How To Swap Pistons on Connecting Rod at Home - 4.8 Flat Tops into a 5.3 LS1
In this video I am pulling one piston out at at time from a 160k mile 5.3.
This 5.3 will be going into my 1987 C10. I then show the removal of the
dished 5.3 piston from the connecting rod and then the mount of used 4.8
flat top pistons back onto the connecting rod. Then the 4.8 piston and rod
are inserted back into the block. This is all happening at home in my
garage with basic tools. I do use a press to remove the 5.3 piston but you
could easily use the propane torch for the removal by reversing the
mounting procedure that I show with the torch.
With this video, I am not suggesting that everyone reuse their old piston
rings. I am only doing an experiment to see how they hold up. That way
others can judge on their own if they need to replace their rings while
working on what ever project they may have. I do suggest cleaning the rings
better then I did in this video. I do suggest that you replace the rings if
you're inside a motor with 160k miles on it.
By installing flat top 4.8 pistons into a 5.3 the compression will change
from 9.5:1 to 10.6:1.
I just started this engine up last week. I did a compression test, it came
back good. I've got a video of it running on the stand here:
This motor is running strong. Here's a video of me abusing it:
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Of course, luck would have it that the pin I was pressing for this
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In this quick video I show you how to put together your piston and rod
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- .020" overbore
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- No line boring or honing
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