82 K20 CREW "WONTON"

  • I've finally been convinced to make a build thread. I picked up this truck in January from a friend.

    The story behind the truck is a few too many beers, a tree and a big mud hole. It got stuck in a spillway for a pond. Then it rained and the truck sat in 3 feet of water for 2 months.

    It was exactly what I wanted and knowing that I would go through everything anyways it was a good buy.

    As I bought it.
    82 K20 crew cab
    350 swap (started life as a diesel)
    Nv4500
    Dana 60 front
    4in spring lift

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    The plan for it was to build a fun daily/crawler. With it being under water the engine had bent a rod and the nv4500 case had cracked from freezing while full of water.

    I'll start with the drive train. So far I swapped in a junkyard 5.3 vortec. Gave it a fresh coat of paint, ls swap engine mount adapters with factory mounts. Lsa exhaust manifolds. Drilled the water pump for the steam vent and mechanical temp sensor. I used an 06 6.0 flywheel and drilled the standard nv4500 clutch for metric bolts.
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    As for the transmission. The case was cracked and after much searching I found a new oem case. I also decided to replace the mainshaft, 5th gear and input bearing retainer for good measure.

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    I'll post more tomorrow.