the modern hot-rodder. It offered an out-of-the-box performance option for people who wanted to build a project vehicle, but who didn't want to worry about legal hassles that can come with using older engines. The E-ROD engine isn't really new... it's basically the base Corvette powerplant, adapted for mounting in just about anything. It's a 6.2-liter LS3 rated at 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque, and pointedly, it's also fully emissions compliant, which is the main draw.

Rather than just display the engine on a stand at SEMA, though, GM decided to install an E-ROD in a beautifully restored '55 Chevy, one that we recently had the opportunity to see up close again. It's a stunning show car in a fairly understated wrapper. The interior is particularly impressive, with its tri-tone fabrics and retro dash and gauge cluster that hides secret "Check Engine" lights. A fun project, no doubt, but there was one slight flaw – the E-ROD '55 Chevy was running an automatic tranny. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but the real shame was that the engine wasn't available with a manual transmission option.

Today, GM announced that they've remedied that situation. The Bow-Tie boys and girls have just released part number 19256487, a new E-ROD LS3 calibrated for manual transmissions. The only real difference compared to the automatic version is in the electronic control module's programming. The new version is available as of today for $9,375 – the same as the automatic version. So if you have a hot rod project that could use modern Corvette power, give them a call. More info in the presser after the jump, and a gallery of the E-ROD '55 Chevy and a Superformance Cobra MK III roadster (gasp!) with the E-ROD installed.


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GM PERFORMANCE PARTS ANNOUNCES MANUAL-TRANSMISSION E-ROD PACKAGE

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – GM Performance Parts' innovative, emissions-compliant E-ROD crate engine lineup expands with a new version calibrated for manual-transmissions. It is available for immediate ordering under part number 19256487.

The manual-transmission package includes all of the same parts as the original, automatic-transmission-calibrated package (19244805); only the electronic control module's programming is different. The list price for both versions is $9,375.

GM Performance Parts recommends the following parts to complement the manual-transmission E-ROD package:

* Camaro LS3 six-speed manual transmission (92236241 – includes hydraulic release bearing actuator)
* Flywheel (12571611)
* Flywheel bolts(11569956 – six required)
* Pilot bearing (12557583)
* Pressure plate (24255748)
* Pressure plate bolts (12561465 – six required)
* Release bearing (19210297)

The E-ROD kit includes the same, basic LS3 production engine found in the current Camaro SS and Corvette. Standard elements of the kit include:

* 6.2-liter LS3 crate engine, rated at 430 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque
* GMPP LS3 engine wiring harness
* GMPP engine control module
* Exhaust manifolds
* Catalytic converters
* Oxygen sensors and sensor bosses
* Fuel tank evaporative emissions canister
* Mass airflow sensor and sensor boss
* Accelerator pedal (for use with the LS3's electronic throttle)
* Air filter
* Instruction manual

In addition to the E-ROD system, the builder will need to source additional fuel system components to complete the assembly and get the vehicle running. Please refer to the installation instructions for further details. All of the GMPP installation guides can be found at www.gmperformanceparts.com/extras.

E-ROD engines also require a front-end accessory drive system suitable to the vehicle. The instruction manual includes recommendations and measurements for the accessory drive kit, as well as gear ratios and more.

The E-ROD crate engine packages are available through GM dealers, authorized GMPP retailers and via the GMPP Web site, www.gmperformanceparts.com.

GM Performance Parts – tested to the limits, backed by GM
GM Performance Parts crate engines undergo an extensive, full-power engine dynamometer validation that requires the engines perform from peak horsepower to peak torque. That commitment to quality and durability enables General Motors to back GM Performance Parts crate engines with a 24-month/50,000-mile warranty (whichever occurs first). All GM Performance Parts components carry a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.

Enthusiasts who crave the latest technology, maximum horsepower and the expertise and confidence backed by GM, can purchase GMPP crate engines, blocks, heads, high-performance transmissions and components from GMPP Authorized Center dealers or any other GM dealership nationwide. To shop for GMPP products, or for more information, visit www.gmperformanceparts.com.

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