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4wd v8 swap complete

Discussion in '1983-2005 S-Series models' started by big83chevy4x4, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    it took a little bit of work and parts to get it in and running, but its nice. i had to mod the radiator support so we could fit the factory 4.3 radiator inside it (everyone said it wouldn't fit)
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    but it fits nicely.
    here you can see where the radiator cap is
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    with the motor sitting in there, it looks like it will fit no problem
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    but once you get everything on it, the motor gets bigger.
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    we used a ford taurus fan, with the motor set back about 5/8", this is the clearance we have on the fan/water pump pulley bolts
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    we had to cut the underside of the hood to clear the aircleaner and the air cleaner stud.
    here it is finished
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    we still have some issues with the TBI, but it runs nice.
    here are the rest of the pics
    http://photobucket.com/albums/v299/big83chevy4x4/s10 swap/
     
  2. lamberthkp

    lamberthkp SITFU Premium Member

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    that 1st pic looks really cold . but looking good i must say.
     
  3. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    yea it was like 15* outside, the garage isn't insulated yet either. we went threw about 15 gallons of kerosene that week.
     
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    ramjet gmc CK5 Staff Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    wow that is a tight fit it is always go to see it when a plan comes together
     
  5. big83chevy4x4

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    yea its a really tight fit. there was only one position for the motor to have the headers clear the shocktowers and fuel lines and such, and we still had to dent a tube on the pass side header to get it to clear.
     
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    hope the little rear end will hold up with the 4.3 + 2 special package.:D
     
  7. big83chevy4x4

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    being a 4.3 truck it has the bigger 7.625" rear end compared to the non 4.3 truck with a 7.5" rear end. (between you and me, i don't think its a whole lot stronger than the other :haha: )

    we have a axle swap/manual tranny swap planned in the future :wink1:

    right now when its cold, it'll lay you back in the seat at half throttle. more and it will spin the tires for a while from a stop, not to mention wheel hop. fixing that soon also.
     

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