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Who says the home wrecker doesn't have a heart?

Engine Stage 1:
Picked up a 5.3L LS motor and 4L60e transmission with a spare 5.3L that includes a good set of 799 heads. Going to swap the good the heads with ARP studs and install a better cam. I'll clean everything up and get the car running with the 4L60e trans and stock harness.

Engine Plan Stage 2:
Next will come a single turbo setup, 4L80e trans, and probably holley dominator EFI to control it. Something like this...
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Anyone have a good thread or build link to start for Phase 1 of this plan for an LS transplant with details about going through the 2000 stock truck harness?
 

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Does anyone know if this old hurst shifter in the car can be modified for the 4l80e four speed?
Sadly I think I might be out of luck. I'm even fine with buying a new style and putting this old handle back on a new one... Thoughts?
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Here's a few quick update photos... no more holes in the body and an 80% drivers side quarter! She will be home tonight.
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Yes... that is a danger explosives sign covering the hole in the pass floor... ha ha. "You only go original once." Isn't that what you guys always say? Oh wait... I think it was "They are only original once." :thumbsup:
 

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LS motor is built up with ARP bolts, LS6 heads, LS6 cam, and gapped rings ahead of a 4L80e with a stage 2 shift kit... this should work quite well with a big turbo! Pretty ratty job on the details but it suits the build. The wrecker interior is stripped out and I found a bunch of used door panels etc that are better than before. Hopefully this motor fits under the stock flat hood if I remove the intake cover... otherwise she is going to have a vortec shaker. Next comes the front floor pans and a rebuild of the subframe.
 

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It's time to clean up the firewall. Could someone look over the holes I plan to fill and let me know if I'm filling any more than I should? I plan to properly convert to a regular heater box down the road but until then the AC holes need to be filled. Planning to keep the fan blower hole (with a cover), gas pedal mount and throttle cable, wiper, brake master cylinder, grounds, and fender holes. IMG_6137.jpg


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It's time to clean up the firewall. Could someone look over the holes I plan to fill and let me know if I'm filling any more than I should? I plan to properly convert to a regular heater box down the road but until then the AC holes need to be filled. Planning to keep the fan blower hole (with a cover), gas pedal mount and throttle cable, wiper, brake master cylinder, grounds, and fender holes. View attachment 169778


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You're best bet is going to be to look at the AIM and compare what options you're going to have to what holes you need to keep. Here's the piercings page:

 

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I have the heater box cutout for the firewall if you want it. I filled my firewall but cut that area out in case someone needed it. I'll get a pic later and if you want it, just cover the shipping. Only pic i have is of where i cut it out on my car and added the filler but you get the idea.
 

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So it looks like my front subframe has some damage that concerns me... and I don't want to start repairing the frame. So...
Just picked up a 38k mile 71 Nova front clip with manual steering that is totally mint for $200. Doesn't get much better than that!



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Talk about tools of the trade - you aren't messing around lol - a bit jealous...
 
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