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Old 25th-October-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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Well I have decided today to start a new thread on my new project. I introduced it in the new member posting, but I think I found a spot here to start the post for this project.

It seems like a lot once I got into it today.Ill just post the initial picture and keep going also with some flicker or youtube videos.
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Old 26th-October-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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Now I am a bit farther along. At times I think what did I get myself into. But anyways I am going to keep chugging away.

1st I decided to strip the front end off by myself. Seems simple except for the handling the hood alone. I when through all the bolts taking piece by piece off to find the typical metric bolts here and there. Amazing how lazy some people are by using whatever they have around in the garage to bolt something.

2nd I drained everything and took all the other parts on the engine and subframe off so it is ready to pull off. I had friend help by bringing over a engine hoist and I was able to get it out and on the ground, hopefully waiting a new home for someone to buy. Now I need to CL all the parts I stripped off and the extra stuff that came with the car that I am not using. I am going to try and post a few to show my work.

I hope within the next week I can have the old engine, brake booster, and random trim parts sold so I can buy the LS as soon as possible. I also need to powder coat the new subframe and clean up the cowl before putting it all back together.
This is how the car arrived and empty on fuel.:roll eyes:
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more pictures of my tear down of the front end
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Old 27th-October-2016, 11:43 AM   #4
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I also got the engine out and started with reconditioning the windows.
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Old 27th-October-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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This is what all the work started with..... Upgraded the front end with a much better ride. Now I am getting closer to the LS dream.

Next up for me is cleaning up the cowl and powder coating the front clip, then putting it back together and adding the column, new wildwood master cylinder, also a new front radiator support, and drop in a LS. I still need to find a good one.
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Old 28th-October-2016, 03:11 PM   #6
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Nice! Your coming outta of the gate fast! Have you decided which Ls you want to go with?
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Hello and welcome to the madness I like that setup you have, Good luck with the LS hunt
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I can't seem to nail down the right LS. I keep jumping from a full drop out that has miles or just find a rebuilt one from someone...... Also when I look at rebuilds they are the price of brand new Chevy crate motors.
I was thinking of a 6.2L recently since there is no replacement for displacement.or something like that.
Either way it seems it will end up 6-7k used or not, once all is done. TomM also got me thinking too use a 4L or 6L in another thread instead of keeping the 700R I currently have so I can tun it more. I hate so many decisions to make, also over money too.
I just know I want to hurry up and get it going. I want my project driving soon. Now I tore the front off it my wife is calling it a piece of junk, so I better get it up and running asap.
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Hey David, do you have any suggestions for someone around our area that has good options in LS motors? I know its kind of vague, but I am open to any ideas. THX
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just keep an eye out. i have been browsing CL even though i have my motor already, and have come across 3 guys parting trucks out.
complete 4.8 for $800
complete 5.3 for $750
complete 5.3 for $800

then of course a LS6 for $5k...

so really if your on any kind of budget, or even otherwise a truck motor is really a good call. its only about 100lbs heavier than a aluminum LS. and still lighter than the gen1 you pulled out. plus helps you afford cool things like a cam, maybe some nicer headers (or turbo parts)...

oh yeah, MORE COMPLETE THE BETTER! thats whats nice about the truck motors. the intake/alternator will clear stock flat hood, and they have all the misc parts. you just need to swap oil pans, get headers, go through the wiring harness. where as i got a bare LS6 and have had to track down every little misc part that will nickle/dime you too death. not to mention time and irritation.


good luck! keep us posted
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Hey David, do you have any suggestions for someone around our area that has good options in LS motors? I know its kind of vague, but I am open to any ideas. THX
Heres a dismantler in Fontana.

http://recycler.car-part.com/BeBes/

They have an 01 Ls1 complete take out, motor/trans & everything else with 68k miles for 3000$.


If you have the money a chevy Ls3 connect and cruise is an awesome package! But if you dont have the money a complete take out from a wreked car would be easier then piecing everything together used. Just my opinion.
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Little bit farther along. Amazing what you find under the paint. Some marks on the cowl from the factory and a stamping on the frame bracket. Also of some reason they stamped the hidden VIN twice on the cowl lip.
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I got it to this point. Such a dirty job...... I can't wait to move forward with the clip and start adding new clean stuff on.
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I also got my clip back from the power coater(not sure if that is a word) yesterday. I decided to do black with grey veins on the frame and a-arms, but I did charcoal gloss on the down-bars. I figured do something a bit different. It came out pretty good also not to bad priced at $300 for the work and a 2 day turn around.
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I am also planning on smoothing out the firewall a bit more. The owner before beat the cowl a bit to fit the HEI distributor and I figure beat it a bit more and use a thin coat of body filler, also use some of the dimples from the factory spot welds could be smoother. :roll eyes:

After that I am going to give it a good coat of etching primer and a finish coat of ceramic high temp gloss paint. I think the engine bay will look much more appropriate for a LS then. I am also planning on adding a new radiator support of aluminum that a friend makes. It looks awesome on his 63 convert.

I also want to hide most of the wiring in the fender wells. Oh yeah and also the new blacked out wildwood master cylinder. i am hoping to find it at the lowest price.....
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