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2004 Chevrolet Colorado LS Conversion


Colorado LS Conversion
Prepping for the LS install... << BACK TO ENGINE BUILD

The LS Install



So I had to get a 3/8" bellhousing spacer to mate the transmission correctly and couldn't really find an LS specific one. I soon realized that the bellhousing bolt pattern only matches a SBC block pattern anyway which shares 5 of the 6 bolts, so I bought the Quicktime spacer for a SBC. I found some longer bolts to match, these are M10 - 1.5 x 50 ... I would highly recommend ordering allen key bolts for this, three of the five are rather difficult to tighten otherwise.

Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections

Now, the spacer doesn't quite clear a few bolt heads near the top back of the engine so you need to cut the spacer as shown. I didn't quite get enough with the cut so I had to grind a little more off on the right there.

Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections

On the left is a shot of the starter installed. Out of the box it needs to be clocked about 30-45 degrees outward to clear the crank position sensor. The other shots below show the transmission mounted to the block.

Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections

Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections

And we are ready for the install! I tried to clean the engine bay up the best I could.

Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections Advanced Adapter bellhousing with a hole cut to make room for the AR5's internal slave cylinder connections

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