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Old 09-15-2019, 01:12 PM   #26
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Re: A '54 named Busty

looking good! you could maybe keep that mechanical fan if you moved that motor back a little or a lot.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:50 AM   #27
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been chassin' exhaust manifold threads like a Boss last night
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:20 PM   #28
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got the modified C10 4x4 transmission crossmember on for the final time
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:11 AM   #29
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Looking good, strong work, good flow, fun to follow!!!!!!!!


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Old 09-25-2019, 08:51 AM   #30
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Looking good, strong work, good flow, fun to follow!!!!!!!!


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Wow, thank you so much for the kind words. I just want to show folks you don't have to be a master mechanic nor fabrication expert to have fun with one of these great old trucks.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:00 AM   #31
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so this is embarrasing but although I have built a small block Chevy or two in my lifetime I did not realize there is a special tool to put on the harmonic balancer, now I knew there is a tool aka a pulley to take one off but not to put one on

so this is how I stripped the harmonic balancer 7/16-20 fine thread bolt, the darn starter got stuck in the flex plate and as I was tightening down the harmonic balancer I thought the engine would eventually turn over and nothing bad would happen to that bolt
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:00 AM   #32
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yup, seen that before. some guys will also hammer it on. whaddya think that does to the thrust bearing?
I have some threaded rod that I screw in and then use a stack of lubed flat washers for that fancy pants bearing with a nut on the rod to pull the balancer in. the end of the rod is beat up from the special tool (vice grips) I use to remove the rod after. works like a charm. it was a home made late at night tool.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:17 AM   #33
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I never knew that either, I did a timing chain on a 98 and just used the bolt!
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:38 PM   #34
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so this is how I spun the engine over to ensure it still rotates freelie
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:41 PM   #35
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and than the dance began - no matter how many taps and dies I have you never have the one you need, and this being a rare fine thread, we had to go shopping

Top Tip: a magnetic tip screw driver really helps extract the metal shavings
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Old 09-28-2019, 08:49 PM   #36
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:58 AM   #37
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and here's how I kept it real for the rest of the day, removing rivetes to install a proper battery tray

some I even had to drill out a little center hole to releave 70 years of pressure, man they sure built things to last back then

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Old 09-29-2019, 10:02 AM   #38
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I know this thread is really boring right now, I promise it will pick up, here I was shortening that timing tab, it's the little things on a project that exhaust you

I know that thing was chromed so I sanded it off and tried to tach weld it but my welds didn't stick and I had to be gentle as not to burn through it, so I went the rivet way and Bob's your Uncle

Top Tip: I drill a hole on the 0 mark as on some tabs it's hard to see / find the zero
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Old 09-29-2019, 01:11 PM   #39
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Nice tip.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:16 PM   #40
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and than the dance began - no matter how many taps and dies I have you never have the one you need

yep. I need a drawer for all the taps I needed just once.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:14 AM   #41
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:13 PM   #42
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so my -6 AN Russell adapters for the power steering box showed up

going to run a steel braided high pressure line and a regular rubber return one but use -6AN hose ends on both lines since I had to cut the end off of the tube coming off of the power steering pump and use a compression fitting on it so that it would point the right way
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and here's what the pump looks like
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:56 AM   #44
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so things were going great until it was time to install the radiator with the electric fan

the darn Vortec water pump sticks out 7" and interferes with the electric fan
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Old 10-04-2019, 01:01 AM   #45
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the short SBC water pump only sticks out 5 1/2" so I tried that, that also did not work with the electric fan
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Old 10-04-2019, 01:03 AM   #46
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so back to square one, short water pump and mechanical fan, plenty of clearance now, I am even going to add a 1" spacer to move the fan forward a little bit closer to the radiator and fandangle some sort of shroud for it
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:21 AM   #47
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Love that "TIPS"!! Entertaining build. Keep it coming....
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Love that "TIPS"!! Entertaining build. Keep it coming....
Thanks mate I appreciate that... sense of humor is important or these trucks will tear your heart out
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:22 AM   #49
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OK, so let me just say that having three trucks things get a little confusing sometimes and I forget what goes with what and how. An '01 LS swapped '74, a 71 cab on a '69 chassis, and than this 99 Vortec engine in a second gen '78 Camaro subframe on this '54, so cut me some slack ha ha

so now that it is all coming back to me, I realize that non of the three alternator mounting bracket sets that I have will work, because they are all for the long water pump (one of the three shown below)

I think sometimes in the 70s GM decided to switch from mounting the alternator on the driver side to the passenger side, and the general rule of thumb is and I may be totally wrong, keep in mind I am only talking about the small block here, also they decided to mount the alternator bracket to the long water pump, I HATE THAT, I hate it when one component hangs off of and needs to depend on another one, WHY?

short water pump = alternator on driver side

long water pump = alternator on passenger side
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Is it a push or pull fan. Could you move yours to the other side? I have my fan on the front of my rad and it leaves plenty of room between the rad and water pump. Just a thought.
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