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Thread: Soon to be swapping the SBC for a 5.3 out of a 2007 Tahoe

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    Soon to be swapping the SBC for a 5.3 out of a 2007 Tahoe

    My van will be leaving home soon. It will take about a month for the swap guys to take out the old and in with the new. I can hardly wait to get it back. Turn-key swap using my engine/tranny wiring computer etc. They will flash the computer, strip out the wiring harness. Get the exhaust connected to the LS manifold. electronic shifting and gas pedal. Air intake routing. In-tank fuel pump with new fuel lines/supply & return. I am trying to get a good divorced NP205 to swap out the Rockwell T22 transfer case while they are at it. I can hardley wait to drive her home from the shop 25 miles away from home. Any body have any advice for a LS swap into our vans? How about the oil pan, will it hit anything? Does the Tahoe pan need to be replaced?

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    If you don't mind us asking, how much does a job like that run in price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len View Post
    If you don't mind us asking, how much does a job like that run in price?
    $3k. The old man has been swapping and fixing cars since the 1970's. I got quoted from $1500 for labor, I cover parts to $3500.00. I like this guys shop set up and his experience level.
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    That is a good price. There is a lot of work involved. Your lucky to find someone that is competent in doing an involved job like this one.

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    existing is dysfunctional but pretty.

    Should I paint the LS Chevy orange?
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    I dont know about the Hoe oil pan but mine is out of a 1500 PU and the pan is much longer than I want so I will be getting a shallower but longer sump pan. I wont need the very shallow pans everybody needs for swaps into cars but something a couple inches shallower than the truck one will be great.

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    every install is different. I am using a 200R4 trans. The below image has the engine mount adapter installed to the block in the wrong holes. Moving them aft 1" put the engine in the exact right spot.

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    the surp belt was all changed around to fit in the dog house. I got rid of the AC and PS. moved the alternator down and chopped up the big casting to make an idler pulley mount, with a new tension-er pulley also.

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    had to ditch the oil filler neck and put the oil cap directly onto the VC

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    Don't ask me!! I'm still stuck on "who am I?" and "What do I want?"

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    Thank you for sharing things I was not aware I'd have to do, your the Man!

    M1dadio you are my hero! Happy Easter! Paul
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Vette View Post
    Should I paint the LS Chevy orange?
    Pretty sure In later years the General switched his engine color to black.
    I have not owned a new truck since 2005 so I could be mistaken.
    Midadio's blue looks nice


    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Out with the old

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    Found the right person to help me with the LS swap. Today he got the frozen engine out thru the side doors in three hours.
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    So you are doing this yourself with a buddy's help? Not using the shop originally mentioned?



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