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TKCR 03-15-2021 08:40 AM

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Do you still have one of those behind the seat bags?

1981_c10 03-19-2021 10:10 AM

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Here are some updated pics of the truck. Cab goes to painter tomorrow. Also notice the speaker brackets mocked up!

1981_c10 03-19-2021 10:12 AM

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Also my truck originally had a maroon and orange two line pinstripe that followed the body lines. I have searched and searched and cant find an example. Anyone have pics? thinking of putting it back to break up the silver.

1981_c10 03-19-2021 03:31 PM

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Also, my dad called me today with a friend of his looking to get rid of a 03 tahoe with 175K miles on it with a strong running 5.3. i am thinking good donor for my 81?

Thoughts?

TKCR 03-19-2021 04:25 PM

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Nice!

daddyjeep 03-22-2021 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by 1981_c10 (Post 8896641)
Also, my dad called me today with a friend of his looking to get rid of a 03 tahoe with 175K miles on it with a strong running 5.3. i am thinking good donor for my 81?

Thoughts?

Do it... I'm bringing home an 03 Avalanche tonight myself. I'm taking the motor and the black leather interior for my crew cab.

LT7A 03-22-2021 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by 1981_c10 (Post 8896499)
Also my truck originally had a maroon and orange two line pinstripe that followed the body lines. I have searched and searched and cant find an example. Anyone have pics? thinking of putting it back to break up the silver.

I think Phoenix Graphics may reproduce those stripes. IIRC, they were actually five stripes. Three of one color with two contrasting between.

1981_c10 03-26-2021 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by LT7A (Post 8897917)
I think Phoenix Graphics may reproduce those stripes. IIRC, they were actually five stripes. Three of one color with two contrasting between.

I know which graphics you are referring to but mine weren't those. Mine were just two that followed the body lines of the stepside bed fenders and followed the edges of the doors and front fenders.

1981_c10 03-26-2021 12:06 PM

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years ago my stock bed rails got lost in a move. I have two cross bed braces for the step bed. Should there be two more or do these models just have to and sit on frame?

1981_c10 04-12-2021 09:26 AM

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Well tahoe deal fell through...

BUT found a wrecked 2005 crew cab with a 5.3 and 4LE60 with 106K miles on it...Had to drive 5 hours to get it so made for a long saturday but it is SUPER clean. Bummer it hit a telephone pole in the rear. Axel was complete brok off so made for a fun time getting it on the trailer.

Engine and tranny will be going into the 81!

Was able to sell the interior complete to a friend so already got half my money back on the buy! Hopefully can sell the rest to breakeven.

1981_c10 04-12-2021 09:27 AM

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Next weekend I am going to pull the front clip and start the process on getting my parts list together. This is my first LS swap so no idea what i am doing haha But excited to try!

Palf70Step 04-12-2021 09:29 AM

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Nice parts source. Did the thing start up and run?

1981_c10 04-12-2021 10:35 AM

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Nice parts source. Did the thing start up and run?

Yeah fired right up and sounded great!

Palf70Step 04-12-2021 10:42 AM

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That's good. Looking forward to your progress.

rodstored-72 04-12-2021 11:12 AM

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cool find!, it is going to be a huge benefit to have the whole vehicle... easier swap.

TKCR 04-12-2021 02:42 PM

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Nice find!!

Low Elco 04-13-2021 02:07 AM

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Daaang! That was a clean truck!

1981_c10 04-13-2021 08:15 AM

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Interior is getting pulled on the donor truck Friday/Saturday, then front clip and doors Sunday.

Week after the harness will be pulled and I have a friend who is going to build the harness for me and send me my parts list to buy for the swap!

I am in high gear trying to get the 5.3 out and ready, my engine out of my 81 and engine bay cleaned up (truck is already at the painter).

Kicker...all before my baby boy comes ends of May hahah

1981_c10 04-14-2021 01:36 PM

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Question. I am wanting to use the ac from the donor truck. Can anyone tell me what i need from it and/or what to keep from my 81?

I have a guy interested in the heater box and AC parts on the inside of the cab and just not sure what is okay for him to take.

daddyjeep 04-15-2021 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by 1981_c10 (Post 8908374)
Question. I am wanting to use the ac from the donor truck. Can anyone tell me what i need from it and/or what to keep from my 81?

I have a guy interested in the heater box and AC parts on the inside of the cab and just not sure what is okay for him to take.

I would love to know the answer to that. I am pulling the drivetrain from an 03 Avalanche myself and have been pondering that. I don't know if the old controls will communicate with the newer stuff. It really should just send a signal to the clutch to turn it on. Then there is a high pressure and a low pressure switch. I would think they should all still work together , but I am not sure.

calvin78612 04-15-2021 12:22 PM

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If you are on facebook search for LS swapped Square Body GM Trucks ('73-'86 C/K & '87-91). Be sure to go to the "files" section first. Great info !

1981_c10 04-19-2021 08:41 AM

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Got the donor truck stripped this weekend and motor/trans SO close to being out. Will have to unbolt the front cab mounts and lift the cab to allow the oil pan to clear the cross member. Trying not to take the intake off. Next weekend she will be free!

Not to posting used truck parts haha

Will update with pics later.

1981_c10 04-29-2021 04:18 PM

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Well, have sold about 70% of the truck and already made my money back so quick math tells you FREE 5.3 and 4LE60 with 106K miles. Not bad.

Is frustrating dealing with all the no shows.

Should finish getting the motor out this weekend and back to my house to clean up. Will be order shallow oil pan, headers, and mounts soon.

TKCR 04-29-2021 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by 1981_c10 (Post 8914973)
Well, have sold about 70% of the truck and already made my money back so quick math tells you FREE 5.3 and 4LE60 with 106K miles. Not bad.

Is frustrating dealing with all the no shows.

Should finish getting the motor out this weekend and back to my house to clean up. Will be order shallow oil pan, headers, and mounts soon.

Wow, that's pretty good. And I agree on the no show, that's a big pet peeve of mine:devil:


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