At first glance, this 1978 Chevy Silverado looks like a nicely restored project truck and nothing more. First glances can often be wrong. With a second glance — and third and forth... — this Silverado is sporting something special beneath that beautiful bodywork.
Lurking under the hood is a brand-new, fourth-generation 5.3-liter, V-8 crate engine straight from General Motors. However, the new small block is only part of an entire package GM is showcasing this year at SEMA : the E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package.
The Connect and Cruise package includes many of the necessary bits to make an engine run, including all the emissions-friendly equipment to make it 50-state legal. The new 4L70-E transmission, control modules, wiring harnesses, fuel tank evaporative emissions canister and catalytic converters within the truck were all ordered with one part number.
GM currently has three E-ROD packages available: the 5.3-liter LC9 found in GM trucks and SUVs, the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 normally found in the Camaro SS, and the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 straight from the Cadillac CTS-V.
The E-ROD engines are designed for such restoration projects as the ’78 K1500 Silverado. GM says they wanted to streamline the restoration process, making it easier for customers to build their dream vehicle without having to use third-party tuning.
The advantages for installing an E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package in a project are evident. Even more so considering the 5.3-liter (327-cubic-inch) V-8 makes 320 horsepower, or roughly 80 more than the truck’s original 454 big block produced in 1978.
Cost is always a factor in restoration projects, but $7,750 seems like a sweet deal for such a reliable V-8 while the whole Connect and Cruise package starts at $12,017.
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