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Not your typical pick-em-up truck... Ectotec in an '80 Chevy Luv

Old 11-18-2017, 09:50 PM
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:29 AM
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Looks tight to the firewall. Also, the way it faces it will be hard to reach the cam sensor and correct the oil leaks that pop up.

Very cool project.
That's not the final location for the engine. I don't even have the cam sensor housing on the back of the head. It's going to come forward to make room for that.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:45 AM
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Put the engine back on the stand and "prepped" the engine bay and core support over the weekend.



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Do you have much fabricating to do yet to mount the engine in there?
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Not really. I ordered a set of Solstice engine brackets. I'm hoping those will simplify the engine mounts. The trans crossmember will need modified. Other than that, nothing else should need modified.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:16 PM
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nice to see you still are doing stuff!
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:26 AM
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Not much going on. Been buying boring stuff.

Picked up an alternator and 80# injectors off of Jeff.
Purchased misc. sensors that I needed to complete the LSJ harness swap.
Finally got the correct rotors so that I could wrap up the front suspension.
Bought tires for the front.

Also bought one of OTTP's remote oil adapters. I had been working on fabricating one, but never had it welded up. They came out with theirs, so I figured I would just bolt that on instead.



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Old 01-30-2018, 11:40 AM
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Got the front wheels/tires mounted and the front of the truck is back on the ground. Ball joints probably won't be happy sitting like this, so its final stance will probably be 1-1.5" higher.





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Old 01-30-2018, 09:19 PM
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Sweet! Love the old school wheels. I had fenton slots on my charger a looong time ago, before throwing cragar ss's on.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:52 PM
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those wheels do look great on that. too bad you cant keep it at that ride height though. have you looked into drop spindles?
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:28 PM
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There are so many people that have probably never seen a LUV and will freak out when you hit the road. I was PDI'ing them brand new in 1980.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:22 AM
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Sweet! Love the old school wheels. I had fenton slots on my charger a looong time ago, before throwing cragar ss's on.
My old man had them on several of his cars throughout the years. Eventually I'd like to get a brand new set, but that's not a high priority. These were a dirt cheap CL score. I basically picked them up to test width and offset.

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those wheels do look great on that. too bad you cant keep it at that ride height though. have you looked into drop spindles?
No one makes anything for these unfortunately. They drop pretty low just on the stock torsion bars. Unfortunately, if I want to keep it this height, I'll have to hack the control arm/shock mount and raise the mounting points some. Not too big of a deal.

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There are so many people that have probably never seen a LUV and will freak out when you hit the road. I was PDI'ing them brand new in 1980.
They are non-existent in the north-east. Should turn some heads for sure.
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Old 04-02-2018, 04:09 PM
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Haven't really messed with this much. I did get a CBMotorsports heater block, and all the -AN fittings to get it ran to the radiator. But now I need a 2.4 coolant crossover, as the factory one from the Saab seems to be longer.

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Old 04-02-2018, 06:13 PM
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i had looked at the cbm water block thing way back but i thought it was kinda big for what i was doing. i eliminated the crossover pipe and built my own setup. i basically welded a pipe to the back of the water pump cover and welded a remote thermostat housing to it. that setup looks like its gonna work well for your truck though.

what size fittings are those on your oil cooler adapter? maybe its the perspective but they looks kinda of small.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:52 AM
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They're -6. The cooler I bought has 1/4" NTP in/out. The plan is to run it inside the frame rail under the drivers side floor board. But I'm also open to other suggestions if this could cause oil starvation/be inefficient.

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in my opinion thats too small of an oil line, id be worried about oil starvation. -8 would be a minimum, -10 would be better.
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:10 PM
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True Engine Oil oil coolers generally come with AN-10 fittings for a reason. Your link points to a transmission cooler, not an oil cooler. Get a true engine oil cooler that is non restrictive and take advantage of the large main fittings on that adapter. It looks like they are AN-10
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:30 PM
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I second that.
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He just had a baby so I am sure his time is else where right now
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Oh yea its def on hold then.
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He just had a baby so I am sure his time is else where right now
royce what is you doing?
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That's really no excuse.
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:51 AM
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Yeah it's been a crazy summer/fall. My daughter was born at the and of August, followed by a kitchen reno that I am still buttoning up. So needless to say, my free time has been scarce. I did purchase HPTuners, made a bench harness, and downloaded the factory tune. Just need to buy the credits to disable VATS. I also bought a much nicer set of wheels for it. Same style, just much better shape.

Hopefully after the holidays I will be able to take it to my Dad's shop to get some of the heavy stuff done, like fabricating motor mounts, and getting the rear end set into place. The space has been occupied by my brother's S-10 while it was getting a 5.3 swapped in.
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