S-10 Forum banner
1 - 20 of 53 Posts

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This swap has been a long time overdue...

I've been collecting parts since back when BlackX 1st did his swap. His build inspired me as well as many builds on this forum.

Another inspiration was my father-in-law. He built a '48 chevy pickup that he showed. Super proud of it and the work he did. Unfortunately he passed last year and I will not be able to show him what he inspired me to do. But, hopefully my kids or someone else will be inspired.

Due to job change, family and just life in general, it's taken me waaaay too long.

My goal for this build was to learn what goes into building a hotrod, essentially. I went overboard on the parts because I don't want it to break under nitrous.
 

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
I've been gathering parts for a while. Mostly swooping in like a scavenger on canceled builds and buying parts at good prices. I kinda felt bad at 1st but if I didn't get the deals, someone else would.

Parts list:
'07 LC9 w/799 heads
Fast 102 intake
Wiseco pistons
Arp main studs
Arp rod bolts
Arp head bolts
Holley oil pan w/baffle
Corvette accessory drive
Kwik high mount ac bracket
CPW harness
CPW rad and fans
CPW mounts
BRP trans mount
Stainless Works long tube headers
EPS cam
C5R chain
Melling oil pump
Heads machined by Advanced Induction
Manley dual springs
Yella Terra rockers
BTR push rods
ATI damper
RPM Transmissions 4L70e
Circle D converter
Sphon upper and lower arms
QA1 coilovers
Caltracs
Narrowed 8.8 rear with 3.73 gear
Racetronix hotwire harness
Racetronix fuelpump
 

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I had the cylinders honed, mains honed, and rotating assy balanced by a machine shop. I measured all parts with mics or bore guage. I cleaned all parts before assembling. Measured out all bearing clearances, all bolts torqued to spec. Rings were file fit per cylinder. Measuring everything took forever. Putting it together then tearing down and cleaning everything each time. I took my time, making sure to do things right per books and online resources.
 

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Valley cover and valve covers are on and everything taped up. Waiting to finish truck teardown. The plan is to test fit the engine, clearance anything that needs it, then finish engine assembly.

I don't want to break anything while fitting the engine.

Here's where I'm at with teardown...

Land vehicle Vehicle Car Automobile repair shop Auto part


This will be slow going. I've never done anything like this before. Just making sure I mark where all nuts and bolts go etc...
 

·
Been there Done it
Joined
·
12,477 Posts
Looks good. Glad to see you are being so meticulous about each step. Should turn out nice.
Nice looking truck to do it to.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
I am pretty much at the same phase you are except I am going with a mostly stock 4.8L and a t56 in a 2003 Blazer Xtreme. This is my first time doing such an involved swap but I did tons of research (thank you to all the members that have contributed their swap experience, advice, knowledge, pics etc!) and put lots of time into the theoretical side but now, finally, getting to the practical part lol. Great looking truck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,212 Posts
I have a 98 step-side that I building, L33. 4L65E, 8.6 db ls 3:42's. I hope it looks as good as yours. Glad to know you had such a good relationship with your father-in-law. I had a mother-in-law whom I loved dearly she was like a second mother to me, hardly a day goes by that I don't think of her.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
269 Posts
Eh, don't worry about all the bolts. It's just weight savings if you end up with a bucket full of "Spare Bolts" lol ?
 

·
Registered
96 Sonoma 5.3L
Joined
·
34 Posts
Very nice Truck! (y)
I am also getting ready to start a swap. Truck is 96 ext cab Sonoma. Engine is a 2006 5.3L LH6. I am collecting parts at the moment.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
184 Posts
Cool project!

I just (mostly) finished my '82 S10 5.3 L33 / T56 swap. "Mostly" because I've been driving it with the stock rear, but I've got an Explorer 8.8 out to a shop right now being narrowed.

If I were doing my swap again, I'd spring for the Holley swap parts (mounts, exhaust, steering shaft, etc.)

Did you find an 8.8 already narrowed, are you narrowing the 8.8 yourself, or having it done? I don't have the necessary welding skills to do that job, and it took some time for me to find a shop that was willing to narrow a rear. I also saw that Quick Performance sells a bolt-in 9" for our trucks that they'll build to suit.
 

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Thanks for the comments everyone.

It's slow going. Got the other fender off, ac refrigerant reclaimed. Been working on stuff around the house.

Cool project!

I just (mostly) finished my '82 S10 5.3 L33 / T56 swap. "Mostly" because I've been driving it with the stock rear, but I've got an Explorer 8.8 out to a shop right now being narrowed.

If I were doing my swap again, I'd spring for the Holley swap parts (mounts, exhaust, steering shaft, etc.)

Did you find an 8.8 already narrowed, are you narrowing the 8.8 yourself, or having it done? I don't have the necessary welding skills to do that job, and it took some time for me to find a shop that was willing to narrow a rear. I also saw that Quick Performance sells a bolt-in 9" for our trucks that they'll build to suit.
I don't have mine narrowed yet. I don't have the skills or tools to do it. I'm going 2" more narrow than stock s10 width, for that negative offset look. I'll have them weld the tubes and install 9" housing ends. The caliper brackets I'm using are for Vette calipers on 9" housing ends. Overall, it comes out cheaper having the 8.8 narrowed than having a custom 12 bolt, 9" or 8.8 built.

Madratt used holley's exhaust on his build...https://www.s10forum.com/threads/my-03-extreme-zq8-ext-cab-swap.851221/post-12208653. Looks like a nice option. With easy modification to the system, it'll fit my x-cab and SW headers. I'll probably go that route and add an x pipe. I'm curious how the SW headers would fit with holley mounts.

I did pick up the holley steering shaft. Should be nice getting rid of the rag joint.
 

·
( . Y . )
Joined
·
981 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Engine Auto part Vehicle Automotive engine part Scrap


Did a little bit more work...
Need to drain the ps fluid, disconnect fuel lines, and disconnect whatever is attached to the transmission. Should be ready to pull after that, I hope.
 

·
LS3 Cruisin'
Joined
·
2,066 Posts
Very nice parts build list, though I am a bit biased as I've got half the parts or more that you listed lol. I'd recommend plugging the valley oil tower, either turn the block upsidown and tap it & thread in plugs, or use the kit to pop rivet in plugs. Either way I can tell you that the o-ring seals on the underside of the valley cover don't do a perfect job of holding pressure, they piss all over the place and you bleed oil pressure there. Also, change the oil bypass bar-bell in the back of the block with the billet machined version.

I assume that's the LS9 head gasket? If not, that's best to use...

I'd recommend ARP bolts for the oil pan... most bolt kits are inferior, I learned this the hard way.

Ebay crank tool eh... Be careful, at the start that tool doesn't thread very deeply into the snout... I actually use an old crank bolt to start it and get it about 1/3 of the way on before I switch to that tool. Guys have stripped the threads right out of the crank snout using that tool...

I trust you'll go ATI damper, and I'd recommend pinning the crank with ATI's kit. Admittedly the torx plus screws ATI uses are retarded and lack justification other than they also sell the correct torx plus bit (which I have, and happens to fit the heads loosely anyway... garbage...)

No offense intended, but I hope you've lubricated the shit out of everything, the rockers and springs look dry. I use Amsoil engine assembly lube and/or white lithium grease. I hope you soaked the lifters in oil, and heavily greased the cam and lifter wheels. Be sure to pre-prime the engine, easiest way I found is using the oil galley plug at the front driveside of the block with an ebay drill pump. Prime until oil comes out the top of every lifter, then you're good. A 102mm intake on a 5.3 is a bit weird... Honestly a smaller intake would be just as good, and a smaller throttle body gives a better low RPM throttle response between off throttle and tip-in. I wouldn't use anything bigger than a 92mm. Also, don't cheap out on TB, the Nick Williams is the way to go. Don't cheap out on IAC/TPS either, AC Delco only not the ebay specials. A NW 92 + AC Delco TPS/IAC are way easier to dial in than aftermarket crap.

That's all that comes in mind atm, nice build, keep it up, need more porn pics.
 
1 - 20 of 53 Posts
Top