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2004 Chevrolet Colorado LS Conversion


Colorado LS Conversion
Removing the I5... << BACK TO ENGINE BUILD

The LS Install



Time to remove the old I5... air intake and battery first to make some room.

Old I5 Engine Air intake and Battery out of the way

Next I removed as much of the wiring harness as I could while labeling all attachments, then removed the front AC lines and radiator.

I5 with AC lines and radiator removed I5 with AC lines and radiator removed

Okay, so football season got in the way of this project... fast forward about 4 months and the engine is ready to be removed. The key points in being able to remove the engine and transmission as one unit is to remove the shifter (it's a pain in the ass, but it can be done without removing the center console, you just have to rip the metal plate up out of there that holds the seal in place), remove the clutch fan for some clearance (I took the whole water pump out because that thing is also a pain) and have the front end jacked up about as much as you see here for ground clearance.

I5 with AC lines and radiator removed I5 with AC lines and radiator removed

I attached the engine with a leveler and used two exhaust bolts on the passenger side and I believe an accessory mount bolt on the driver side. Make sure there is enough slack in the back mount to get a good angle when the whole thing starts coming up.

I5 with AC lines and radiator removed I5 with AC lines and radiator removed

Now, with a jack under the transmission and a jackstand supporting the driveshaft you can pull the engine up over the mounts and forward. Once you clear the motor mounts and the driveshaft is disengaged from the tail of the transmission you can start lifting and drop the jack on the tranny.

I5 with AC lines and radiator removed I5 with AC lines and radiator removed

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