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Hello everyone.. I decided to put a swap thread together and catalog my progress. Maybe even help out others that have or are planning on doing the same that I have.

Long story short.. I've grown tired of Ford trucks. Anyone that has put a engine in a newer model F150 can sympathize with me. I've wanted to build something LS powered for quite a while and be able to enjoy working on it while doing so.

I originally started with a '95 4th gen FBody that was "LT1less". Purchased a longblock 5.3 out of a 00 Suburban from a local salvage yard with harness, ecu, and all accessories. 1 BMR K-member later, had the 5.3 dropped in and ready to put the finishing touches on. With the idea of the car needing new paint and missing all of it's interior, I decided to scrap that idea and out came the 5.3. Given my fondness of fast trucks, I figured I'd pickup a RCSB for the swap. Living in Houston, that didn't prove to be a large feat.. more so was finding a truck that was in good condition (not conditions).

I found a 2002 Pewter regular cab short bed reasonably close to the house for a fair price and drove it home.
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Let the parts list begin..
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Progress...
Ported, polished, milled, 706's
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Z06 springs... they are cheap and will do with the stocker cam.
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Pulled the whole rotating assembly apart and re-ringed, re-bearinged, dipped the block, and painted / cleaned everything.

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Out with the old and in with the new..
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Pacesetter 1 7/8" longtubes and 3" ORY mated to the factory exhaust.
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Things to note for others performing this swap:
-you need V8 frame to engine mounts... the 6 cylinder ones are not the same
-PS pmp is the same but the brackets are not
-the fuel lines from the cab to intake manifold / rail need to be changed
-the ac compressor and lines are different
-the V6 4l60 and convertor will bolt right up... longevity is another thing entirely

I'll update as time permits. Thanks all for looking.

-stan
 

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On for some progress... removed the freshly installed Pacesetter ORY today. It crosses over the trans pan that until tomorrow has remained filterless since I drained the fluid on the tear down. Good thing I realized this now and not after clamps and final tightening.

Also installed a 34" V8 radiator, 06+ efans, pressed on the ps pump pulley, and a 255 fuel pump.

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Summit / Amazon sent me more goodies.. Tru-Cool 40k GVW trans cooler, trans fluid line, and a whole assortment of push-loc -an fittings!

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More to follow... tomorrow includes another ~$30 run to the dealer for bolts.

Thanks
Stan
 
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