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Unread 08-01-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Project Pissed Wife Phase II 5.3L Vortec and 4L60e install!

This is the second phase of my original build ( in my sig) that I finished in 2010. Everything has been great with the rig except for one thing. The power level of the 4.0 has always left me wanting more. Which brings us up to today.

So I stoped by the junkyard to talk with a buddy of mine that runs the sales department. He made me bring this home:


and this:

and these:


It is a 2001 5.3L with a 4L60e and some Tj front drive shafts to elimanate the front disco crap.

I spent a few hours tearing a bunch of crap off the engine along witht the wiring harness and ECU.



The wiring harness is getting sent of tomorrow to get torn apart and a bunch of unneeded emissions sensors deleted. The ECU will also get programed.

Today I ordered an Advance Adapters kit to adapt the 231J to the 4l60e and to add a VSS sensor between the tranny and transfer case.

More to come In the next few weeks. I plan to cover everything with the install.

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Unread 08-01-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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I'll be watching this.

Not to hijack your thread but this seems like a nice swap. I helped my son
plumb his turbo on an LS1 into a 95 Nissan 240. Net 600HP with 76mm turbo.

Good luck with the wife.

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Unread 08-02-2012, 03:27 AM   #3
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Unread 08-02-2012, 04:57 AM   #4
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This is full of win. Looking forward to the swap.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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Not much happening today with the swap. I ordered some more parts and shipped off the wiring mess and ECU. I generally work on this every evenging. My mind races constantly except when I occupy it and my hands so this is something that I do to relax before bed after the kids go to bed.

Anyhow these motors are known for broken exhaust manifold bolts. I was lucky and only had 1 broken when I bought the motor. It was the first bolt, drivers side. Broken off clean with the head. So I got that out today. I hate easy outs, they never work for me. I just end up with a stuck bolt with a broken hardened steel center. What works everytime with out fail is to weld a nut to the broken stud, let it cool and out she comes. The heat really loosens it up. Without fail everytime.

Here is the nut welded on. I wasnt excited about welding on my new to me aluminum heads.


Hit it with some PB Blaster after she cold off. And it backed right out.

No damage to head.


I decided to go with some 2002 and up C6 Corvette exhaust manifolds, picked up a set with new gaskets and O2 sensors for $80 shipped on EBay. Im sure the corvette guys drop these manifolds for something cooler, but they work for me. These manifold work great because they dump out kind of straight down behind the motor mount and are much closer to the block than the truck heads. Ill post a comparison when they get here, which is hopefully soon.

Just waiting on the trans to tcase adapter, manifold and engine wiring harness. I plan on addressing oil pressure gauge sensor and the coolant temp guage sensor along with a compression check this weekend. I dont expect the compression to be bad I want to know now if there is a problem before its sitting in the Jeep.

Oh, can someone recommed me a differnt type of bolt that will survive on the exhaust manifold. I thought about getting the updates OEM bolts but I am reading they fall out and break just like theses do. I was thinking Stainless steal with some high temp antiseize? not sure. Let me know what you think.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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I have an 05 Silverado with the 5.3L and it is an AWESOME engine. I am clocking 120k right now and plan on not doing a thing to it until I at least hit 200k. You will love that engine. Reliable as hell and maintenance is next to nothing on it, aside from the obvious fluid changes, etc.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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Go grade 8 all around. I had my stupid valve cover bolts twist off on me, exhaust, and a couple others. You can't go wrong. May cost a little more, but it will be worth it in the end. Good luck, I'm definitely going to be following this
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Unread 08-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #8
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I have an 05 Silverado with the 5.3L and it is an AWESOME engine. I am clocking 120k right now and plan on not doing a thing to it until I at least hit 200k. You will love that engine. Reliable as hell and maintenance is next to nothing on it, aside from the obvious fluid changes, etc.
Not to mention the awesome aftermarket support and how plentiful these are in the yards. I cant wait.
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I know many off these motors that have be transplanted into mustangs with a turbo that make 700 hp and stay together....awesome motor's. I have just over 148,00 on mine besides the normal morning lifter tick that goes away after it is warm it has been the best running motor I have owned......
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Unread 08-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #10
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I know many off these motors that have be transplanted into mustangs with a turbo that make 700 hp and stay together....awesome motor's. I have just over 148,00 on mine besides the normal morning lifter tick that goes away after it is warm it has been the best running motor I have owned......
Lifter tick? huh, I hate lifter tick. I suppose the heads have to come off to replace the lifters.

So do I pull the heads now and replace the lifters, or wait and see if it ticks?
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You should add a cam with those new lifters!!!
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Lifter tick? huh, I hate lifter tick. I suppose the heads have to come off to replace the lifters.

So do I pull the heads now and replace the lifters, or wait and see if it ticks?
I would pull the heads to look at the cylinder bores and pistons as well..These motors use a cast piston and they tend to have the famous piston slap. No biggie theses motors run for a long time..dont get your self into a complete rebuild. kinda like the 4.0 they tick but keep on going. If you research on the web about the ls motors and piston slap you will find out all you want to know. dont let it scare you

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If you don't mind me askin...... How much for the engine and trans?
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I would pull the heads to look at the cylinder bores and pistons as well..These motors use a cast piston and they tend to have the famous piston slap. No biggie theses motors run for a long time..dont get your self into a complete rebuild. kinda like the 4.0 they tick but keep on going. If you research on the web about the ls motors and piston slap you will find out all you want to know. dont let it scare you

http://www.pistonslap.com/index.html
My motor came with a warranty, if it ticks of slaps its going back.And thanks for the link I didnt need to see that.
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If you don't mind me askin...... How much for the engine and trans?
$1500 for everything. Engine, Trans, wiring, ECU, fuse block, and the donor fuel pump. 80,000 mile motor and trans, with a 90 day after install warranty.
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