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Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: Barnfind49] #1336873 Sun Dec 08 2019 02:28 AM
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Allen Lane Offline
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Running LS swap for $800, that will get your attention. Would it be possible to send a video of it starting, running and driving via PM or if the rules here don't allow I can send my personal email.
I'm assuming you already have one. Many thanks


Allen
Yeah, well, that's just like, you know , your opinion, man - The Dude

1948 Chevy 3600 - goal Original restoration, Current Stage 1 - Disassembly and getting body in primer
1954 GMC 3100 goal Hot Rod, Current Stage 1 - Get body in primer
1931 Ford Model A 5 window Coupe - Old Skool Hot Rod
1945 Ford 2N Tractor - Runs great
1964 Ford 2000 Tractor - Use it every week
1974 Stingray Corvette

Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1336923 Sun Dec 08 2019 05:01 PM
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moparguy Offline OP
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Barnfind49's Project thread here.
There's a start up vid.


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: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1337009 Mon Dec 09 2019 02:57 AM
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Barnfind49 Offline
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You ask you shall receive....
overview
https://youtu.be/nVBSN_UfZ5Q

Driving

https://youtu.be/ZhdYI4OExIQ

Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1337052 Mon Dec 09 2019 03:49 PM
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moparguy Offline OP
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Yep, That's a WIN. I'm happy with the 261 swap (engine is just setting in the shop waiting) that's in my trucks future. But, if that wasn't possible, a LS283 (4.8) or LS327 (5.3) would be on the upgrade list.


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: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1337155 Tue Dec 10 2019 02:40 AM
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Allen Lane Offline
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Excellent job Barnfind and thanks for those videos. Good marriage of old and new on a budget, and you kept the push button start to boot ! At a car show last week a fella had an LS3 swap in a C3 corvette, but he spend about $35K on it, so well done. Good thing is that if you get nostalgic in your older years, you can stuff a 235 back in.


Allen
Yeah, well, that's just like, you know , your opinion, man - The Dude

1948 Chevy 3600 - goal Original restoration, Current Stage 1 - Disassembly and getting body in primer
1954 GMC 3100 goal Hot Rod, Current Stage 1 - Get body in primer
1931 Ford Model A 5 window Coupe - Old Skool Hot Rod
1945 Ford 2N Tractor - Runs great
1964 Ford 2000 Tractor - Use it every week
1974 Stingray Corvette

Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1337173 Tue Dec 10 2019 04:23 AM
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Thanks Allen! Yes a tried to keep it all as original appearing as possible from the outside and from the drivers seat.

As for the 35k motor swap you speak of well thats a very easy thing to add up when you buy a crate LS3 for sticker price then add custom mounts, accessories, and associated hardware and add ons then pay a shop to do it. I have always had more fun with the “less is more” attitude on most of my builds......and that dosent include horsepower numbers but just $$$ and parts. Some people wont believe that you can drop a stock 4.8 or 5.3 from a silverado with 280k on the clock and never even pull the oil pan or heads and go ahead and add some boost and a fuel system and swing for the fences and make 800-1000hp on all stock parts basically and drive around like no big deal. Its been done numerous times. Never underestimate the underdog with nothing to lose hahahaha.

As for going backwards to a stock motor...... sure its totally reversible...... but i will never be the guy to do it. I doubt this truck will ever leave my possession anyways and im only 35yrs young so it should have a very long happy driving life ahead of it as i drive it as much as i can!

Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1338066 Tue Dec 17 2019 02:05 PM
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You mentioned 327s in your og post, Mine had the swap to a 327 back in 1969. I replaced it with a new one last year. I found a rebuilt 327 with a mild cam and a 100k warranty for $1600 or thereabouts. Mine has a 3 on the tree and an overdrive. I would think going with a rebuilt set up like mine would be cheaper and less work than a modern automatic with overdrive. BTW all that new power and high speed cruising ability, well you better have a real tight and ship shape front end and steering or it will always be an interesting time on the highway at 70. So more money there. Maybe it's just me, but a nice clean 327 just looks right in an old truck.


1959 Fleetside Apache Deluxe Shortbed
Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1338120 Tue Dec 17 2019 08:09 PM
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My truck has a 100% stock front end besides radials. It is tight and alignment is good. No overdrive at the moment because I didn’t swap my old 3 speed with borg warner electric overdrive in yet. Truck will still drive 65-70 on the highway with absolutely no issues. Can have one finger on the wheel and just cruise. The 327 is a good motor but once you go to a newer LS style engine nobody goes back unless they are bored and just want something to work on. My 5.3 has all factory gaskets, sensors, switches and accessories. Not a drip or drop under it (besides steering box hahaha) It still has original spark plugs and wires with 140+ k on them. Runs like a top and last time i checked it via GPS it got 17.5mpg on backroads when it still had 4.56 gears in it. I have not checked it yet with the 4.10’s.

Re: How to "Cheaply" install a LS series engine [Re: moparguy] #1338228 Wed Dec 18 2019 02:12 PM
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GreginPa Offline
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I can understand that. The GPS speedometer app is so nice for long trips. Just did a 700 mile two day trip-mostly highway with a few back roads. Got about the 15 mpg. Had a big heavy flathead in the bed for half of it. Super windy for one day. The wind and mountain roads with the load was probably what hit my mileage the most. But it ran like a top.


1959 Fleetside Apache Deluxe Shortbed
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