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Unread 12-29-2012, 07:57 PM   #121
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It's all good Shawn, been tryin' to keep up with family over the holidays and such, but I have to be honest, I really not in a huge hurry to pop it in there, the old one's out, which is a good thing, and that gives me room to jump in there and clean stuff up, and then there's the power brake upgrade that I have all the parts for and think it might just be easier to do it now while I have the room, and of course there's the radiator...which I'm debating a new 3-core aluminum unit made by Champion from a local dealer that would be easier to change sooner than later....you know the drill.

Anyway, the wife's car needed tires and I scored a great deal on some 2013 JK take-offs, but had to do a tiny bit of clearancining to make it work, they are 32" vs the 28" inch stock, so the car actually looks like it should now, if you know what I mean. Been thinking about a 2" budget boost for it, don't really need it, but might do it in the spring...we'll just have to see.

So, otherwise, I think it's going to start slowing down up here as of Wednesday next week. Works going pretty good, since the majority of our business is going north of the border - they are keeping us above water!!! Jules and I are doing fine, she had a great time visiting the grandson in NC earlier this month, cried when she had to come home... but I needed to eat!!!

What are your plans for the 880 block? Have you even given it much thought yet? That's the same block I've got!!!

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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #122
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Yeah, it would be hard not to take advantage of having the engine out of the way so you could do a few things in there.

I've got a build in mind for that block but it's a moot point until I can get this health challenge straightened out. My symptoms overlap each other with so many different "diseases" like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, and a few others that it makes things difficult. When you start chasing them down one by one, they seem to end up at the liver and the intestinal tract. An interesting turn we've made deals with gut flora. I was on round after round of antibiotics and oral steroids as a kid which destroys your good flora and allows the bad flora to take over and causes a whole host of weird and strangely similar health problems. Interesting reading on that subject.

Anyways, I'm leaning towards a 350. Bullet Cams has some lobes in the 270/218 range that, when paired with either AFR 180 or Bowtie Vortec heads, should be right in the 420 hp range but that's going to take some work on my part. It's definitely not a "throw the parts together" kind of build. I'm still on the fence about the whole thing. A smart man would build a 383 for the same amount of money and make more power with a smoother engine but that never has been one of my "gifts"

Who knows... I'm just praying that I get to try the wifeys tater salad this summer!


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Unread 12-30-2012, 05:41 PM   #123
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That sounds like some $h!t to go through, sorry about that, really hope you get it under control! There's still alot of life to live mister!!!

Not only will you enjoy the tater salad, dude, you'll also have this comin' to ya....
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Unread 12-31-2012, 10:36 AM   #124
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That's awesome, dude. Thanks!


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Unread 04-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #125
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Mr. Turner,

If you don't get that engine fired up, I'm afraid it's gonna hair over

I hope all is well!


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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #126
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Ha ha Shawn my man... Engine is in, did rad and fan night before last, doing some electrical and fuel pump this weekend. Then exhaust. Got your plans in place for the summer yet?

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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #127
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Pictures didn't load in the same order but you get the idea... :-)
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #128
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Lookin' good! Plans are in limbo, as usual
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Unread 06-20-2013, 12:48 PM   #129
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Progress report? You know you have Matt's AMC's butt to kick

As for me, it looks like I'm going to miss out on the wifey's tater salad. My (our) plans have moved from eagles, salmon and pine trees to organic gardening, free-range critters, smoke houses, goat cheese and oak trees in south-central Texas. It's time to get back to life the way the good Lord intended.


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Unread 06-22-2013, 06:02 PM   #130
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Nice looking project. I did my 84 CJ7 engine swap back in 92.

From the pic's it looks like you have your headers routed inside the frame. That was the way I did mine so I could keep headers, mufflers and exhaust at frame level.

The biggest issue I had with my build was getting the engine temps below 230 deg. I tried elect fans, clutch fans, radiator shields, 3 core (steel) radiator.

For 3 years I struggled to try to get the temps down, it was always running above 210 - 220 degrees.

I remembered back in racing days, we were using what they called flex fans. I found one at Jeggs ordered it and installed it. now my temps are 180 - 190 degrees in any weather.

With the headers inside the engine compartment they throw off a lot of heat and I just wasn't moving enough air through the engine compartment. The flex fan grabs alot of air at low speeds and at high RPM it flattens out (flex) but still moves air and really dosent drag the engine down.

You will enjoy your new toy with that SBC, I'm 66 yrs old and still have fun driving it.

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