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Old 09-08-2016, 11:24 PM   #1
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88 Stepside. Ls swap, daily driver.

Traded an 84 GMC Sierra for this truck. When the trans started to slip several friends suggested we could LS swap cheaper than a trans. I bought an Avalanche for $750, kept, engine/trans, wire harness, exhaust, fuel pump and some small parts. Sold remainder for $805.

Harness is reworked stock harness, initially I used the Avalanche fuel pump until it died. Now I have a stock replacement for a 96 Vortec truck. Engine mounts are Car Shoppe, 1.5" setback. I moved the trans crossmember back the same amount. Air intake is a cheap Ebay piece for the new body style trucks. I ran it with open cats at first then welded up the exhaust with mandrel bends. I got the bends as scrap cut offs from a 2010 Camaro. I bought v bands, 4 straight pieces and 2 Dynomax bullets.

I'm still working on it as I drive it. Still to come are getting the gauges to work, and clean up the wiring. I have plans of doing some budget mods to the engine, hopefully swapping to a 4L80 and a 14 bolt.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: 88 Stepside. Ls swap, daily driver.

Exhaust pics. A friend and I started with a pile of scrap and cut and pasted. Some how the tips moved between the truck and the table. Not paying attention, I fully welded one side, and discovered the mistake. I'd like them closer.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:52 PM   #3
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The front was lowered with Craigslist springs. The rear, another friend wanted a 6" drop, but had dropped hangers. I swapped with him and help with his drop. To grind off the rivets, I used a36 grit flap wheel on an angle grinder. I made a bracket to hold my e brake cables.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:57 PM   #4
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Re: 88 Stepside. Ls swap, daily driver.

That brings it up to date. Newest projects not related to engine swap was fixing damage from hitting a deer. I pulled the clip off a 4wd Sub, used the driver's fender, core support, grill, and bumper. Also swapped on the tow hooks. Next project is replacing the door hinges.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:52 PM   #5
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Re: 88 Stepside. Ls swap, daily driver.

i followed your build on mark's facebook page. nice to see you on here!
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:48 PM   #6
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i followed your build on mark's facebook page. nice to see you on here!
Thanks! Mark is one the best guys in this hobby. He helped a lot, and gave a lot of insight into this.
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Exhaust video.

https://youtu.be/-johhUC4SY8
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:58 PM   #8
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Fuel lines. There are a million ways to do it. I couldn't get the return line's braided section off, and broke a line wrench in the process. So I went with a fuel line repair kit and patched an adapter of sorts. After some research this is the permanent method I used.

Russell LS fuel rail fitting, -6 AN, -6 AN couplers, and -6 AN to o-ring adapters. Not pretty, but it is functional.
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Old 08-07-2019, 12:03 AM   #9
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Realized it's been nearly three years since I updated this. Truk has a new yard mate, a 00 Tahoe Z71, has had a trans swap and has seen passes at 3 local tracks, Jakes's in Moulton Al, Baileyton, and Huntsville.
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