In the beginning of the year, we talked about the LS series engines and discussed some of the latest technology that is currently available. The response was overwhelming, as many of you are curious about how to transplant a newer engine into a classic. We decided to do it ourselves and document the build, that way we could properly show you guys what it would take to prepare one of these engines before transplanting it into your ride. With that said, we will bring you everything, including the obstacles that we encountered while getting this 5.3 engine together.
With so many Chevy and GMC Trucks and SUV's on the road, these engines have become easier to obtain. There are several options out there for anyone looking to get a hold of one for a build. We opted to stop at Dave's Goldenwest Truck wrecking yard, and we were in luck. With a surplus of these engines available, they are able to sell these engines for around $1,000.00! This was perfect for us, as we wanted to put something together without breaking the bank.
After our trip, we were ready to tackle the project. Now follow along, as we try to make sense of this LS technology.
As of right now, we have a total of 16 hours invested into this junkyard jewel.
We are going to have to make a few trips out to the dealer, as well as a few runs to our local auto parts store.
1. The first thing on our agenda was to use a good engine stand that would hold up the weight of the engine and accessories.
2. It took me about two hours to disassemble the factory wiring harness and the computer that came with the engine.
3. With all of the electronic wiring and the stock belt system removed, the small block was ready for a cleaning.
4. We wanted to make sure that all of the grime was off of the engine, so we used gunk engine degreaser for the job.