I know the ls swap topic has been beaten to death but here we go...
So the 5.3\6.0 swap is common and documented all over the place. You need a motor, trans, wiring, accessories... and then you need a fbody oil pan, ls1 intake and some accessory brackets... obviously summarizing here but you get the point.
So locally I can get a decent 5.3 4l60 combo for about $1000 with all wiring and accessories. Add $200-$300 for an intake and another $300-$400 for the oil pan. Depending upon my setup, another $200-$400 for accessory changes. This is a swag estimate but helps validate my question.
So with the above setup we are at about $1850 for just the motor/trans
My question: again locally, if I keep an eye out I see ls1’s go for around $1500-$1800, the already have the correct intake and oil pan, assuming I have the right mounts and fuel setup I can just throw it in without taking anything off the motor? Am I right? Does that logic make sense? What am I missing?