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Old 02-09-2020, 09:58 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Great job so far. Very cool to see the kids involved!
thanks! We are having fun with it!

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That last parts rig was a steal. I'll be watching
I agree-Lots of Goodies

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FYI. You can use pick up or the half cab Blazer doors. You will need to swap the window tracks and weld in a piece of metal for the plastic caps to screw too. Also you can swap a pick up tailgate on. All the mounting holes are there since Blazers could be had with a factory soft top. I used doors and the gate from an '84 pickup.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:27 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The kids and I were having a lot of fun on the build so I decided I wanted to set my aspirations a little higher for the finished project.

I picked up some side jobs to help increase our project budget and was eager to start shopping.

First thing we decided was bigger tires and beadlocks were in order- So like a junkie with a smack habit i returned to FB marketplace. I was able to find some 39.5 x 18 x 15 boggers on steel beadlocks. A deal was struck for $1,000.00 as long as I came and got them that day.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:43 PM   #28 (permalink)
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the seats I pulled out of the second parts rig were extremely rough, So I went ahead and ordered 2 PRP Daily Drive suspension seats and a PRP 47" rear bench.

I ordered their 4.3 4 point harnesses as well. I have always wanted suspension seats, so hopefully they are worth the investment. For anyone keeping track as I slowly wreck my bank account Total for the seats, harnesses, mounts, and shipping was $1,940.66

It felt expensive, and i'm sure it would have been ok to cheap out but I'm wanting to put safety first with this being a rig I'm going to put my family in on the trail and the seats just weren't going to suffice.

My daughter helped me clean up the leftover seats so I could throw them up for sale.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:42 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Next step was to get our Front Axle rebuild underway. We got our new 5.38 gears installed and our locker installed. I also ordered a $350 high steer crossover steering kit from Ebay. Hopefully it holds up OK compared to the higher priced kits out there.
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Old 02-14-2020, 04:51 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:01 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:52 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Cool project, nice score on the parts rigs. Wish my kids would want to help on my build.
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Cool project, nice score on the parts rigs. Wish my kids would want to help on my build.
Thanks! It is hit and miss on when they want to help so I am trying to be patient so I don't end up doing a lot of it without them. It is going to make it take longer, but I have no doubt it will be worth it.
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well, FB Market Place got me again......

This time it was another engine-I'm up to three now

Around Here (Salem, Oregon Area) there is a pretty famed engine builder named Butch Stetson, who runs a shop called Stetson Race engines. He builds high performance engines for truck pulls, dragsters, etc. Anything from Mild Street strip to big Cubic inch pro class pullers with 2,000+ HP.

Since I can remember I have dreamed of owning one of his engines, and a full roller 383 came up for sale locally from an abandoned project.

The guy selling it was asking $3,800.00, which was out of reach for me. I had been watching it for a couple of weeks and it remained for sale so I thought I would at least ask if they would entertain a significantly lower offer.

After talking to him I was informed that they had lost the paperwork, but were desperate to sell. Being that I knew it was a big gamble I offered $1,000.00 and after a bunch of back and forth he accepted.

It's a risk, so I'm going tear it down and see what kind of shape it's really in, but I'm super excited to have this engine!

I brought it home in he dark, but snapped a couple of pics.
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Thanks, hopefully it is a good engine. Even if it needs work it was probably worth more than I paid, and a lot less than I can rebuild the others for.
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:23 AM   #38 (permalink)
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We got our Marketplace engine torn down and inspected. Bottom end looks good and it appears to be everything the seller told me it was. We measured and confirmed it is a 383, and it does have a forged crank and pistons. There is almost no wear on the cylinder walls, So I am going to leave the bottom end as is.

The Cylinder heads have the larger 2.02/1.60 valves installed but they have been leaking around the seals so I'm going to take them to a cylinder head shop and have them checked out and re-sealed at a minimum.

the lifter, roller rocker, and camshaft all look good, but the seller couldn't remember what cam was installed, only that it was "mid-range".

I decided to call Comp Cams and see if they could Spec a camshaft for my engine and application. They were super helpful and we ended up landing on Part # 12-467-8 roller cam. It is .576 lift and 230/236 duration. I went ahead and ordered it for $300.00
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:26 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I also spent some time cleaning up the shiny bits
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really cool build, rad to see the kiddo digging into thing!
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:04 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Thanks! we are having fun with it.
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Did you do a compression check before tear down?
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Lookin good, how 'bout a pic of the short block right side up so we can see the pistons I see the boy using the 3/8" cordless strap-on impact, those things are great. I bought one a year or so back, thought it was kind of expensive but took the gamble.
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Did you do a compression check before tear down?
No, Probably should have, but my plan was to do a full rebuild if I didn't like what I saw. I run an excavation business and had my master mechanic look it over with me and we were both satisfied with what we saw.

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Lookin good, how 'bout a pic of the short block right side up so we can see the pistons I see the boy using the 3/8" cordless strap-on impact, those things are great. I bought one a year or so back, thought it was kind of expensive but took the gamble.
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My apologies, I'll be sure I consult you before posting anymore photos

I really like the impact as well, i actually got it used in a $200 lot of snap on tools a couple of years ago. I generally buy everything used, and i like to gamble on stuff.
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Our camshaft came in the mail, looks to be a great product.

The Cylinder head shop found that a couple of valves were bent, so I elected to heave the heads fully rebuilt with new valves, springs, retainers, etc. for $450.00.

I also mentioned I was looking for a transmission shop to build up my TH350 for the new power plant and was put in touch with a local builder who had one beefed up that was ready to go for exchange of my current TH350.

It's rated at 650 HP with a stage 3 shift kit and upgraded internals, which is far more than I'll be making. With a 2500 stall the exchange was $1,100.00. After looking around online and calling shops for pricing this seemed to be a great deal so I went ahead and picked it up.

Suspension parts will be next on the list, but it feels like things are starting to come together.
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