There is a lot happening in this episode of our LS Miata swap. First, we installed the Chevrolet Performance CTS-V Accessory Drive System on our LS3.  This impressive kit includes everything needed to add power steering, an alternator, water pump, and air conditioning. The CTS-V kit fit in our tight engine bay with room to spare. The best part, though, is not having to piece together a complex serpentine drive system ourselves, which can be difficult and costly.

Other tasks in this episode include mounting the Fluidyne radiator, fabricating a mount for our new drive-by-wire gas pedal, bolting on the shorty headers, and making room for the Corvette Z06 cold air intake that will feed our LS376/525 engine all the air it will ever need.

ls engine on a stand
radiator and electric fan combo
man grinding down radiator support in a mazda miata
drive by wire gas pedal assembly for an ls swap
corvette z06 intake kit on a workbench
man sawing through bumper on a mazda miata
man fitting headers onto an ls engine
man grinding on bumper of a mazda miata

The Chevrolet Performance CTS-V Accessory Drive System provides a compact, OEM-engineered way to install air conditioning, power steering, an alternator, and the water pump on our LS3. From the thorough instructions to the labeled hardware, the Chevy Performance kit was easy to install and the fit was factory perfect.

The Fluidyne radiator we’re installing. The all-aluminum radiator is designed specifically for an LS Miata swap, and comes with a 16 inch electric fan.

The lower radiator supports had to be moved forward a couple inches. This involved sparks.

This is the new drive-by-wire gas pedal mounted to our Miata’s stock pedal assembly. The pedal is included in the Chevrolet Performance Engine Controller Kit that we’ll install later.

This is the Corvette Z06 cold air intake and related parts needed to make it work in our Miata. This intake pulls in fresh air, houses our mass airflow meter, and looks pretty cool too!

Making room for the Z06 air intake. The Sawzall makes any day much, much more fun.

Bolting on our new shorty headers. Mmmmm, shiny.

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Author: Alan Rebescher

Editor, author, PR man—Alan Rebescher has done it all in a 25 year career in the high performance industry. He has written and photographed many feature stories and tech articles for Summit Racing and various magazines including Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular Hot Rodding, and edited Summit Racing’s Street & Strip magazine in the 1990s. His garage is currently occupied by a 1965 Ford Mustang.