Dear Truckin,
First of all I love this magazine and have been a subscriber for years, but I have a little problem. And that problem is my 2008 regular cab Silverado's V-6 4.3L engine. Don't get me wrong, it's a really strong and economic engine for a V-6, but my past trucks have all been V-8s. Now I'm looking into upgrading the engine from a V-6 to a V-8. I've been reading a lot about of LS engines and was wondering where I can get one or if I should just get the original V-8 engine from GM. What would you recommend? Thank you for your time, and the help would be much appreciated.
Dayan Molina
Tucson, Arizona

I can feel your pain; I have a 2000 Silverado with the 4.3L in it. In your research I am sure you have discovered that GM has offered LS-based engines in trucks since 1999. With so many trucks on the roads and in junkyards with these engines in them, the blocks are fairly inexpensive. We would suggest picking up a block from a junkyard and building it in the engine that you want. The 4.8L, 5.3L, and 6.0L engines from GM trucks are all perfect starting points. Make sure you get an entire engine, complete with sensors and an uncut wiring harness with ECU to make your swap easier. We are doing a couple different LS builds for different budgets in the coming months. Those might help you get a feel for what you want and how to go about it. Great question man and thanks for writing in.

What's up Truckin,
I'm currently reading Vol. 38, No. 4, 2012. In the cover truck article “Show Time,” I see that the truck has full PSC hydraulic steering. I know that hydraulic rams have been used for a long time to assist trucks with massive tires and have seen full-time off-road rigs use full hydro steering as well. I'm not really sure if it is very safe on a street vehicle. I'm sure the hydraulic lines are clear of any obstructions, but what would happen in the event of a hydraulic failure, such as road debris damaging a line or a seal/fitting failure?
Tim Drummond
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tim, I can only imagine that if a catastrophic failure were to occur in the hydraulic system, there would be a total loss of steering. While that is pretty scary, I can imagine that the risk is fairly low. Disc brakes are hydraulic as well and if you lose pressure there, you lose the ability to stop. It is just like anything else custom, there are risks involved, and if you sit around worrying about risk, you will never leave your house. Thanks for reading the mag!

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