Category Archives: LS Stuff

1950 Chevy Truck F-Body Manifold Modification For LS

It was time to start thinking about the exhaust manifold for the LS 5.3 we dropped into our 1950 Chevy Truck project. The frame is very narrow and we were determined to have a 2 joint steering column. The stock cast iron 5.3 truck manifolds did not come close to working so we borrowed a friends rear drop block hugger headers and those also did not work.

We had stock set of F-Body Firebird manifolds which were steel instead of cast so we tried to fit them in and the passenger side was fine and the drivers side was very close but the O2 sensor and bung were hitting the steering shaft. I figured if I could cut out the O2 bung and weld in a replacement section with a slight indentation it should clear fine. We did just that and we also moved the O2 bung more towards the front and inside of the engine and it clears great now.

While we were welding we cut off all of the emissions provisions and welded plugs in so it looks like they were never there.

Here is the scoop on the drivers side. As you an see when it had the shield and O2 bung in place the single steering rod would not clear.


ICT Billet High Mount Narrow Bay AC Bracket Review (LS1/LS2/LS3 or Vortec 5.3) Part #551352-3

We had bought an ICT Billet A/C Bracket part# 551494-3 and installed iton a 5.3 Vortec LS engine but unfortunately I did not measure where my inner fender wells would line up and when I went to install them the 508 style compressor hits.

A quick call into ICT Billet and I found option number two, a part number 551352-3 which seems to have better clearance but they only issue is I now need to use a mini style Sanden 7176 compressor.

The good news is ICT Billet is willing to help us out on a return based on my application error 🙂

Here are a few video’s of my results.


Fresh 6.0 Aluminum and a Fresh 5.3 Arrived

I have been on the hunt for two LS motors for my two truck projects. A friend swapped out his freshly built 5.3 for a 6.0 so when he offered the 5.3 for sale I bought it. This motor will be installed in the 1950 Five Window Chevy truck.

Another friend had a fresh LS2 6.0 aluminum and he was upgrading to a LS7 so when his motor became available I bought it to go in my 1957 GMC project.


Bel Air off to a new home


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1956 Bel Air 4 door Resto-Mod LS1 EFI 5.3/4L60E


This is a very recent restoration, the body was stripped to bare metal and the car had very little rust. The front floor pans and spare tire wheel well was replace before being repainted in a great looking two tone scheme. The interior to include the head liner and carpet is band new and is covered with a period correct look. This car has been updated to modern technology and should be quite fuel efficient and comfortable to drive any distance. We only have 30 miles on the car sine the restoration completion.

Here are a few of the improvements

LS1 EFI configured 5.3 V8 (2002)
-Custom aluminum radiator dual electric fans with a/c condenser
-Polished radiator core support
-LS Headman coated long tune headers
-3 inch dual exhaust with X pipe and cut outs
-Automatic 4 speed electronic OD 4L60E (2002)
-PS (Upgraded) 605 power steering box
-PB Power Dual master cylinder
-4 wheel disk brakes
-Late model rear end
-New rear spring bushings
-New LS gas tank, in tank pump and braided fuel lines
-Battery relocated to trunk
-New factory style 2 tone interior to include head liner and seat belts
-New Instrument Cluster
-All new rubber around the doors and windows
-All glass in in great condition
-New instrument cluster
-All new EZ-21 wiring harness
-Car was stripped to bare metal and has fresh two tone base coat/clear coat paint.
-Front floor pans are new and trunk tire well
-Lots of chrome and stainless replaced
-New Grille
-New chrome hood bar
-New front bumper
-New tires
Minor Items Needing Attention:
-Rear bumper chrome is driver quality
-Tail light chrome is driver quality
-Steering wheel chrome is fair
-Horn wiring
-Shift indicator
-A/C and Heat
-Radio (not wired or tested)
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