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Update!!! My 4.3L project slowly moving again...

Ok, so it's slow but what can I say; lots of work, even more $$$. Not to mention it's hard to stay motivated when you see your Zuk in pieces on the floor [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] Anyway here are some updated pics of the build:

The pic below is of the rad I'll be using. It's from a 65 Mustang, with auto and A/C, and a V8 4.7L. It should do just fine behind my manual tranny 4.3L :-) And it will fit a 16 inch fan, in pusher position:


Next pic is showing the hood clearance I will have with NO body lift. The only issue I may have is with the transfer case because it will need to be clocked up a lot. As it stands now, it hangs way too low and I'll have to build a clocking kit to pick it up or buy a kit. The tranny tunnel needs very minor trimming right in the front lower corners on both sides to clear some tabs on the tranny: or I may just cut the tabs if they're not intergral to the case design:


Here's a pic of the driver's side engine mount. I used stock 95 Astro passenger side mounts/brackets on both sides of the engine. They are placed low to clear the hood, and need to be reinforced from the underside of the frame too with some bracing. Not sure why everyone talked about the mounts being tough to do b/c they're not. Just a lot of measuring and test fitting. I even remember reading a post where someone said you could not use stock GM mounts....wanna bet? LOL [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]


Last pic is the alignment of the transfer case to the Toy diff. Off by about an inch, so I'll either run a 2" wheel spacer on the one side to slide the axle over 1" OR buy a 2" BS wheel and run it there. The wheel would be cheaper and probably safer. I don't want to leave it as is and run compound angles in that Toy CV shaft. It needs to be shortened a lot as it is and would make things worse in compounding it. BTW, that transfer case is a GM NP241 pass. drop with a slip-yoke eliminator kit and custom Toy driveshaft output flange, from High Angle Driveline:


I need to mention something here. I was seriously considering dropping this project recently and doing the 16 valve instead. Way easier and way cheaper. Money was getting outta control on the 4.3 as was the time needed to finish. But I've since calmed down (I think), and I will push on. The 4.3L will get done. When is another story b/c I have a lot of other work to finish first before this rig. After going out there again and checking things out, I just can't pass on the chance to drive a 4.3L Zuk. I will keep everyone posted on my progress [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Cheers,
Steve
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