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  • Engine is out solo pull completed

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    • Cool video.

      That concrete block jack stand setup looked a bit sketchy though. I would be careful using that in the future. Safety first. I had one accident in the past where I dropped a car. Luckily I wasn’t under it at the time.

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      • Originally posted by colinc View Post
        Cool video.

        That concrete block jack stand setup looked a bit sketchy though. I would be careful using that in the future. Safety first. I had one accident in the past where I dropped a car. Luckily I wasn’t under it at the time.
        yeah the cinderblocks under the front crossmember is the most stable way I've found to keep the front end elevated. It was the first time I needed to stack it that high but I tried to push/shake the car off it and couldn't. I originally (off camera) had it at that height on jack stands on each side but it felt much less stable. That said, lifting it to that point is quite sketchy and I take extra care in doing it (the video sped up 30x makes it seem a more careless then it is).

        Safety first for sure though! I always make sure someone else is home when I get under a lifted car and the garage has a voice activated intercom/phone in case I get pinned.

        PS. I really want a lift

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        • Great video. That's got to be a first for this forum. Did make me nervous though. I had my first car, a 54 Ford, roll off the logs I had it on. I felt it going and made like a gecko and just got out in time. The cross member where I was lying seconds before sunk into the lawn.
          Eric Zondervan
          72 240Z
          11 Sierra 4X4
          14 Kia Rondo EX
          18 Audi SQ5
          18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
          18 Ducati Multistrada
          65 Honda Moped

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          • Hit a small roadblock that sadly destroys my vision for the engine bay look I had in mind. I didn't realize how far back my trans was mounted. The engine mounts end up being so far forward they interfere with the low mounted alternator I had installed ($150 bracket and drilling the block for nothing). Now I'll have to mount it way out to the side near the top. In the meantime I made a temporary bracket just to keep the project going but I'll have to fab something custom and then figure out a belt later. Bummer

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            • Made a better bracket for the alternator, looks pretty close to factory now.

              I'll include this in a separate write up after the project but installing the old transmission onto the LS was more complicated than it needed to be. Mostly due to pretty awful information online about what to do and what I needed. The online forum warriors seem to spit out the same information on every forum and it's largely misinformation. In the end it's actually pretty easy and cheap but requires some modification. I ended up spending $130 on an adapter I didn't need, then bought the correct $40 space on amazon instead.

              Annoyance and delays aside eventually I got things to fit.

              "bolt on"


              at least it's ready to go in now



              next up I need to clean up the engine bay and take apart the harness. Now is a better time than most to strip out all the parts that aren't being used and prepare it to be merged with the LS engine harness. I can replace the fuse block and relocate all the relays as well.

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              • Keeping up a steady pace on progress now. Engine bay gutted, cleaned, and wiring harness taken apart and stripped out to essentials. Spent a long time reading the FSM wiring diagrams last night figuring out what to cut and what to leave. Just need to cut and shorten the fuel lines and convert to AN6 fittings then the motor is ready to go in.

                I was considering cutting out the battery tray since I'm relocating it but it seems like kind of a hassle if I'm not re-painting.

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                • I have a bunch of clearance issues but at least it's in!

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                  • Had the flu which really prevented me from working on the car much over the holidays. The last week I've been tearing through the harness I salvaged from the donor. I've got more than half of the wires stripped out of it, just down to a stand alone engine harness now. The final step now is shortening and extending different parts of the harness so that I can have it tucked back against the firewall mostly and run down into the foot well under the brake booster. The original harness was setup to lie mostly on top of and in front of the motor in the van which is REALLY ugly in this setup.

                    Also realized I accidentally threw away the maf last year with the intake piping, but someone cool on Instagram with their own LS swap is giving me theirs. The car community can be really great sometimes.
                    Last edited by vvise; 01-10-2020, 11:22 AM.

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                    • It must seem you are posting into a vacuum from the reaction on this forum
                      That being said between you and Noll I have a reason keep checking in
                      Awesome work so far
                      Casey

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                      • Casey is right. Sure do appreciate you guys posting what you're doing.
                        Eric Zondervan
                        72 240Z
                        11 Sierra 4X4
                        14 Kia Rondo EX
                        18 Audi SQ5
                        18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
                        18 Ducati Multistrada
                        65 Honda Moped

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                        • I think that only a select few are able to actually log in and post. I have tried numerous times since the forum broke and usually give up out of frustration. It's been like this for what seems like years.
                          67.5 Roadster project
                          71 510 wagon
                          74 CB360T
                          2006 Nissan, retired parts getter. Sold and out of retirement.
                          2013 Toyota Corolla
                          Formerly 510er
                          It's amazing how one tiny capacitor can wreak so much havoc.

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                          • What was your work around to get back in, Frank? I've had the same problem, and I try again another day and get in.
                            Eric Zondervan
                            72 240Z
                            11 Sierra 4X4
                            14 Kia Rondo EX
                            18 Audi SQ5
                            18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
                            18 Ducati Multistrada
                            65 Honda Moped

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                            • I was trying to post a picture and the forum froze my computer
                              We have people doing cool stuff and it is fun to look and share

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                              • Mr. Zondervan / zedfoot, Please fix this forum. I am having trouble editing a post that contains personal information which I would like removed. Your contact form does not work. Your login is broken. And this forum is not operating correctly. This forum is being selective on which posts it will load account credentials on, so I am posting here because it's the only place I can (sorry Casey_Z)

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