In the September issue of ST, I collaborated with RJ at Eye Kandy Designs to render the ideas I had floating around in my dome for my latest project, a '73 Chevy C10, called The Parts Racer. This is my do-it-all truck-a daily driver that will haul more than ass but still look cool. Well, I've finally found the time to get crackin' on making that dream come true. Way back in January, I wrote a story about dyno-testing the new engine for the '73: a GM Performance Parts LS327/327 carbureted crate engine. Since then, I've slowly been scratching off items from the engine-swap to-do list. I've finally finished the swap and put some miles on the new drivetrain, just in time to shake the truck down and take a road trip you'll get to read about next month. Here is a look at what it took to trade up from the old 350ci small-block/TH400 combo and up to the new LS327 and Gearstar-built 4L65-E automatic overdrive transmission.

PART ONE: OUT WITH THE OLD

PART TWO: IN WITH THE NEW