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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Cumming, GA

    Looking at possible engine swap

    Well, the old 5.3's days are numbered in El Bastardo Grande (my truck). Seems the oil pump has decided to shit the bed. Anyway, being that I am now looking at replacing the engine, what is the simplest easiest replacement for the 5.3? I'm talking as close to drop in as possible. Or, should I just go back with a 5.3?

    2002 ECSB, Nelson Tune, LS1 electric fans, 145A alternator, K&N FIPK, 160 T-stat, TB coolant bypass, Corvette servo, 4 headlight mod, blue LED gauge cluster

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Austin Tx.
    Same engine from a junkyard. Clean it up, throw a small cam in, and call it a day.
    1951 3100
    1984 C10

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    you could go 6.0 if you want
    Simple: 408 on steroids!
    single digits coming soon!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Fort Hood, TX (for now)
    Yea a 6.0 would be straight forward drop in hook up and go, with all the added umph and nothing to take apart engine wise. I've even heard of some guys using the same settings from the 5.3 ecm. But even so, a quick mail order tune would only cost you around $160-$200 anyways. By the way, love the nickname for your truck

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