Can a guy with hardly any car experience take on a project like this? I mean, I have a PHD in flashlight holding from watching my dad work on cars when I was a kid, but he never let me touch an actual tool, so I didn’t retain anything. Should I even attempt this? Here’s why I did…
My 2002 Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec 4WD has ~ 185,000 miles on it. The repair shop gave me a long list of “recommended fixes” when they last looked at the car. I’m spoiled by my Tahoe. It’s an LT with 4wd. After all these years, I still LOVE it! I’m also not very crazy about the newer body styles. To outfit a 2016 Tahoe 4WD just like mine would cost over $75,000 and I just don’t have it. Even if I put $10K down, I still have over a $1000 monthly payment, for 60 months. Screw that!
Here’s another long story that I will make very short. We needed another car (lots of variables here). Short story – I bought a 10-year-old used Chevy Colorado for a few thousand bucks and now I have something to drive while I work on the Tahoe.
As soon as I knew I had to replace the water pump, my mind wondered about how close I was to the camshaft. Dreams of a muscle car idle and 400 horsepower filled my thoughts. I knew I wanted to do a cam swap, but what I didn’t realize was that, eventually, I would decide to take it much further. Original plan: water pump, timing chain, and cam. Read on to find out where I end up. As I write this, I don’t even know. …..