EL CAMINO 1983 El Camino 5.3 Swap / Build Thread

Ace Burt

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Jul 23, 2017
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Ace,
If the Muscle Rods mounts work for your LS3, they'll certainly hold down our stock 5.3! On a related note, did you have any trouble with hood clearance? It looks to me like the alternator (with the stock truck accessory brackets) will be too high. I opened a separate thread about it, but I haven't heard from anyone who has used the Muscle Rods engine mounts. Your experience is much appreciated.

Thanks.
John
John I am building a pro touring car so pretty much nothing is stock. There are several companies that sell brackets to relocate the accessories if you need to. I am running a Holley Hiram and a glastek 5” Sunoco hood so I didn’t have and clearance issues. Once the motor was my biggest challenges were the AC system (vintage air fixed it) and the radiator. I ended up buying a griffin radiator from summit with both hose outlets on the right side that fixed that. Here are a few random pics of it
 

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JohnIL

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John I am building a pro touring car so pretty much nothing is stock. There are several companies that sell brackets to relocate the accessories if you need to. I am running a Holley Hiram and a glastek 5” Sunoco hood so I didn’t have and clearance issues. Once the motor was my biggest challenges were the AC system (vintage air fixed it) and the radiator. I ended up buying a griffin radiator from summit with both hose outlets on the right side that fixed that. Here are a few random pics of it
Thanks for the reply and the pics. That's a fun looking project! Ours will be much milder than yours. It's my son's first car, so a stock 5.3 is plenty. If we run into "severe" clearance problems, we'll look into a cowl induction hood. I like the cowl induction look, but my son likes the stock look. If he's dead set on keeping the stock hood, we will look into alternative accessory mount options. Thanks!

John
 

mclellan83

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John I am building a pro touring car so pretty much nothing is stock. There are several companies that sell brackets to relocate the accessories if you need to. I am running a Holley Hiram and a glastek 5” Sunoco hood so I didn’t have and clearance issues. Once the motor was my biggest challenges were the AC system (vintage air fixed it) and the radiator. I ended up buying a griffin radiator from summit with both hose outlets on the right side that fixed that. Here are a few random pics of it
Looks like a hell of a build, you should have a build thread going
 
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