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In the last few years of the automotive collector market, light trucks have become a hot commodity—especially Chevy trucks. Unlike in the past, heavily modified vehicles command a premium over stock restorations. Owners of these trucks, which were often fairly crude and not much fun to drive, are demanding modern performance and technology in each system. The brakes, suspension, steering, air conditioning, and electronics can be upgraded to make your old truck drive like new. Of course, the drivetrain is arguably the most important part of that equation, and that means swapping an LS or LT engine and a modern transmission into your classic Chevy truck.

To perform a successful LS or LT engine swap into an older Chevy truck, proper planning, the right combination of parts, and the correct information is required to complete the project. How to Swap LS & LT Engines into Chevy & GMC Trucks: 1960–1998 provides instruction and guidance for selecting the best engine for your budget, choosing the adapter plates and engine mounts, dropping the engine into the truck, selecting the ideal transmission and drivelines, and completing all facets of the swap. You must ensure that all of the other components on the car are compatible with the engine, so author Bryant instructs you how to integrate the electronic engine control system; select and install the exhaust, intake, and fuel pumps; and upgrade the cooling system for the high-performance LS and LT.

While the swapping process is covered in detail, the author also provides a helpful LS and LT engine guide. This helps you find the best option for your application and understand the different considerations for these two engines. Whether you are ready to get started right now or want to use this book to determine whether you want to tackle this project, this book is essential to making informed decisions along the way.

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In the last few years of the automotive collector market, light trucks have become a hot commodity—especially Chevy trucks. Unlike in the past, heavily modified vehicles command a premium over stock restorations. Owners of these trucks, which were often fairly crude and not much fun to drive, are demanding modern performance and technology in each system. The brakes, suspension, steering, air conditioning, and electronics can be upgraded to make your old truck drive like new. Of course, the drivetrain is arguably the most important part of that equation, and that means swapping an LS or LT engine and a modern transmission into your classic Chevy truck.

To perform a successful LS or LT engine swap into an older Chevy truck, proper planning, the right combination of parts, and the correct information is required to complete the project. How to Swap LS & LT Engines into Chevy & GMC Trucks: 1960–1998 provides instruction and guidance for selecting the best engine for your budget, choosing the adapter plates and engine mounts, dropping the engine into the truck, selecting the ideal transmission and drivelines, and completing all facets of the swap. You must ensure that all of the other components on the car are compatible with the engine, so author Bryant instructs you how to integrate the electronic engine control system; select and install the exhaust, intake, and fuel pumps; and upgrade the cooling system for the high-performance LS and LT.

While the swapping process is covered in detail, the author also provides a helpful LS and LT engine guide. This helps you find the best option for your application and understand the different considerations for these two engines. Whether you are ready to get started right now or want to use this book to determine whether you want to tackle this project, this book is essential to making informed decisions along the way.

Pages : 160
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 471 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613256084
Product Code : SA509

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Gen III, Gen IV, and Gen V Engines

LS-Series Engines

Gen III: The Evolution of V-8 Performance

Gen III Vortec Engines

Gen IV: Improving the Legend

Gen IV Vortech Engines

Gen V LT-Series Engines

Sourcing an Engine

Chapter 2: Engine and Transmission Mounts

1963–1966 C10

1967–1972 C10

1963–1972 K10

1973–1987 C10

1973–1987 K10

1988–1998 C1500

1988–1998 K1500

Universal Adapter Plates 

Early-Style Adapters 

1973-and-Newer Clamshell Universal Adapters

Transmissions

Chapter 3: Oil Pans, Pan Modifications, and Aftermarket Options

Stock Oil Pans

LS Oil Pans

Gen V Oil Pans

Aftermarket Gen III and Gen IV Oil Pans

Sump Eliminator Kit 

Oil System Modifications

Adding Oil Coolers 

Chapter 4: Accessory Drives and Cooling Systems

Stock Gen III and Gen IV Accessory Drives

Gen V Accessory Drives

Stock Drives

Aftermarket Drives

Cooling Systems

Factory Radiators 

Overflow Tanks 

Steam Lines

LT1 Cooling Systems

Adapters

Chapter 5: Transmissions 

Automatics

Manual Transmissions 

Hydraulic Clutch System

Transfer Case

Chapter 6: Wiring a C10 LS/LT Swap

LS Engine Harness Considerations

Cam Sensor Locations

Factory ECM Pinouts 

LT Engine Harness Considerations 

Aftermarket Harnesses 

Gauges

Factory Harness Integration

Sensors 

1991 GMT400 Gauge Wiring

Oil Sensors

Coolant

Chapter 7: ECMs and Initial Setup

LS ECMs 

LT ECMs 

Aftermarket ECMs

Displacement on Demand/Active Fuel Management Delete

Throttle Pedals

Tuning Software

Chapter 8: Fuel Syste

Fuel Pumps

1960–1972 

1973–1987

Universal Modules 

Chapter 9: Air Intake and Exhaust

Air Intake

Building an Air Intake

Vacuum and PCV Issues with LT Engines

Exhaust

Stock LS Manifolds 

Stock LT Exhaust Manifolds

Aftermarket Headers

Catalytic Convertors

Source Guide

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