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5/11/14 8:59am - Original Message: 'LS engine swap almost completed!'
Sarge81 Lifetime Member
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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After 11 months of tinkering around for a couple hours a night 5 days a week, I finally turned the key and it came to life. Well sort of. Darn antitheft feature in the PCM needs to be edited out. The engine will run for a few seconds then shut off. But it runs! Big smile
It started out as a aluminum block L33 5.3L out of a wrecked '05 Silverado. Due to the excessive wear from abuse I decided to overhaul it. The cylinder walls were thick enough to bore it out to a 5.7L. So it's basically built to '04 Z06 specs with a step over stock cam. I wanted that muscle car tone while idling. 

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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
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5/11/14 9:08am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Peru, IN - USA

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Labor of love (and a few encouraging words I'm sure)  pretty amazing engineering and patience. Did you have to do any cutting anywhere on the body or frame..?  Good job.

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5/11/14 9:18am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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No cutting required. The engine is only 1/4" forward of the original small block. 

I think I invented some new words of encouragement doing this. LOL






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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
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5/11/14 3:10pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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My tuner guy came over today and did some editing on the PCM. The car now runs pretty good. But of course there is alway some issue going to pop up. I have to figure out why my electric fans don't kick on. Even when commanded by the editing software. The relays are clicking when commanded but the fans won't come on. Disapprove

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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/11/14 7:39pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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That just looks sweet. Can't wait to hear it! Maybe when mine is ready, yours will be and we can meet up.

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5/11/14 8:09pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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Terrific looking install!  I'm envious of the LS swap.  Power and economy with reliability.  Great job!  What transmission and gears do you have behind it?

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5/11/14 9:40pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Thanks for the compliments. Thumbs Up

Darryl "dyoes", I have a Tremec TKO500 5 spd. trans. Hydraulic clutch, LS7 clutch disc and pressure plate. LS2 flywheel. The differential is filled with Dana 3.54 gears, smoothed C4 carrier & C4 posi unit, left bearing cap is made of billet steel, hardened stubs. Precision Corvette Differential down in Texas did the differential for me. 

I figured out the cooling fans. The alternator took awhile to boot itself up to full voltage so I guess the low voltage was messing with them. Now I can kick 'em on manually if needed and they came on automatically. Whew! Now if I can get the engine to burp the ton of air in it I'll be ready for road testing and then over to the dyno for final tuning. 


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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/22/14 11:18pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Well the coolant system is all bled and running cool. I wound up adding a bleeder to the top of the water pump. So far everything is functioning as it should. Fixed a melted wire that went from the alternator to the harness behind the fuse block. Tonight I finished putting the interior all back together, charged the A/C system and gave her, her first bath in nearly a year. Wednesday she goes for a NYS inspection.
I'm a very happy camper now! Big smile


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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/22/14 11:28pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Very, very nice.  I hope the People's Republic of New York gives you a clean bill of health!




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5/22/14 11:34pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Glad to here the bleeder worked. Good luck with inspection.

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5/23/14 7:29am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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5/23/14 5:01pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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sweet job !!

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5/25/14 11:43pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Thank you, thank you! 

Even though I haven't gotten it inspected yet, I took her out for a maiden voyage today. All I have to say is WOW! So much more refined than the old carburated small block. My tuner/engine guy stopped by and tweaked a few things in the computer. He ok'ed me to stand on it a couple times to see how the power is. It'll throw you back in the seat very nicely. lol. The torque is incredible, and this thing revs much more quicker than the old engine. Nothing like having a modern drivetrain in an old car. Thumbs Up


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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/26/14 12:24am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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I'm guessing you'll surprise a few "victims" in the "Stoplight Races"...!!!  Wink  Clap  Thumbs Up

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5/26/14 8:08am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Sarge81 said: Thank you, thank you! 

Nothing like having a modern drivetrain in an old car. Thumbs Up


Congrats Sarge, I'm guessing there was a huge grin entangled with a sigh of satisfaction!  I couldn't agree more about "moderning up" an old car.  I suppose the engine swap was all you did to the old girl?  

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Great looking install Sarge. Looks really tight in there. I'm soooo jealous.

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5/26/14 7:08pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Thanks Michael. Give Terry a hug for us. Miss you guys.

Dave, I gave out a good old loud "Richard Rawlings" Gas Money Garage "WOOH"!!! Time for a burnout now. lol. The only other drivetrain modernizing I did was adding the Tremec 5 spd. a few years ago, now a hydraulic clutch, and had the differential beefed up with some C4 parts inside. Next is a tubular chassis….oops wait…mama said no to the tubular chassis. Next big thing in a few years I'm going to add a Magnuson TVS2300 supercharger. Mama approves that update. We're addicted to "boost." Clown

Norsky, not that we here at C3VR condone street racing, but um there are times when the throttle may stick during sudden acceleration. Evil Smile Wink


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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/27/14 4:18pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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I saw the Dodge fly past us a couple times up in Wisconsin on the road trips. We need to put a governor on that LS-1 so we can at least have time to wave at ya!! Or was that the Misses driving?

 



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5/29/14 6:26am - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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tttanker said:

I saw the Dodge fly past us a couple times up in Wisconsin on the road trips. We need to put a governor on that LS-1 so we can at least have time to wave at ya!! Or was that the Misses driving?

 




Lol Don. That was me driving. Michele drives the same as me though. Well the car is inspected and road legal again in the Great Nazi Empire of NYS. Time to put some breaking miles on her now.

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GEN III 5.7L "LS6" Engine swap
TKO500 5 spd.
3.54 Dana 44
'69 "N11" Sidepipes
Borgeson Steering Box
Born 8/1981
Sequence #3975




Click here to see more pics of my Vette on CarDomain.


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5/29/14 1:35pm - Reply: 'Re: LS engine swap almost completed!'
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Great job Darryl Exclamation Been folowing it since you started....can't wait to see/hear it in person Thumbs Up

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