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Old 05-18-2017, 08:45 PM
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This thread will follow along as I complete my LS1 G35 swap. I will try and do weekly updates but work, kids, and remodeling my house may get in the way.

I've been a Nissan fan for a long time. Having 3 240SX's in the past (1 NA, 1 SR20DET, and 1 KA-T) and I currently have a '09 QX56 with Cajun long tube headers & hi-flow cats, JBA catback exhaust, Volant CAI, TransGo shift kit, custom tune by Cajun Tuning. I needed another sedan for a growing family so a G35 fit the bill.

I found this '05 6MT on Craigslist with no motor or transmission for a good price. The body and interior looked decent so I bought her.







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I thought about throwing a VQ back in her but a LS swap had always interested me. I found a low mileage LS1 with some aftermarket goodies 3 hours from me. I had a T56 from a GTO shipped over from a guy selling one in Florida.






The LS1 has AFR heads, MS4 cam, and a FAST 102 manifold and TB.




Getting her ready to go onto the engine stand



FAST 102
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I removed the front end to make putting the engine in a bit easier. The chassis has ~160K on it so it was in need of a good cleaning. It sat outside behind a shop for who knows how long so there was some rust and corrosion forming on most of the fasteners.




Most of the headlight tabs were broken so new headlights will be going in



The radiator support was cracked in a few places so a new one will be replacing it




I put some OEM rockers with the trunion upgrade in. Some new valve cover gaskets and a LS6 valley cover were also installed. The engine had a little bit of dirt and grime on the exterior, so all of that was cleaned off.




The motor only needed a little bit of exterior cleaning



LS6 Valley Cover



Knock sensors installed
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I have a SIKKY mount kit, headers, power steering kit, and clutch master cylinder kit.
I snagged a harness from WiringSpecialities.
The engine is getting all new sensors.
The brakes were shot and I will be replacing/upgrading all of the suspension front and rear.





The rear rotors practically fell apart after needing a hammer to get them off



The lower steering shaft U-joint is getting replaced



OEM clutch master cylinder and lines getting replaced with a Wilwood unit



New bearings and hubs will be installed







Nice corrosion forming in the knuckle around where the bearing sat



One side of the front almost completely apart
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Today I got the fuel pump assembly out and partially dismantled.




I test fit the S13 gas pedal. It sits a bit higher and further back than the OEM pedal does but I think it will work out okay.




S13 gas pedal bolts right up


I also got the entire front suspension taken apart. Now I can start de-greasing, de-rusting, and re-painting the front end.







Lots of work still to go



Old rack and pinion ready to be shipped back for a core



New rack and pinion patiently waiting



That's it for now. I've got a new baby girl being born tomorrow morning so next update probably won't be until next weekend.
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awesome build. love to see people still workin on the G platform even if it is an ls swap lol
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great work
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Following. Curious how the WS harness works out, I'm using one in my SR swapped S14. Didn't realize they were supporting the Z33/V35 platform now also.
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I'll get some pictures of the harness up maybe this weekend. I've never used a pre-made harness for any of my past swaps. Initial quality of the WS one looks great. I plugged in all of the options I wanted one their website and they built it to suit my needs. We will see in a few months if she starts up the first try.

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Owning a stock 06 GTO and a heavily modified 05 G Sedan I'm pumped to follow this build. Looking forward to every post and I must admit, I'm a bit jealous.

I wonder if the boys over on ls1gto would be interested in this as well, I freaking love that forum. Mostly mature and very technical, it's a different world over there than it is here these days........
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The guy who did my Art Pipes install has an LS swapped G35 sedan, you'll find the engine bay has a lot more room with the V8 than the VQ35.

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I'll have to check out LS1GTO. I haven't been to that site yet. I've lurked on LS1Tech for a little while looking for good parts deals.

I think the LS swaps look like they belong in the G/Z engine bay. Sure some people may not like the whole GM motor in a Nissan chassis thing, but it's my time and money and I'm gonna build it how I want it.

Didn't get any work done on the car this weekend. My second daughter was born Friday evening. I got some new parts delivered and finally unboxed the harness.

SIKKY oil pan looks and fits great


WS harness and grounding kit
Outer tie rod ends, cabin air filter, parking brake shoes and hardware, wiper blades, and new front side markers
​​​Steering shaft U-joint, rack and pinion bushings, bearing & race driver set (for the chassis bushings), and CJM fuel return parts

Once the new baby gets settled in, I should be able to put some wrench time. Plans this week are to get engine bay cleaned and painted, get the factory rear suspension dismantled, possibly drop the rear subframe to get ready for urethane bushings, and order some more parts.
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