Despite the GM 5.3 LQ9 engines becoming increasingly popular with auto enthusiasts, they still can be found for a decent price. Reliability among these engines has been proven through daily drivers known to go over 200k miles without any issues. In this month's engine tech, we show you how to prepare for a 5.3 transplant. Since we are always talking about how economically sound these engines area as an investment, we wanted to show you what you would need for a transplant.

We found this engine on Craigslist for under $1,000; including the transmission and the old computer. After making a few calls, we called our friends over at Painless, who convinced us that their latest wiring and computer system was the way to go. This system will make your transplant a smooth process, as everything is labeled and ready to be plugged in. The only real modifications that we had to add to the engine were to swap out the oil pan and the exhaust manifolds. You can look around to find the pieces that you will need or you can go to some retailers that might have it all for your application. There are companies that are producing 5.3 transplant packages or LS transplant packages for about $1,150 and they usually include the oil pan, motor mounts, and exhaust headers. Given this information, you might be able to get on the road for a cheaper price than what you might have thought.

The automotive industry has dubbed the LS style engine as an option that is here to stay, and with aftermarket partners stepping up and making it easier for them to be added to a wide variety of vehicles, it's safe to say that they aren't going anywhere soon. With that said, follow along as we take on the task of getting a 5.3 engine to show you what a cost effective addition this can be when transplanted into your Lowrider.

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Lucas car care product line

In this month's issue of the Lowrider Garage "Tip of the month" series, we discuss Lucas' Slick Mist Interior Detailer. You heard right. Lucas produces more than just oil products. They also have a line of automotive cleaning supplies that have been tested against the harshest conditions.

Lucas Slick Mist Interior Detailer is a spray treatment exclusively formulated by Lucas Oil Products designed to clean and protect like nothing you've ever used. Spray as need onto your interior surfaces such as plastic, vinyl, leather, rubber and metal for a "like-new" look. Cleans and protects, dashboards, consoles, doors and trim. Also works great on household furniture.

Key Benefits:

  • Ease of Application
  • Restores Interior
  • Great for Cars, Trucks, Boats, and Airplanes
  • Shines and Protects in One Easy Application
  • Over Spray Not a Problem
  • Water Based
  • Non-oily Formula
  • pH Neutral (7-8)
  • Sling Resistant
  • Quick and Easy
  • UV Resistant Protection
  • Long Lasting

To learn more about this and other Lucas Oil Products, please log onto:

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