96 2wd to 4wd conversion

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Thanks, not sure of millage. I'll ask though. Good points! Top end can be done in the truck if needed later. Looking it over will give me an indication of leakage.
 

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Is the replacement Vortec engine a rebuilt/remanufactured engine or one pulled out of a junkyard?

If it's already rebuilt/remanufactured, then all you should need to do is drop the engine in and go.

If it's not, I'd be VERY careful with this purchase. You could be getting a great deal, or could be making someone else's problem your problem. Glad you're not paying much money for this.
 

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my post already answered your question. Just drove the silver one home. It's an engine donor for the blue one. The doner engine for the Tahoe is a 200,000 mile motor. I'll have the pan off so I'll go ahead and check rod and main bearings then. It'll have a bunch of stuff replaced before it goes in.
 

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Dang it, can't get her home till next Thursday. The owners being a great guy. Just got the huge oak stump off the trailer and it's needing some new deck boards. And there's 4 more fields of hay to cut.
 

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Dang it, can't get her home till next Thursday. The owners being a great guy. Just got the huge oak stump off the trailer and it's needing some new deck boards. And there's 4 more fields of hay to cut.
A farmer's work is never done.....
 

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Never. Worked on a side gig most of the day, came home and worked till dark on pulling a 5.3 out of a donor to swap into the Suburban. I'm to old for this crap. To poor to pay anybody else. I wish the rear out of that truck would swap into my 97.
 

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From what I understand the easiest way to convert a 2WD truck to 4WD is to hang a solid axle under the front end and eliminate the factory IFS setup. As Kolgeirr mentioned, it's a ton of work. The 2WD trucks are coil spring setups on the front, where as the 4WD have torsion bars. Pretty much everything is different.
Has anyone thought about putting a ford solid axle and using the ford coils in the factory chevy location and adding radius arms?
 
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