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I made good progress this week. The front crossmember and upper control arm mounts are in place. I also installed some frame bracing. Its tucked really low in the frame to maximize clearance for the exhaust and other goodies.

Big stuff coming this weekend hopefully...and it's NOT an LS.
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Engine #1 is torn down. Overall... its meh. Engine #2 looks like a winner.

I plan on using engine #1 as a fixturing engine for mockup and fabrication purposes. At least in the process I got some good parts.
 

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Got the new engine torn down and I am really happy with what I found. Originally the guy i bought the engine off of on FB marketplace said that it blew and oil pump. I pretty much assumed the bottom end bearings would be oil starved and trashed. NOPE! Everything in this little L83 is good to go. I could slap it together and run it.

Im debating between throwing forged pistons in it, or rods and pistons. Realistically, the gen 5 rods will hold 800 whp no problem, and depending how the motor is set up, that may be close to other limits.
Right now im leaning towards dropping in a set of Mahle pistons and keeping the power levels at or below 800 rwhp. If I get a hankering for more power ill build a sleeved alum block engine on the side to swap in.

I got the Upper control arm gussets all tigged in solid and bolted up the front suspension that I've got now.

Up this week; Installing the rear 3 link mounts and rear crossmember structure. Stay tuned!

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