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Unread 03-11-2013, 12:50 PM   #46
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I just started reading your build thread. Only on page 1 and I have my answer for new manifolds! I should have gotten the Novak mounts. There is so much more contact on the frame than my AA mounts...

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I have a bid on some Camaro manifolds. Hope I win, I wish the guy would just sell them to me. I am about to pull the trigger on a radiator, what did you guys go with? I had my eye on a Champion. I was going to go with Superior Radiator like WhyJ did but the guy still hasnt called me back.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #48
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Look for item 130324585719 on eBay. That's the one I used. Good quality and had them add a trans cooler for cheap. Comes with the correct size outlets in the correct locations and a port for the steam pipe.
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Do you remember what brand it was? Quality is what scares me especially with trans coolers. I hate for it to leak into the coolant and burn something up. Yours has been holding up well? How many miles on your swap?
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BTR Radiator. Made in the US. The trans cooler is internal, I also have an auxiliary B&M cooler.

Every OEM automatic setup I have ever seen has a trans cooler inside the radiator. Water to water cooling is much more efficient than air to water cooling. They are very reliable if it is built well.

My rig is holding up great - about 8k miles on the swap. I do have a leaky water pump put that has been the only issue.
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Ill check that one out. I agree, thats why I will make sure it is quality. I was also planning on running a B&M aux cooler.

My buddy tried talking me into setting it up for propane. Only $1400
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Well I was at softball practice so I lost the bid on the camaro manifolds. Anybody have a source for them? Screw bidding on ebay
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Why would you run it on propane? It already has an awesome fuel injection setup.
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I know, he works for a propane company and has an '86 chevy running on propane so he is all for it. Ill stick with my stock setup.

I googled 'maro manifolds and found someone in Colorado Springs on lt1swap.com that said he has about 50 sets. Im gonna call him tomorrow. If that doesn't work ill try car-part.com
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Look for item 130324585719 on eBay. That's the one I used. Good quality and had them add a trans cooler for cheap. Comes with the correct size outlets in the correct locations and a port for the steam pipe.
I searched that part # on ebay.

"You are bidding on an "all Aluminum"This Is For the LS1 Engines only!!!!! This has a 1.25 top neck and 1.50 bottom neck"

I though I needed 1.5" top and 1.75" bottom? i measured the stock silverado radiator and they seemed to be in between. I'm sure different rad hoses would work too. This one is quite a bit more expensive even without a trans cooler. And $65 for shipping!
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Unread 03-14-2013, 11:56 AM   #56
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They can custom make anything you want. I believe the stock LM7 size is 1 5/16" inlet and 1 9/16 outlet. I called them and told them what I had and what I needed. For me the price was fair for a custom made aluminum built in USA radiator.

Give them a call. http://www.bricethomasradiator.com/
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That's very true, you pay for quality. Just the hose fitting size makes me trust them over others. The other cheaper ones seemed to just put on 1.5 and 1.75 and call it universal for SBC swaps.

This warm weather is driving me nuts. I want to pull the top off and go for a drive
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I made some progress tonight. My new trans mount came in so I was able to line everything up. The only questionable things are radiator and manifold but I think I left enough room. There is about 2" between the firewall and intake manifold but there is a little over 4" between the fan and radiator mounts.


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Im also selling 2 doors off the truck and my jeep trans tomorrow so I will order my radiator soon. Hopefully a Lokar trans shifter as well
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I ordered a radiator through Superior Radiator. I think their price was more fair than BTR ($100 difference) and it is made in USA as well. A lot of incorrect info on BTRs site kind of turned me off to them. Not really a big deal but I'm wierd like that. I have a buddy coming over to burn in my mounts tomorrow. Does anyone have any input on my drivetrain positioning before they are welded? My intake seems like it is pretty far away from the firewall but I think I have ample room for my radiator and my trans mount sits right on the rib of the skid plate (see above pic)
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watching your build.. did you get/make contact with the guy on the Camaro manifolds? I am interested in a set if you do and he comes through. also... who makes the trans mount you used? im sourcing parts for a 5.3 swap right now.
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