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Unread 03-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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mburgess00's 1979 CJ5 SBC upgrade/build

So, I'm just getting started on this build. I thought I'd put it up here in case any body would like to follow along. If not, carry on .

This is what I started with:




I just obtained this, which I'll be rebuilding (and of course, documenting):



Stand by for updates!

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Unread 03-09-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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Just don't change the color.

Have fun!
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Unread 03-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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It was a snowy day here in Colorado, and the garage was decently warm, so I spent some time out there and got the engine completely disassembled.

The lower end is in remarkably good shape. You can even still see the crosshatch pattern in the cylinders. The heads, on the other hand, are at least filthy, if not worse. Anybody have any opinions on head casting 10110810 on a SBC?






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Unread 03-18-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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new toy

I got a new toy this weekend:


It's an SM465, complete with bellhousing, clutch, flywheel, and np205 transfer case.

I'm not going to be able to use the np205 because of the long adapter between the sm465 and np205, so I'll be looking to sell it (anyone looking for one?).

Stay tuned...
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Unread 03-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #5
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Santa came in March this year!



Edit: sadly the radiator is dented, but summit is sending me a new one.
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Unread 03-19-2013, 10:38 PM   #6
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Subscribed. Looking forward to following this one.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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New parts look good. Going to follow along too.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 08:02 AM   #8
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Quick tip for those that may rebuild a small block chevy. If you plan on reusing pistons, check the depth of the oil ring groove before ordering rings.

I was not aware that there was a shallow or deep configuration. It appears that deep is the more common type, but I have shallow. With the deep oil ring installed, the piston would not go into the cylinder

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Unread 03-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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I have a short block (mostly, need oil pan and timing gear yet)!


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Unread 03-26-2013, 06:33 AM   #10
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I got the heads installed last night as well as the timing gear, and got the valves "adjusted" - hydraulic lifters are so easy!



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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:20 PM   #11
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I went with a 1991 chevy 4.3 v6 and removed the coil and throttle body and replaced it with a cast iron intake from a 1987 chevy astro van and finished it off with a edelbrock 1400 series 600 cfm carb. This bolted right up with the t-176 after installing 152 tooth flywheel and new clutch kit. Transdapt made my bolt-on motor mounts for arount $80.00. Using the same tranfer case. 5.9 psi electric fuel pump mounted on frame near tank. Had to purchase an electronic distributor out of Tn. for around $85.00 and set the time. This was fairly easy to do.Had to do no mods to front or rear drive shafts. They went right back in perfectly.
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I went with a 1991 chevy 4.3 v6 and removed the coil and throttle body and replaced it with a cast iron intake from a 1987 chevy astro van and finished it off with a edelbrock 1400 series 600 cfm carb. This bolted right up with the t-176 after installing 152 tooth flywheel and new clutch kit. Transdapt made my bolt-on motor mounts for arount $80.00. Using the same tranfer case. 5.9 psi electric fuel pump mounted on frame near tank. Had to purchase an electronic distributor out of Tn. for around $85.00 and set the time. This was fairly easy to do.Had to do no mods to front or rear drive shafts. They went right back in perfectly.
I don't suppose you have a write-up somewhere on this swap?
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:24 AM   #13
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I went with a 1991 chevy 4.3 v6 and removed the coil and throttle body and replaced it with a cast iron intake from a 1987 chevy astro van and finished it off with a edelbrock 1400 series 600 cfm carb. This bolted right up with the t-176 after installing 152 tooth flywheel and new clutch kit. Transdapt made my bolt-on motor mounts for arount $80.00. Using the same tranfer case. 5.9 psi electric fuel pump mounted on frame near tank. Had to purchase an electronic distributor out of Tn. for around $85.00 and set the time. This was fairly easy to do.Had to do no mods to front or rear drive shafts. They went right back in perfectly.
I get that people have different tastes, but why get rid of the TBI? That's actually a major reason for this swap IMO. Believe it or not, it is easier emissions-wise here to swap the whole engine to get TBI than just go junkyard TBI.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #14
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I got the intake manifold and rear main seal installed over the weekend! Sorry, no pics were taken
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I see you've got a 4 bolt main block. Nice!
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