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post #46 of 115 Old 06-02-2018, 10:49 AM
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Thanks for checking in. Hope your clutch burned in smoothly for you. Any new videos? I had a productive day today. My brother came over and helped me shoehorn the motor in today. We didn't have the right equipment so we made do. It wasn't pretty but we got it done.
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I love the ratchet straps on the fork lift! lol If it works, it works!!

Clutch broke in smoothly and is working great!! No new videos, hopefully I'll have some soon.

What engine management and wiring harness are you using for our LS ?

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I love the ratchet straps on the fork lift! lol If it works, it works!!

Clutch broke in smoothly and is working great!! No new videos, hopefully I'll have some soon.

What engine management and wiring harness are you using for our LS ?
In doing research for the project I found a connection on ebay for a service to rehab the original harness with plenty of good reviews. https://ebay.to/2JbMw3J He cleaned up the loom and fabricated the relays, idiot light, three wire set up and soldered all together. He also did gauge feeds should I choose to use them and flashed the computer to my specifications. The fee was $300 so I went for it. Quality is good and he turned it around in a reasonable amount time. Also offers free tech support. I started to put the harness back on today and I am usually pretty good at reassembly but man this was removed and sent off over a year ago. I'll be contacting Mike to get me over a couple of missing memory cells. The electrical is the tough part for me, hopefully it goes smoothly and I don't burn it down.
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Came across basic wiring 101 here on the forum and that was a big help. I also reviewed plenty of other builds and decided to use a 40 amp circuit breaker fed from the battery by 10 gauge wire. I connected that to a terminal block with room for expansion. You can see a tan colored14 gauge fusable link in the photos coming off the terminal block that I will use to feed my main power supply to the firewall connector. Then the rest of the wiring can begin. I need to figure a way to wrap that circuit breaker to protect from arcs.
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This is the tough part if you're not good with wiring like me, the good news is that it turned over by the key so I know I'm on the right track these small steps took over 12 hours most of that was research. I tied the gm computer into the blue and red wires for the old spark module that come out of the firewall. The red one is hot and the blue one is keyed and there is a second blue wire that I ran to the starter solenoid. I still have lots of clean up to do.
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Last week I continued roughing in the wiring and was able to crank the engine and even achieved spark. What a great feeling of relief that was seeing the spark tester flashing. I also now have power to the fuel pump circuit. Over the weekend I was able to get the Novak fuel pump installed in the fuel tank and install the tank. The Novak unit was pricey at over $300 but easy to install with the 5/16 return built right in so that was done quickly. Today I finished plumbing in the rest of the 3/8 fuel line. Nothing fancy just bent up some hard line to attach to the Novak rig up the side of the frame and back to rubber high pressure at the block. Getting ready to hear the open header roar soon. Oh yeah.
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I had a productive day today. I wanted to record the first firing of the engine. I cycled the fuel pump six times then turned it over twice and bam. What an soothing sound! Here is a link to the video. https://youtu.be/RpZTYiNX3YA

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It's ALIVE!!!!

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Awesome! Sounds great. Certainly feel good when it actually fires.


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Oh yeah it is!!! Hooking throttle today and messing with harness routing. No fourth celebration just jamming on the jeep until the wife freaks out. lol
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Oh yeah it is!!! Hooking throttle today and messing with harness routing. No fourth celebration just jamming on the jeep until the wife freaks out. lol
Drinking beer, listening to 70's rock, and wrenching on my Jeep is definitely a good time! Especially when you're on the home run like this! Yeah when I spend a week or two locked in my garage, the wife certainly gets jealous of my Jeep! haha
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Glad I got in on this build before page 100 or so, like some of the others I've been catching up on!

sometimes it sucks to be a noob to the board.

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Thanks. I did enjoy the brief rumble. I let it cool for an hour while working on the throttle connection. Then started it again for a few seconds and revved it to check the fly by wire. Boy was I caught off guard at how loud that sucker is! My ears were ringing for an hour. Oops. Now I am researching exhaust. It seems dual exhaust isn't worth the trouble due to space issues. I cant figure a good place for a cross over. I'll contact the local muffler shop tomorrow see if they have any thoughts.
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Glad I got in on this build before page 100 or so, like some of the others I've been catching up on!

sometimes it sucks to be a noob to the board.
Welcome and thanks for checking it out. It seems once a build starts it doesn't end.
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