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How hard to install FI engine?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dawson444, Sep 7, 2001.

  1. dawson444

    dawson444 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking at getting a GM crate engine. I am looking at I could save over $1k if I installed this thing my self. Is it really that hard or would I be getting in way over my head? What do you guys think? I am 17 years old, have done 2 lifts on my truck, put a 1 ton 14 bolt under it w/ 9012s and feel like I can usually figure stuff out. I am thinking about talking to my auto tech teacher at school and seeing if he would let me do it in his shop. Not sure if he is going to let me or not, w/ the whole liability thing. Honestly do you guys think I can do this or you think I would be getting in way over my head? My lack of experience is the only thing that scares me. Thanks!

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  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    I would be getting in way over my head?

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    If I wasn't in over my head approximately 98.766454 of my waking life, I would feel weird. You on the best site to get advice, help and/or general tomfoolery to help you out in this project. Since I've answer none your questions [​IMG] I shall defer to my esteemed colleagues who know more than I do.

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  3. BorregoK5

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    If your Blazer is already equiped with Fuel Injection then the biggest hurdle is passed as there is quite a bit of electronics tied to the managing of the system. If your carefull to select a crate motor which matches your existing setup, the job will be relatively straight forward but lets face it, its never as easy as it is in theory. I started swapping engines at around 17 in vehicles that where much harder than a Chevy. Pay attention to detail, ask lots of questions and I'm sure you'll be successfull. Oh, and take the amount of time you think you can finish it in and times it by three, thats how long it will most likely take. Good Luck!

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  4. Thunder

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    If your rig is already FI ,The engine swap is not too hard. Just label everything, Take some good pictures of your engine before you pull it with the air cleaner off. Wipe off all the wires and hoses so the colors show.That really helps when your memory fails.
    Get a good manual and read it before you decide if you want to do it. Most libraries have Motor or Chilton manuals you can check out. Read the motor R&amp;R section and see if you are up to it.
    You can rent an engine hoist from a rental yard for around 50.00.
    Get a buddy to help you and you should be able to do this job in a weekend.
    I rebuilt my first engine when I was your age. I will never forget the great feeling I had when we put that 327 in my 67 El camino and it started right up.
    You seem mechanically inclined so If you have a place to do it.
    GO For It!
    If you run into trobule you can always post questions here. someone will be willing to help.

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  5. CaptCrunch

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    I would bet you can do it Dawson... pretty easy like was said... label everything and you should be good. If you have any question throw us a line out on the boards like solowookie has been doing and we'll do are best to help. I would recomned that you make sure you have another car for a few days to use to get misc. parts and stuff

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