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Thread: AutoPros V8 Build - Photo Thread

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    AutoPros V8 Build - Photo Thread

    Have a '99 that one of our customers wanted to remove the poor running 3.5L for a more popular motor to source parts for. Bring on the GM Performance 5.3L E-ROD! GM 4L60-E Transmission! GM Performance Supermatic Controller! Advance Adapters to Jeep Dana 300 Transfer Case! Retain A/C, Power Steering, 4WD, pretty much everything other than TOD. Still in fab process, but will update with photos as the progress continues.





































    AutoPros
    http://www.autoprosaberdeen.com/

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    Will be following.
    Keep us updated!
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    THIS LOOKS LIKE A PROMISING THREAD! I type in all caps because thats how excited I am.
    "THEORETICALLY, STILL A TRUCK!"
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    Thanks for the support. Its actually going together really well compared to the troubles and lack of information we had found online during our research. So far, we really have just had minor trimming here and there, welding here and there, and lots of creative thinking in the bathroom! (best place to think)

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    OMG, this is amazing and great news!!! If (maybe when) the day ever comes that our OEM V-6's decide to die (and oftentimes they do), this gives the rest of us VX'ers great hope that there is still another option out there besides just the standard OEM V-6 replacement/rebuild. Plus, the side badging can be simply "flip-flopped" to read 5.3L on the side of the fender (brilliant)!!!

    Please take very copious notes and detailed records/pictures during your V-8 build, so it can become "routine" in the future for any follow-on VX's that want to follow in its foot-steps. Perhaps VX'ers can ship their dying VX to your shop in Aberdeen, MD and leave it in your loving hands for the complete V-8 conversion and then have it return shipped back to their home state. Your shop would quickly become known as THE only place to have a professional V-8 upgrade conversion done on a VX (much like Hennesy Motors in Texas is famous for engine performance upgrades).

    It seems poetic that you guys hail from Aberdeen, MD which is also where the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds is located. You guys are "proving" that the VX can have a V-8 and have the expertise and knowledge to make it a worthwhile venture without the normal snafu's. Thank you for all you do and giving us VX'ers a professional V-8 option upgrade!!!


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    The main thing that caught my eye was...


    ..."keep a/c"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triathlete View Post
    The main thing that caught my eye was...


    ..."keep a/c"
    huh.... i dont have that problem in the summer here Billy... its more like your spring or fall
    "Do Not Seek Praise. Seek Criticism."

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    ......Kudos guys !!

    Keep notes, make templates, do a video/still record...

    ...and produce a KIT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triathlete View Post
    The main thing that caught my eye was...


    ..."keep a/c"
    +1, seems like it's been nixed on every existing V8 swap.

    Thanks for starting the thread Autopros, i'll be following.

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    We have a customer that had one of these when they first came out and fell in love with it. He had a chance to buy another one and ship it overseas to where he now resides, but wanted something more reliable. After some research and different options, and coming across an ad from GM Performance in our bathroom reading material... it all just kind of came together. It has actually been a really fun project. It has a bit of Silverado, a bit of Dakota, a bit of CJ, a bit of H3 and of coarse a little bit of Vehicross! And for anyone looking to do this swap, once we are done with the build and working out the bugs, we will be more than happy to answer all the questions and point you in the right direction!

    In the meantime.... more pictures coming soon!

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    Thumbs up

    GREAT NEW'S...I'm on 175k and still running good, but I know that day is coming.
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    Thanks AutoPros,can't wait to see your progress and pictures!!!

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    Question

    Hi,

    I've been in obsessive-research mode for about 2 months now on this topic. I just have 2 questions (for now)

    -Would it be easier to go pure 2WD and go straight back to the rear diff?
    -Why did you choose 5.3 instead of of any of the other LS 3rd/4th Generation engines (5.7 or 6.0 Liter), especially if you have already chosen the 4L60E?

    Thank you!
    ---JIM---
    SilverBullet75
    Formerly: '01 Ebony VXSTLTH
    Now: '08 Saab 9-7x Aero 6.0L

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    Looking good! What are y'all doing about all that rust?

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    Hey Guys where did you pop out of, Your right up the road from me I would love to be able to swing by and have a look and talk details with you about this for a possible future project for mine. Inbox me your number or email. Great to see that such a project is close by.

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