OK slight change in plan again.
I was not 100% sure about the V6 engine since I want to pull a trailer with it and use it like a real truck some times. I was leaning back toward the 350 I have in the old 1990 Ĺ ton. I noticed a LQ4 with a 4L80E (6.0 & auto over drive) from a 2002 Chevy truck on Craigís list and decided it was too good of a deal to pass up. I bought it and got home with it tonight.
It came with a hot rod oil pan for more clearance, adaptors so I can use the old 350 small block type motor mounts and some 4th gen firebird (LS) exhaust manifolds. It also includes all the factory stuff like wiring harness, computer, mass air flow sensor, starter, fan, gas pedal, all accessories and brackets except it missing the AC compressor. I canít put much time into it for a while but I hope to do a test fit pretty soon and I will update you on the progress.
Itís going to be a challenge but I think it will be worth the work.