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Hey Y’all,
I’m sorry if this has been asked and answered. I did look, but I didn’t find anything. So my question is if anyone has tried putting an old V8 in their Colorado. I’m thinking of an old Chevy 350 or Ford 302/351W. Is there a way to wire it up? Are there things that may have to be disable? It seems to be a fairly basic truck, and that’s all I need. I’m not looking for a performance truck, or anything fancy. I just need to get an engine in my truck for cheap, so it’ll work again, and I’ve seen some of the older V8s for really cheap. Thanks in advance.
 

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You can get stand alone computer to get the engine and tranny to work. I don't know about ac etc..
 

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Yeah, I have an I5 that needs a lot of work, so I’m just trying to get back on the road. Truthfully, I don’t care how many cylinders it has as long as she goes, and hauls a bit of stuff every now and then. I also don’t really care if it gas or diesel. Shoot, I’d even try natural gas or electric, if the price was cheap enough. I just hate watching the weeds take over my truck. It’s an 07, btw.
 

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Numerous engines have been swapped into 1st gen 355's with varying degrees of difficulty. Your best bet would be to look for a 5.3L as that was available as a factory option on the '09-'12 model years. The LH8 and LH9 were the specific variants of the 5.3L used in the 1st gen trucks. A quick search on here should turn up numerous swap threads with all the technical info you need.
 
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