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Published 12/13/23

Wallpaper Wednesday: LS3 Connect and Cruise Crate Powertrain System in a 1952 Chevrolet Tin Woody



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Updating an icon is no easy task. But that was the challenge faced by Meridian, Mississippi’s Mike Goldman Customs as they worked on their recent 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Wagon build.

The solution was to install a Chevrolet Performance LS3 Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System in the vehicle famously known as a “Tin Woody.” The packages are designed to take much of the guesswork out of installation.

“It simplifies the whole project,” said Talbert Goldman, son of the company’s namesake, during this year’s Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. “If you have any issues you plug into it and you work on it and go from there. It makes it so simple.”

The centerpiece LS3 crate engine* has become a classic in its own right, with the standard 6.2L power plant cranking out 430 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft of torque. The engine’s internal components also help provide long-lasting performance and durability.

The LS3 in the Tin Woody is mated to a SuperMatic 4L70-E four-speed automatic transmission to complete the Connect & Cruise package. The transmission features a 495 lb.-ft. torque limit.

Each Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System is factory-matched by Chevrolet Performance engineers and includes a crate engine, transmission, complementing engine and transmission controllers, a torque converter (for automatic transmissions) and necessary installation kis.

The systems look great, too, and despite the Tin Woody originally being powered by a 235 cu.-in. mill, the modern LS3 looks right at home in its engine bay. Yet, the classic style remains.

This week, we’ve made one of our favorite images of the LS3 in the Tim Woody into a Wallpaper Wednesday download.

High-resolution desktop and mobile images are available below.



Keep visiting The BLOCK for many more Chevrolet Performance-powered builds from events throughout the country.

*Because of its effect on a vehicle’s emissions performance, this engine is intended exclusively for use in competition vehicles. This engine is designed and intended for use in vehicles operated exclusively for competition: in racing or organized competition on courses separate from public roads, streets or highways. Installation or use of this engine on a vehicle operated on public roads, streets or highways is likely to violate U.S., Canadian, and state and provincial laws and regulations related to motor vehicle emissions.