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Finally getting back at this project so hopefully by starting a build thread it will keep me motivated to get it finished.

I bought this truck when I was a freshman in college for $150 plus some random engine accessories I had left over from the LS swap in my Wrangler.



It may not look like it but the truck was in extremely good shape, as in no rust holes and pitting other than the floor boards. We stripped it down and gave the chassis a good coat of paint. It had a 4.2L ghetto fabbed to the originally transmission and t case that we got running and actually drove the truck around for a little while.



I started all the body work and that where I started to get burnt out on the project. The hood, fenders, and grill were all sandblasted and primed, and the cab was sanded/sandblasted and the dents filled with bondo. I ditched the flat bed in favor of a stepside bed from an 80s chevy, and then this is how it sat for pretty much the last 3 years.



Just a couple days ago I picked up an 05 5.3L with 156k for $150, the guy said the lifters wore into the cam. So I will rebuild this motor for the truck very similar to my wrangler motor with a cam, pistons, and some big fuel injectors

I already have a 4l60e with a beast sunshell, corvette servos, etc.. just needs new clutches and steels so as soon as the motor is done I will do a quick rebuild on this with new seals, bearings, clutches, steels and so on.

I also already have a ford 9" that I plan to put into the truck and keep it on leafs. For the front axle im thinking a passenger drop 44 as I already have a gm np231 I can use. If I can find a cheap way to mate a driver drop T case to the 4l60e I will steal the built hp44 from my wrangler and use it in the truck. Either way the front will get linked with coil overs.


The end goal for this thing is going to be a street friendly truck on nothing bigger than 35s that can be a good dune cruiser my dad can use and then follow us at the offroad parks if he chooses too.
 

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I got the motor completely torn down today, found remnants of a lifter bearing in the oil pan and the cam is definitely shot. Other than that it is in really good shape. The bearings all looked good still (getting replaced anyway) and the cylinder walls all still show good cross hatching, pistons are all fine as well.


Next step is to bring the block and the crank to the shop for new cam bearings, a good cleaning and to polish the crank. While thats all happening I need to yank the old drivetrain out, and rebuild a 4l60e.

I still need a harness and a computer too. My local junkyard has half off next weekend so im hoping to get a harness, computer, and a drive by cable throttle body

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Got the harness cut down today and picked up a drive by cable throttle body up from the junkyard





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Finally got this thing moved into my barn. Going to be pulling the drive train out this week and dropping the 5.3 block off to the machine shop, still undecided on cam/pistons

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Took less than an hour start to finish working by myself to get the drive train out...



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Must have been nice having a built in work bench.
Haha, that thing needs to go. I would have cutoff it off today but I was out of sawzall blades and cutoff wheels. My engine hoist was barely long enough to reach around it

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Haha, that thing needs to go. I would have cutoff it off today but I was out of sawzall blades and cutoff wheels. My engine hoist was barely long enough to reach around it

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consider keeping it, might be nice tonhave a bench that close for the build lol

And you said reach around
 

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Cool project. What did you decide for a t case? 241c are cheap and drivers drop


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This is what most likely will happen. I have a 231c I was thinking about using but its electronic shift

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have some stock heads off my lq4 if you're interested. good luck with the build. should be cool!
Thanks! Ill do some research and see what the benefits of the lq4 heads would be

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consider keeping it, might be nice tonhave a bench that close for the build lol

And you said reach around
All gone. It was sticking out so far I couldnt park my truck in the barn haha



And in case anyone didnt know what super ghetto motor mounts looks like...simply 3/8" plate welded on top of the original 1/8" thick mounts....



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