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Old 12-27-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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The Lsx S10

Here we go with another ls swap. First off its a '87 owned since 2005. This was my first truck purchased when i was 16. Bone stock when i bought it. 2.8/auto tahoe package. Soon to be 5.3/4l60 with 8.8. Pics soon!
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Re: The Lsx S10

that's gonna be awesome
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I can't wait to see this happen.
Old 12-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #4
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Re: The Lsx S10

First to catch you guys up, this is what it looked like when i brought it home
The Lsx S10-first-truck.jpg

then June '06 it was painted
The Lsx S10-after-paint-job.jpg

sometime in '07 got a cowl hood and street scene mirrors
The Lsx S10-hood-and-mirrors.jpg

In '08 got the interior reupholstered
The Lsx S10-new-interior.jpg

This is what it looks like today (when its all together)
The Lsx S10-dsc0137-90-s.jpg
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Re: The Lsx S10

Nice looking truck, ur gonna luv it when it's all done. I had a TBSS my truck is some much more fun than that was.
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That's a nice steering wheel, where'd you get it?
Old 12-28-2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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Quote: Originally Posted by MotorNut123
That's a nice steering wheel, where'd you get it?
It is a Grant but I'm pretty sure I got it at an auto zone.
Old 12-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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Re: The Lsx S10

Well here is the good stuff. It's a 2001 5.3 LM7 with 100K miles complete minus the harness (i'll be buying a CPW harness later) purchased from LKQ
The Lsx S10-0114121536.jpg

I've already started this swap a couple months ago as you can probably tell by now I'm just catching you guys up to where I am today as fast as I can.

I've already tore the engine down, test fitted everything, and painted the engine bay. Attached are a couple pics from my cross member notch and some trimming I did to clear my radiator.
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The Lsx S10-0318121746.jpg   The Lsx S10-frame-notch.jpg   The Lsx S10-0406121543.jpg   The Lsx S10-0405121610.jpg  
Old 12-28-2012, 12:32 AM   #9
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Don't know if anyone else who has ever done this swap had the same problem I did but the cylinder head is extremely close to the heater box. So I cut a notch in it, molded a piece of sheet metal in place and laid some fiberglass down over it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:34 AM   #10
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I apoligize for the pics being so small. These were taken months or some even a year ago. I have a Photobucket account now and a new computer/phone so better ones are coming!
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This is from February '12 I pull the old drivetrain on night

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This is where the engine bay is today. Just got back from my local body shop.





Here's my heater box notch finished product

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Found this on craigslist on ad for a explorer that was being parted out. Picked up the 8.8 LSD 4.10 for $200



Went ahead opened it now and painted everything



Had axles and new rotors drilled to 5 on 4.75



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Re: The Lsx S10

Oh almost forgot, I'm sure you guys would like to know where I'm headed with the motor swap. Well here's a parts list:
5.3 stock bore
Stock bottom end
New main bearings
New rod bearings
New piston rings
Complete gasket kit along with rebuild kit
H3 oil pan
LS6 intake
LS6 valve springs
GM hot cam
New stock injectors
New lifters
Walbro 255
Vette fuel filter w/regulator
Truck accessories
kwik perf. Relocation brackets
sanden A/C compressor
Rebuilt 4L60e
Vette servo
8.8 rearend
4.10 ratio
84-89 vette radiator
Dual 10" proform e-fans
Custom shroud
Vintage air hot rod condenser
17"x8" Jegs torque thrust d
Nexen N3000 245/45/17
Belltech 2/3 drop
fiberglass roll pan
Ford T.S. silver with gm 8885 black stripes
2" goodmark cowl hood
Billet grille
All chrome bumper
New headlights LMC
New tail lights LMC
Clear corners
Spray-in bedliner
Battery relocated to bed
Old 12-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #15
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Re: The Lsx S10

Started putting the motor together while off for Christmas break


Good look at the relocation brackets. Basically prevents from notching frame for a/c compressor


Ran into problems on the intake. I didn't realize car intakes wouldn't work with truck water pump. The throttle body bumps water neck. Only solution is is to swap to car accessories. Well I'm a budget builder and don't want to buy all new accessories soooooo i modified my truck pump to resemble a car water pump!



I drilled a hole in the location of where the neck should be bought a threaded water neck from CBI in Athens, AL and cut off the threads and welded it on.
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I will try and find a freeze plug tomorrow to fit the existing hole in the water pump and if all goes well I should be dropping in the engine tomorrow.
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Thought I'd share these with you guys. Jasonst on pt.net makes custom mats. Thewe are pretty sweet.

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Off to the shop to start putting all the pieces together!

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Nice start man! Can't wait to see more progress.

Will you be keeping the rear on leafs?
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Nice clean project - done the right way.
Old 12-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #21
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Re: The Lsx S10

Quote: Originally Posted by DROPTSBLAZE
Nice start man! Can't wait to see more progress.

Will you be keeping the rear on leafs?

Yes sir thats the plan. I will most likely be going with a slide-a-link setup. I built my own set of trac bars for my last s10 (350 sbc/700R4) and it worked okay but looked a lil redneck imo lol
Old 01-03-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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Re: The Lsx S10

Look what I got done tonight....











When I test fit everything a few months ago i noticed the passenger side of the motor was higher for some reason. I figured i slot out the holes on the mounts. I saw the problem tonight. The mount actually went so far down it completely went past the chasis mount. I cut off about a inch off each side of the motor mount and that solved my issue.



View of the radiator and condenser

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Looking good man. Where did you get your relocation brackets from?
Old 01-03-2013, 03:14 AM   #24
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Quote: Originally Posted by 84blaze
Looking good man. Where did you get your relocation brackets from?
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Are you using rubber or poly in the motor mounts? If you're using rubber I would swap to poly now while you can still do it fairly easy. The rubber wears out too fast, especially with v8 swaps. I know people who have had the rubber wear out from the weight and the motor sag too low before they even get their swaps on the road.
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Quote: Originally Posted by DROPTSBLAZE
Are you using rubber or poly in the motor mounts? If you're using rubber I would swap to poly now while you can still do it fairly easy. The rubber wears out too fast, especially with v8 swaps. I know people who have had the rubber wear out from the weight and the motor sag too low before they even get their swaps on the road.
Yes I have the poly mounts. I was against them at first cause I rode in a LSX Blazer with them and you feel every time the motor torques. They stiff as a preachers dick. Lol But I chose them for their durability.

Just picked up some push lock line, radiator hoses and other misc. for vacuum lines. Add more pics tonight.
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I know why you were mistaken on the mounts Droptsblaze, i left the mounts in while painting the engine bay so in pics it looks like old black rubber.
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Cool man. It looked like poly in the pics, but I wasn't 100% sure. Thought I would throw it out there, so if it was poly, the info may at least help someone else reading. Both my trucks have poly mounts on the full suspension and engine. I don't mind the stiffness/feedback at all, but I guess it's because I'm used to it.
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Got the tranny in tonight and found some radiator hoses that will work







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Been slowing down here lately but got my rear end back from the suspension shop today. Shortened 5 1/2" to be be pretty close to stock 7.5 width. Notice i went with 9" ends just in case i have some racing in my future. Also took out enough so now the pinion in the center.

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Re: The Lsx S10

with all the nice work your doing why not make that heater box look better.
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Quote: Originally Posted by mafiacustomz
with all the nice work your doing why not make that heater box look better.
Cause it cant be seen really.
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Nice work man. That last engine bay shot looks so good.
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Last couple days been knee deep in the wiring harness and tying in some loose ends.
The bad: looks like I wont be leaving the column shift. It looks like a ton of extra work and I should have looked more into that when starting. So its bout to get a lokar floor shift supported by a blazer console.

I couldn't find the floor shift console and I've seen guys on here use the other type console but cut out the cup holders and bring their t-56 shifter rods thru there, so I'm gonna use that idea just a auto shifter with a custom made boot.





Here's the wiring harness laid in there, the coils been put on, used a ls2 coil harness(looked better than factory), fuel rails on.

Getting closer to making some noise!

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