I couldn't believe it when I read it but a full dressed LQ4 (iron block) is 50 lbs lighter than a fully dressed 4.0 !!! ... However, the 4L80E is a PIG and likely outweighs any savings made from the engine/dash/etc swap and removal.
The whole project was fun because I sort of bounced around and worked on different parts of it depending how I was feeling,
Added a console to serve as the base for my Winters Shifter,
I had to make an in-line radiator steam port fitting .. Some guys have capped this off but again, I wanted this engine to run as well as the GM engineers designed it so a little tubing spliced into the upper rad hose and wala! Saved me $40 from Summit or something like that,
Put the biggest trans cooler I could find in the grill and even opted for a fan set-up despite the fact the cooler should get good airflow where it's mounted,
4" Aluminum Intake that my buddy Phil TIG'd up for me ... Hey, phones for you!!
Of course, a little help in the shop never hurts!
And to jump ahead a little because I was super stoked with how it turned out, my finished dash! Got lots of compliments on it this past weekend before the covering it in mud,
Once along time ago, in a subduction zone not to far away, great thrust faults and up-lift occurred, that my friend blows me away..... In this great land, we all treasure the same, I see no reason to only have mud trails, thats just lame. Thus today I made a vow I promise to uphold, I will find a rock trail in Alberta by hunting through the heat, rain and even the cold. So to all those Igneous and sedimentary rocks around, look out, the day is coming when you will be found.
Rock Poss'e 06