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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 01:02 PM

Here is the interior of the truck.
The seats are going to be switched to more comfortable high back buckets out of a 1985 S10 Blazer.
The air conditioner will mount under the center of the dash right where the radio is now so the radio will have to be moved.

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The inside of the cab is stripped out and the factory transmission access panel is removed from the floor.

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I cut the metal out around the bell housing hump.

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With the engine set back in the frame, I can see that more metal needs to be trimmed around the bell housing.

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At this point I can also mark where the firewall needs to be cut out to clear the exhaust.

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The indent on the firewall is angled at the top and the valve cover is going to hit this angled area and prevent the engine from going back as far as it needs to go.
I taped off the area to cut out for the exhaust and I'm going to also cut up around the top of the indented area.

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This is how it looks with the metal removed.
The hole at the bottom of the firewall on the drivers side is for the gas
peddle mount.
I'm hoping I can keep the gas peddle mounted at that point.

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The engine is set back in place and there is good clearance for the exhaust.

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If I form metal that goes straight back from the top of the cutout and then down behind the back of the engine, it should allow me room to remove that back valve cover later for adjusting the valves.

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The transmission is fitting good.

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Clearance on the passenger side for the air conditioning pump.

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Clearance on the drivers side for the vacuum pumps.

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Clearance between the engine and the power brake unit.

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As you can see, it is a tight fit all the way around but it does work.
With that big hole in the firewall, it will make it easier to re-locate the radio right now and I also need to mount the new electric windshield wiper motor up under the cowl.
When those are taken care of, I can then set the engine back in and start on motor mounts.
When the engine is mounted in place, then I'll form new metal for the firewall.



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Edited by jdcrawler, May 31, 2012 - 01:05 PM.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 01:15 PM

Wow, remind me not to do this ! Thats alot of work my friend! Wouldnt it have been easier to just lift the cab up a few inches?
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 01:27 PM

Nice Work! just what I expect and why I like to follow your builds.
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 03:34 PM

Boy that's a major amount of fussing and cutting to make that fit in there. At least you have the space behind and under the dash to make room. Thanks for documenting this. It's very interesting to see how you make room for all the bits and pieces.
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 03:38 PM

Ray, Thanks for sharing this build. It appears to be coming along nicely. I am waiting to see your great sheet metal work inside the cab. As always, you are doing a fantastic job!! :thumbs:
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:10 PM

Wow, remind me not to do this ! Thats alot of work my friend! Wouldnt it have been easier to just lift the cab up a few inches?

Possibly .. but I like how the truck sits and raising the cab would change that.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:33 PM

Great progress there Ray. Looks like you found a big enough shoehorn to get the 6BT fit in there.
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 04:51 PM

Lots going on in there, but I am sure you are up to the task! Thanks for letting us know what it takes to put that diesel in there. Best of luck with all those cut outs!
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Posted May 31, 2012 - 09:50 PM

That is the kind of project I like to follow. Looks great how you have made everything fit. Anxiously waiting for your next post. Thank you for sharing. Great work!!

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 06:14 AM

Wouldnt it have been easier to just lift the cab up a few inches?

You got me thinking about this, Keith. ....
Here's how the truck sat with the 6.2 in it with the edge of the front fender opening level with the top of the tires.

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Because this engine weighs 300 pounds more than the 6.2 the front end is going to set down lower and that is going to drop the edge of the fenders lower.
Also I could use a little more room under the cab floor.
Right now the drive shaft U-joint has about 3/4 inch clearance under the cab floor and the engine sets at an angle with the front about 2 inch higher than the rear.
If I raised the cab about an inch, that would let me level the engine out a little more and would allow for the front suspension to squat a little and hopefully keep the fender edge where it is now.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 06:27 AM

I my self, like to see the top of the front tires, if thay was mine i think I would give'r about 3" more, just to get past the extra weight, but its yours and you have already done a beautiful job on it!
My biggest hang up is, "I want it to look and function factory, or better" one of my many faults i guess, lol.
Keep up the awsome work Ray, it is surely fun!
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 06:29 AM

You might be able to go up as much as 2" and not hurt anything. Play with it once the engine is in, you'll find a happy medium! Will the front springs handle the extra weight with a load on the truck?
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 08:39 AM

I think 3" would look great, as with the engine weight, I'd think squatting would take at least 1" of the 3.
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Posted June 01, 2012 - 09:03 AM

I, too would rather see more front tire. It is a heavy duty truck and well built by you,i might add. The build looks great and I will continue to follow your builds.
Your work looks great, keep it up.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 03:20 PM

Does look a little low in the front. If you need the room, why not raise it. Should still look like a standard truck.
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