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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.


    I was finally able to act fast enough to a market place add to score an NV3500. Just as a caution, Iíll drop it off at the transmission shop to have them go through it.


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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Let the fun begin I guess. I have most of the parts to get the engine swap started. This weekend, I plan to pull the little V6 out, and prep the frame for the new engine. I ordered a smaller oil pan for the big block (5 quart vs 7 quart on it now) which will limit the amount of notching I need to do to the front crossmember.
    I have the new flywheel and clutch set up to match the NV 3500 to the big block.
    Motor mounts I’m going with low profile weld in mounts, the idea is to keep the motor as low as possible, which will save room in the firewall area.
    Ordered a special radiator made specific for these types of conversions. It’s all aluminum, with an offset filler neck that allows you to put the radiator inside the radiator support vs to the inside. That will allow room for a standard water pump and accessories.

    The breakdown of the engine has started. I have most parts needed already, just need to disassemble it, send the heads to the machine shop and put it back together. I have no plans to touch the bottom end, it ran strong and has some decent components stock. I have a complete new valve train, one of the comp came complete kits. Timing gears, cam, lifters, valves, valve springs/retainers , etc

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Some decent progress, I placed an add on FB marketplace for the original V6, the guy came by yesterday to hear it run, pulled it out this morning, sold already.
    Took advantage of the day off and set the replacement engine in. I still have to cut front crossmember even with the new oil pan, while it fits, if the engine was an inch lower, it would make a big difference with exhaust clearance.


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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Pretty amazed that the stock manifolds fit with minimal modifications. The drivers side, thereís 2 mods I need to do to make it work. First is grind a small tab off the upper control arm, 2nd is I need to move the steering column over 1Ē towards the outside.

    Passenger side is the same thing with the upper control arm tabs, but I also have to modify the firewall a bit to get the exhaust pipes on.

    Everything Iíve read says the stock manifolds flow pretty good for what they are and can flow effectively upto 450hp. If I ever get the itch for more power, Iíll have a set of headers made for it.

    Still test fitting everything, the engine and transmission are bolted in place where they need to be. The V6 frame motor mount pads worked perfectly with the Advanced Adapters v8 motor mount plates, so that saved me a lot of time.


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    Test fitting is complete, time to break down the engine and rebuild. I was happy to see standard bore pistons, and standard sized main and rod bearings.. all of which are in great condition.

    Heads go to the machine shop tomorrow for a rebuild. Iím expecting minimal work needed, tho I do want to shave them to bump the compression up a bit.

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    At this rate you're gonna need another project by January

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    What's the change in front suspension? Is it just a stiffer spring?

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    At this rate you're gonna need another project by January
    Thereís still plenty to do on the house, weíve got one more room upstairs to renovate.. lol Iíd like to be driving this thing by spring and still have a ton of work to get done on it.

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    What's the change in front suspension? Is it just a stiffer spring?
    The front springs are from an S10 extra cab, with the 4.3L v6. With the minimal front accessoryís and an aluminum intake, this motor wonít be far off in weight from the V6, itíll be less than a 200lb difference.

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    i love everything about this project, great progress springtime shakedown cruise would be icing ... 3.75" spacers + widebody flares next

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Slight hold up on the progress. I got a call from the machine shop on Friday saying the heads were bad. Each head had a series of unusual cracks. Their best guess is at some point, the thermostat must have stuck causing the engine to get hot, then it likely released the coolant suddenly causing a rapid cool down. I was surprised as the engine ran very good when I went to buy it. Itís not all bad news, I happen to have another set of 454 heads sitting in a crate. I dropped the spare set off on Friday.

    I also had the machine shop resurface the exhaust manifolds, and cut them at a 2 degree angle. This tilted the manifolds closer to the block, which gave me more clearance at the upper control arms.
    I spent most of the time this weekend finishing the front end crossmember notch and reinforcement, modified the transmission crossmember for the new transmission, and I moved to steering column over 1Ē at the firewall to help clear the exhaust. I just have to grind the welds quick and repaint everything before the engine goes back in.
    Iím hoping to get the heads back by the end of the week, assemble the engine and install it for the last time. I must have put the engine and transmission in a dozen times so far while test fitting.. lol

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Looking awesome!

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Progress has been a bit slow, Iím still waiting to get the heads back from the machine shop. Good news is, the second set of heads I brought in had quite a bit of previous machine work, oversized valves, port work and hardened valve guides.

    Test fitting and gathering of parts continues. My original plan was to use the serpentine belt set up from the 1990 454, but it was simply to big and bulky to fit in my limited space. Luckily I had a complete V- belt setup sitting in a box in my workshop from a project I did 25 years ago. I spent the weekend sand blasting the brackets and pulleys, and test fit everything. While it is old school, itís clean looking and the mounting locations give me plenty of clearance.

    Iím hoping to get the heads this week, assemble and paint the engine, and install it for the final time.


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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Engine is finally ready to install hopefully for the last time. My plan is tomorrow to get up early, start the wood stove, and get the engine and transmission in for the final time tomorrow


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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Like those valve covers, looks good

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    Like those valve covers, looks good

    Thanks, I wanted a set of the factory cast aluminum covers from a newer motor, but they were stupid expensive.
    Mine are also cast aluminum and seem to be good quality.

    The motor is in, it was a long day for sure. All I need to do at this point is, exhaust, re wire the engine compartment, put the nose back on, and fill it with fluids.

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Looks awesome! This going to be the new bike hauler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by union View Post
    Looks awesome! This going to be the new bike hauler?
    Itíll be easy to load the bikes for sure with it being so low. Iíll probably still end until taking the 71 c10 tho so itís easier to bring extra bikes

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    great work as always, looks sweet!

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Progress has been a little slow with the cold weather, itís not really worth lighting the stove for an hour or 2 each day after work.
    Iím about a week away from being able to start the engine for the first time, hopefully finish the exhaust this week and a few other odds and ends. I bought a mandrel bend you-fit Flowmaster exhaust kit, itís been a lot of work, but itís saving me a lot of money vs having a custom exhaust made.

    Once itís running and sorted, Iím going to restore the interior. Iíve already got the new carpet, headliner, and dash cover. I found a nice set of Chevy Colorado black leather bucket with power and heat, but I really want the Mercedes e class black leather seats, they sit lower and the mounting tracks are flat, so easier to make them work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    .....I bought a mandrel bend you-fit Flowmaster exhaust kit, itís been a lot of work, but itís saving me a lot of money vs having a custom exhaust made.
    Right?!? Not sure WTF happened to that market, I've had multiple custom systems done at Jims Customs down in SK, not the cheapest but his work was top notch & he always gave me a decent price. Last time I went to have a custom cat back, couple feet of SS and muffler, gave me a quote of nearly $3k ....

    Few weeks ago friend went to have a header back dual system dumping out before tires, so short system, some place in cranston quoted him $3,400.

    SWANKY seats, are the E class seats a popular swap candidate? Be able to get the air bags working...

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    Re: Latest project, well winter of 2021/2022 anyways.

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    Right?!? Not sure WTF happened to that market, I've had multiple custom systems done at Jims Customs down in SK, not the cheapest but his work was top notch & he always gave me a decent price. Last time I went to have a custom cat back, couple feet of SS and muffler, gave me a quote of nearly $3k ....

    Few weeks ago friend went to have a header back dual system dumping out before tires, so short system, some place in cranston quoted him $3,400.

    SWANKY seats, are the E class seats a popular swap candidate? Be able to get the air bags working...
    Jim was always expensive and did nice work. He quoted me $2k for my 71 c10 about 8 years ago, I bought the Flowmaster manifold back kit for $500 and spent a day installing it. Flowmaster has kits for pretty much any vehicle from the factory and they are awesome quality and somewhat easy to install if you have some above basic tools. If they had a kit for even a small block in an S10, Iíd have bought that .


    Yes, the MB seats are popular mostly because of the flat mounting tracks. While I like the quality of the European leather, IMO American auto seats are far more comfortable than European brand seats.. thatís the sticking point for me with seats.. haha

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