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Old 11-04-2019, 12:20 PM   #476 (permalink)
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Are you planing to paint the axles, or do you have some sort of clear on them? A rust colored patina would clash with the rest of the rig.

Must be a good feeling to be down to sorting the little shit. Bravo!
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:56 AM   #477 (permalink)
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We're gonna see how well the clear hold up... I'm sure its gonna look like shit after a year haha When they start looking real bad I plan to just pull them and either paint them black or powder coat them.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:05 AM   #478 (permalink)
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Lets get this thing up to date.

Once I had all the fuel and brakelines ran I shifted my focus to getting the motor all squared away. Pulled heads to replace lifters and threw in a mild 218/226 Comp Cam.

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Couldn't help myself but throw on intake as soon as the heads were back on.

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I was very back and forth on painting the block mainly because I wasn't sure how the Auto Parts store engine pain would hold on to the aluminum. Long story short, I cleaned everything to the best of my ability and sprayed on multiple light coats. Very pleased with how it went down, but only time will tell how it holds up.

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:18 AM   #479 (permalink)
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From there its was just kinda painting and bolting stuff up. I got the motor in and immediately noticed ms PS pulley was gonna hit a support tube I had added in. Brief moment of panic, but was able to ditch the Goat built setup and run the factory GM mount. Clears upper link at bump and allows be to run a standard size pulley. (plan to downsize once I start jeepin it)

[IMG]IMG_20190817_223205561 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cardboard template shows I would've only been able to run a 4.75" diameter pulley without removing the tube. Goodbye pump at RPM lol

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:26 AM   #480 (permalink)
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Next I close up the front toe boards, sprayed it, and loaded back on the chassis. Obviously got lazy here based on not real good pics of work getting done... I was at a scramble at this point

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Then I got the cage bolted in and had to set the hood on.

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:35 AM   #481 (permalink)
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Onto interior and wiring.

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:39 AM   #482 (permalink)
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Front engine bay pretty much buttoned up minus the grill.

[IMG]IMG_20190915_110228808 by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Brought my driveline parts into work and welded them up on the position-er.

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Old 11-09-2019, 10:44 AM   #483 (permalink)
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No tools and without me in the rig

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Fuckin hell man! Nicely done! I sure as shit hope my build comes out half that clean!
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:20 AM   #485 (permalink)
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What is the tube protruding from the dash on the passenger side? Mount for some sort of grab bar?

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Old 11-10-2019, 08:41 AM   #486 (permalink)
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You have been busy. Looks fantastic. You need to take a lot of "poser" shots before you get serious about scratching it. Lol.

You know what might look cool is to paint the wheels the same color. (Not the rings)
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:16 PM   #487 (permalink)
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What is the tube protruding from the dash on the passenger side? Mount for some sort of grab bar?
Yes sir. Not a huge fan of grab handles up in the corners, too tempting for my passenger to get their hands outside the rig.

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I'm saddened to say I've gotta ditch my FiTech Retro LS kit. I've tinkered with is for far too long and been chasing a random issue of it not wanting to start, just cranks. Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least. Going to run Factory stuff and be done with it.
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Amazing detail!! Looks awesome! Really like the dash and tin work!
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Yes sir. Not a huge fan of grab handles up in the corners, too tempting for my passenger to get their hands outside the rig.

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Good call. Nice work! I hope your switch back to factory engine control works out!
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:59 AM   #491 (permalink)
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I'm saddened to say I've gotta ditch my FiTech Retro LS kit. I've tinkered with is for far too long and been chasing a random issue of it not wanting to start, just cranks. Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least. Going to run Factory stuff and be done with it.
Not the first negative review of FiTech I've heard .. interesting
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Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least.
That has to be frustrating. No issues with clearance for the factory intake?

On another note, it looks like your fuel pump will be pretty hard to get to with the skid pan and floor pans in. Do you have an access panel cut to get to it? It's not a matter of WILL the pump go out, it's WHEN will the pump go out.

Your fab skills are awesome, and I love your clean simple style. It's easy to see that you put your heart into it. I hate the see you thrash on such pretty work.
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I'm saddened to say I've gotta ditch my FiTech Retro LS kit. I've tinkered with is for far too long and been chasing a random issue of it not wanting to start, just cranks. Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least. Going to run Factory stuff and be done with it.
Disappointing for sure but hopefully will be better in the long run.
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That has to be frustrating. No issues with clearance for the factory intake?

On another note, it looks like your fuel pump will be pretty hard to get to with the skid pan and floor pans in. Do you have an access panel cut to get to it? It's not a matter of WILL the pump go out, it's WHEN will the pump go out.

Your fab skills are awesome, and I love your clean simple style. It's easy to see that you put your heart into it. I hate the see you thrash on such pretty work.
Its gonna be very tight, but K&N sells an elbow that barely protrudes past the front accessories. I may still need to clearance my crossover tube/radiator mount but not the end of the world since I'm able to pull it off the rig and do it on the bench.

You are correct on the fuel pump being a bitch to get to... I've gotta pull the bottom skid plate off at the moment, but may make an access panel like to said.
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Disappointing for sure but hopefully will be better in the long run.
Absolutely. Wish I could've made the run this weekend, but threw fits both Friday and Saturday. I don't wanna be down another Winter.
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On another note, what would you guys recommend for going the factory route? Buying a cut down harness, complete factory and cut down myself, ECU, etc.?
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I'm saddened to say I've gotta ditch my FiTech Retro LS kit. I've tinkered with is for far too long and been chasing a random issue of it not wanting to start, just cranks. Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least. Going to run Factory stuff and be done with it.
I was wondering how it would end up. I almost bought the same kit. Bummer!

I went with a PSI harness and GM PCM. It works well, no problems and PSI has always picked up the phone and helped me troubleshoot small issues with ease. They also helped me convert the harness from a 4l60e to a 4l80e when I swapped. A couple pins have to be swapped and some other minor stuff but for that swap but also recommended a few other changes that helped.

Now, for my Porsche LS swap, I went with the Holley Terminator X kit. I haven't used it yet but so far the reviews and feedback has been very good. It has a much smaller computer that's a bit easier to mount and lighter. It has a self learning fuel tune and you can load and change tunes via the included 3.5" LCD screen. You can also see all your sensor data there, log, and see your wideband O2 data (included). For $1000, it's a complete package. You do need to make sure your injectors are in Holley's approved list and a couple other minor things. You can also use a PC to tune it for more advanced features. If you add in the normal cost for paying for a new or modified harness, PCM, tuning, wideband O2, HP Tuners, etc. then this is a much better deal in a more compact package that is much more feasible for adjusting on the fly. I started with a long block LS1 and built it up so I did not have a OEM harness or computer to start with.

I have a 4.5" TC pump pulley for 6 rib serpentine setup BNIB if you want it. Bought it from PSC and don't need it.
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I'm saddened to say I've gotta ditch my FiTech Retro LS kit. I've tinkered with is for far too long and been chasing a random issue of it not wanting to start, just cranks. Countless calls to Fitech and zero response has me frustrated to say the least. Going to run Factory stuff and be done with it.
That was about the only thing I didnít like about this rig. Everything else is very well done. Factory stuff is leaps and bounds beyond that thing anyways imo.
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For a "factory" LS swap, I was previously using a Speartech harness which was set-up for "manual" or a FMVB transmission (was using a TH400 at the time). This used the factory computer and was very clean and simple/straight forward harness. I am now selling this package actually having gone to a Holley based system with my new LS stroker, more tuneability and the ability to data log were the big selling features for me.
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