I spoke with Vanco PBS today, and I know I'm going to end up with their kit eventually. I think I may just go ahead and buy it now instead of wasting money on something that I plan to replace later on.
High Pressure Lines: High and low pressure stainless steel line kit (low pressure line is black)
Hydroboost: CJ Series 67-86 Hydroboost
Power Steering Pumps: No Item
Master Cylinders: Master Cylinder for ½ and ¾ ton and smaller calipers (1 1/8th bore)
Proportioning Valves: Two-Wheel Disc Valve Kits
Optional Items: Hi-Flow
Their kit optionally comes with an upgraded power steering pump to operate the Hydroboost, but they do not have any Chevy pumps. Again, with the same mentallity of why spend money on something that will be replaced, I called PSC Motorsports for their hydro assist kit. This kit comes with no PS pump.
They say to give them a call when I'm ready to order, and they'll include a PS pump that will work for both their assist ram and also the Vanco brakes. Same cost as this kit, just a tiny bit different.
Totalling out to $2460.22, this is a bit of a decision I need to make. Either spend the cash and have a forever system that I'll never have to replace, or spend maybe $500 to have a cheap system that will work for now.
I do this all the time, get just enough to get by and it either breaks or does not work correctly. Buy the better part or system for a little more money and then the cost is double or more with the original purchase.
I can't wait to see this bad boy on the road!
1978 Cherokee, 360/T400/QT...5.3/4L60E/NP241C in the works...
Now that I'm back in the states, I spent some time doing some part chasing. I spent most of the day driving to / calling various parts stores for a power brake booster bracket. The only lead I got says to check back in a week, and they'll be getting a few of them, which I found to be kind of odd that they would be getting "a few" of a very strange and old part. So I'll more than likely end up buying this one
Mike, I really really love that air filter idea. Especially the MAF mounting in a somewhat stock location. I doubt I can fit something similar to mine, it's going to be tight no matter what
I think I could probably mount mine to the driver side fender like yours, but that may end up being covered with relays and fuses.
If you've got any ideas feel free to shoot them my way I'd love to avoid a K&N for probably the same reasons as you.
Hi Andy, I figured I would respond into your build thread instead of mine.
It looks like you can turn the intake straight toward either fender or back at the intake manifold. It looks like you have a ton of room above the intake, maybe find or fab a box and change a couple intake bolts into studs to mount it. Then maybe run a cold air tube down to the front of the grill. Or put it above the intake and add an active Corvette hood scoop.
Otherwise, just take it straight to either fender and mount it. You can see how I have all my relays packed closer to the battery to leave a lot of inner fender room. I don't know of any particular boxes that would work for you. You just need to figure out what size you need then scour salvage yards and eBay until you find something that works.
I liked the box I chose because it had a factory MAF mount. I was thinking of trying to add a cold air run to mine. If you look in your bottom picture on the passengers side fender, there is the perfect indent that is full of dust between the grill support rod and the frame rail, that part follows down from the front of the grill and makes a natural run to the corner of my air box. I was thinking about trimming out that corner and running a small fresh air feed. I am also debating on if it is even worth the hassle.
Anyway, you asked for ideas and that's about all I got so good luck. You're definitely going to want to let that LS breath. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.
Mike My build thread
1979 CJ7, FI 5.0L Ford, NP435, D300, Full floated D44 Detroit, D30 Detroit EZ Locker.
Well after lots of thinking and lots of searching, I haven't found anywhere local that I can wrench on the Jeep myself. I think I'm going to take it to M.I.T. Drivetrain, the shop I talked about a few posts back. They're even featured in 4wd magazine
I think I'm just going to have them get it running, finish up things like the harness and make sure my motor is still in good condition. As far as getting it street legal and what not else, I'd like to do all of that myself. Whether it be in my parking lot at home, or at a shop using someone else's tools. The main hurdle here is to get it running and moving under it's own power. Then I can quit towing it everywhere.
To answer some questions, Mike i really like how you mounted that box to the fender, I'll have to try and figure something out using some junkyard pieces like you said. Jim, I've gotten plenty of inspiration from your build, keep up the good work and count on me ordering some parts from you Dave, I've picked up quite a few parts since I've been back. I've slapped the easy ones on in the storage lot, but they don't really like it so I have to make it quick whenever I'm there. Hopefully that should change once I get this thing in my parking lot! Mallard, my build sheet on post #1 should have a decently up to date list. I think the total as of right now is around $11k. SKT, here it is!
Just dropped the Jeep off at M.I.T Drive train locally. They quoted me an estimate at just under $4k to finish it up and get it running. Not street legal, and not Cali legal, just running. I'm gonna head back over there in a few days and see if the price came down any. I supplied almost everything to get it running. They just need to install it and *hopefully not* rebuild the motor. Wish me luck!