It’s kind of nice when you have a collection of Chevrolet trucks and SUVs that are sitting with their LS engines and transmissions just waiting to become donors for other projects, and that is exactly what Brent has got going on at Halfass Kustoms. So when his buddy asked for help in installing a 5.3 and a 5 speed, Brent was ready and waiting. The second video is below and the 5.3 and the 5 speed get sent to their home and the fitting begins to see where the trans crossmember has to get moved, where the engine swap mounts need to go, and how the headers are going to fit. It’s a good one, so watch and see how Brent does this on the cheap.
In the first video of Brent handling the swap, he had to find the right donor from behind the barn. After choosing one and making sure it doesn’t have issues, the engine is pulled and prepped, a cam swap is done thanks to some parts from BTR, and then got to planning for the engine install itself. It’s in and now it is time to make sure the transmission will operate by making the modifications necessary to get the hydraulic clutch operational.
In this video we get our driveshaft installed and start working on the exhaust system after we build our fuel system for the 5.3. From there we install a bunch of parts to make out hydraulic clutch work on the 74 Chevy pickup.