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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 8th, 18, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on purchasing an LS3

I'm almost ready to purchase the engine and transmission for my '69 LS3 project. I was thinking about getting the LS376/525 manual connect and cruise system from GM performance parts.

I have the correct Hooker transmission crossmember and engine mounts. I know I will need Hooker headers part number 70501318 and a new oil pan.

Does anyone have any advice on ordering the engine/tranny combo? Have you gone with GM perforce before? Is this a quality route? How long does it take for the engine to arrive? How hard is it to get the engine from the delivery truck to my back yard? How big is/are the crates the parts come in?

Sorry for the noob questions. Can you tell I am fairly new to this?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old May 8th, 18, 09:19 AM
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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

The crate is pretty big and designed for a fork lift. I strapped it to the bucket on my front end loader. Might be able to move it with a heavy duty two wheel dolly and a friend.

It is tough to find a discounted price now that GMPP has restricted advertised price to list price. Phoning around is likely your best bet.

Summit and Jegs will show if it is in stock and you will get it in a few days if it is in stock.

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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

Bought mine from Jegs. Came on lift gate truck. We back my trailer up to the lift gate and slide it from truck to trailer. Engine hoist from there.

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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

Bought my LS3/480 and 4L70 from GM. They had it in stock so they just loaded me up with a forklift.
Normally a few weeks to come in (mine was ordered by another guy, and cancelled(died of a heart attack))

When I was checking prices, GM Performance had the best price. My GM Performance store matched the GM Performance store in Indy (best deal I could find on internet)

Took mine to a shop where we used a forklift to move around.
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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

I've never moved around an engine in a crate, but I'd think a couple of moving dollies would do the trick or if all else fails, have the delivery driver put the crate on a piece of 3/4 plywood and put that on some 3-4 ft sections of 4" pvc pipe. You can push it and it will roll over the pipes. Move forward and move the trailing pipe to the front as each section of pipe is exposed as it rolls forward. Yes, a primitive and somewhat humorous approach, but it will work if you don't have any other options.

As for a purchase option, check out Scroggins Dickey in Lubbock TX.

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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

Iíve bought a lot of GM crate LS3 engines. They deliver the crate with a lift gate and the driver with a pallet jack puts it right into my garage. Free shipping no tax and I have them in 3-4 days.
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Jegs will price match any internet ad, and I am pretty sure Summit will as well.

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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

I'm near to the same milestone with my project. Every large freight delivery that I have had to date has come via a truck with a lift gate and a delivery person who is more than willing to use a pallet jack and put the skid of parts where I would like it. One guy was ready to roll up his sleeves and help me work on the car....

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old May 9th, 18, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

As always, thank for the great advice! I think I will price shop Jegs, Summit and GM Performance parts. I'll arrange to be home when it's delivered. I have a back gate that opens to the street. I think I'll ask the driver if we can wheel it right into he back yard where the car is. I appreciate the responses!
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Re: Advice on purchasing an LS3

also realize that the price match is price to the door. summit and jegs offer free freight

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