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Scored Parts Truck / Lots Of Questions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Fletch79, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

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    Truck was parked, broken down, at the end of my block for about a week.
    I left a note on the windshield, saying that I was interested in it.
    The city put a tow sticker on it.
    He called me.

    Scored an 87' silverado K-5 with 81K on it, for $100.

    Had smoked rear U-joint at the diff yoke.
    Shaft was hanging down on the street.
    I yanked shaft and duct taped a bag over the tailshaft housing.

    Has an early injection system, with a throttle body and two injectors mounted in the middle.
    One of them isn't working.
    I turned the idle up just high enough to keep it running.

    It wouldn't move.
    Quick inspection revealed that the trans fluid tube had worked it's way loose, and let fluid piss out.
    I wrestled the tube in, added a couple quarts of ATF, and it was rolling.

    The guy about [I love Jeeps] when I drove it away less than an hour after being handed the title.
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    Now the questions.

    It has my 700R/NP208 combo in it.
    I've been advised that I have to move my motor mounts forward 1-3/4" to keep my drive lines the same.
    Do I still have to do this if I use the 87's shafts?

    The 87 has rotten floors, but the quarters are much cleaner than mine.
    Is there a good write-up on detaching and rehanging quarters?

    87 has a tilt column, but there's lots of slop in it.
    What can I do to tighten it up, I'd like to have tilt.

    The front clip is almost as clean as mine, and I like the square beams better than my 7" rounds.
    The 87's inner fender wells are shot, and mine are new, will my inners bolt up to the 87 fenders?

    I'd also like to replace the lights in the dash panel, mine are pretty dim.
    Is there an easy way to get behind it.
    I gave it a whirl once, but the dash didn't want to slide forward, like the speedo cable was too tight.
    Advice?

    The two barrel, kinda-injected system runs the 350 real well.
    Can I put that manifold/carb on my 400?
    Any benefits or caveats?

    Thanks in advance folks.
     
  2. Confedneck

    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    what year is your truck?
     
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    SUBFAN 1/2 ton status

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  4. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

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    79 with 400SB, TH350, NP203 W/Mile Marker kit, 10 bolt front, 12-bolt 8.875 gov lock rear, no lift, on 31's.

    I should get some pics up already, huh?
     
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    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    pics would rock...pics always rock
     
  6. Sample

    Sample 1/2 ton status

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    Sweet score. I will give you $50 to ship the exhaust Y-pipe to me.

    Chris
     
  7. Z3PR

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    How about postin' some pics so we can get really jellous of your $100.00 buy. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  8. Fletch79

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    Sample, the pipe has been molested.
    It crosses between the manifolds fine, but the flange is removed where it meets the rest of the exhaust.
    It's solid welded.
    I could cut it off, but it wouldn't bolt up on your end.
     
  9. cwn anwyn

    cwn anwyn 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Hey Sample, Im dumping my stock exhaust tomorrow if you want the y pipe.(84 /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif) PM me if you want it.
    Z
     
  10. kennyw

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    [ QUOTE ]
    It has my 700R/NP208 combo in it.
    I've been advised that I have to move my motor mounts forward 1-3/4" to keep my drive lines the same. Do I still have to do this if I use the 87's shafts?

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    You do not need to move any motor mounts. Just use the shafts off of the '87. You may need a conversion u-joint if the '87 has a 10 bolt.

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    87 has a tilt column, but there's lots of slop in it.
    What can I do to tighten it up, I'd like to have tilt.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    It can be fixed and I even think a chiltons manual may cover the procedure. If not you should be able to find alot of info searching this site (I dont know much about it myself).

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    The front clip is almost as clean as mine, and I like the square beams better than my 7" rounds. The 87's inner fender wells are shot, and mine are new, will my inners bolt up to the 87 fenders?

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    Your current hood mounts to the fenders while the newer one mounts to the firewall. As long as you are willing to do some cutting and welding you could attach the hood mounts to your firewall. Then you need to use the '87 firewall and fenders but I am not sure if the inner fenders you have now will work.

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    I'd also like to replace the lights in the dash panel, mine are pretty dim.
    Is there an easy way to get behind it.
    I gave it a whirl once, but the dash didn't want to slide forward, like the speedo cable was too tight.
    Advice?

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Dissconnect the speedo cable and it will pull out.

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    The two barrel, kinda-injected system runs the 350 real well.
    Can I put that manifold/carb on my 400?
    Any benefits or caveats?

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    This is called TBI or Throttle body injection. Big benifits in off camber situations as well as better gas mileage. You need to get the wiring harness, all sensors, and related computer pieces off of the '87 to make it work but it has been done by many on here (one of my future upgrades on my '79 K10).
     
  11. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    You do not need to move any motor mounts. Just use the shafts off of the '87. You may need a conversion u-joint if the '87 has a 10 bolt.

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    (In my best Eric Cartman)
    Sweeeeet!

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    It can be fixed and I even think a chiltons manual may cover the procedure. If not you should be able to find alot of info searching this site (I dont know much about it myself).

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    Found the write-up on this site, and printed it out.

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    Your current hood mounts to the fenders while the newer one mounts to the firewall. As long as you are willing to do some cutting and welding you could attach the hood mounts to your firewall. Then you need to use the '87 firewall and fenders but I am not sure if the inner fenders you have now will work.

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    I need to use the 87's firewall?
    Hmmmmm....
    I had hoped to just weld the hood springs on.
    I'll have to spend a little time staring at the two, side by side.

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    Dissconnect the speedo cable and it will pull out.

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    I'll give it a whirl.

    [ QUOTE ]
    This is called TBI or Throttle body injection. Big benifits in off camber situations as well as better gas mileage. You need to get the wiring harness, all sensors, and related computer pieces off of the '87 to make it work but it has been done by many on here (one of my future upgrades on my '79 K10).

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    I've gotten this far.
    Searched, and found a bunch of TBI threads, and I've been reading over at thirdgen.org.
    Seems like it offers the improvements that I'm after, but it's a fair amount more complicated than swapping the intake and TB.


    Thanks for addressing my questions KennyW.
    This site, and the folks here are great!

    I'm kinda partial to the 79, but for all the swapover headache, I may go the other direction and move into the 87.
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    It's floors and rockers are really rotten, and it's block is tired, but it's starting to sound like less work.
     

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