Suburban project, build thread

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    Alright, so this is my build thread for my suburban. 1984 k10 Silverado 4wd, I just dropped in a freshened up 350(which I took a few pictures of) it has a 700r4 and a np208 transfer case, 10 bolt axles with 3.73 gear ratio's. I'm going for a decent daily driver, it'll see a lot of highway and gravel and a little bit of city, but I still want to be as capable as I can be off road.

    Me and a buddy started working on it pretty hard. I've been slowly accumulating parts and goodies for a few months. I'm a few thousand into it now, but that's okay lol.

    The motor was originally out of a squarebody, im not sure of the history but I believe it's been rebuilt one time at least back in the 90's. It was SO clean inside, not even any carbon build up in the pan.

    Just tore it down to the heads, slapped a new rear main seal in, installed an oil pump then a one piece oil pan gasket, with a Milodon oil pan and matching timing cover, and a Milodon oil pan dipstick. All new seals and gaskets, it has the blue rubber valve cover gaskets, same as the oil pan. Has a new double roller timing chain, fuel pump, water pump, thermostat, alternator, scat flex plate, new harmonic balancer, spark plugs, upper and lower radiator hoses, air filter, pcv breather deal in the air cleaner and a pcv, slapped on some ram horn manifolds too.

    Some of the goodies, Edelbrock aluminum intake, Holley muscle series cast aluminum valve covers, ORD motor mounts, ARP accessory bolt kit, summit rebuilt electric choke quadrajet carb, MSD distributor, Taylor spark plug wires, I also invested in an a/c delete box cuz I don't want to mess with a/c, and I had a heater core leaking so I had to pull it apart anyways.

    That's basically all of the motor stuff right i have right now, I still need some hose and a few other mechanical pieces. But other than that it's wiring that needs to get fixed and get things tidied and buttoned up in the engine compartment.

    I'll have some more pictures once I get parts and get more work done on it. I have a bunch of suspension stuff and interior stuff I can go on and on about lol. I'll get into that stuff when I get pictures of it and once I get working on it.

    Comments or questions so far, let me hear 'em!
     
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    Lookin good..
     
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    Don't hate me for dropping a lime green motor into a red suburban haha
     
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    Dare to be different.. :D
     
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    I was gonna say... I think your engine might be a little sick. He's looking a little green !!! Might wanna sneak a little Pepto down the intake.
     
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    I don't think pink, mixed with green would be a very good color :Big Laugh:
     
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    A pepto pink block would definitely be a mouse of a different color. Lol.
     
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    It would be a pinky then.......(a baby mouse)
    Looks good in there and it stands out better then the anemic V8 blue they used for a spell or the hard to trace a leak black.
     
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    That was a big deciding factor for me, I wanted a color bright enough that I can easily track any oil leaks.....sooo I went with lime green haha
     
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    Got a decent amount of work done to it tonight. Got the fuel pump and hard line to the carb installed, the starter is in, torque converter bolts are in, trans dust cover is on, alternator is mounted, power steering is halfway together(had a hangup with the ramhorns). Got the battery tray back in too. Water pump pulley is on also, with all the accessories it wont look so gaudy lol

    I also got the plug wires routed as best as I could and as far away from the manifolds as possible, I need to build some small brackets to secure the wires to, to keep them away from the manifolds. And got a lot of the wiring harness routed, still have to redo some of it, but its not too much. Block heater cord is also routed nice and neat and all tidied up.

    I've got a few questions about some electrical connections and vacuum connections. Mostly in relation to the heater control connections/plugs and vacuum, and for the transmission, mainly torque converter switch.
     
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    This is one of the connectors I was talking about, two wire, it runs to the torque converter switch and to another vacuum operated switch near the brake booster and then the connector goes to a vacuum operated switch mounted on the intake

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    Some pics from last week, I installed chrome window visors on all the doors and I sticker bombed my window, I want to fill it up completely.

    I bought new tires for it. The tire is a federal couragia m/t 33x12.50x15. I have my set of rally rims getting powder coated satin black and getting the tires mounted and balanced after. I have center caps and beauty rings but they're pretty beat up, so I'm gonna order those sometime.

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    Got the 79 out and removed the old tore up bumper, I have a really clean original step bumper that needs to get painted and then I'll put that on, and get that checkmarked off the list.

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