Here’s proof you don’t need a pile of dough to add get-up-and-go to your project truck or car. You just need a junkyard engine.
Take the owner of this 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Regular Cab, for example, who recently took to YouTube to explain some of the ins and outs involved in his engine swap. As it turns out, the old truck gets its shove courtesy of a junkyard 5.3L Vortec V8 (325 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque) lifted out of a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.
The engine was kept relatively stock, save for a couple of extra touches like home-ported heads milled .030-inches, LS6 valve springs, and even an LS2 cam, while its finished off by a 4L80-E transmission and 3.74 rear gears.
While we’re not provided any stats or performance figures, all that added grunt is sure to get this lightweight two-door pickup down the road significantly faster than its stock look and stance suggests. In fact, the only visual cue that belies its sleeper status is a subtle LSx badge just aft of the front wheels.
The owner soon plans to treat the truck to a four-inch drop, but we’d love to see him retain the stock look and feel and simply let the Small Block-swapped Chevy truck speak for itself.
Check out the first five minutes for an overview of the swap, or just skip to the 5:20-mark and watch it tear up the streets.