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Will a 5.7 from 1979 adapt over to a 1994 silveradoo basicly

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will a 5.7 from 1979 adapt over to a 1994 silveradoo basicly are they same block and heads
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: 1994 chevy 1500 Silverado will the intakes fiit or does it even match
JA: Are you fixing your Silverado yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: my truck is locked up not tried anything yet but found a motor supposedy rebuilt from a 1979
JA: How many miles are on the car? Has this ever happened before?
Customer: 5000 on rebuilt engine
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: is the block and heads the same for mounting the accessories
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  mechanic110 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome to our site. My name is Steve.

Sorry to hear you are having issues with your truck especially when it comes to changing the engine.

The 1979 engine will not work with your 1994 Silverado without serious modifications. In 1988 GM redesigned the block,cylinder head, intake manifold and exhaust manifolds. The 1979 block is not drilled for mounting the accessory brackets that are needed in your application. The engine block mounting pattern was slightly changed by a 1/4 inch for the new design of the vehicle frames. The 1979 block is not drilled for the knock sensor as well.

The list goes on and on when it comes to making things work. I'm not saying that you can't make this happen and I don't know if you are the type of person that can modify things but this would be a major and expensive project to make this work out for you since everything was redesigned.