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Great looking truck, get that 700r4 in it and let it cruise.
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Looks fantastic, glad it all came together.
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That looks great. With a little more drop in the rear it'll be perfect.
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Spent some time on the truck this weekend. I needed to flip my drop shackle around for some interference issues. I opted to take out the overload leaf. This is where the fun starts. Someone along the line put in an Airlift airbag set up for whatever reason. It has been out of commission for quite some time. I started to take the leaf pack apart when I noticed the center bolt had not nut. I took it apart anyway. No big bang, nothing sprang apart in grand fashion. Putting the leaf pack together without the center pin was quite the adventure. I managed to get it halfway straight and buttoned it back up so I could drive it to my shop. I picked up a set of new pins today so I am going to take it back apart to center and square it with the truck. I am going to take a few more leafs out to sit her down a bit. Taking our the overload only netted me 3/4" drop. I need another 1-1/2" to sit level. The truck has the optional HD leaf springs that came with 9 leafs. SD leafs are 5, so removing 3 shouldn't change much. We shall see...
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I've started gathering parts for the winter tear down.

I bought a rear half of a frame and stripped all of the parts to convert from leaf to coil/trailing arm rear suspension. I also bought a 72 rear end with the correct perches for coils that I am going rebuild with an eaton posi.

I've got a contact just outside of Chicago to get a low mile lm7. I am still on the fence if I should for with a 60e or 80e. Plans are for a cam and tune this year and turbos or blower next year. We shall see.

I picked up an American Autowire classic update complete truck wiring harness to replace the rats nest that has been hacked up over the last 43 years. Also converts it to ATO fuses and adds a bunch of circuits for modern electronics. Most likely going to pick up a Dakota Digital VHX guage cluster to work with the LS.




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Should have used our wiring.

Good call on the Dakota setup, I think I'm going to go that route for my '71 as well just to keep it simple.

With plans to make more power, just do an 80 and be done with it. I'm doing a stalled 4L80 (probably the cheap non-billet Circle D converter) for my cam only LQ4.
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Should have used our wiring.

Good call on the Dakota setup, I think I'm going to go that route for my '71 as well just to keep it simple.

With plans to make more power, just do an 80 and be done with it. I'm doing a stalled 4L80 (probably the cheap non-billet Circle D converter) for my cam only LQ4.
Who do you work for? I'm just torn on the 60 vs 80. I haven't dug much, but how much bigger is the 80? I don't want to cut the floor to make it fit if I don't have to
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I work for Painless.

Considering those trucks came with TH400's as an option (like my Camaro did) and I don't have to do any trimming on it, I would think you'd be fine.

Glancing through this thread, it doesn't seem that he had to cut/trim the tunnel any: http://ls1tech.com/forums/conversion...6-0-4l80e.html
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BRP (MuscleRods) is who I'm using for a mount kit if you decide to go the LS route and want it to be easy and bolt-in. Haven't mounted mine up, but from reviews and checking them out when I got them in, they look killer and should be trouble free:

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I work for Painless.

Considering those trucks came with TH400's as an option (like my Camaro did) and I don't have to do any trimming on it, I would think you'd be fine.

Glancing through this thread, it doesn't seem that he had to cut/trim the tunnel any: http://ls1tech.com/forums/conversion...6-0-4l80e.html
I went back and forth between Painless and AAW for literally a month. I finally decided on the AAW because there were more guys on the C10 forums that posted pictures of installs.

The truck currently has a TH400 in it. It's a big mammajamma. I'll do some searching and see if I can get some dimensions of both.

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BRP (MuscleRods) is who I'm using for a mount kit if you decide to go the LS route and want it to be easy and bolt-in. Haven't mounted mine up, but from reviews and checking them out when I got them in, they look killer and should be trouble free:

http://www.brphotrods.com/products/6...uck/index.html
Thanks! What LS harness did you use? Stock modified or new stand alone?

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I went back and forth between Painless and AAW for literally a month. I finally decided on the AAW because there were more guys on the C10 forums that posted pictures of installs.

The truck currently has a TH400 in it. It's a big mammajamma. I'll do some searching and see if I can get some dimensions of both.

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Thanks! What LS harness did you use? Stock modified or new stand alone?
No worries, not like AAW makes a bad product by any means, just do their kits a bit differently than us. Once it's all wired up, AAW or Painless, you really shouldn't have anything to worry about moving forward.

I'm using our 60508 LS harness (for car intake/injectors) and going with a mechanical throttle for simplicity. If you decide to get the 5.3, let me know what it's out of and what throttle body you are wanting to run and I'll see what we can do for you.
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No worries, not like AAW makes a bad product by any means, just do their kits a bit differently than us. Once it's all wired up, AAW or Painless, you really shouldn't have anything to worry about moving forward.

I'm using our 60508 LS harness (for car intake/injectors) and going with a mechanical throttle for simplicity. If you decide to get the 5.3, let me know what it's out of and what throttle body you are wanting to run and I'll see what we can do for you.
I wasn't aware that Painless offered an LS harness. That's good to know! Thanks!
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I managed to find a pretty decent deal on a 6.0L last weekend. It's an 03 LQ4. I am planning on tearing it down and at the very least re-ringing and new bearings as well as clean up the heads.

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Toss some L92/LS3 heads on it and make some power.
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Why tear it down?
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I'd love to, but I don't really want to get into swapping manifolds. I'd like to keep it as budget friendly as possible at this point.

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Why not? Millage is for all intents and purposes unknown so why not freshen it.


On a side note, does anyone have a line on a good 2wd 4l80e?
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Why not start fresh when it's on a stand. If he has the skills and time is a very cheap and smart investment.
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I dropped mine off a forklift, didn't change the junkyard oil and dyno'd it. Been 4 years, running like a champ. Tearing down a perfectly good motor makes no sense, especially in a twice a month cruiser.
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Congrats, all 297 whp have stayed together.
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So that's what everyone should do... that's the best thing to do with a motor you don't know about?
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So that's what everyone should do... that's the best thing to do with a motor you don't know about?
You're asking karlen this.........
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Starting removing the stock wiring harness. It's seen better days...

Main power feed line


Stock external regular harness was shoved in between the inner/outer fender. Still live...


Relays for radiator fans. Going to tidy this up with a relay bank to include necessary LS relays on core support.


Alternator exciter was wired hot, all of the time...


Proper connection for 30 fan circuit right...


During removal. Decided to pick up a new Ididit tilt column. After inspecting this one, it's junk.


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It was enough for the 3rd gear to blow out. With $1500 Karlen can make a 9 second LSx powered car, even a C4 corvette.
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