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Old 11-05-2018, 09:55 PM
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Those would be cool on there
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Originally Posted by truckdoug View Post
I know we said steelies, but what about turbines?

AGGHHH My head!! Seventies FLASHBACK!! OK I'm good now... Those look pretty cool! I always liked them back in the day....
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:15 PM
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Now you need to find a conversion van... A-Team style. Hahaha!
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:23 PM
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I've been gathering parts and trying to keep this thing going. It's difficult not to just throw my wallet at it when I run into a problem.

I have a plan for wheels and it's probably gonna blow your minds haha

Anyways, I was given relatively new tank from a '90 suburban. The tank itself of course wouldn't fit the SWB frame, but the sending unit came in handy. a chinese 255 in the tank will provide all the fuel this motor can use NA.

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finished up the shift kit install on the th350. so easy to deal with compared to an 80e! just a lil guy!
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that was about lunch so I went to check out this '77 swb step....alas it's too beat up for me. It needs inner and outer rockers and a whole bunch of panel beating. 305/sm465 with no mufflers ugh those wheels too



back home I bolted the motor & tranny up. Had to drill new holes in the 80e flexplate for the th350 10.5" bolt circle torque converter, but other than that no problems.



with a heave and a ho, threw that sucker in. gonna try and use the cheapy ebay swap mounts I used to run on my '66

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Nice progress.
I'm glad you are keeping your head about you and not throwing money down the hole just to get things done. I have seen that tried and it never ends well.
I hear you on the wheels on the 77 step side... the best thing about them is aluminum recycles. Haha!

I noticed you converted your hoist to a swivel up front too. I can't believe I didn't do that sooner.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:14 PM
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right? what a difference! they're actually HF cheapies and I have some nice industrial quality ones to swap in but I cant seem to kill these.
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Wait til you guys try out some rubber swivels...your life will never be the same



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I love it!
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Originally Posted by LQ4-E39 View Post
Wait til you guys try out some rubber swivels...your life will never be the same
Gives your engine a SMOOOOTH ride.....
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had to scallop the engine stands a little to clear the stock manifolds

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tucked in there pretty good. clearance for a/c hoses courtesy of a 5-year-old-still-going-strong-as-ever, $250 chinese cut50

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they look so little without an intake on 'em!

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trying a new method of welding stuff to the cast manifolds. no prep, no preheat no postheat. just zap and pray haha



and it wouldn't be a truckdoug thread without sausagedog! she rolled in the dirt and jumped all over my freshly vacuumed couch. ah well whatcha gonna do?

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Nice progress.

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trying a new method of welding stuff to the cast manifolds. no prep, no preheat no postheat. just zap and pray haha
I'm not sure why I find this so funny! Maybe because I know the proper procedure for welding cast iron is a bunch of complicated BS that I won't make time to do because it never seems to work for me.
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Looking good! What are you doing about a throttle cable?
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oh i need to look for one of those.
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Time for a trip to the salvage yard!
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by gofastwclass View Post
Nice progress.

I'm not sure why I find this so funny! Maybe because I know the proper procedure for welding cast iron is a bunch of complicated BS that I won't make time to do because it never seems to work for me.

More than a few have said the manifolds are cast steel or low carbon cast iron.
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243, I kind of got that impression by the way it welded and comments I later read. Good for us swappers, thanks for looking out for us yet again GM!
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I usually do special prep, pre and post heat, 309L rod etc. to make sure there's no problems. But I've always read about the guys who just mig it cold and send it. So it's a learning moment if anything.

Picked up an 8.8 today, 3.73 was the lowest numerically I could find in a posi. I'm gonna try to use the rear sway bar somehow too.

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What's the typical going rate for a complete 8.8 like that?
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:08 AM
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$150 + $25 core at the u pull it place.
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Old 11-12-2018, 12:16 PM
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Is that from an Ford Explorer?

Thanks.
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