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Old September 3rd, 2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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I picked up an 85 Chevy off of a friend of mine - Really looking forward to using this thing.

It's sitting up about 6", rolling on 35" tires, and has what I'm told is a 400 SBC. It's obviously got MSD ignition, Edlebrock intake, and a few other parts. Didn't even hit 1500 RPM and it was moving damn fast.

But, I do need a lot of parts - Looks like I'm doing a master cylinder and power booster before I even start it up again. The inner fenders aren't even there - No front wheel wells to even speak of, the ratchet strap is what's keeping the battery still. And it needs tires, right rear doesn't hold air so well.

So, if someone's got a set of 35" x 15" tires or a front clip just laying around... I could use them.





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Old September 4th, 2011, 03:03 AM   #2
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If it helps at all the quick way to tell a 400 is they are externally balanced. if you look at the balancer behind the crank pulley it will not be a solid round one. it will have a big chunk removed in the back half of the casting. that and it will have a thin weight tact to the flywheel on the engine side. you should see it if you remove the inspection cover
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Old September 4th, 2011, 07:59 AM   #3
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I don't plan on tearing anything off of the engine any time soon - It runs too damn good to even touch it. I might want to look at the carb a little though, and actually figure out what it is.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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I did at least find out two nice things today - Found a receipt in for for a rebuilt 700R4 dated late 2010, and if the option code sticker is any kind of accurate it's a 342 ratio with a locker in it.

Looks like I did find some stress cracks in the front of the frame, where I'm told is a common thing on these - Just aft of the forward engine mounts. I know a good body and frame shop who can probably take care of it for me - But, if not, any suggestions?

Anything else I should be on the lookout for?
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Yetti was saying look on the back side of the balancer the area between the oil pan and the front pulley. And you can take the inspection cover off the trans if it has one to see if there is a crab weight welded onto the flywheel. no tearing into anything
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I can't check it out any time soon, kinda hard to get underneath of it where I've got it parked. I'm really not that worried about what engine it is, yet. Need to fix a few things before I worry about anything on the engine.

Looks like I do need a front driveshaft, though. I never really noticed it just wasn't there.
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The more I look into it, the more this truck seems past my ability and budget. But, I'm going to give it a shot anyway. Wouldn't say no if someone offered me cash when the title does show up though.
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Well, I fixed the steering column, but now the shift linkage to the transmission doesn't line up. Neutral on the column is drive on the transmission, park is reverse, etc. I can't make the linkage line up the way it is - With both in park, the linkage can't physically connect to the transmission. Lining it up in neutral puts the column way off
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Looks like it is a 400 / 700R4 like I was told, finally crawled underneath and confirmed it for myself.

I actually made a lot of progress on it today. Figured out the shift linkage so it actually lines up for the gears now, idles a lot smoother since I've tossed higher octane in it, fixed all of the battery wiring issues, fixed the steering column, and added a coolant reservoir.

Up next, I still need to fix the brakes, and I'm going to get the passenger side inner/outer fender so I don't have to support the battery with a ratchet strap any more.
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Pulled some nasty looking Bosch plugs out of it - I'm throwing some better ones back in, and dropping a new cap/rotor and wires on it. Looks like 1 of the old ones was riding on the header pipe for a little while
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cool ride keep us updated with pics!!
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Thanks. There's nothing worthy of pictures quite yet, it looks exactly like the ones right above it.
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Well, damn. If I'm reading the carb numbers right... It's an 670 CFM Street Avenger.



I don't see what looks like the throttle bracket that's for the 700R4 - I might need to look at it a little. Someone tell me if I'm wrong?


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You mean these? The yellow is your throttle cable and the green is the kickdown for the trans.
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It didn't look the same to me for some reason - As long as I don't blow my transmission to pieces, I'm good.
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I spent today fixing a bunch of misc. wire issues, wired in the electric carb to the OE wiring, and dropped a new alternator into it. The gauge is indicating 10 - 11 volts, but I'm measuring 12 volts dead on at every connection I can get to. Might have to look into that, anyway
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Looks like the front shaft and the brake parts I need are coming together - So it should be drivable here real soon. The more I think about it though, the more I'd like to trade it for something a bit older.
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Finally got the brakes working. ...Well, mostly. Did a new master cylinder, and booster on it - Pedal got a lot better but it's still squishy as hell (Go figure.). So I think I'm gonna try and plug the line to the rear, see if there's just a lot of air trapped in one side of the system.
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Fixed the charging and starting issues it developed - Previous owner did a rather bad hack-job of removing a blown fusible link on the firewall.
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