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Old 03-05-2014, 08:53 PM
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I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado with a 5.3. Last week it started to lose oil pressure and couldn't think of a better time then now to build something new.

The race that started this all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD0q3tVFnVg


Build cost: To date: $4858.16

LQ4 from Yukon 144,xxx miles from junk yard. $400
New LS3/L92 Heads off CL. $775
102MM TB Drive by cable $125
2008 VMAX GM 6.0L Intake Manifold/With fuel rails and injectors $175.00
Engine Work Block - Clean, Bore .030, Cam bearings. $215
Engine Work Crank $25
Cam Motion Cam 222/230 112+3 LS7 Lifters/push rods/springs/trays $987
Mahle L92 Pistons $545
Lunati Voodoo H-Beam Rods $449
Rebuild Kit, (gaskets) 138.13
LS9 head gaskets - $86.90
Timing chain -LS1/LS6 JP Performance Billet Gear Set (Double) $89.99
Oil pump - MELLING 10295 $119.88
head bolts - Used ARP Studs $220
COMP Cams GM LS Series Retrofit Trunnion Kits - $130.97
8 offset Rockers $89 from GM dealership
Vet Fuel filter $65.60
4L60E - TransGo Shift Kit Automatic $87.92
Huge tranny Cooler - TRU COOL MAX LPD 47391 $133.77
50lb injectors (stock flex GM 2013+) $84



To be ordered:



Mods from 5.3 that will carry over to 6.0
LT headers
Cat delete
Straight Pipe to dual
Black bear tune
Auburn Diff - 542052, Pro Series

Future plans after build.
456 gears
4L80E going in when 60 is dead

I will take pictures and keep this post updated along the way.

The Chevy


The Block is a 2001 6.0L with 144,xxx miles.




Bath time


Lets see what we got on the inside.



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Checking Caps.
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Needs a really good cleaning
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I picked up my LS3 heads today for $775 Brand new from a guy on craigslist.


We are all in now, I'm happy I didn't half *** this and leave pistons in.


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Just picked this up last night from a member 175 Shipped. Came off a 2008 6.0 Vmax truck. Would be cool to find the vmax cover for it LOL.


Could just get these - 2001 VMax Looks legit

Cant wait to get this block work done so I can start ordering my parts and put it back together. I will need to look into what size injectors I will need.

Here are some suggestions I got on Cam's, Will be getting it from Geoff With Cam Motion Cam, Springs, Push rods for $790
BB suggestion: 220/230 114 lSA +4
Geoff suggestion: 222/230 112 +3 (PatG Agrees)
Comp Suggestion 226/238 112 +2

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Looking good so far man, can't wait to see results.
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How are you getting to 500+ hp? I don't think you have a chance with a .030 over, head, cam 6.0.

Some of the pics are missing including the pistons. Are you going high compression?
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How are you getting to 500+ hp? I don't think you have a chance with a .030 over, head, cam 6.0.

Some of the pics are missing including the pistons. Are you going high compression?
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How are you getting to 500+ hp? I don't think you have a chance with a .030 over, head, cam 6.0.

Some of the pics are missing including the pistons. Are you going high compression?
Compression is going to be around 10.5, the 500HP goal I have is the motor itself not RWHP as this is going into a truck and that's almost impossible for my budget with out boost. Looking for over 400 RWHP but am sure the 6.0 when done will smash this stock 5.3 i have now.

EPS Order today - Cam 222/230 112+3 (lift just north of .6 lift on intake and exhaust} / Dual head springs / push Rods / LS7 lifters / trays
Have to say Geoff is one awesome guy to talk to.

Got my valve covers/timing chain cover ready for paint.

Block is getting painted Chevy orange.

Tomorrow its Pistons and rods to be ordered
Mahle Pistons PowerPak Chevy LS3 / L92 Flat Top - Part # L92105070F04

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looks good man, similar to my build. Dont forget injectors (42 lb is what ive been told for mine as the stock ones on my TBSS intake wont keep up, fuel pump (walboro 400 with hotwire kit) , fuel pressure regulator (or vette filter for the returnless style intake, but they dont like to hold the pressure of a walboro 400, so im going adjustable reg)..also id say as least a 3000 stall converter as well, ill be running a 3600 but i have a 233/239 cam

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Originally Posted by nickleahy23 View Post
looks good man, similar to my build. Dont forget injectors (42 lb is what ive been told for mine as the stock ones on my TBSS intake wont keep up, fuel pump (walboro 400 with hotwire kit) , fuel pressure regulator (or vette filter for the returnless style intake, but they dont like to hold the pressure of a walboro 400, so im going adjustable reg)..also id say as least a 3000 stall converter as well, ill be running a 3600 but i have a 233/239 cam
Well I didn't know about the fuel pump needing to be changed but do now LOL, thanks for the heads up. Feed the beast

I was looking at stalls the other day and think at first Ill leave it stock until I have to get a 80E tranny.
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