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Offline jeremy.farlow

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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2020, 09:14:45 PM »









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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2020, 10:51:21 PM »
Gorgeous.


When I grow-up, Jeremy, I wanna' be you.
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« Reply #47 on: June 26, 2020, 09:41:00 AM »
Looks great brother!
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« Reply #48 on: June 27, 2020, 10:04:47 PM »
Group Survey:
How many horsepowers is this pile worth?:


Iím thinking AT LEAST 75. Depending on tasteful placement obviously.

Ainít NONE of them going on my truck. There just isnít any contingency money for 6500# vehicles.

But cool stickers definitely soup up toolboxes.


Be safe. Stay healthy.



Jeremy
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« Reply #49 on: June 28, 2020, 02:58:52 PM »
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« Reply #50 on: June 29, 2020, 12:13:40 PM »
Back to less offensive posts... :
Factory valve covers getting restored:






Once the paint cures Iíll sand down and polish the ribs.

These are the first alternate to the factory items. Unfortunately they require the brake booster to move to install, but theyíre WAY cool:


Same VHT wrinkle paint. For some reason it wrinkled way more on one than the other. Same plan on these, sand the raised fins, once cured.




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« Reply #51 on: June 29, 2020, 05:10:44 PM »



Decisions, decisions...:



Currently the factory valve covers are getting the nod. Iím certain theyíll seal better and the clear the brake booster.
M/T covers will require loosening the booster at the very least.

Got my Tonawanda stickers for the factory pair:


I made up my spark plug and coil wires today. Staying with an upgraded, factory style coil... blue fire or some such. Thatís an easy enough change to make down the road... if ever it needs it?!?




MSD CDI box came in today as well. Initially I had thought I should mount ALL the computery stuff under the dash... but Iím starting to think maybe only the Dakota Digital controller will. I keep staring at the passenger inner fender, right where the coolant overflow currently sits and thinking I bet those three computery things would fit GREAT right there.

Computery things, as it stands are the Edelbrock ECU, F.A.S.T. TCU and MSD CDI box. All are potted and sealed and advertised as weatherproof and heat resistant. Theoretically all should be be safe enough mounted in the engine compartment. But, theoretically all will be safer buried under the dash and should all be set and forget, in the case of the MSD, or accessed by a Bluetooth remotely, a la Edelbrock... or via easily hidden com link with the FAST.

Decisions, decisions...

Iíve gotten the front drive mostly figured. Thereís still some fabrication to secure the tensioner and alternator back to the intake.



And lastly wiring everything up and figuring out what I can eliminate from the engine wiring harness. The factory harness that is.

I have to drop the tank...

Iíll probably wind up doing a new sending unit while Iím in there. Dakota recommends running new wires... may as well start with an ďin-specĒ sender. Maybe Iíll upgrade the fuel pump as well.

Tidy up exhaust, finish wiring, redo fuel lines, all fluids, this thing SHOULD run in mid July.






Jeremy

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« Reply #52 on: June 29, 2020, 09:49:05 PM »
Very nice! Look forward to the finish pictures.

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« Reply #53 on: June 30, 2020, 09:27:45 AM »
Sticking with the R4 compressor, eh?
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« Reply #54 on: June 30, 2020, 09:43:18 AM »
Right now I just need SOMETHING. I do like the idea of sticking to factory stuff wherever possible... makes runs to NAPA easier.

Iím open to suggestions.

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« Reply #55 on: June 30, 2020, 12:23:52 PM »
Since the early days of Air, GM used oversized compressors, like my 6 cyl Frigidaire, which literally will 'freeze' me out of my K10.

I realize I can down size to a more efficient unit and save on fuel, just haven't done so.

You have a lot of volume to cool, so I would run it to see if it's sufficient.

 
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« Reply #56 on: June 30, 2020, 01:21:21 PM »
My thoughts exactly. GM seemed to really overdrive A/C compressors and power-steering pumps. With *hopefully* around 500 crank horses I canít see either ďboggingĒ this engine down.
Doubtful Iíll be able to get anyone to refill the A/C system with R12... but Iím really not certain of the legalities with that stuff anymore. I know there was a time during the late Ď90s/early Ď00s when dad was hoarding R12 for his older project cars. I believe itís been relaxed a bit these days... but in any case, Iím not qualified to fill or service air conditioning, so the plan once the beast is running to take it to an alignment shop and A/C shop and let them handle it.

Hopefully Iím not setting myself up for failure, but I mounted the ECU, TCU and CDI box under the dash today. The CDI is the only thing likely to introduce ďnoiseĒ... that itís isnít enough to interfere with the ECU or TCU.

Mounting panel:


Computery things mounted:



The Edelbrock ECU comes rubber mounted. Iíve got the other two boxes held by a flange-screw with a rubber washer on each side of the housing. The panel itself is also rubber mounted.

In place... for what itís worth, Iím fully aware itís difficult to know what youíre looking at:



I should be able to access the relay and fuse through the glove-box door... anything more will require the dash-pad and climate ductwork to move.

Ductwork and dash-pad will go in right before the front seats and AFTER everything tests out. Wish me luck.

If I didnít intend this to be a driver Iíd really prefer the LOOK of a carbureted engine... Iím trying my best to keep things sanitary, but itís definitely one of those 20 gallons of sh*t in a 10 gallon hat affairs...:


Iím not sure WHAT to do about those two MONSTER multi-connectors. The Edelbrock splits into two separate harnesses and those are the connectors. At this point Iím thinking a plate off the valve cover to hold the connectors and spark plug wires on passenger side and a match to just hold plug wires on the drivers.

Iíve been putting off doing the wiring as it appeared DAUNTING at first, but itís gotta get done... no time like the present. The Edelbrock is super-simple. Literally stands alone. Mount the computer, plug everything in... nothing shares a connector. After that itís just 12v power from the battery and a switched 12v. They even sent a handful of zip ties because they didnít know who they were dealing with. I have a zip tie DRAWER

Just that and theoretically the Edelbrock runs. The only ďexpansionĒ they offer are three trigger outputs: Fan 1, Fan 2, and tach.

F.A.S.T./TCI TCU is a little more tricky... for a couple reasons...
First, for those who donít remember, Iím doing Dakota digital gauges, so I need to get: vehicle speed signal from the TCU. Additionally the TCU needs RPM input as well as throttle position. TCI is proud of sending the kit with a GM-style weather proof connector to the factory TPS.

Iím thinking Iíll make sure Iíve got earbuds tomorrow and plan on calling Dakota Digital, Edelbrock and F.A.S.T. and get a bit more clarity.


Be safe and stay healthy



Jeremy
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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #57 on: June 30, 2020, 05:16:47 PM »
Still running the R4 myself, though it's a noisy so-and-so, and it still works.  If/when it calls it quits though, I'll go the Vintage Air Sanden conversion. 
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« Reply #58 on: June 30, 2020, 05:50:38 PM »
Iím hoping my starting point is good enough to not even consider going the vintage air route. The rear A/C unit scares me a bit and I never have had the A/C working in this truck. Heat worked, but the vacuum line to the climate control controls was leaking enough it was difficult to say if the bi-level aspects work. Visually the hose to the rear looks good... the blower worked. But I donít recall any pressurized contents leaving when I cracked the A/C lines.

In EPA speak, I carefully evacuated the A/C system, under vacuum and catalogued the contents for proper, licensed disposal.

Wink, wink. Nod, nod.

But I figure I can verify heat works and that the ductwork is tight enough before putting stuff back together. As Iíve said, I plan to let licensed professionals actually make the a/c work.

I have to get the truck running... then driving... and Iíll worry with A/C at that point.

Right now Iím thinking my goal for this week is to get wiring done. I ordered an electric water pump today. Iím gonna make a more detailed post elsewhere, but Iím thinking run the thing ďtotal lossĒ at first. Iím certain I can get that done this week. Iíll just leave the battery tender hooked up and leave the accessories off. I can test all of my circuitry that way... verify everything is working right before moving forward.

Depending on when the water pump makes it here maybe I can have the thing started early next week. Provided it doesnít knock immediately... or wipe out a cam lobe shortly after, I can break in the cam and dump the oil and water, clear up the front of the engine to reinstall the accessory drive.

To that end, hereís what things looked like leaving the shop today:


After the core support was in I just HAD to throw the grill inserts in to have a look:


Itís starting to look like something.


Be safe and stay healthy.



Jeremy