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After weighing the costs to rebuild my 327 the way I wanted, I've decided to pull the trigger.

Going to go from this:




To this:



Sitting in here:


This will serve as the start of the build thread. Going to take a few months to acquire all of the parts and such, but will update this as I begin work.
 

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Good for you, I thought about this same route, had a great LS1 for it but ended up going old school 383 stroker. I like how it ended up but I still want someday to have an LS powered 1st gen.


Good luck and looking forward to your build
 

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Excellent choice Jason ... let us know how the build goes, keep the pics coming. The new EFI tanks from Tanks Inc. will work perfectly and so cost effective

Cheers
Steve
 

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Very cool. LS1/T56? What did it come out of?

I had a similar situation, rebuild an old 350 and 4 speed or go the LS route. I went LQ9/T56 and couldn't be happier.
2000 Z28

Excellent choice Jason ... let us know how the build goes, keep the pics coming. The new EFI tanks from Tanks Inc. will work perfectly and so cost effective

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They're among some of the ones I've been looking at. Sort of wish I hadn't recently replaced my tank since it's gonna have to go, and swapped in this Muncie, and..........
 

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They're among some of the ones I've been looking at. Sort of wish I hadn't recently replaced my tank since it's gonna have to go, and swapped in this Muncie, and..........
Don't feel bad. I've done everything twice on mine as well. I used the Tanks Inc. one on my build with a Walbro 255. Nice setup.
 

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Did a bunch of research on parts and prices and such and it looks like I'm going to go with the following:

Engine/Tranny - eBay $4,500.00

Fuel - Tanks Inc
Tank $210.00
Pump $210.00
Sender $35.00
Line Kit $235.00

Wiring/ECU - PSI Conversions
Standalone Harness $519.00
Programming $150.00
Fan relay kit $49.00
Cable X Speedo Adapter $300.00

Hydraulics - McLeod
Hydraulic conversion kit w/ bracket $320.00

Swap Parts - Hooker
Kit to include: $1,500.00
Motor Mounts
Oil Pan
Tranny Crossmember
Headers

Misc
Hoses/Wires/Fluids $250.00

Sub Total $8,278.00

I will update this with specific prices as I go for anyone following along.
 

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Rebuilding an engine today unless you can do a lot of the work yourself can be quite expensive just in parts alone unless its a 350 Chevy. A 283 will cost you more for the parts. Unfortunately our hobby has become very expensive. The days of going to the boneyard for a 35 dollar fender a hundred dollar Muncie and a good running 327 4barrel for a hundred twenty five are far over.We used to go to Flynn's or Paddy,s as they had the best prices . If you pulled it yourself the prices were better but we are talking 40+ years ago. Alex
 

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Needed a way to roll my new subframe around but only had fourth gen wheels and the backspacing was all wrong. Solution...



2" spacers from ebay for $50.

Success



Built a cart to wheel it around

 

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Ordered my first batch of parts not even really involved with the swap. A lift bracket kit, spinnable engine stand, ls1 specific bolts to mount it to the stand, intake egr blockoff plate and a new clutch alignment tool.

Engine gets here Wednesday then its time to pull the tranny, get it mounted to the stand and start to pull things like the harness, exhaust manifolds, egr system and start to clean it. Probably going to end up painting the block chevy orange and keep the heads bare aluminum. Undecided on the intake, but leaning towards just leaving it alone or possibly a dark grey/gunmetal color.
 

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Got delivered today.



Also found out my dad needs quadruple bypass surgery so probably no updates for a bit.
 

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Great, please post a pic of it unwrapped. What all is it? Sorry to hear about your dad. Hope all goes well with him.
 

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Had my brothers shop guy run it over to my house this morning


 

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Yanked off all the EGR stuff and got the factory manifolds removed. The front bolt on the passenger side snapped off and the rear bolt on the driver side snapped. I'll have to have my welder buddy come over and weld a nut on whats left so I can get them removed.

Got my new cherry picker and engine stand assembled as well as got all of the wiring harness removed and started with pulling all of the accessories and motor mounts off. Once I get it stripped down I'll be able to yank the tranny and get it mounted to my stand and regain some room in my garage.


 

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back to getting this crap done....had a major setback in that when I pulled the motor apart it turns out the guy sold me a junk motor that had water in it and rusted together one of the cylinders, the valves had obviously hit the pistons, pushrods were bent, etc. After dealing with PayPal and amex it looks like I'm finally going to get my money back and this crap will be picked up in a week.

This is NOT what a supposedly excellent condition motor looks like inside:
 

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So I just bought this, should have it in a week

Iron 6.0 LQ4 with fresh rebuild. New rod and main bearings, ARP rod and head bolts, all new gaskets
LSA heads, new springs and retainers. 5 angle valve job, and decked.
LSA Supercharger with solid isolator, stock Lid
LS9 62lb injectors
Olsen Machine Pulley adapter kit to run LS1 accessories with the blower.
Olsen Machine Fuel Rails

Should go nice with my V2.
 

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