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Old 03-27-2013, 08:28 AM
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I'm considering a project (like I need another one) but my mind is spinning this morning. I found a 97 TLC with a "knock" for cheap that I'm considering buying and swapping in a 5.3L LQ4 vortec engine and a 4L60e tranny. I was reading Rockrods write-up on Mud and it got me pretty excited. First thing is I need to get together with Rockrod and discuss the real time involved and $ of this swap. I'll let you all know if I go for it! Doug
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:18 AM
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Of course another easier idea is to simply swap in another 4.5. Anyone have one or generally know the availability of these engines in the used market? Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:08 AM
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engine swaps are great if you don't have to deal with emissions.

1fz...i've got one sitting in my garage.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:25 AM
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engine swaps are great if you don't have to deal with emissions.

1fz...i've got one sitting in my garage.
Really....interested in selling? I did find a 97 1fz with documented 105,000 miles that has a new head gasket and head checked for $1800. The guy said nothing was wrong with the engine to begin with and it was going into a Lexus LX450 but there was some issue with the registration. The guy seemed to be a honest dude. He would even install turn-key for $2,600. What do you think of those $ numbers?

I was planning to swap myself but now I'm wondering if this might be a better route. I would have around $5,500 into rig that has 187,000 with a 105,000 mile engine and no lockers (no biggie). I need to check out the TLC but it looks very clean from the pictures. Worth fooling with?
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I'm going to start another thread on this. I don't see how I can delete my own thread.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:46 PM
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I have done this very swap.

All you need to know:

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/s...ghlight=Vortec

Let me know if you want to see the rig in person.
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engine swaps are great if you don't have to deal with emissions.

1fz...i've got one sitting in my garage.
Not true. You just need to know how to do it
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Not true. You just need to know how to do it
how much did you slip the state inspector to pass you
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how much did you slip the state inspector to pass you
nothing.

i did it the right way and complied fully with the state inspector's requirements. It's now tested as a 2006 chevy silverado on the rollers.
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nothing.

i did it the right way and complied fully with the state inspector's requirements. It's now tested as a 2006 chevy silverado on the rollers.
me too, they were really nice to me about it. I think the key is doing it by the rules. Mines is tested as an 03.

If you don't do what they require it can get tricky.
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