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Project LQ4 - Building a cheaper sleeper

So, I'm a couple months behind on getting this build thread started, but that's mostly because I didn't know I would be joining the S10 forum until recently. More on that later. I'm going to let this thread play out the way it happened in real life. Full disclosure; This is my second attempt at a build thread for this vehicle. Long story...

Previous vehicle was a 2000 Grand Prix GTP. I cut my teeth modifying and upgrading that thing. Smaller pulley, headers, high ratio rockers, bigger injectors, E85, tune... All the common stuff. Had it making pretty good power too, which isn't difficult. That supercharged 3800 is a beast. Unfortunately, the transmission is made of glass. Every time I took it out and really hammered on it, I ran the risk of breaking an input shaft, or chain. Decided to cut my losses on that thing and move on to something different.

That something different would be anything LS powered, and rear wheel drive. However, married life and raising kids really limits the possibilities. I knew if I wanted a RWD LS vehicle, I would have to build it myself on a tight budget.

So, I started trolling craigslist for a swapable vehicle, or engine to get me started. Found the drive train first. A 6.0 and 4l80e out a 2002 2500HD Silverado. Paid $1600 cash for the complete truck. Pulled the motor, trans, t-case and some other odds and ends, then sold the shell for $1250. Later, I sold the t-case for $500. If you're keeping score, that's a positive $150 total for my LQ4 drop out. Lot's of hard work to get to that point though.

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Always excited at the thought of a new project. Any thoughts on what to put that 6.0 into?

I'm just at the end of the gathering stage on my latest project, also an LQ4 out of a 2003HD I picked up for $1000, seems to be a theme here LOL.

I'll be keeping an eye on your build.

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Couple days later, I got the motor and trans split and mounted it to a stand.

A quick tune to kill the VATS:



and I had it running on the stand:

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Always excited at the thought of a new project. Any thoughts on what to put that 6.0 into?
Yup. You beat me to it. Ha! The reason I joined the S10 forum. The whole time I was messing with the maroon truck, I continued to troll craigslist, waiting for the perfect swap vehicle. Then one day it showed up. The perfect vehicle. A 1997 RCSB S10. Got it for $1000 do to a knocky engine.

The body is in really decent shape. The ding in the right bed side is the only thing that stands out to me.















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AJ1 - WINDOW TINTED, DEEP, ALL EXCEPT W/S AND DRS
A52 - SEAT, FRT BENCH
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C5D - GVW RATING, 4600 LBS
C60 - HVAC SYSTEM, AIR CONDITIONER FRT MAN CONTROLS
D44 - MIRROR O/S, PAINTED
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FE9 - CERTIFICATION, EMISSION, FEDERAL
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U73 - ANTENNA, FIXED, RADIO
VF6 - BUMPER, RR, STEP
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Gonna need a tonneau cover though





and some minor odds and ends



Interior is very "utilitarian"



PO was a smoker



Funny. The donor motor has just about the same amount of miles



This should hose right off (?)





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And this is where she's sit till I get the engine and trans ready to drop in

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That is a clean body, and a steal of a price for the whole 6.0L with a truck attached!
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Nice start...
I seem to remember seeing a "kit" to install the LS into these trux.. oil pan, mounts, headers etc...
It's surprising how quick the $$ add up doing these swaps...

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Looks like a cool project.

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The body on that truck is really in good shape. That is a really good starting point for a project.


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That is a clean body, and a steal of a price for the whole 6.0L with a truck attached!
For sure. I've lucked into some pretty good deals so far. Being a good negotiator helps too!

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Nice start...
I seem to remember seeing a "kit" to install the LS into these trux.. oil pan, mounts, headers etc...
It's surprising how quick the $$ add up doing these swaps...
I'm leaning toward the BRP Hotrods kit. Kinda pricey for what it is, but they claim everything fits/clears if you use the LH8 oil pan and smaller PS pump pulley. Just going to have to notch the frame for the AC compressor. I'll do whatever it takes to keep the AC! Been doing a lot of "horse trading" in an effort to keep costs down.

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Looks like a cool project.
Thanks! I've wanted a V8 S10 for a LONG time. I'm actually looking forward to the wiring and re-pinning the PCM to work with the combination of the truck and engine harness. I like that stuff.

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The body on that truck is really in good shape. That is a really good starting point for a project.
It looks awesome from 10-15 yards. Any closer and you start to see all the little dings and scratches. Nothing really bad though, considering the age of the truck. The bed is pretty tore up, but like I say, a cheap tonneau cover will take care of that. I'm at the point in my life where I don't want to own anything that looks too nice. I don't want to stress over stray shopping carts and kids on bikes.
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Once I found a home for that big 6.0 and 80e, I got back to prepping the engine. Here's a slew of pictures in the order it happened...

Tear down, clean up



So dirty





Turns out, the block heater plug just pulls off. Who knew?!



Pressure washing in a thunder/lightening storm. The wife was not impressed. I reminded her that I'm insured. She took little comfort.



Much better. And because it's an engine from the southwest; no corrosion!









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Knock sensors were junk



Shiny new AC delco replacements



Chose the "tap the pump" option for the steam tube. Calling this "Plan A"







Drilled the T-stat while it was apart

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Went with the cheap ebay headers. Long term plan is to go turbo, so I didn't want to spend big dollars on a set of long tubes.





Factory wire fail



Some $35 8mm Taylor wires fit the bill



Good enough



And that pretty much brings things up to date on the engine
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Hit the Pick-a-part. Grabbed this little gem. Not really ready for it yet, but work is slow right now and rumored to be getting really busy in the near future. Not sure when I'll have the time to get back out there. So I went for it. $150 out the door, but I worked my butt off to get it out. I was going to swap out the driver side axle for a shorter passenger side axle from another unit, but I ran out of gumption.





Got the other axle the next day. 15 minutes start to finish. Amazing how much more efficient your work is when you're not exhausted and can actually think straight. Under $40 out the door.



Also stopped and talked to a driveshaft guy and rear end guy. Sounds like I should be around $200 for a driveshaft if I bring him a stock one to modify, vs building one from scratch. Rear end guy said $100 flat to shorten the 8.8 if I brought an empty housing and all he had to do was cut, fixture, and weld. For $100, I'm not going to mess with it.
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Nice progress. Have a link to the headers?

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Nice progress. Have a link to the headers?
Thanks! That's actually about four months worth of time condensed into a couple posts. Last post brings me current with where it's actually at. From here on out, I will update in real time.

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I should mention, the headers themselves seem pretty decent. However, the hardware was junk. I reused the stock steel gasket and bought new bolts.



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Your build is so similar to mine: LQ4, 4L80E, 4L10 8.8, and the headers are very similar;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevy-LS-LS2...id%3D100275%26


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Your build is so similar to mine: LQ4, 4L80E, 4L10 8.8, and the headers are very similar
Got a build thread? Might answer some questions for me before I even get to them.
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Ha! Almost exactly what I'm doing, except mine is a first gen. Donor was a 2003 2500HD, 6.0/4L80E...I grabbed all the wiring including the dash harness, BCM, heater controls, etc. Didn't get a chance to sell the shell, the cops said it needed to be out of the driveway, so I gave it (and my first basis for the project S-10) to a recycling guy to get them out of the driveway.

Found an 8.5 10 bolt at the JY I go to, just haven't had a chance to grab it yet. Of course someone broke the windows of the truck it's in.

I paid $1800 for my 2500HD and drove it home.

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Your build is so similar to mine: LQ4, 4L80E, 4L10 8.8, and the headers are very similar;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevy-LS-LS2...id%3D100275%26

Do these work with the awd application???

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Do these work with the awd application???
Don't know, I'm not going AWD on my current project, I just wanted something that hugs the block.

The application is kinda vague, Camero/Chevelle

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Don't know, I'm not going AWD on my current project, I just wanted something that hugs the block.

The application is kinda vague, Camero/Chevelle
Does it clear the steering shaft?

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Does it clear the steering shaft?
My current project is not an S10 so I can't say, but I can get measurements as to how far from the block they sit, but it may be a month or more because my shop is tied up with my son's Mustang.

I can PM you measurements if you want so we don't hijack this thread.

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So, I ment to update this thread yesterday, but photobucket was broken pretty much all day. Here's what I wanted to post yesterday at about 10am... Work hasn't ramped up just yet, so I made a trip to the yard. Scored a driveshaft and flexplate.

Just a plain steel shaft, but it was only $30 and should save me some money at the driveshaft shop. Modifying something is said to be cheaper than making new from nothing. It's out of a 2500HD, so it has the big 1410 U-joints and the proper 32 spline count yoke. Just need to be shortened (I assume). I'll hit it with a wire cup brush, and some paint when I get a chance.



And because I need to convert the 80e from 4wd to 2wd, I have the output shaft sitting on a shelf and was able to verify shaft and bushing fit.



Another $52 for a 1410 series flange for a Ford 8.8, and that should do it.

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Speaking of converting the 80e from 4wd to 2wd drive... I talked to a guy at a local trans shop. Asked him a ton of questiops, including how he feels about the fancy Kent Moore holding fixture. He said don't bother. He just uses a bucket and flexplate, So, that's my plan!

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Semi stripped and fully cleaned the rear today. Probably won't do anything with it for a while, but if I'm going to be tripping over something in my garage, it better at least be clean.

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After



Judging by the crust, I'm thinking the pinion seal was leaking for quite a while. No matter, I plan to replace all the seals before it's installed. Seals are cheap.
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Got tired of sneezing my brains out every time I sat in the truck. The headliner dust was out of control. I have a few days before getting into the 80e teardown, so I figured I'd try to fix the sag.





Headliner out. I only mangled a couple of clips and trim pieces. Nothing that superglue didn't fix.







Didn't take much to pull the old fabric off. Now for the tedious task of scraping all the old foam off...



According to Google, Joanne Fabric carries grey headliner fabric. Shouldn't have to twist the wife's arm too hard to get her in there with me.
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A soft wire brush does the trick quite easily. I did my headliner not too long ago. Did the visors, too while I was at it.

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I was thinking a fine wire cup brush in a hand drill.
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Be careful.

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Yeah. I can see how easy it would be to burn through the shell. I ended up using a 4" wheel brush. Held it almost flat, so the bristles weren't very aggressive. Super fast and worked great, but made a huge mess. Not much you can do about that I suppose. Followed up with a green Scotch Brite. I'm pleased.



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Nice job. That's something that I need to tackle myself. I got an xcab with no third door though. I'm not even sure if it's possible to get the headliner out without removing the back window or the windshield. lol

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Got my headliner adhesive today



Won't get the fabric till tomorrow, which left me with nothing to do till then.... So I did this



Yep. Starting the 80e surgery. The trans felt really sturdy on the bucket. However, I do share the garage with "busy" children (and I actually like them and don't want them to get crushed) so I decided to add some safety to that setup.



Not going anywhere now. First step was to pull the pan. In spite of the fluid color, I'm pretty happy with how the pan and magnet looked.



Didn't want to go too far without a manual in hand. That's coming off the printer as I type. I'll get back into it tomorrow.

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Got the headliner fabric today. Letting it relax for a while to get the creases out.



It was only $4 a linear yard due to a small blemish in the run.



Not an issue though. There's plenty of room between imperfections to get a full headliners worth of material.



There's enough left over to do another as well. I'll roll it up and stash it somewhere.

And this came



Just need to find a "professional" to use it. Ha!

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Headliner is in



Turns out upholstery is not my thing. Couple wrinkles and an uneven wrap where it meets the windshield. Looks not fresh and new. Fits the theme of the truck. Still better than it was, and only $25. Shrug.

Now I can focus on the trans.

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Alright... Back into this thing.

Bottom shot



Because I don't have the special tool for removing the pump, I did this. Locking the vise grips on those lugs allowed me to pry against them to loosen the pump. Then it just lifted right out.



Pump out



Little further



Had to stop there to make a trip to the hardware store. Twelve point bolt stopped me. Side note: Leave it to GM to have one imperial size screw when everything else is metric.



Gutted



To pull the plug in the back, I just drilled/tapped it then ripped it out with a slide hammer.



New orifice plug installed



Tone ring installed. Actually went pretty well. Put the output carrier in the freezer and hit the ring with a little heat and it dropped half way on. Tapped it the rest of the way with a brass rod. Mint.



There she is poking through the output speed sensor hole



And there it is mostly back together



I'll call the 4wd to 2wd "swap" portion done. Now I will work on the Trans-Go kit mods/install. I need to order some parts. Just a pump gasket and seal, but I wanted to wait till the swap part was done in case I hosed anything up. All in all, it went pretty smooth!

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I know it's a little late but I've seen headliner guys use a broom to get the material off.
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Nice job on the trans.

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Nice job on the trans.
Thanks. It helps that I've fully rebuilt a few 4T65e's. Some of the tools and a lot of the techniques cross over.

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Working my way through the HD2 kit install. FULL install by the way...

3/64" Hole on an angle? No problem!



Instruction say use both springs for soft shifts, large spring for firm shifts or small spring alone for even firmer shifts. What do you think I did?



Also made a trip to the hardware store. Got some long bolts to use as assembly guide pins.



Didn't snap many pictures during the process. It's a pain to grab pictures while doing trans work. Your hands are always covered in ATF. More tomorrow.

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Got some parts today



With the pump gasket in hand, I could install the pump. Still waiting on the pump seal, but I can put that in anytime.



Thought I screwed up when I put the pump in before doing the boost valve. Turns out you can get to it through the bottom! Also popped in the new filter seal.



Accumulator with new spring installed



Valve body ready to go on



MPS was caked with clutch material. Wish I would have gotten a before picture. It's not recommended to use any kind of solvents, so I submerged it in ATF and hit it with a toothbrush. Think it worked pretty well.



Feels nice to actually use (almost) all the pieces in a shift kit. Here's all that's left over. Spacer is for the older style pressure regulation valve, and spring is for softer shift



And here's all the parts that get replaced.



Valve body should go on tomorrow. Might actually have this thing back on the ground before the weekend.

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The headliner turned out really nice. I need to replace the one on my 92 k1500. What material is that?


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The headliner turned out really nice. I need to replace the one on my 92 k1500. What material is that?
It looks better in the truck than on the bench. Some of the imperfections are hidden under trim, and the light is more forgiving. Definitely worth the cost and effort though.

It's just some generic grey headliner material. I got mine at a discount shop, but it should be available at any decent sized fabric store.

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Valvebody, MPS, harness, lube tube, and filter installed.



Pan squeaky clean. Thought about painting it but decided that would be a little to flashy for this truck



Pan on



Should be back on the cart tomorrow.

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You make it look so easy! Been years since I had a tranny apart. Don't think that's something I want to tackle any time soon.

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Just tearing one down, swapping some parts and reassembling isn't terribly difficult. Installing the shift kit added a layer of complexity. Having a tool & die / machining background helps a lot. Takes a certain amount of experience to get the feel for drilling a 0.047" hole into an angled wall by hand.

Now, doing a full rebuild is a different story. Installing lip seals, installing bushings, checking/adjusting endplay... There's some skill involved there.

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