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 Post subject: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:25 am 
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So I got bored one day started searching CL and found a gem for sale at a very good price $700, so decided to bite the bait. That was 2 months ago since then I acquired a LT1 t56 for $650 and a rebuilt 74 350ci for $500. I am only waiting on some powerbyace mounts so I can drop my engine and tranny in and see how the mount for the tranny is gonna work. I plan on posting pics and updates as I go along, any advice would be I'd be thankful for or if I can answer any questions I'd be glad to help.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:55 am 
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The truck its self, didnt run for a year so I replaced the battery and it fired right up.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:58 am 
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The chevy 350, runs just fine thought for $500 was just to good to pass up!


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:00 pm 
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Good lookin truck.

You may have an issue with that transmission. The shifter on the t56 is pretty far back and may put the shifter close to the back wall. Might want to do some measuring before you commit to that setup.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:01 pm 
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The thing that made me the most excited about this truck, the t56 itself. The guy I got it from snapped two spark plugs off in the block so he did an entire engine/tranny swap. Worked out just good for me at $700 only had 65k miles.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:06 pm 
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drummerforhire wrote:
Good lookin truck.

You may have an issue with that transmission. The shifter on the t56 is pretty far back and may put the shifter close to the back wall. Might want to do some measuring before you commit to that setup.


I have a buddy who is did this setup, the shifter will be between the two seat I got as of now and it isn't to bad looking ill post a picture for everyone to see how it sits.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:12 pm 
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I will have a different shift it inst as bad as you would think.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:25 pm 
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Ah ok. Cool. Should be a fun setup.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:13 am 
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That is going to be a heck of a good time. That's a steal on the t56 those things are becoming a huge pain to find

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:14 am 
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love4theluv wrote:
That is going to be a heck of a good time. That's a steal on the t56 those things are becoming a huge pain to find

Ya I know it even came with a old clutch (not going to use) and a lt1 flywheel so if anyone needs a lt1 flywheel its free. The only thing I had to do to mate the t56 and engine was a very expensive Centerforce Steel Flywheel PN:700107.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Luv 350/t56
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:41 pm 
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I ran into the same problem putting an lt1 and sm465(chevys 80’s model granny) in my k5 it took me six trips to the parts store to get that shenanigans figured out. Sweet project


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:41 pm 
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*Update* The powerbyace mounts came in look real nice, also got the engine and tranny mated together. Now the hard part getting her in the truck. Ill post pictures as I go.


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