We bought the body lift from Autoanything, well It was missing the 2 front bumper brackets. The guy from Performance Accessories was an ass, he tried to say that this particular truck didn't need front brackets lol!! We actually had to talk to the department manager, and he took care of it and we only had to wait 2 weeks for them.
Then comes DISASTER, after getting all the power steering stuff out of the way we got in a hurry and forgot to bleed the rack and pinion. Needless to say it got a huge air pocket, and blew the main seal out and sucked the PS fluid out and onto the floor. This was a $400 mistake by us, GM dealer was the cheapest for the complete rack believe it or not.
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Ouch.... Hope that was in the Budget...:money:
Before we replaced the rack and pinion, we actually bought the rebuild kit from Rockauto for $67.00 over night shipped. Well the rebuild failed, we ended up screwing up the teflon o-rings and got frustrated so we just bought a new one lol!!
Got some MSD 10.5mm super conductor plug wires from Summit Racing for $58.00, these were perfect for an engine with headers. The boots actually have a double jointed tip on them, you can bend them and they will stay how you form them.
For the exhaust we bought 3" to 2 1/2" reducer header flange, 2-4' sections of aluminized exhaust tubing, 2-SLP Loudmouth II straight thru mufflers, and a set of 2 1/2" turn downs. This was last years setup, just to get the truck up and running. This year we are redoing it to 3" pipe, 2 Magnaflow high flow cats, 3" SLP Loudmouth 2 mufflers, we are also going to run the pipes all the way back to the bumper. It's extremely loud right now, especially at WOT..
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We did have a budget when we first started, and that was blown in the first 3 months. If you try and do an engine swap on a budget, you will have to cut a lot of corners. Alot of the 9 months working on this, was waiting on the next paycheck. If we would have had all the money up front, It would have taken maybe 6 months. I also got to be very good friends with the Chevy dealer. We took the truck up for them to look at when it was done, and they really liked it.
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More pics of the underside, steering column and other goodies.
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We removed the Putco LED bed light kit, which didn't really light up the bed that good. I came up with the idea of buying an LED underbody kit off ebay for $40, as you can see it's bright as hell! We also have a bed rug back there.
Shortly after the engine swap the fuel pump died while pulling the truck out of the garage, so we dropped the gas tank and bought a replacement. We also had a full 18 gallons in the tank too, took both of us to drop it out.
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As far as wheels and tire went, we were open to ALL possibilities. We wanted Trailblazer SS wheels, BUT they are ungodly expensive and there weren't really any to be had. Ralph found a set of 2010 Camaro SS wheels on craigslist for $550, so I told him sure why not. The fronts are 20x8, and the rears are 20x10. These are the polished oem gm wheels, 3 of them are perfect and one has curb rash but Ralph sanded it down and you can hardly see it now.
Tire Rack is where we bought the tires from, they are Goodyear SR-A 275/60/20 front, 305/60/20 rears. Had to stagger the sizes unfortunately, because the 275 series would only hold up to a 9.5" rim. 305 series was the smallest we could get to fit the rear rim.
Hopefully this weekend we will get the adapters I ordered 3 weeks ago, $409.00 for the set of 4.
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The Colorado originally had a 2 piece driveshaft, with carrier bearing and assorted junk. When installing the 5" CST lift kit, Ralph had to weld a relocation bracket to drop the bearing down to keep the appropriate angle. There was nothing wrong with this setup, BUT I did not feel comfortable with the 2 piece driveshaft. I called up Henderson Driveline out of Westlake, Ohio and had them make up this 1 piece driveshaft. All new from end to end, 69" long, 5" diameter, Spicer components, greasable U-Joints, balanaced, 28lbs total so it's relatively light weight.
We are taking it back to Henderson next week, to have them weld in the spring perches and other things we have in store. Tomorrow I am also ordering a set of Caltracs for the truck, we don't want any wheel hop at take off. Driveshaft was $450.
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WOW!! Everything looks awesome. Good job and keep the updates coming:great:
that looks like its coming together very well. looks like an amazing job. i agree with some previous posting. definately need some vids posted. start, rev, drive by, maybe burnout?
We want BURNOUT!!!!!! :gasp:
burnout is required!
Well it was supposed to be rolling this weekend, but the troll making the adapters screwed us. So we are waiting on the wheel adapters still, we are currently working on finishing up all the brake lines on it.
On a side note I took my LT1 swap firebird out today, and layed a huge black stripe about 40 ft. long. I will get a nice burnout video of the truck once it's done, I SWEAR!!
Nice swap. When you first mentioned that you kept the transmission, I forgot that the later 4L60Es had removable bellhousings. I knew the Atlas motors had a different bellhousing from the LS motors (which are slightly different from the old school Chevy bellhousing) but couldn't remember which pattern it was.