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Old 01-11-2012, 12:12 PM
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Sooo...are you done yet?

I'd be interested after it is all said and done to find out what you estimate the cost of the swap to be...As you stated right off the bat, the lack of power in an 80 gets old
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:29 PM
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Well Jeff, you can fix that by buying a 200 series or some = in the domestic market!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:21 PM
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It's getting there. I have a more current thread on the mud forum with some better documentation of where I am at.

here's the trans ready to go in:



I managed to get it in place the other night. I hope to have the t-case in place tonight:





I would say the cost of this in parts alone is going to be around $6500. I am doing all the work, so if someone were to pay to have the swap done, it's easy to see why a turn key swap can hit the $15k range. There's a lot work involved not to mention countless hours researching, learning about (what is to me) a new engine, figuring out the parts that are needed, and putting it into an action plan.

The biggest hang up right now is time. I don't have a lot to spare with my wife and I both working full time and trying to raise four kids (three of them are two years old). I am targeting the spring to have this truck back on the road. Let's hope I hit it .
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:11 PM
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Well Jeff, you can fix that by buying a 200 series or some = in the domestic market!!
I could, but I love my LX, aside from the lack of power - But honestly, I don't think I'd contemplate spending more than $5K on a 15 year old truck to get more power...Seems like my only realistic option remains to supercharged the LX someday...
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it's a little high still - need to bring it down so the hood will close:



It's not permanent yet - I need to center it up and then fit the motor mounts and weld in the frame brackets.

slow going....
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not sure if the oil pan is driving any of the motor placement decisions but i let it for my swap and never got it where i wanted. I am sure you are more experienced than what I was so this is not an issue for you, but just go into it thinking that cutting the oil an is no big deal. put it where you want it then make the oil pan fit.

maybe with 80's it's not a problem.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:17 AM
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I am using a camaro LS1 pan so it has no bearing on engine placement.

The transmission and t-case are in and bolted to the stock cross member in it's stock location - I am letting it dictate where the motor ends up.
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I had to cut one Camaro pan on a swap of a 5.3 into a 62. It got the motor lower and made it clear the hood easier and meant we didn't have to limit up travel of the axle. Sounds like maybe you have more room to work with which is nice. Also, I bet the axle on an 80 moves around a little less than a leaf sprung truck.
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I had to cut one Camaro pan on a swap of a 5.3 into a 62. It got the motor lower and made it clear the hood easier and meant we didn't have to limit up travel of the axle. Sounds like maybe you have more room to work with which is nice. Also, I bet the axle on an 80 moves around a little less than a leaf sprung truck.
There's more than enough room to fit the engine, even with the track bar and drag link for the steering. My rig is lifted about 3 inches in front so I am sure this helps. And yes, the front axle doesn't move a whole lot in comparison to leaf springs so that will help too.
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here's a few of the radiator and lincoln FWD dual electric fans to demonstrate front pulley clearance.





I think I am good with clearance.
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