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5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 #1318581 Sat Jul 20 2019 11:30 PM
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Barnfind49 Offline OP
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Heres a few pics and vids of my latest project. A ‘49 GMC 150. Ferrara blue. I put a bone stock 5.3 in it attached to the stock 3 speed and kept the column shift and all stock associated parts.
Startup with stock floor starter

5.3 running with a nice quiet exhaust. Nobody would ever know what this truck is driving by. Idle clip

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: Barnfind49] #1320702 Tue Aug 06 2019 04:54 PM
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Well i got over 100 miles on it and so far so good. I will be putting my 3 speed with borg warner overdrive in it at some point. For now the original trans is working though. The rad is cooling well and it actually drives really good despite not having any shocks. Lastnite i got the original wiper motor to work and lubed up everything and the wipers work surprisingly well. Next thing is to clean up engine harness then continue to wire all the lights.

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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: Barnfind49] #1320725 Tue Aug 06 2019 06:38 PM
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TUTS 59 Offline
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Very clean install, the girl must move nicely now thumbs_up


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Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: TUTS 59] #1320858 Wed Aug 07 2019 12:55 PM
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Barnfind49 Offline OP
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Thank you. Im tryin to keep it all stealthy stock looking with the hood down. Yup plenty of smooth power and down low torque and its basically silent. Checks all the boxes for me and what i need it for.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: Barnfind49] #1320884 Wed Aug 07 2019 04:26 PM
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Did the stock steering work or did you do have to modify it?

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: John L.] #1321248 Fri Aug 09 2019 11:32 PM
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Barnfind49 Offline OP
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All stock just moved the steering box over like 2” for manifold clearance. I used a set of f-body ‘99 style manifolds. Worked out very nice.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: Barnfind49] #1321845 Wed Aug 14 2019 04:09 PM
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I'm a fan. Big time! It'll be interesting what the mpg numbers are when you get a chance to take a cruise trip. If the normal LS magic works it should be in the 20's range. Stock gears may be a deal mpg killer till you can get the od tranny in though.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: moparguy] #1321849 Wed Aug 14 2019 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by moparguy
I'm a fan. Big time! It'll be interesting what the mpg numbers are when you get a chance to take a cruise trip. If the normal LS magic works it should be in the 20's range. Stock gears may be a deal mpg killer till you can get the od tranny in though.

Im sure the 4.56’s right now are killing it but i just been cruising on all the backroads. I do have a Mitsubishi starion that i swapped to a 6 litre witha turbo that makes about 700hp and it has a t56 trans and that car will get well over 20mpg on the highway cruising at like 80mph with the AC on. They are efficient motors when they are happy.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: Barnfind49] #1322112 Fri Aug 16 2019 08:55 PM
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Nice. Been thinking about doing a swap like this on a parts truck. I love the old 216's, which is why i'm building my current one with the original motor. But I have enough spare parts to build another and thinking that LS seems to be just right. of course, I think I would stick the tranny that came with the engine. just to keep everything uniform.

Re: 5.3 powered stock appearing 1949 GMC 150 [Re: aggie jon] #1322505 Mon Aug 19 2019 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by aggie jon
Nice. Been thinking about doing a swap like this on a parts truck. I love the old 216's, which is why i'm building my current one with the original motor. But I have enough spare parts to build another and thinking that LS seems to be just right. of course, I think I would stick the tranny that came with the engine. just to keep everything uniform.


I just liked the stock trans because i love the old column shift because it really feels like goin back in time.


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