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LS1 Swap Build

Here is some eye candy for first gen owners. Here is the story. Ive been collecting parts for the past year or so but didn't actually start "building" until about a month ago. Anyways, I got the truck for $1000 off craigslist from a kid that gave up on it after he ran the engine out of oil and was actually parting it out but I offered to buy the entire truck realizing it had rare Total Chaos Long Travel control arms that allow for 13" of wheel travel and these alone were worth the price of the truck. The kid had no clue what he was doing with he installed the kit and practically destroyed the frame with hack job fabrication work. So I decided to start from scratch and cram an LS1 in there. Cheap, big power and super reliable. ENJOY!

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The day I bought the truck and got it to my buddies place.


Pulling the old engine out! (ended up finding out the engine was still ok and had good compression still and sold it for parts)


Bringing the truck to my house after I cleaned out the back yard

Back home and this is how it sat for a good long 6 months during the summer while I started to collect parts and learned how to fabricate and bought my first welder! No joke. Never touched a welder in my life until I bought this truck.

Got a wild hair up my *** and decided to start stripping the stuff I knew I wouldnt need!
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And now the fun starts! Here is the engine I picked out for it. Its an iron block 5.3L LS V8 out of a silverado that was bored to 5.7L, mild cam, Z06 heads, power plus intake manifold, larger throttle body, yata yata. 426HP is what it made on the engine dyno. Came with a stand alone harness as well with HP tuner software. This was a good day when this puppy came


After Lots of practice, Here are the engine mounts I made. I bought them as just flat pieces of plate and welded them how I wanted them.


cleaned out the garage and made room for the truck First time it met the LS1! lol


Fuel cell and misc engine parts I needed to do the swap
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LOVE IT!

I'm putting an LS in a 1950 Willys truck. Street fighter kind of vehicle though.

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So just to give you guys an idea of how bad this fabrication work was...


about 2 days later after non stop cutting and grinding and trying to not cut into factory frame rails


goodbye interior dont worry, the dash is going back in.. lol



Ford 8.8 out of 2000 ford explorer


Bare cab!


1/4 plate for shock hoop mounting



Added some more strength to the cross member where I was going to mount the engine


Time to test fit! (didnt go as good as I had hoped...) time to cut the firewall and trans tunnel :/



Yippe! she fits like a glove!


Transmission is HUGE compared to the stock one!


Motor mount design I came up with. Pretty sweet looking.

Engine is IN!!!!

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Radiator for a 3/4 ton truck (it gets pretty darn hot here in az so cooling system was very important.

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I wasnt sure where I wanted to post the build thread and I am more on the prerunner forums but those guys are literally almost all dick heads. And I have been a member here or another frontier forum in the past and figured this forum was the one to post the entire build cause im sure there are guys on here that are wanting to do the same or something similar!

but this is where I am at right now as we speak. I have more parts coming next week and shocks that are getting re built and once those are done the front end will go back on stay tuned!
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Sweet lord Jesus that is sweet! Stop it you are hurting my wallet!
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Awesome, I can't wait to see this done.
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Thanks for posting this! As an LS lover since '97, this is a very cool build.

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No problem guys! I am very happy to share the entire process and it's an easy way to document it! I actually had a 2004 frontier crew cab that was all done up as well a few years back that I absolutely loved and it got totaled by a red light runner and I've been wanting another one ever sense. So when this truck came up, it was a no brainer.
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This is badass! In for updates!
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