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Another LQ4 Swap getting ready to start...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5james, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. k5james

    k5james 1/2 ton status

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    The motor arrived today(pics to come). Donor vehicle is a 2005 GMC Van w/ 2800 miles on it. Engine mounts and crossmember are an off the shelf part that should make it almost a bolt on deal(more info to come) that I'm kind of being the Guinea Pig for. If it works it should take one of the headaches out of the swap for other people that are interested in doing it. I'll update this thread with pics and info along the way. Can't wait to get started.:D
     
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    Good Luck and keep us posted.
     
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    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    could ya break down LQ4 for dummies like me............ you're swaping something into something thats about all I got.
     
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    LQ4 is a Gen III 6.0 I believe.
     
  5. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Is some kind of fancy new motor going into, I suspect, the gen-1 Blazer in his sig.

    Now, what KIND of fancy new motor... hmm. I have no clue. Ah, Google is my friend. Wikipedia tells us that it's the 6.0L Vortec, in the region of 300hp.

    -- A
     
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    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    Ah I see.......... I was hoping it was the V6 duramax that I hear the vans get
     
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    Yep, on the money. With out all of the smog stuff and with all of the torque management tuned out it should be over 400HP at the crank, we'll see though.
     
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    k5james 1/2 ton status

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    Some pictures of the new powerplant.

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    Not much to report motor wise. Finally got rid of the crazy shifter that was in there though. Check this thing out.

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    Here's the bling bling ratchet shifter and how it's going to be mounted.

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    The hooptee has been sitting for a while. :(

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    i think my next project is going to have a vortec 8100 if i can get ahold of one, did you retrive the entire harness from the donor vehicle? what transmission are you gonna run behind it?
     
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    Yes, but I'm getting a custom harness made anyway. It's a semi built TH350.
     
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    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Nice! Don't forget a custom harness isn't necessary, i can rework (and test run) yours or hook you up with a reworked factory harness if need be.

    We also have our first batch of 73 up crossmembers done & available for GenIII swaps.

    About that vortec 8100, i can get ahold of them but its tough. they're a lot harder to get than GenIII engines.
    If your serious and you've got the money i can get you a 8.1L and make it turnkey (4 wire hook up on the harness).. :wink1:
     
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    Tried to send you a PM but it didn't work so here goes.

    I completely forgot you were doing harnesses now.

    What are you charging for a reworked harness?

    Let me know.

    Thanks,
    James

    PS, also anymore info on the 73 and up crossmembers would be much appreciated. My next project is going to be an 87 4x4 SWB w/ a 6.0.
     
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    You can call Kevin at pacificfab.net and he can answer any questions you have. Him and Ryan are the ones that mod all the harnesses and what not.
    408-782-1300
     
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    Bit of progress...

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    Finally got the POS Targetmaster outta there...

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  19. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    James,

    I'm begging you......while you have that engine out, please spend some time doing cleanup and detail painting on the firewall and the front parts of your frame!!!! :deal:

    It's SO much easier to do with the clip off (and engine out) and it will show off the new motor a lot nicer. Take a look at Burt4X4's photos of his motor installed and you'll see what I mean......I think all he did was a quick rattlecan job and it still looks great.

    That is all.



    .....No it isn't. Hook up those subwoofers too for crying out loud!!!

    :usaflag:
     
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    That's the plan:D
     

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