The radiator we are using has a cooler, but digging around the garage we found a B&M transmission cooler, so we decided to use both. Another option is to use an external mounted pump, but you will have to install some sort of sump to suck up fuel. The fluid runs through the radiator, then through the external B&M cooler, then back to the transmission. Not only is he a gear head, but he also holds two Bachelors degrees from Cal State San Bernardino. From here, we had a local muffler shop weld up the exhaust pipes to connect from the manifolds, to the rest of the stock exhaust. Helping his Dad and brother restore a '67 Nova is what fueled Tim’s passion for cars. HOLLEY $1,464.95. Since this car is a cruiser and because of how the tank sits in the car, we opted to mount it in front of the tank. The last piece of the fuel system that required attention was the throttle linkage. GM G Body- 1978-88 El Camino, cutlass, Regal, Malibu, Monte … They already make intake kits for popular LS swaps, such as Camaro and Chevelle. The new driveshaft from Inland Empire Driveline that completed the swap. Ls swap is complete. We would have to pay for shipping, but we wanted to show that even though the engine isn’t local to us they can still be had on a budget. We showed them what we had and they sent us a box full of universal products to fit and choose from. Here’s the deal. The transmission that was bolted to this LQ4 tested well, but we opted to have it rebuilt to ensure another 100,000+ miles of carefree shifting. The engines that the author refers to in his article are the 4.8, 5.3, 5.7 and 6.0 engines because they share the same platform and most parts with the actual 5.7 aluminum LS1 engines. We were forced to buy a new radiator from our local auto parts store. This serial anti-theft system is only defeatable through ECM reprogramming. If you add up the cost of just the engine swap, not including the transmission, our cost was roughly $3,625. They looked in their inventory and found a great LQ4, with only 170,000 miles on the clock. Article by Ronnie White. “We go a step further, and make a video of the truck running so you can hear it run and see the vitals on the gauges before pulling it out of the truck.”-Stu, Just Chevy Trucks. Categories. There could of been cheaper ways to do some things, but we also looked at it from a time standpoint as well. Is $6,000 still too much for your budget? After searching around, we found the Holley GM LS Retrofit oil pan. Toggle menu. Mar 25, 2015 - Conversions & Hybrids - My Budget LS Engine Swap Guide Junkyard 5.3 ls swap cutlass. What you use depends on your budget and space available. With that in mind, we decided to splurge and use AN fittings and quality hose. Add to cart. We could have called up a radiator company and had them custom make one specific for this car. There’s no timing to tweak, carburetor that needs adjusting, or worrying about overheating. On this set up, our LQ4 had the throttle by cable set up, which was included from Just Chevy Trucks. “BUT ITS AN A BODY NOT A G BODY.” Look. Dec 20, 2014 - Conversions & Hybrids - My Budget LS Engine Swap Guide These are on the lower end of the pricing scale, as most people are looking for all-aluminum engines. A basic LS1 still demands a pretty penny with their proven performance and popularity. 1967-72 GM C10 2WD LS Swap Components. The best part, was they have a video of it running, before pulling: After hearing the engine run and seeing that it wasn’t overheating and had good oil pressure, we knew we had the right engine. Categories. 6.2-liter supercharged LS engines have more than enough power, but the price for one of those was outside of our financial range. Their universal throttle cable really made it easy to adapt to any car, and it only took us about an hour to install. Moroso has this slick weld-on fuel sump that has two 3/8-inch NPT bungs already installed. Second, it still allows us to mount the oil filter in the stock location. These were free, and much smaller than the LS motor mounts that came on the engine. Luckily these are only $100 new, and readily available. In our case, the engine and transmission were set further back than the original. However this car is an oddball so we needed something custom. You could utilize the factory manifolds as well, assuming they fit. Luckily, there are a lot of different options out there. Toggle menu. If they fail, your car burns to the ground. The throttle cable that came with it was about two feet too short for us to be able to use. 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