I really would like to run a 5.3 or 6.0, but the one mounted to a manual transmission from the factory is a unicorn. I need a VIN for a truck with that combination to give the computer programmer, or the truck won't smog at the referee station. I could just register it in OR using my military privileges, but that won't help me if I fail to convince my wife that Kali is not where she wants to buy a house before I retire from the Navy.
I'm looking at the 96-99 5.7 Vortec. The TBI 5.7 is easiest, but the Vortec has quite a bit more power with better economy (yes, 99+ versions are best).
Regardless of the engine I choose, the Aussie made Mark's adapter kit sold by AA will make this a straight forward and somewhat painless swap (the smog part is NEVER fun).
EDIT: I just want to add that there is the added expense of a $350 Camaro oil pan set up that has to be run on the 99+ engines to clear the front diff since the truck pan hangs too low. The 5.7 engines don't have this issue.
As seen on Expedition with TX plates: VEGETARIAN - An old Indian word for poor hunter
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