Last month, we began working on our LS clone "build-on-a-budget tech feature." It's been an interesting build so far, as the more we tear into it; the more we wonder why people are so intimidated by this process. We decided to do it ourselves and document the build, that way we could show you guys what it would take to prepare one of these engines before transplanting one into your ride. As I mentioned in the last issue, we plan on showing you everything - including the obstacles that we encountered while getting this 5.3 engine together. As you all know, we picked up our engine from Dave's Goldenwest Truck wrecking yard. With an increasing surplus of these engines, they had what we needed, and at the right price, too! After the trip to the wrecking yard, we tore into the motor and realized that we were going to need to make a few trips to our local Chevrolet Dealer to purchase some of the dealer-only items we needed to complete our mission. After spending a couple of hundred on miscellaneous pieces, we were able to continue on the build up. This month, we will show you the newer water tubes that were used in the build, as well as the new sensors. We will also touch on the bottom end and the Milodon gear that we used, which is necessary for protecting the engine. One great aspect of using a Milodon oil pan is that it is a bit shorter than the stock pans, so it doesn't hang bellow the car frame. Now follow along, as we work on this LS technology. . Notes: As of right now, we have a total of 24 hours invested into this junkyard jewel. We have made a few trips to our local Rotolo Chevrolet dealer, as well as to our local auto parts store. This is as far as we got on the engine before making a few trips to the dealer for some replacement parts.This is as far as we got on the engine before making a few trips to the dealer for some re Since these engines don't have a distributor, we wanted to make sure that the engine fired up every time. Even though the cam shaft sensor, (a device that tells your computer how to start the injections process) was in good condition, we opted to replace it.Since these engines don't have a distributor, we wanted to make sure that the engine fired The stock water tube was removed to allow the intake to bolt on properly. Our first trip to Rotolo Chevrolet got us the new cam shaft sensor and the new external style water tube.Our first trip to Rotolo Chevrolet got us the new cam shaft sensor and the new external st As soon as we took out the old water tube, the intake dropped in and bolted up with no problem.As soon as we took out the old water tube, the intake dropped in and bolted up with no pro The new LS1 tube runs externally and bolts up perfectly. Milodon had all the new goodies for the LS engines. After removing the stock truck oil pan you can see how much shorter the new Milodon pan is in comparison to the old one. This shortness will keep the oil pan from hanging below the frame.After removing the stock truck oil pan you can see how much shorter the new Milodon pan is We removed the oil pan gasket from the old pan and used it, as it was still good and re-useable.We removed the oil pan gasket from the old pan and used it, as it was still good and re-us The stock windage tray and pick up stick needed to be removed. With the old tray off, the build was ready for the new Milodon accessories that were going to be replaced.With the old tray off, the build was ready for the new Milodon accessories that were going The new windage tray and oil pick up stick went on with ease. The new oil pan is shallow and will also allow you to relocate your oil filter, keeping the filter from hanging below the oil pan.The new oil pan is shallow and will also allow you to relocate your oil filter, keeping th The ARP bolt kit kept the pan in place. The conversion was coming together and the engine was starting to look like an LS engine. SOURCE Milodon Inc. 2250 Agate Court Simi Valley CA 93065 805-577-5950 www.milodon.com ARP Fasteners 1863 Eastman Avenue Ventura CA 93003 800-826-3045 www.arpfasteners.com Weiand www.holley.com Daves Goldenwest Auto Wrecking 6972 Garden Grove Blvd. Westminister 714-898-4343 By Saul Vargas Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!