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Gregski 05-27-2019 11:14 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
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Originally Posted by hatzie (Post 8532743)
Tech2win and vxmanager setup.
http://youtu.be/kaI9kYxgEyQ

thanks bud looks like the dude in the video is using a newer version of what they gave me on my DVD, but regardless I am just unable to install that darn GM GDS2/Tech3 feature. I don't know what the problem is, I guess they probably want an old steam powered PC like a Windows 7 32-bit.

I have tried it on three computers now and no dice

1. Windows 10 64-bit
2. Windows 7 Starter (my trusty Netbook)
3. Windows 7 Home Edition but 64-bit

Option 4. Run Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit in VMWare Player on my Windows 10 host.

I even found and downloaded their troubleshooting utility called Techline System Analyzer and I am Failing the Operating System test.

and we thought carburetors and points distributors were bad !!! whaa ha ha

Wgesnerjr 05-27-2019 11:49 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
2010 Camaro exhaust manifolds worked great on my 85. no need to cut frame.

Also, I bought inexpensive eBay mounts because I`m cheap and always looking to save a buck. They worked perfectly well until I went to install a low mount A/C bracket and compressor. Did not fit as well as I would have liked. Wish I would have spent the extra cash on the Holley mounts. Too late to change now as trans mount and exhaust are now in. DOH!

I am running a mechanical, belt driven cooling fan. This dictated the use is the factory 85 fan shroud. it clears the fan nicely, but the stock 2003 intake tube is a little off. Good enough to get it up and running but not good enough to be permanent. bought a cheap eBay Cold Air Induction set up, but only used the pipe and elbow. Did not use the aftermarket filter. kept the stock air box.

I Also used the 2003 understood fuse box. in hind sight, should have used a smaller fuse panel like the LT1 site suggested.

Lastly, my motor did not like Denso O2 sensors. Gave me All kinds of fits. Finally switched to A.C. Delco and have been trouble free since.

Gregski 05-28-2019 12:07 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
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Originally Posted by Wgesnerjr (Post 8532831)
Also, I bought inexpensive eBay mounts because I`m cheap and always looking to save a buck. They worked perfectly well until I went to install a low mount A/C bracket and compressor.

Cool I do not plan on running AC, so I should be fine, could you show me a pic of the ones you got.

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Originally Posted by Wgesnerjr (Post 8532831)
I Also used the 2003 understood fuse box. in hind sight, should have used a smaller fuse panel like the LT1 site suggested.

I am going to build my own kinda like Brandon's from LT1Swap but more fuses so I dont' group unlike components together like he does, so probably something like

FUSE 1 = Injectors
FUSE 2 = Coils
FUSE 3 = O2 Sensors
FUSE 4 = Transmission
FUSe 5 = PCM
FUSE 6 = I forget, MAF I think

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Originally Posted by Wgesnerjr (Post 8532831)
Lastly, my motor did not like Denso O2 sensors. Gave me All kinds of fits. Finally switched to A.C. Delco and have been trouble free since.

good to know

Gregski 05-28-2019 12:24 AM

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just wanted to list all the pieces of software for this VXDIAG interface I am playing with, by the way I have no idea what any of them really do, but here they are

1. VX Manager launches something called ALLScanner which has a menu item called Diagnostic but all it lets you do is add an App which they call a "Feature" I guess like the one for GM or Ford or Toyota. You do not Diagnose anything in ALLScanner.

There is also a menu item called J2534 App which is just a link to their GM Tech Info System website which is a deadlink that redirects you to https://www.acdelcotds.com aka their TECHNICAL DELIVERY SYSTEM which we will call Software #2.

2. TECHNICAL DELIVERY SYSTEM aka https://www.acdelcotds.com this is where you pay your $40 bucks for a two year subscription to manage one VIN. Once you Register and log in it takes you to https://tis2web.service.gm.com aka TIS where you will find:
  • Service Programming System (SPS)
  • RPO Code Display (RPO)
  • Security Access (Security)
  • Calibration Information (SPS Info)
I am not making this up! See third screen shot below.

3. That brings us to Global Diagnostics System - GDS which I guess is one of the "Features" we installed using Software #1. However this also failed us as it starts with model year 2009 and goes up. A guy who calls himself Peter shows us how it is supposed to work on his YouTube channel Chevy Volt, Opel Ampera VXDIAG, VCX NANO GDS2 Diagnostics

4. And finally we have Tech2Win which I am not sure if the Win is as in Windows or as in Wining? ha ha

are you confused yet? good, cause I spent about 12 hours on this and still got nothing to work, ha ha

Gregski 05-28-2019 01:54 AM

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Ah snap, not what I wanted to see. Well after hours and hours of fighting with it, it appears the GM GDS2 software is not compatible with the Chinese knock off VXDIAG VCXNANO Vehicle Communication Interface. There went $129 bucks!!!

hatzie 05-28-2019 05:41 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
Tech2Win is just what it says... a Tech 2 emulator running on Windows. For all practical purposes the laptop running Tech2Win and VX Diag or an MDI is a Tech2. Since your PCMs are 99-2002 vintage the Tech 2 is the best diagnostic tool you can get.

If you need the GM NAO 33.004 flash card image for Tech2Win go to the Tech2 Wiki and register as a user. http://www.tech2wiki.com

GDS is the diag software for GM stuff after about 2009 or 2010. You don't need it for this project.

As far as TDS goes... VXManager is likely the same deal as the Bosch MDI Manager. Drivers and hardware settings for the VCI. When you get to the step in the Delco TDS web menus where it asks what interface to use pick VX Diag.

Gregski 05-29-2019 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by hatzie (Post 8533158)
Tech2Win is just what it says... a Tech 2 emulator running on Windows. For all practical purposes the laptop running Tech2Win and VX Diag or an MDI is a Tech2. Since your PCMs are 99-2002 vintage the Tech 2 is the best diagnostic tool you can get.

Thank you bud that helps, so here are the screens presented to me in Tech2Win, notice how the last one is blank and I don't get to Select the interface you want to use:

hatzie 05-29-2019 10:31 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
http://www.vxdiagshop.com/wholesale/...r-gm-opel.html
Read through the reviews ^^^

I have a full MDI clone because I didn't want to mess with gray market hardware... my installation and use path was a bit different...

Here's info from the reviews by someone that's done this with a VX DIAG interface.
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Mr.Styve Ortega
on Apr 27, 2019
My order arrived. The seller provided a link to the software. Got the software downloaded.

I installed everything and figured out how to use it. First, the Tech2Win must operate as a virtual machine on your computer, so it doesn't matter if you have a 64bit OS (as I do). There are no instructions for this, so this is how I completed the install:
- Install the VM software
- Install the VX software (the VX software is for the diagnostic connector that connects to the car, and takes the place of GM's MDI)
- Use the Tech2 Win auto-install
- Install the GM MDI Manager
- **Before** you open Tech2 Win, you must first open and run the VX Manger software and connect the vehicle connector to the USB, so the VX manager recognizes it (if you do not do this FIRST, the Tech2 program will not be able to locate the interface, and will display "no communication".
- Open Tech2 Win application directly, it will automatically open via through a virtual machine on your computer passively, there is nothing you need to do with the VM software.
- Once the Tech2 splash screen appears, press enter. You will be prompted to select which MDI the Tech2 software is supposed to recognize (this is why you must run the VX manager first, otherwise there will be no MDI selection present to select).
- Connect to the vehicle and begin polling data

I believe many of the respondents who state this did not work simply couldn't figure out the necessary path. You must install everything, not just parts. The Tech2 looks for the VM software to open, so if you don't install the VM hardware (thinking it's not necessary), it may not function. Also, the VX OBD2 interface and VX manager software must be installed and running before you open the Tech2 application, otherwise the Tech2 won't see an MDI interface (the VX spoofs an MDI serial) for communication.

Once I figured out the necessary path for operation, I am able to use this just as a GM supplied Tech2. You are still limited to model years 1992 - 2013 just as with a Tech2, so don't think you're going to use it on a 2014 - 2018 vehicle as they are not supported by the Tech2 anyhow.

I've been able to get into my 1996 K1500, 2004 CTS-V, 2005 Uplander (programmed the key fobs), and 2013 Cruze with ease. This is the Tech2 software, so you can execute anything a Tech2 can (save for programming a PCM, you need a separate service for that).

All in all, it's a great price for the capabilities you get without the need for a separate hand held device. I used the same laptop which I use all of my performance tuning. I would be hesitant to use this product on a device with personal information, but that's just me.

Overall, it does work as described!
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GRAY GOOSE 05-30-2019 02:53 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
:uhmk::uhmk:So much for my LS swap!!!!!! I am totally lost in what is going on. However...I totally respect the knowledge that is on this forum. Go get um boys!!!!

Gregski 05-30-2019 03:19 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
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Originally Posted by GRAY GOOSE (Post 8534109)
:uhmk::uhmk:So much for my LS swap!!!!!! I am totally lost in what is going on. However...I totally respect the knowledge that is on this forum. Go get um boys!!!!

ha ha, just ignore that last part I was trying to talk to my LS engine using GMs software which is horrible so I look forward to using HP Tuners software instead, and all we have to do is disable the Vehicle Anti Theft System aka VATS, the other stuff is optional, hope that helps.

GRAY GOOSE 05-30-2019 04:35 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
I think I will just stick with my overweight, outdated 454 big block and with and old fashioned carb. I can make that work.:lol:

Gregski 05-31-2019 10:42 PM

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dropped the oil pan to validate if this is a 5.3 or a 4.8 since the PCM VIN suggests a 4.8 but it was listed on Craigslist as a 5.3

oh yeah... that's Dusty in the background, Rusty's daddy!

well according to Cliff's How To Channel on YouTube 4.8 or 5.3 LS Vortec? How to Know For Sure! my crank number is not 12552216 so it is not the 5.3

Side note, the oil pan is nice and cast aluminum, awesome work GM!

Gregski 06-01-2019 02:49 AM

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ok now for some good news, with much persistence I built a Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit computer and finally got that darn Tech2Win software to work with the Chinese knock off VXDIAG VCXNANO Vehicle Communication Interface

Gregski 06-01-2019 10:18 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - LS Lessons Learned
 
so as you ride shotgun with me on this my first LS Journey, I would like to document and share all of the LS Lessons Learned aka LSLLs for the fans and prosperity

the first thing my buddy who owns an LS2 equipped Chevy Trailblazer asked when I shared with him I scored an "LS" enjin and transmission, was: "Did you get the TCM?" huh what? I responded, what the hewk is a TCM

the Transmission Control Module he replied, earning my blank stare, ha ha

which brings us to Lesson Learned # 1.

LS Lesson Learned #1 - we are going to call this there are Three Kinds of Computers, although that's not what we really mean, but allow me to explain

PCM stands for Power Control Module, this is what our LS truck engines come with 1999-07 respectfully this single computer box controls both the engine and transmission

ECM aka Engine Control Module, you guessed it, the ECM controls the engine alone

vehicles with ECMs have a separate cousin box called the TCM which is the Transmission Control Module I guess, I really am not up on that, but that's as far as I go

Gregski 06-01-2019 10:34 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - LR4 4.8L oil pan gasket remove and replace
 
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one thing I always do when I buy an engine off a car is remove the oil pan from the engine and clean the crud out of the oil pan, this is a good idea for a number of reasons:

1. it tells you how well the previous owner(s) (mis)treated the vehicle, ha ha

2. it prevents the 20 year old crud from contaminating new oil and straining the new oil fiters

this brings us to LS Lesson Learned #2.

The factory stock oil pan gasket in riveted on in two places to the oil pan and those rivets need to be drilled out in order to replace the gasket

the Greg did not know that

Gregski 06-02-2019 12:54 AM

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this sums up my current LS level of expertise, ie cleaning the oil pan

honestly guys the reason I am showing you that Target bottle of regular dish soap, because I always hear of guys looking for that magic silver bullet of cleaning, Simple Green, Orange Purple Power stuff, Sea Foam, expensive Brake Cleaners, etc... when all you need is something to break down grease and oil, now if only we had such a thing already in the household... hmmm

simple cheap dish soap and hot water works great

I also think that any time you get an engine out of a car it's a must to drop the oil pan and clean it out perfectly clean, it is way better than pumping in any type of Synthetic high mileage engine snake oils or using super duper oil filters made from unobtainium, ha ha

and don't get me started on guys who change the oil but don't change the oil filter!

so turn on some music, drink a beer or two, and have at it, it's very therapeutic

[end rant]

hatzie 06-02-2019 05:21 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
If it's not leaking the gasket is re-usable.

Gregski 06-02-2019 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by hatzie (Post 8535459)
If it's not leaking the gasket is re-usable.

thanks bud, unfortunately mine separated (rubber from the metal part)

Gregski 06-02-2019 11:12 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty - LS Swap List
 
figure I make a list of the things I will need to take care of to make this LS Swap happen, sort of high level, feel free to share your thoughts give me your input, these are sort of in order of how you can do this, ie dependencies

BASIC LS SWAP REQUIREMENTS LIST
  1. Thin out wiring harness (optional)
  2. Make bench wiring harness for programming the PCM yourself (optional)
  3. Disable anti theft in the PCM (DYI or send it in to a specialist)
  4. Motor Mounts (ie adapter plates)
  5. Transmission cross member? or will the stock one work (I have 4 to choose from)
  6. Fuel Pump / Sending Unit (like to use an in tank one, hopefully factory OEM will fit)
  7. Fuel Lines (hose adapter fittings, do I use my hard lines or run high pressure rubber ones)
  8. Transmission Lines (will I need extensions? / adapter fittings)
  9. Build Custom Fuse block (optional if using factory one)
  10. Install engine wiring harness
  11. Drive shaft lengthened / shortened?
  12. HP Tuners - disable Emission Controls (EGR, Evap, post cat O2s, etc.)
  13. Some sort of gauge cluster to see my LS engine feedback


* Green means done!

I am going to update this list throughout the project as things change or creep up on me as they always do. This is my first swap, so be gentle. The end goal of this list is a self propelled vehicle, not an 800 horse power twin turbo pavement scorcher.

Gregski 06-02-2019 11:24 AM

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Motor mounts, motor mounts, motor mounts

seems like the first thing we need to do is find a way to install the actual engine in the truck... and for that we need to find a way to bolt it in some how, and there is an obvious difference in the blocks motor mount system SBC (3 bolt) vs LSes (4 bolt)

many choices, people seem to like the aluminum LSX Innovations (some hate them cause supposedly they crack, but I hear that is user error, see one of the videos below)

I like making my own solutions, so I really dig this young man and how he is a problem solver, rare these days in the iPhone iGeneration

MrJohn613 Budget LS Swap : Adapt Motor Mounts Free DIY question is, would you do this?


Bad Luck Garage WHICH LS SWAP ENGINE MOUNTS DO I USE? recommends the LSX Innovations motor mount adapter plates

these work if you want to keep the factory LS AC according to Lonnie's Garage (Puppetkicker) 1984 C10 Project ---- LS Swap Part 1 (Motor, Mount Adaptor Plates, and More)

hatzie 06-02-2019 11:57 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
There are multiple threads about disabling GM VATS on the hptuners board.
Your PCM may not even have VATS.

LeesTruk 06-02-2019 06:00 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
Some food for thought; think about taking the nose of the truck off (12 screws IIRC). makes the swap SOOOO much easier! You can use your 350 engine clamshells(they bolt to your engine plates) to place the engine onto the original V8 frame mounts. Before thinking about a trans crossmember, set your engine/trans combo into the truck and see where the new trans wants to be. You may find that one of your four trans mounts will suffice and that also your stock driveshaft may work as is, too. My big concern for you is your vehicle being California Emission compliant. Do you have to go through emissions testing/inspection?

hatzie 06-02-2019 07:29 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
Rusty is a 1974.
Unless I'm mistaken it's exempt in California since the model year is prior to 1975.

Gregski 06-03-2019 09:29 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
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Originally Posted by hatzie (Post 8535774)
Rusty is a 1974.
Unless I'm mistaken it's exempt in California since the model year is prior to 1975.

Correct, and a huge reason why I bought it, at the time I had a kid at a tattoo parlor drop his '77 stepside (with rotted out wooden bed floor, missing inner fenders, but really nice engine from a Nova he said) from $2,500 down to $500 but I wanted no part of SMOG testing, and he knew it, the magical year is 1975 or prior, the window was supposed to slide to 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979... but Swartzeneigher terminated that... (see what I did there?)

LeesTruk 06-03-2019 10:58 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
OHHHHHHMYEYES....:drama:


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