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Old 08-18-2019, 08:37 AM   #1
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A '54 named Busty - LS Swap !!!

Knock, knock...

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PHASE I
Step 1. Get her running.
- it's a 350/400 how hard could it be? ha ha

Step 2. Knock the fugly off of her.
PHASE II
Step 1. Remove the ol' 350 SBC and the TH400 transmission.

Step 2. Install LM7 5.3L and a 4L60e transmission! aka LS Swap

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I'll bite, who's there?
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:23 AM   #3
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I'll bite, who's there?
ha ha, thanks... It's Busty! (aka My Dream Truck)
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:25 AM   #4
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I'm no expert but this must be the base model, cause I don't see any USB ports

... and act now if you want dibs on that authentic 4" steering wheel cause it won't last long
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:30 AM   #5
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Re: A '54 named Busty

no distributor is a clear sign this must be the LR4 4.8L with the 4L60e automagic gearmission - note the beltless power steering setup (truly ahead of it's time)
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:33 AM   #6
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Re: A '54 named Busty

the original leaf spring front end in the bed is a clear sign somebody grafted a second gen camaro front end, hence the five lug conversion with a matching 10 bolt pumpkin in the rear, probly a one wheel peel though?
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:58 PM   #7
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Re: A '54 named Busty

Nice start, what with all those upgrades already. I'm in for the build.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:55 PM   #8
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Re: A '54 named Busty

New truck and a sense of humor....what could go wrong...
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:06 PM   #9
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Nice start, what with all those upgrades already. I'm in for the build.
oh most def, I was joking and being sarcastic that that POS engine already is an LS cause it had no dizzy so that makes it automatically an LS, ��

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Old 08-18-2019, 03:08 PM   #10
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New truck and a sense of humor....what could go wrong...
this guy gets it, you gotta have a sense of humor, I just love that piece of junk
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Old 09-01-2019, 12:45 AM   #11
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Re: A '54 named Busty

man dat long distance relationship just wasn't working out, so just waitin' on My Bae to arrive
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Old 09-01-2019, 12:47 AM   #12
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and here she be, and she lookin' a'ight, turns out she's got a 350 SBC as advertised, but she sports a TH400 instead of the dime a dozen TH350, we'll call that "Wining" !

Yes that rad has to go as it doesn't have trans cooler in it, same goes for that decapitator mechanical fan - we like our fingers!
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Old 09-01-2019, 12:50 AM   #13
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them Vortecian rocker shafts might be just fine for a fire up, took the sparkulators out and shot some WD-40 down them holes and then chased it with some 10W-30 than she spun around smoothly like a hot knife through butter
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:58 PM   #14
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Re: A '54 named Busty

the madness comences
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:01 PM   #15
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after fartin' around with the old style power steering pump I decided to ditch the old bracketry and go with the Vortec serpentine belt pulley system since that's what this engine is anyway and I had all the brackets already laying around from a 1999 Suburban
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:04 PM   #16
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Re: A '54 named Busty

one of the first things that caught my eye was this engine came with a small 6" harmonica balancer and the 1999 setup has an 8" one
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:11 PM   #17
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aint that sexy

Update: that stupid timing tab sticks out too far, once I pressed on the Vortec 8" harmonic balancer the teeth on this thing stick out in front of it, must cut it and modify it, it's these pesky little things that are getting annoying, I thought this was going to be an easy fire up, not mad or anything just sharing what I am going through and what you may be going through with your projects from time to time, it's the two steps forward one step back phase
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:14 PM   #18
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Re: A '54 named Busty

honestly this truck came with everything and was only missing a couple things, the fuel pump being one of them, so I splurged $17 bucks on a pump for a second gen camaro
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Re: A '54 named Busty

progress was slow but steady today, got the harmonic balancer and crank pulley on, got the alternator bracket on, as well as the power steering bracket, and the AC delete pulley
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Re: A '54 named Busty

then it was time to ditch the radiator mechanical fan in favor of an electric one, this is dictated by the lack of space

I didn't have a belt so I had to improvise
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Re: A '54 named Busty

got one valve cover on and got my 600 CFM Holley carburetor on, I thought only the AC compressor got in the way of the driver side valve cover but I was wrong it's actually the bracket itself, epic fail GM epic fail
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:25 PM   #22
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I believe I have a Second Gen Camaro front clip so I thought let's order up a TH400 transmission cross member and it should bolt right up, since I was missing a transmission bracket/cross member

well this bracket don't fit it wants to bolt up 3" too much forward of the mounting holes on the transmission tail shaft, what to do what to do?

I should have know better, after all no one in their right mind would cut up a First Gen Camaro to do this frame swap
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:01 PM   #23
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OK so the TH400 rubber mount showed up today, and as soon as it cools down 99*F still in September here in Cali I will mount it to that cross member which will help me center the transmission tailshaft and then I will go to work on fabricating extensions for that cross member to make it work as it is too narrow in it's current state of affairs
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:04 PM   #24
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I don't know about you, but when I hit a snag during my build / project I like to spend money on shinny things to make me feel better

had to limit myself to 15x7 rims because I needed the least backspacing possible and I think these run only 3 3/4" otherwise the tires rub against the emergency parking brake cables

FYI these aint steelies they are actually mags, tomato tomatoe
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Re: A '54 named Busty

I also bought these 1/2"-20 to -6AN hose adapters for the radiator transmission cooler lines as I will be making my own steel braided lines and ditching the impossible to bend a second time OEM hard lines, which was not meant to fit late 90s Vortec enjin into a '54 no how anyway

so got a brand new aluminum radiator and do to space constraints will run an electric fan as well, not a huge fan of electric fans but we do what we have to do to git her on the dirt road, know what I'm sayin' fellars?
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