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Published: 5/10/2023

Wallpaper Wednesday: LT4 Crate Engine in a 1958 Corvette

Author: DAN HODGDON

Photos: LUCAS PRIAMO

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Scotty Hooper's 1958 Corvette is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LT4 crate engine,* one of seven supercharged LT4 power plants he has in vehicles ranging from Chevy trucks to Camaros to Tri-Five Chevys.

 

 

"They're bulletproof," Hooper said during last month's Goodguys Griot's Garage North Carolina Nationals in Raleigh. "I'm not going to say I'm going to the drag strip every Saturday night, but I could."

According to Chevrolet Performance, the engine's 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – enough to generate more than nine pounds of boost. That helps the 6.2L LT4 make 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Among the power plant's other highlights are a cast-aluminum block with six-bolt, cross-bolted main caps, forged internals, and Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads.

In addition to the power, the engine offers plenty of modern convenience.

"You can get in and it'll crank in any kind of weather condition," said Hooper, who lives in Cullman, Alabama. "It's just very reliable."

The sleek LT4 looks great, too. It appears right at home in Hooper's Corvette, which sits on a Roadster Shop chassis and was built by Paul Atkins Hot Rods and Interiors.

Today, we've made a shot of the LT4 into a Wallpaper Wednesday download. High-resolution desktop and mobile images are available below.

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Also, be sure to keep watching The BLOCK for much more on this Corvette and other Chevrolet Performance-powered builds from Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events.

 

*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.