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Old 09-19-2016, 01:39 AM   #1
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5.3 stromberg look alike big block

This is my 51 with a stock 5.3 that came out of a 01 Silverado. I flipped the stock intake around and ran it thru the cab to the old heater vent on the passenger side. The top is just pvc, fiberglass and muffler tips. The Chevy emblem on the front is the original horn button that was in the truck when i brought it home. Built brackets for the big block valve covers to hide the ugly coil packs. ceramic coated stock manifold. Name:  20160606_182808.jpg
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:47 AM   #2
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

This is now my air intakeName:  20160606_182505.jpg
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

That's awesome, nice work!

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Old 09-19-2016, 11:14 AM   #4
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Good plan, I like that idea!

Need more information on the Valve covers also
................ I like Black trucks !!!
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:01 PM   #5
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Thank you so much for the compliments. The Valve cover or the brackets for them. What's your question solid? The brackets I made out of plastic bins. I pulled them out of someone's trash, they were pretty thick. I did that 10 years ago. Now you can buy kits to do the same thing. The valve covers them selves I believe are eldelbrock. Again it was 10 years ago when I bought them.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:54 PM   #6
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Very nice work and awesome truck!
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:26 PM   #7
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Sweet looking ride...Jim
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:48 AM   #8
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

So the V covers are BBC using a adapter from center bolt to perimeter bolt
Which coils did you use and what bracket?
Thanks
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Old 09-20-2016, 06:53 PM   #9
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So the V covers are BBC using a adapter from center bolt to perimeter bolt
Which coils did you use and what bracket?
Thanks
I kept the stock coil packs that you see. They fit easily under the bbc v covers. I only had to make a 1-1/4 hole to extend the oil fill up. I kept everything stock because I wanted to keep it reliable. Considering the AD is 2000 lbs lighter than the 01 Silverado it came out of. It's very quick.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:23 PM   #10
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Nice work. I like to see the creativity people put into disguising these motors. Truck is gorgeous.
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

Thanks I guess I missed the rest of the pics
I knew there was a use for those louvers
............... Where did you place your evaporator?
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:55 PM   #12
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Nice work. I like to see the creativity people put into disguising these motors. Truck is gorgeous.
I've seen so many creative ideas on this forum! the least I can do is to share my creations. Lol. Thanks for the compliments!
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:17 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=solidaxel;7719586]Thanks I guess I missed the rest of the pics
I knew there was a use for those louvers
............... Where did you place your evaporator?[/QUOTE
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:15 AM   #14
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Re: 5.3 stromberg look alike big block

What is the story behind this seemingly HUGE idler/tensioner pulley? I like it!

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Yes the louvers on the A piller, I cut mine out as I did not see a use for them with A/C
You may have enough room with your evap and your air box but it will be tight !!
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:24 PM   #16
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What is the story behind this seemingly HUGE idler/tensioner pulley? I like it!

Originally I had the alternator mounted on the bottom right of the motor, which I liked so much more. The alternator was grounding out when it got water near it. The pulley was just what I had to make it work.
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:40 PM   #17
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OK--So I've been following your '54 Aviator build in amazement, then I see this thread where you've already done another setup I've been pondering with the reversed intake through the firewall. I like the idea of the outside air coming through the louvers--I was trying to come up with a design that used the cowl vent, and shedding water was an issue.

One thing I was concerned about was the short distance to the firewall--I thought chafing/breaking/squeaking of the intake pipe might be a problem with the engine torque movement and general movement of the body.

After writing this, it occurs to me that this is a pretty insignificant hurdle when I look at your '54 pics!

What chassis is the '51 on?

John

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Old 11-20-2016, 02:20 AM   #18
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OK--So I've been following your '54 Aviator build in amazement, then I see this thread where you've already done another setup I've been pondering with the reversed intake through the firewall. I like the idea of the outside air coming through the louvers--I was trying to come up with a design that used the cowl vent, and shedding water was an issue.

One thing I was concerned about was the short distance to the firewall--I thought chafing/breaking/squeaking of the intake pipe might be a problem with the engine torque movement and general movement of the body.

After writing this, it occurs to me that this is a pretty insignificant hurdle when I look at your '54 pics!

What chassis is the '51 on?



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I'm sorry I thought I already responded to this. To answer your questions.
Where I went through the fwall I simply used a rubber section along with using the bolts for the mas. No squeaks at all. In fact the only noise I hear is when I get into it and it's sucking air, I can hear it a little. Keep in mind this is not idea for hp. You'll want better air flow. I haven't had any issues, but I left it stock.
The 51 has a 77 firebird front clip along with the firebird rearend. Thanks so much for the compliments. If you have any more questions please ask.
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