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Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/17/21 9:33 p.m.

In reply to 759NRNG :

Im not a huge fan of the current "ls swap the world " craze. 

However, it has replaced the sbc for cheap running engines and readily available junkyard parts. Which means that it meets the ultimate criteria for this rebuild of cheap, easy, and plentiful parts and maintenance and repair. 

Im not convinced that a stock 5.3 is the answer to super good lap tines, but its a great beginning, and supposedly a cam away from 450hp.

I say this having never owned an ls, and only driving them in base c5 corvettes and a 2001 suburban. 

We'll  see what its actually like soon, i hope.

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
12/17/21 9:49 p.m.

"However, it has replaced the sbc for cheap running engines and readily available junkyard parts." which is truly amazing to the extent that you can throw a bump stick at these and see stupid HP's for little or next to nothing....still I miss a stout SBC and will always... 

 

untchabl
untchabl Reader
12/17/21 9:55 p.m.

I saw this sticker awhile back and had to have it. Need one for the AMC.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/18/21 8:16 a.m.
untchabl said:

I saw this sticker awhile back and had to have it. Need one for the AMC.

Probably. Be interesting to see what i think of these to say the least!

 

Oh: here's what a $50 5.3 looks like. Theres moss growing on it in places. 

RandolphCarter
RandolphCarter New Reader
12/18/21 11:52 a.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:
Oh: here's what a $50 5.3 looks like. Theres moss growing on it in places. 

 

This is the most GRM thing I've read this month.

Dirtydog (Forum Supporter)
Dirtydog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/18/21 11:53 a.m.

Looks like it was covered, other than leaves, at some point in its life.  Definitely more than $50.00 worth of stuff on it, if it becomes a boat anchor.

untchabl
untchabl Reader
12/18/21 11:55 a.m.

Way more than $50 in parts on it, great buy.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/18/21 12:00 p.m.
Dirtydog (Forum Supporter) said:

Looks like it was covered, other than leaves, at some point in its life.  Definitely more than $50.00 worth of stuff on it, if it becomes a boat anchor.

Unfortunately it appears to be full of water. Buy scrap metal guy said it came in the back of a truck he picked up for junk. He priced it to me and fifty bucks and I couldn't get my money out fast enough. I figured even if it's only good for the heads accessories intake oil pan and manifolds I've still

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/18/21 12:21 p.m.

Tear it down, drain water out, wipe bores with scotchbrite, reassemble, earn mega concour points.  

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/18/21 4:02 p.m.

Tech inspector just left.

Spo hillclimb class, cage is legal! Needs gussets at all junctions, and two nascar bars need some more weld. They also requested to see more tie ins to the body at the roof, a pillar, b pillar, and the planned front tube frame. 

They want a front mounted battery kill, externally accessible fire bottle pull, tow hooks both sides front and rear. No glass lights. Window nets both sides. All holes filled in firewall and floor. Steel in car fuel lines, steel in car brake lines. No steering column lock. Gt1 fuel cell ground clearance rules. Rese wheelwells need sealed to quarter panels. Fenders over the tires. Lexan or glass windshield. Nonflammable materials throughout preferred. Subframe connectors preferred due to rust im shell. Acrylic or open rear glass ok. Aero unlimited. Must meet noise regs. Weld up holes in rear cage tubes. 

I have a plan, and will be getting a logbook!!!

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
12/18/21 4:37 p.m.

That sounds like a remarkably do-able list

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/18/21 5:43 p.m.
sleepyhead the buffalo said:

That sounds like a remarkably do-able list

Yes it is!

In the grand scheme, no suprises, and some praise for the forethought and trying to go above and beyond the rules for safety. 

Gussets caught me off guard, and the steel brake lines were a suprise. Nicopp is apparently not cool with them. 

TVR Scott
TVR Scott GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/18/21 6:42 p.m.

Nice progress!

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/20/21 9:36 a.m.

not hopeful about the internals. Hell, not hopeful about the heads!

However,  incredibly simple engine to work on 45 minutes before work got me to here.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/20/21 2:38 p.m.

I had to know. 

 

 

Its a bad sign when pushrods are rust welded to the rockers. 

 

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
12/20/21 3:04 p.m.

DO..........NOT............TOSS.........repeat

what's a little (alot) elbow grease and scotch brite and wire brushes and elbow grease?

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/20/21 5:05 p.m.

That honestly doesn't look that bad for sitting in the elements.  Well worth the $50 for a harness and accessories.  Let me know if you need any help with LS stuff.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
12/20/21 5:06 p.m.

What happens if you immerse an entire engine in evaporust?

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/20/21 5:13 p.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:

What happens if you immerse an entire engine in evaporust?

That one looks like it will mostly evaporate 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
12/20/21 5:14 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

I'm sorry do you mean lightweight internals?

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/20/21 5:36 p.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

That has a nice ring to it!

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/20/21 5:41 p.m.

I will sell this shortblock to any of yall that want to save it for a cookout combo tray. Gotta be with milkshake though. 

 

On another note, untouchabl just delivered my tire hoard. I think i done good....

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/20/21 8:02 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

I will sell this shortblock to any of yall that want to save it for a cookout combo tray. Gotta be with milkshake though. 

You wanna bring that shortblock with you on the 28th? 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/21/21 7:47 a.m.

Today's update. 

$50 boat anchor torn down as far as im going. It seems ron is going to try to salvage it, and possibly trade me challenge stuff. 

Untouchabl also brought me a wiper motor and linkage from one of the trackers. Its honestly so close to the amc i could drill some holes and mount it as is!

I also worked a deal for some sheet aluminum for the interior at $5 a sheet of 16ga. Should be perfect for my needs. 

Time to push the amc back under the carport for a while. Put the cover on it, and finish the neon engine swap. Oh, and prep the miata for next season. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/31/21 10:00 a.m.

Placeholder post:

36 sheets of 16ga aluminum: $50

3 wilwood dynalite calipers, box of pads, and steering wheel quick release: 60

Giant box of brake master cylinder, rebuild kits, etc: 125

Trade $50 ls shortblock to racetruckron for shifter handle, maf, tilton pedal box, header gaskets, theottle cable braket

Free wilwood calipers and rear 300zx brakes from Patrick 

Trade amc aluminum seat to stampie for covra fixed back and noname recliner

Free accusump and aluminum fat guy seat from wvumtnbker

Sold 4l60e for $50

Autometer phantom tach:$3 (leftover from miata)

 

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