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Okay, this is probably the final set of pictures before the start date, which is THIS FRIDAY!  First, a couple of the belt clearance.  The two smaller hoses coming from the left are the heater hoses; you can see the larger coolant suction hose coming from the lower radiator port to the water pump.  This is the one that had to be reduced from 1.5″ on the radiator to 1.25″ on the waterpump; that’s the double hose clamps you can see there.  There’s also a spring inside the hose to prevent it from collapsing under suction.

In the next few shots, you can see the routing on the driver’s side.  You’ve got the water pump outlet to the radiator, the 3/8″ hose coming into this larger 1.25″ hose from the steam vents (the hardline that comes from the rear of the heads up by the passenger side fuel injectors), the MAF meter,
and the air intake.  The elbow is a standard performance elbow, I believe from the SLP folks.  I’d have to check the cost spreadsheet over there on the right to be sure, though.

Here’s the transdapt universal crossmember that I put in; it’s a straight across version (compared to the 3″ or 6″ drop options), and it’s bolted further back on the framerails.  We did have to trim the trans mount a bit, and drill a bunch (3 on the passenger, 2 on the driver) holes in the frame rail.  OH, and the 15mm socket is forever lost in the driver’s side frame rail..DOH!

Here’s a shot of the Flex-a-Lite fans that I’ve installed–they go in where the AC condensor used to.  PERFECT fit!


And here’s the final product!  Actually, there are some changes that have to be made–the new 1.25″ coolant tee isn’t in there, plus some of the connections are just mocked into place.  But that’s pretty much what it looks like!  Mostly stock, huh?  Well, sorta.

So..Dad comes in on Wednesday.  Tomorrow night, I’ll probably put the coolant in and run a pressure test on that system.  Thursday, I’ll put the battery on the charger so it’s good to go for Friday evening.  Friday, I’ll add the oil and power steering fluid.  Since the LT1 intake manifold doesn’t have a hole for the distributor in the back that I could use for priming, I’ll just pour the oil down the heads with the valve covers off.  Then I’ll crank it on the starter (without spark) until I get oil up through the pushrods to make sure there’s good circulation.  Then I’ll cross my fingers, take  a shot for courage, and fire it up!

Maybe I should buy a fire extinguisher?  NAAAAWWWWW….

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