ls 5.3 swap into my 85 el camino

Discussion in 'Engine / Swaps etc.' started by hamiltonbs, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. bigtmoney

    bigtmoney Greasemonkey

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    That's a nice swap man, I'm driving a rental 2012 Tahoe with 16k miles and a 5.3 while my 1999 tahoe gets body work done w...I really want to get one of these and to put in my regal now.
     
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  2. hamiltonbs

    hamiltonbs Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    the radiator hoses are stock ones for a 01 suburban that I just trimmed off a bit. No air yet, I planned on making a bracket that goes where the belt tensioner is and use a R4 compressor for a 90 chevy pickup. the A/C hoses I plan to use are for a 85 cutlass with a 307 olds. we will see how they work.
     
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  3. hamiltonbs

    hamiltonbs Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    the headers are patriots for swapping a ls1 into a s10. I found them on ebay. they worked great!
     
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  4. thedoctorisin

    thedoctorisin Greasemonkey

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    Very clean swap, I was looking at your pics in your profile earlier. With those iroc wheels, did you use just fronts or just rears or what? I always wondered because the fronts and rears have a different offset as a set.
     
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  5. motorholmes

    motorholmes Master Mechanic

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    I think my AC pump was a '91 Caprice, or Camaro I don't remember. The bracket was kinda tricky, but it's always fun making your own stuff
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  6. hamiltonbs

    hamiltonbs Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    that compressor bracket and mounting looks awesome, that is exacty how it looks in my head! My wheels are irocs off the 88-90 models. They are regular front and backs, I put the front on the back and the backs on the front with 1/2" spacers and longer studs. Thanks everyone on the positive coments, I am happy with the way it is going now!
     
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  7. 85GPLef41

    85GPLef41 Royal Smart Person

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    I'm jealous... :wink: What transmission you using?
     
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  8. hamiltonbs

    hamiltonbs Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    the trans is 350 turbo.
     
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  9. 85GPLef41

    85GPLef41 Royal Smart Person

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    i looked at the modified crossmember and it's different then mine, But i had a 2004r, now i'm going with a 4l65E. Went with the same idea of extending the trans mount pad. 8)
     
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  10. galvesm

    galvesm n00b

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    how much power does that 5.3l make might want to go that route because the motors are dirt cheap instead of an ls1
     
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