LS swap into running car or?
I'm pulling together my spreadsheet for my LS swap and I started to visualize all of the swaps I need to make on my car so I pictured all of the parts laid out on the garage floor from the nose of the car to the back. This is a really good visual for me. I do not have most of the parts yet btw...
Starting at the front and working to the back of this collection of parts we have
Radiator & hoses & fan assembly
New upper and lower tubular control arms & coil overs
LS engine and all the components, headers, water pump, alternator, etc.....
ECM, mass airflow sensor, wiring harness, etc.....
New throttle controls to cabled Throttle body
Pull out old factor AC suitcase and cover firewall
New gauges or at least ways to transform digital signals to analog signals
Trans cross member
New clutch & hydraulic clutch linkage + master + misc pedal parts etc.....
EFI Fuel tank + fuel pump
And I think I might re-wire the car while I am at this.
Not a complete list by any means but it hits the big items I think (curious if I have missed anything major here).
Here's the mostly rambling/discussion part of my note........
The thing that has me scratching my head a bit is that I have a perfectly good running car right now with an old reliable 350/M21 installed and I am going to be pulling all of those parts out and replacing them, so essentially gutting the car. If feels like I'll be replacing about 1/2 of my car.
Does that make any sense? Or should I really be looking for a car that is already lacking an engine and tranny and working from that?
I think I know the answer to this, if I could sell my car for the right price and find a suitable roller at the right price, then yes it makes sense "for me" to sell my car and start my LS build with a roller and work up.
If however I cannot find a buyer for he right price then I guess swapping the LS into my current car and reselling the parts left over is the right way to go.......
Just seems strange to pull that much out of a working car and replace.
Seriously, have any of you ever thought of it this way?
I am going to keep sourcing the parts I need and once I have them all I can decide which direction to go I guess. In the meantime perhaps I'll list my car and see if I get any takers. However given the market I bet I could never get what I need out of my current car.
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