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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #21
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engine ready to go in this weekend, just waiting on a clutch hose and then some misc gaskets, got bored waiting for parts and fixed the rear window crank, It wasn't broken it was just a pain in the ass, until now!



muuuuuch better
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #22
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More progress!



What you can't see (and I will get photos later) is how how I have Taurus SHO fans hidden in the factory shroud, very clean.

Just have to make/adapt/modify some radiator hoses so i can hook up the SBC to the 6.2L diesel radiator.

and now even more complete!


I also replaced the TBI injector connectors because they were nasty, I'm surprised they even fired. next is install plug wires, fill with fluids and pray.

I went to hook up the hydroboost on this but the new pumps don't have an outlet on the bottom, so I just traced the line back to the hydroboost unit and plugged it, I assume that is what is needed to do on these with the newer style pump.

That and I have no idea what the connector goes to that you see by my heater core lines…

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Old June 20th, 2013, 08:06 AM   #23
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Long time no update! Well some good news and some bad news. the good news is that I got that engine in and had it mobile for a bit. dropped it off with my roommate to take into school (hes a shop teacher) so it was parked indoors for majority of winter while the students did the following:



T-case fluid
Front axle fluid
Rear Axle fluid
transmission fluid
front sway bar bushings
front sway bar endlinks
intake manifold gasket
idler arm/pitman arm
outer tie rod ends (damn these things were huge!!!!!)
steering dampener
power steering flush
header-back exhaust (not really new piping but modified to fit exisitng leaky exhaust)


All the easy bitch work that I didn't want to do.


Then the engine went out, I heard a low end knocking (like main bearing) but I haven't heard it in a while, right now its got a squeak thats intermittent timing and I'm wondering if a cam lobe is ground down...

and all the TBI electronics are crappy (read corodded connectors, wiring, sensors) making it virtually useless. Roomate came in handy with spare parts so now the engine build has changed.


Q-jet
HEI
edelbrock performer

torn on fuel right now, I really don't want to drop the tank+tank skidplate to go to mechanical pump but I dunno if I have the coin to get a regulator that goes from 18psi-5psi.. I use one on my rx7 that would work but its about a 140 dollar regulator...


SO I gave up with craiglist and got spendy....




Specifications:
4-bolt main with 2-piece rear main seal
Cast iron crankshaft
LT1/LT4 powdered metal connecting rods
Cast pistons (dished)
Hydraulic flat tappet cam (.383''/.401'' and 112 lobe separation)
Cast iron cylinder heads with 76cc chambers
8.5:1 compression ratio
Block is compatible with left or right side oil dipstick (Requires Plug for Unused Side - Plugs are Included)
4-quart oil pan
350tq, 260hp w/ 4bbl+headers
and free shipping to my door and 3 year 100k mile warranty!

Now the old one has to come out (should be today after work) Anyone need a good core+ extras????

I had to get a new flywheel because of the 1piece to 2 piece crank, but do I need a new harmonic balancer too?

also, updated and painted the grille:



Roomate's 454 1976 Camaro is in the background.

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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #24
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Out with the "old"





in with the new!













got everything in over the weekend, I THINK I have the dizzy installed properly, just need to run power to it and get a fuel line fitting and I should be able to fire it up tonite, then proceed to install the other missing bits...
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Old June 25th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #25
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only this truck can make an SBC look small.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:54 AM   #26
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aaaaaaand more complete stuff:



cam broken in, just need to dial the timing in and its good to go! Great way to celebrate the 4th of july, starting the truck up :)
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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #27
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Sweet build. It is great you are saving this. Subscribed.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 10:11 AM   #28
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updates!

cleaned up the grille, installed choke and cruised her around some more and removed a bunch of useless TBI wiring.

also note front spoiler installed :)


I picked up some brackets from a fellow member and so far the belt issue has gone away! with the older style block it lacks a threaded hole in the head for the accy brackets to mount it would want to half slip the belt.

Still need to locate some new un broken headlamp bezels, locate missing vertical plastic chrome pieces on grille, repaint and reinstall.

Picked up an edelbrock chrome 14" intake instead of that stupid triangle flow foam crap. (pics to come later) but I still need to route/buy wire routing clips to make it looks nice under the hood.

And still more to go!

next on the list (aside from serp belt situation):

1. Replace Windshield
2. Fix dome light issue (on at all times)
3. Find and install a radio.
4. Find matching hella lamp and install on bumper.
5. re-attach rear AC motor/unit (its kinda hanging there by a few screws...
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 12:40 PM   #29
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got about 500 miles on the new engine. runs good probably recheck-and adjust timing soon now that its broken in a bit. Commuting 40 miles a day in this back and forth to work is pretty annoying at times but I'm used to being stuck in traffic in a small car now I can see whats going on ahead at least and try to avoid it..

It was also funny driving around my Japanese co-worker in it on lunch the other day.

anywhoo, replaced the rear bumper!


Thats the only damage/rust on this beast, if I knew how to fix it - I would. But thats not important now...

and added some nuts because I got them as a joke gift a while back.

Got the rear AC system reinstalled correctly it is functional however it only works on high and I have no air compressor but its nice to know its there. Resto mod continues...

next up:

windshield! (next week)
bilstein shocks (september)
body mounts (TBD)
radio (september)
thinking of painting it back to white...
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Old August 30th, 2013, 09:32 AM   #30
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Should have done this months ago...





Now to fix the wipers...
(they don't work when it rains)
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Old December 9th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #31
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Okay its been a while but here are some overdue updates and some very recent updates as well as what to expect in the future!



1. I fixed the wipers, not exactly sure how mostly wiggle some connectors and witchcraft I guess. They used to not work in the rain but now they really only work in the rain/snow. Go figure.



2. Bilstein shocks! one GREAT improvement over the 20+ year old blown shocks. Rides much better for a huge ass truck.







I had some issues with summit keep sending me the wrong front shocks but after a month of back and forth and some customer service they got it straightened out, gave me a free t-shirt and 25 dollar gift card for my troubles.



now onto the interior!





it was starting to rip around some areas and I picked up one of these blankets at a garage sale and secured it to the bench seat with some bunjee cords, pretty rad I know... (also very billy)









I thought that the gauge cluster needed some freshening up so I snagged this at a local pick n pull. Couldn't resist the classyness of psudo wood grain.

I also moved my oil pressure and water temp gauges into the "stock" locations so that that they are easier to see while driving and a much more cleaner look.



Now current project is locate spare funds then locate exhaust shop to do this:





2.75" inlet and 3 or 3.25" outlet with nice tips. But upon closer inspection you will find...



Current exhaust is 2.5" so adapting shouldn't be too hard, I may have to have rear exit on these but however it goes in the easiest way is fine by me.







blue oval eh?? I wonder what these could be from?????







If you guessed 2012 mustang GT 5.0 you would be correct, roommate purchased this car recently-ish and had them laying around since within a month of buying it he did a cat-back on this thing. These 2 mufflers cost me a 6 pack of beer because he was just going to scrap these...





Whats next?

blower motor and resistor need to be replaced, motor bearings are worn and it makes some awful noises from time to time and some fan speeds work better than others. (next few weeks)



Radio/CD player (spring)

repaint white/replace grille trim/bezels (summer)

maybe some proper sized 33"s on aluminum wheels? (TBD)
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Old January 14th, 2014, 05:11 PM   #32
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So some more updates:

Well I gave up on the washing it idea because O-Reillys had the blower motor from VDO for 26 bucks with wheel! Hard to beat that.



Basic stuff:

Blower motor resistor and new blower motor.



Less Basic stuff:

1. The food mechanic! (it fixes hunger)

2. Retrofitted/installed a modern windshield washer system





This is the food mechanic, it is an idea we had while at pikes peak this year because we got hungry wheelin around the woods.





There are bolts welded onto the front bottom corners. the front are bolted to that flat piece of metal you can get at the local hardware store and bent to fit the curvature of the inner fender.



The other mounting provision is hole that is by the hinge that is upward in the ammo box to the wall of the inside of the fender structure (or whatever it happens to be)


Still not sure what it is? let me open it for you...





Basically we interupted the heater core to have a U bend pipe that is in a sealed ammo box to act as an oven. This is only slightly classier than using a tin can and shoving it on the exhaust manifold. Obviously you are not going to roast a turkey in this, meerly grab some easy microwavable meals (and tin foil) or canned soup and shove it in there!









Just set it and forget it! (WARNING DONT ACTUALLY FORGET IT!)



and #2. the windshield washer system....

Problems with current.

1. pump motor is bad/dead

2. washer tank is small

3. small washer tank has many cracks in it and a small hole

4. switch only provides 5v to the motor (the trucks wiring is a mess)



I work for a company that is a supplier to vehicles for headlamps and occasionaly headlamps require cleaners and those washer tank cleaners are integrated into the windshield tank system/assembly. So I retro fitted a 2013 Toyota Highlander washer system for a cost of less than 8 dollars.

Tank assembly with motors was free.



I just had to buy an inline fuse and some new washer tubing then junkyard pick the right electrical connector with pigtail. Luckily Toyota uses alot of the same provisions for pump motors and connectors so a quick swap was easy and grabbed some backup ones just in case (and I was already there)





Here is it next to the food mechanic, the new tank is not fragile and has easy mounting points for easy fab.







The new tank holds about 1.5 gallons, much better if I should happen to run into a mud pit or driving on snowy roads (sno*drift is coming in 1.5 weeks...)







Whats next?

Sourced a 2" aluminum carb adapter (needs to be cleaned still)

Exhaust gets repaired/replaced this week.

Radio for summertime when windows go down for "A/C"
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Old January 20th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #33
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Here is a quick shot of the food mechanic installed next to the new and improved washer system:







The food mechanic is very secure and its location makes for a great seat when working on things in the rear of the engine bay such as a distributor. Which I gave up and replaced. I have always been fussing with the ignition in some way or another and I Just gave up. I should have bought a new one when I got the new engine. Replaced the coil while I was at it, starts better, runs better and runs smoother.





Its an accel brand, installed pretty easy and picked up a tach/battery pigtail for easier installation and connectivity.



I had barn finded (sp?) a throttle body spacer at my co-workers place, his father had passed away few years back and left him all this SBC stuff, there were at least 5 OEM rochesters BNIB with the carb wrapped in plastic, some were pontiac and one or two performance manifolds or carbs, I wil have to check out his garage later he said because there is even more parts.



So I gave it a quick polish and cleaned the surface a tad.



close up shot of the new hotness (blurry)


Now the air cleaner fits much better in the engine bay and carb adjustment screws are easier to reach.



Exhaust is too loud, I'm getting boring mufflers installed now. I'll upload a youtube link for the hillbilly exhaust. Sounds good its not to bad idling or low throttle but as soon as you get mid throttle it is LOUD, not so much in the cab but everyone around me.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:00 AM   #34
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I forgot to mention the carb spacer is 2"

also here is a sound clip of the billy exhaust:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHQq...e_gdata_player

IMCO mufflers, true duals, hooker comp headers 2.5" all the way through.

At least the tips look good, but I need the truck to be quieter so some lame boring mufflers are going on instead.
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