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I'm Ready To Flip Out!!!

By Crazyfast79TA

I'm experiencing all kinds of problems with motortopia lately. It SUCKS!!! The first thing that pissed me off was the problems I had with the "adobe flash player" message that said I had to install flash player to have my "featured album" scroll on my page. Then there is the picture loader that still doesn't work worth a ****. And then there's the problems with log in. And the pages take so long to load that I feel hackers are trying to get into my computer while it's loading pages. There's also the everlasting problem with blog uploads that get "lost" or deleted on trying to submit them! Today I was trying to sort my friends list and motortopia froze up on me. I had to log out and try again. Same. Logged out and tried again. Same. Logged out and tried AGAIN! Same. Thus this post that I'm sure motortopia will have the WRONG DATE AND TIME attached to it. NEVER right! I said I'd never do it, but I just may delete my motortopia head ache and get stupid facebook.


Okay, I'm done venting. Good bye.

Michelle Had Her Sport-Trac Damaged Today

By Crazyfast79TA

My wife was going to her piano lesson today and got rear-ended while turning in the driveway of her teacher. I wasn't with her so I don't know all the details but I saw the results. She stopped by the shop I work at and Bryan wrote her an estimate. There was over $5000 damage done. I looked it over when she got home and found things Bryan missed in the estimate. I'm sure we'll find more once we start tearing into it. It's going to be fixed right! No cutting corners and no "quick-fix" to get the money. It almost made me sick when I saw it but I thanked God her protected Michelle and kept her safe.

Frozen In Minnesota

By Crazyfast79TA

I've tried to keep working on the S-10 for the winter, but it's been so cold and repeated snow storms. The latest one had gusty winds that drifted the snow around everything and covered he road after the snow-plow went by. Between the drifting and the plow, the driveway was pretty much blocked and the blue truck couldn't get in or out. I had to dig it out more than a couple times and Michelle had to pull it out with her Sport-Trac a couple times. I'm SOOOOO ready for spring!

It's Back In The Garage!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I got off work early (again!) today (Wed). The weather forecast is calling for more snow tonight thru tomorrow. Today was beautiful! Must've been close to 40 or more. Was a perfect day to clear the snow and move the S-10 into the garage. My step-daughter and her friend Luke helped me move the S-10 and clear the snow off the drive-way. I was trying to pull the S-10 out with our big blue Chevy (POS). Wasn't happening. Luke hooked his truck up and tugged it right out with ease! We had to work hard to push the S-10 into the garage, but we did it! I started clearing the snow out of the place where the S-10 was so I could park the T/A there. While I was doing that Luke and Jessica started clearing the drive of the packed down snow. They were chopping the ice and shoveling it to the side. I knew Michelle was going to be coming home soon so I helped them finish off. They had to leave so I thanked both of them tremendously! I got the T/A moved into it's new spot until spring. Now the S-10 is back inside and ready to be worked on. I'll do what I can when I can. I want to have this one done for spring. Money's tight so there are corners that will have to be cut. It may not get the rust repairs and paint-job that I wanted, but it will get the mechanicals taken care of. We'll see how it goes!

Started My Wheel Clean-up Project.

By Crazyfast79TA

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I knew it wasn't going to be an easy or quick job so I didn't wait until the truck was ready for them. They had been neglected for too many years just sitting there half buried in the dirt with the 2 front tires flat. The dirt washed off but the corrosion had to be scuffed off. I started out with a red scotch brite pad. That cleaned them up pretty good. I then went on to using a green scotch brite pad like we use to scrub the stubborn cooked on stuff in our pots and pans. The green pads smoothed out the catches from the red pads. Now they have to be polished out. I'm not sure what to use to polish them. I don't know why they were flat so that will have to be checked out. I know one wheel has water (ice) in it, so that one for sure has to be dismounted. I hope the other just has dirt in the bead that can be cleaned out and re-inflated. If they are out-of-round from sitting flat, I will have to get new ones. That's a bridge I'll burn when I get to it. I'm ready to pull the Trans Am out of the garage and drag the S-10 in and start back to work on it. I don't know where I'd park the T/A unless I'd dig out more of the snow bank the S-10 is buried in now. There's a lot to do and winter is too long to wait. I've got more wood for heating in the wood stove so I'm ready. I still need a new air compressor. There's also some outlets I want to wire in, but that's unrelated to the S-10. The way things are going at work I have plenty of time off to work on my stuff, but that makes money short. Double-edge sword, huh? Story of my life! When I have time, I don't have money. When I have money, I don't have time! God will provide enough of each for me to get my projects completed. Makes me wonder if I should kick my shop start-up plan in soon!

After doing a bit of checking, I found out these wheels are now discontinued by American Racing. At least the polished version is. They are still available chromed. I found out when they were available they cost $173 each, and that was lowest price I found. I got mine with tires mounted as a trade for a set of Chevelle rims and tires. I kicked myself for a while afterwards but I'm okay with it now.

Hit A Milestone Today!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I didn't think it would ever make it this far! 240,000 miles! It's not in the greatest shape but it starts even when it's more than -20 outside and runs without a problem. The brakes are working properly (finally!) and the transmission is still shifting good even with the transfer case malfunctioning. There's still issues with the front suspension that will be taken care of this spring along with new tires. These suck bad! I may even be inspired to fix the rust and dents and repaint the stupid truck to make it last even longer. I'm not going to take too much time away from my S-10 project to work on this p.o.s. I just want this truck right for next winter!

I'm Not Sure Where This Is Going!

By Crazyfast79TA

I've got many things on my mind right now. First is this winter. It came early and hasn't let up at all anywhere. Seems like you can't even go south to avoid it. Going south right now seems like it would be a mistake because they don't have the equipment to deal with ice and snow. I experienced that in the winter of '85/'86 when I was attending NADC in Nashville. TN. They had a minor (at least in Ohio where I'm originally from) ice storm. It closed the city down. Guys from the north (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and such) didn't understand why they closed the city down. The roads weren't that bad, just slick. But they didn't have the equipment to deal with it and nobody knew how to drive in it. That's going on now. But that doesn't mean they're bad drivers down south, they're all over the country. I've seen 4x4's spun off the roads and in ditches here in Northern Minnesota where it's winter 6 months of the year! I was hoping for an early spring, but I'm not counting on it. I heard on the radio yesterday that this weather will hang with us for the next 45 to 60 days. I've been here for almost 6 years and come to the conclusion that in fact there is four seasons here just as in Ohio, but winter is six months long and spring, summer, and fall have to fight for the other six months! I just know the first person I hear complain about the heat this spring will get back-handed! I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get things arranged so I can work on my S-10 in the garage. I have the Trans Am parked in there right now and I have work to do on the big Chevy. Heating could also be a concern. My fire-wood is buried in the snow. I didn't have a chance to tarp it before the snow came. My bad. I also used a lot on it when I had my S-10 in fitting the 350 and then the big Chevy in to fix the brake lines. On a good note, I did get my Reddy Heater fixed. It runs great now! I came up with a plan for the spring and summer, I'm going to start carrying a chain saw with me and cutting up fallen trees before the road crews get there. I'll bring the wood home and stack it for splitting which I'll probably do in the fall. With the price of propane sky-rocketing, I may price out a wood burner to heat the house. With the last delivery of propane costing over $900 for 200 gallons, it may be cheaper to get a wood burner installed! So far this season it's cost us over $2000 and it ain't over yet! I heard of wood burners for about $5000 that use boilers that can heat 2 houses. I could heat the house and garage with wood. Use the propane for back-up heat, then. I don't know. I'll have to see where our finances go. My new job is pretty "hit-and-miss" with being regular pay. Sometimes there is so much work and then there's weeks where we don't have anything. I haven't had a 40 week for some time now. I keep getting reminded by my Pastor's messages that I need to start my own shop. He refers to Mark 2:9 when Jesus is talking to a paralyzed man and says ..."Get up, take your mat and walk". In my mind I paraphrased it to say "Get up, pack up you tools and go into your own business". I told Pastor Todd that and he said it was God changing the words in my head. The first time it happened was when I got laid off from Northern Performance, now it's happened again with me at my new job. I think I better listen to God and start looking for a building for my shop! How many times will God tell me to do it? I can recall back in '91 He must've told me, presented me with the opportunity, the potential customers, affordable commercial/residential property, but I was afraid to do it. I've looked back and kicked myself so many times. I believe it's "time" now! Like I said when I started this post, I don't know where this is going. It will be "a leap of faith" no matter what.

Pricing Out Parts Needed To Complete The Truck

By Crazyfast79TA

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Well, I've been shopping around online and found most of the parts I'll need to finish my S-10. I'm talking about the parts to install and operate the 350 AND the parts needed to fix the body. I don't have the money right now and I'm not charging anything else on my credit card, but I do have an investment coming due in April that should provide the finances needed. I know there's going to be other smaller items needed to complete the job, but this is for the big ones I checked out.

The Mechanical Parts List:
Headers $155.97
Cooling Fans $209.97
Fan Controller $46.97
Fuel Press. Reg. $72.95
Electric Choke Kit $54.95
Mini Starter $115.97
Limited Slip Dif. $399.97

Parts Total $1056.75
Free shipping on orders over $99

Auto Body Parts List (not including shop supplies)

Left & Right Power Mirrors $25.94 each
Radiator Support $58.05
Tail Gate $62.99
Right Bumper Cap $23.47
Left & Right Cab Corners $50.64 each

Subtotal $297.67
Shipping $140.85
Grand Total $438.52

So for about $1500 I can have my truck running strong and the parts to fix the body! I figure to add at least $500 for body shop supplies and paint & materials. A few weeks work and I'll have me one strong running, good looking little truck! Howwaboutthat!!!

Winter Time Blues

By Crazyfast79TA

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Boy how things can change like the weather. This truck was on the back burner for years because of other automotive dilemmas. Then I lost my job and had to move the S-10 home. I started a new job and decided to V8 the S-10. I got the engine set down in the frame and started configuring everything to make everything work. Then our big Chevy started showing it's age with brake lines blowing out and the transfer case gives out. I know it's in the case and nowhere else. The front axel actuator kicks and the transfer case shifter motor switches from 4 high to 4 low and also 2 wheel drive. The heater fan is stuck on "high" only and controls won't change from defroster to heater or anything but defroster. The power steering that I thought was fixed is also giving me troubles. I pulled my S-10 out and pull the big pig in to work on. I'm so sick of that truck! I'm so sick of winter, too. Now I'm rethinking the S-10 V8 project. That 350 was out of my previous V8 projects (my Monza and my '87 S-10) and was intended to go in my Nova next. I don't want to give up on the V8 S-10 but I've got the Big Chevy 4x4 to worry about and no money to work with. No money to pay the bills either. So now I'm facing the facts for the time being. I just have to put this on the back burner for an indefinite period. I'm still going to do it, just a matter of timing. I do have an investment coming due in April that should fund this project and maybe have some left for other projects.

I Need Help With Information

By Crazyfast79TA

I need to replace the transfer case in our 3/4 ton Chevy. It's got a New Process 243c T/C. I found a New Process 241c at an affordable price. What is the difference? From the pictures it looks like only the output for the front drive shaft is the flange type on the 241 and the 243 has the yoke type. Are the outputs interchangeable? I need to know ASAP! Thanks for any responses!

Still Planning For My Own Shop

By Crazyfast79TA

Even though things aren't going my way right now doesn't mean I've given up my life-long plan of having my own shop. I don't know where the money is going to come from or when I'll actually open, but I know I'll do it! My wife and I kicked some ideas around this past week for things that we both want to do and have before we retire. I want a shop, she wants a small store for gift ideas or craft items. We both think the self storage thing would be good because it seems like everyone has too much stuff and no place to keep it. We want to have a "one stop does it all" business. To have a building big enough to have all that would be colossal, but I believe it can be done. I am approaching 50 and don't know how much longer I can (or want to) work. I've also run into a lot of guys that need a place to work on their own stuff but don't have any place to do it. What if we had stalls to rent out for do-it-yourselfers? I was thinking of something like in the movie "Christine" where Arnie worked on Christine. I wouldn't have to do the work but I'd be there if they needed help and maybe supply needed tools. I could have my own projects in there and other cars to make money from, too. Michelle's oldest son wants to start his own automotive upholstery shop and this might be a way to provide him a place to get started and maybe even take over when we want to retire. He's also a mechanic (he did go to WyoTech) and has his own career plans. If we could help him along and also provide for our own livelihood it would be great. If we could provide what the people want or need and make it affordable and accessible, it should work out great. I haven't looked at all the legalities of it, but I'm sure there's some community programs or offices that could give me guidelines and rules and other information needed. So I am keeping with my "New Years" resolution of keeping positive!

I've Been Thinking Even When I Can't Be Working On It

By Crazyfast79TA

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It's been so dang cold (they cancelled school for 2 days here in Minnesota) that I couldn't/wouldn't get out in the garage and work. Besides, the S-10 in buried in a snow bank beside the garage and the four wheel drive if out in the P.O.S. Chevy so the S-10 will stay there until I can replace the transfer case. But anyway, I've been thinking and watching videos on You-Tube of other V8 S-10s. Some of them are pretty lame compared to my '87 I used to have. Some are real role models for the one I'm building. Only the LS powered or super/turbo charged ones are quicker than mine was. I'm using the same engine in my '94 that I had in the '87. There's just a bunch more wires to contend with and a little less under-hood room. But this time I buying the headers and doing the frame mounts like the kits. The serpentine pulley system from the 4.3 bolted right to the 350. The tach is the only thing that's got me concerned so far. I'm going to have to check with someone that knows more about conversions like this. I've been planning for the bodywork also. I'm not going to do anything really wild right away, just fix the rust and dings and paint it black (like the Stones said it) and call it good. I've got Mighty Mouse stickers to place in the rear cab windows. I hope spring comes early like winter did so I can get cranking on this thing!

A Week Later and I Still Hate This Truck!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I got the brakes fixed and they work good. The radiator hasn't given me any problems. The stupid truck starts every day. But the power steering is still screwed up. The tires suck and the four wheel drive doesn't work. I'm about ready to find a truck that needs an engine and part this p.o.s. out!
I just realized I'm messing up my new year resolution of trying to be positive. So I'll start over.

This truck starts every day and the brakes work good and the radiator doesn't leak. It looks like it would be a good candidate for being a parts donor to a deserving truck. I could do the same with this drivetrain as I did with my '87 S-10. Wouldn't it be great to find a 4x4 S-10 that needs an engine? I could have 2 V8 S-10's! See what being positive can do! Oh boy! Are the wheels spinning in my head! I'm going to have to check out craig's list!

Flag On The Play

By Crazyfast79TA

The Ref has thrown a flag against winter! I had started on my S-10 then winter jumped the start and delayed my game. So what if it's a 15 yard penalty against winter, my game is delayed. Oh well. That just gives me more time to plan what to do so I can make it all right without set-backs. It's not going to take me 9 years to get this S-10 right like my '87 did. I'm using the same engine and trans so I know what it will be capable of. I also know the problems it took to get it right on that truck. I did my share of hit and miss on it to know what worked and what didn't. This time I won't be building my own headers. The motor mounts won't be welded to the frame either. I won't have to use Monza bucket seats, this truck already has buckets. I've already gone through the braking system, too. I know the 4.3 radiator is sufficient to keep it cool. It will need a posi rear (I can't remember if this truck has one or not) and the widest tires I can fit in the fender wells. I'm not going to try to find a fan blade or shroud to fit between the water pump pulley and the radiator. I'll have to find electric fans. I also have plans for my own "Northland Edition" package. I'm going to use the factory in-tank fuel pump and install an electric choke on the Holley carb. I'll also install a block heater and possibly a battery tender for winter time use. I don't have everything figured out yet, but I think winter is going to give me the time to work it out in my mind before I have to turn any more wrenches in the frigid garage.

Work has been held off on account of cold weather

By Crazyfast79TA

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Sad to say, yes, I've decided to hold off work until it warms up a bit. Winter in Minnesota is bitter cold and lasts forever. Not like it was in Ohio! There is was cold (but not as cold) for only 3 months or so then it warmed up again. This just gives me more time to plan everything out and save up the money to fund it all. I know once it does warm up I'm going to kick butt on this project! I WILL have this hot-rod done for summer! I also have other plans for summer like getting things around for my own shop. I talked to a guy today that's interested in having me do some work on his dually Chevy. That's just one. There will be others too. The more I get done before summer actually hits, the better! My S-10 is just the beginning! It may bring other hot-rodders my way! I hear a knock at my door. It may be opportunity. I will make it happen! This S-10 is going to be a blast!

"Cold enough for ya?"

By Crazyfast79TA

That's gotten to be so cliché already this year. We've had negative double digits for lows each night so far and today we hit a balmy 4 above. Get set for frigid temps coming! -30 Monday with a wind chill approaching -50. Oh goody! Reminds me of "The Rodeo Song". 40 below and I don't give a...you know that one. It was cold enough recently that I didn't pull the Trans Am out of the garage to pull the Chevy 4x? in to try to fix the problem with the 4x4. I just hope we don't get too much more snow before I can get it done. I haven't had any problems starting up or driving yet. Michelle's Sport Trac does great in snow and on ice. That's an excellent truck! I want to get back to work on my S-10 project soon too. I've got plans for that truck! But meanwhile I'm just going to try to stay warm! Hope all of you can stay warm too!

Happy New year!

By Crazyfast79TA

I'm going to try to stay positive on this one today. I know I've done my share of complaining this past year, so my New Years "Revolution": I am going to stay positive. Last night at the New Years party, Greg made the resolution to "be more vague". He had fun with that one when we asked what he meant He gave plenty of vague responses to our questions. My sample of me being vague was to the question "what do you do for a living?". My answer was "I work on cars." It used to be "I restore old cars." Now I just work on cars. As long as Bryan has work for me, I'll do it. I'm still going to try to get a shop of my own going. I am going to keep trying even when everything and everybody is trying to tell me not to. I'm still waiting on resolution to my Dad's estate. It' been in probate for over 3 years and facing chances of having the case dropped. My sister is facing problems with her end of the estate, too. I'm supposed to get the bank account my Dad had and she's supposed to get the house. The bank account is tied up because of my Dad's "companion"/girlfriend. My sister is facing losing the house because of delinquent property taxes. She's lived in the house since Dad died in 2010 without paying any rent or mortgage. How can she not afford to pay the taxes? I've been doing everything I can to keep us afloat here. I can't float her, too. No matter what happens with the estate, I'm going to try to stay positive. No matter what happens with my job, I'm still going to try for my own shop. It's going to cost a lot to get started but I'm sure once I get it going it will pay for itself. "Build it and they will come!" It would've been a lot easier for me to do it when I was still in Ohio. I had a reputation there and plenty of connections. Here I am in Minnesota. The new guy in town. Everybody I've run into is new to me. I have made some impressions, though. I have to find a "niche" and go with it. Classic cars, classic trucks, body repair, paint, hot rods, something just has to be "my thing". But I don't want to be stuck in "that" category. I want to be able to branch out and do the things I "feel", not just what everybody else "feels" I should do. I want to dazzle people but I'm not looking for fame or fortune. I just want to leave my mark and live comfortably doing it. I want to be diverse, but not scattered. I want to have a direction, but no limits. I'm just going to look for my opportunity and when it knocks on my door. I'm going to swing it wide open! I'm known as "the guy that drives the 'Bandit' Trans Am" already, but I want to be more that that. What's it going to be like when I get my V-8 S-10 done? Or my Nova? What about other cars I've worked on since I've moved here? I've got my foot in the door here, but I just haven't found a way to open that door. I know some day soon I will. But no matter what hits me, I'm going to do my best to stay positive Happy New Year everyone!

It's That Time Again! The Annual "I Wanna Burn This Truck" Season

By Crazyfast79TA

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Seems like it happens every year about this time. We're well into snowfall season and something goes bad on this truck I guess that just because I'm the "car guy" I'm supposed to know what's going on with all the vehicles even when I don't drive them. It may be my fault for not doing a weekly check on each vehicle and make a repair list and schedule the repairs. Someday I will get everything caught up so there won't be any more lingering problems. I finally got the rear brakes fixed. I also tackled the leaking power steering lines while I had it in the garage. I checked the anti-freeze level (first time since new radiator install) good for-45. Now it seems like I'm going to have to tackle the transfer case. I hate winter!

Here's the rundown on what I've fixed on this truck since we've owned it:
Tires...always needing tires!

Front axel engagement actuator...you know, that electrical gizmo that engages the front end when you flip the 4x4 switch.

Fuel pump...Dustyn replaced in high school auto shop

Power steering hose...Dustyn replaced in high school auto shop

Wiper motor pulse board...Kevin had a stick wedged in it to "fix" it. I used the one out of my S-10 to actually fix it.

Driver's window...Came loose from lower frame. Glued back on.

Right taillight circuit board...Bulbs were good, board wasn't.

Trailer lights plug...Had 3 different pig-tails and none of them worked. I installed a new one and did away with the cluster that was there

Front brake pads...Just worn out.

Tune up...Plugs, wires, cap and rotor.

Fuel pump wiring harness...Shorted out inside tank.

Right inner tie rod end/Idler arm...Probably needs the rest replaced too

Battery...Just like tires, always needs attention.

Radiator...Somebody (not me) tried patching it with fiberglass once before.

Rear brake lines...Rust, rot, and age took their toll on entire rear part of the system.

Power steering hose...Dustyn didn't remove old "O" rings when installing new hose before, so I had to remove old "O" rings and do it right this time.

I know there's a ton more stuff to do on this truck that I don't know where the money's going to come from for repairs. I know we can't afford to find a replacement truck, so I guess I'll do what I can when I can.

I still hate winter!

P.O.S.2 Rides Again!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I had to fix the rear brakes and fix the power steering after my step-daughter slid into/over a sign in the median after she missed a turn she couldn't slow down for in the snow storm we had a couple weeks back. I guess me driving my Trans Am wasn't bad enough, she didn't want me to get my S-10 done she had to wipe out the sign. Michelle wanted me to get the P.O.S. fixed so I pulled the S-10 out and started on the P.O.S. in and started replacing the metal brake line from the front all the way back, the hose, lines going to the wheel cylinders, and the wheel cylinders and hardware. I also fixed the power steering lines that Michelle's son had replaced. He followed the instruction pretty good. He put the new "o" rings on when he installed the lines. Too bad he didn't take the old ones off first. Oh well it's all good now. Maybe I can get back to the S-10 now.

Update On the V-8 Installation

By Crazyfast79TA

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There isn't much to say right now. It's been displaced, again. I had to pull it out of the garage so I can replace the rear brake system in the '97 Chevy 4x4. Now the weather has put a stumbling block in that as well as my air compressor blowing up, again. I really want to work on the '97 and have it to drive through the winter if I don't get my S-10 together..

Cranky Old Bastard Starts Every Day

By Crazyfast79TA

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Yup! I drive my Trans Am every day, even when there's five to nine inches of snow on the ground and it's 20 below zero. Oh yeah, it's a cold hearted beast for sure, but it fires up for me each day, even when my wife's Sport-Trac won't. Now remember, I don't have a block heater in it and the choke has been inoperative on the carb. I mean it when I say it's a cold hearted beast. It takes longer to warm up than to drive the 10 miles to work. It does great on the slick roads, too. I watched a Jeep Wrangler spin out in front of me and about a half mile on a Blazer spun across the median and ended up going the other way. My T/A was rock solid! I told my wife driving 40 MPH in this weather is like driving 100 in the summer rain. Things can happen real quick if you aren't paying attention. I just don't want to see what's happening under the ice build-up on the body. I'm sure it's not going to be pretty in the spring thaw. Oh well. it's a good thing I know how to fix it back up!

Still Working On Installing The 350 The Right Way

By Crazyfast79TA

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I don't know what happened, but I can't upload pictures to albums on Motortopia anymore. Advance uploader won't show up and simple uploader only loads 2 pics then no more. There won't be any albums. I'm still working on my S-10 project and taking pictures along the way. I don't know how I'm going to keep all my friends up to date on my progress without pictures but I'll try. I'm too ticked off right now and don't have the time to type it all out. I'll try to find a way to keep you posted.

Got To Test Fit My 350 In The S-10!

By Crazyfast79TA

I only had to work half a day at the shop today so I came home and started tinkering with my S-10. First I called Karcher about the missing hose connection part for the pressure washer Michelle got for my birthday. It will be here in 3-5 days. I took advantage of my short day at work by bringing my motor mount plates with me to use the air at work to die-grind the bolt holes together where they needed to be slots. I didn't finish off the edges, that can be done after I know they fit properly. I came home and started fitting the motor mounts to the plates and bolting them to the engine. I already had the accessory brackets removed from the 4.3 and bolted to the 350. I changed the water pump over already. I got my power steering pump pulley puller yesterday (finally!) and pulled the pulley off, changed the pump over to the 350. I lifted the 350 off the dolly stand and bolted the motor mounts on. I looked at the truck and thought "why not?" so I maneuvered the engine over to the bay and sized things up. First I had to tie the wires out of the way then get the engine over the target. Umm, Houston, we have a problem. It won't fit with the water pump and accessory brackets on. That's okay. I put the sawsall to work. I cut the top of the radiator support to give a straight shot in from the front. It's going to make installing the engine and trans together as an assembly a lot easier! I started dropping the engine in lining up the motor mount bolt holes, and checking clearances as I went. It's close, yes, but not as close as my '87 was. That one I had to figure everything out as I went along. this time I had a plan. It changes a little as I progress, but it's still working! After getting the engine to sit down on the mounts and getting the bolts in the holes, I started checking everything out. Power steering pump has close clearance, but it's clearance. The distributor drops right in without the cap on. Oil pan clears the cross-member good. There's plenty of clearance for the bell housing. The starter is going to be in the same location as with the 4.3 so that won't be a problem. Now for the exhaust. I thought the "high mount" 305 manifolds would work. Nope. Well, the passenger side might work, but driver's side definitely no. The head-pipe flange hits the motor mount plate, points directly at the cross-member, and blocks the dip-stick hole. I thought about the conventional manifold. It won't clear the motor mount either and it interferes with the steering shaft. Looks like I have to dip into my cash stash and call Summit for the headers I was checking out when I started planning this project. That's okay, too. I was eventually going to get them anyway, this just gets it done right away. I tried the radiator in. It won't clear the water pump pulley or sit down in the locating holes. There's going to be some fabrication going on like my '87, but this is going to involve an A/C condenser, too. The oil cooler block adapter won't change over to the 350 so that means I won't be trying to get those lines to run through the mess. The power steering hoses may need a little "re-directing" but they'll work. The throttle cable, kick-down (detent) cable, and cruise control cable will all need attention, but seems easy enough. The cam system that runs the cruise control on the throttle shaft will have to be fabbed up for the Holley carb. That Holley needs gone through also. I'll add an electric choke to it while I'm at it. I'll use the in tank pump and use a pressure regulator at the carb. I'm just glad the engine sits down in like I wanted. I can't wait to get this thing running so I can have my "Hot-Rod" S-10 again!

I Be Buildin' Me A Transmission This Weekend!

By Crazyfast79TA

I got my transmission clutch spring compressor tool yesterday! I ordered it Saturday from Tooltopia. They said it would be here in 5 to 7 business days. It was only 3 days! Now if Northern Tool would send the power steering pulley puller! That was supposed to be 3 to 5 business days. Oh well! I started fabricating my motor mount plates tonight. I have them cut out and ready to drill some holes but I can't find my box full of "project bolts". I can drill the holes I need and tap the one that need tapped, but I can't bolt them together until I get my bolts. The last couple evenings I was tracing wires down and sorting out what I needed and what I don't. The only wire I'm going to have to cut is the coil wire so I can put the pigtail for the HEI on it. I'm not sure how I'm going to recalibrate the tach yet. I found a website that tell how to do it, but it involves diodes and such. Maybe I'll figure it out. Hey, if I'm going to tackle a 700R4, why not a tachometer?

Doing Some Research And Remembering

By Crazyfast79TA

I worked on the engine swap in my S-10 after work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't go out to the garage Thursday. I spent my time looking at the pictures from my '87 S-10 and looking up parts and tools instead. I found some motor mounts that I liked but figured I could fab some up almost like them for less money. Tonight I spent my evening sorting out wires and such to figure out what went where and what wouldn't be hooked up and the things that needed hooked up, how they would hook up to a Holley carb equipped 350. Still thinking on that, but the "nuts and bolts" end of it is pretty much figured out. This is gonna be sweet!

Third Day (night) Of Wrenching...SUCCESS!

By Crazyfast79TA

I started working on this Monday evening after work. 7-10. Worked on it again Tuesday night. 7-10:30. Today I only had to work in the morning so I had from 1:00 until I had to go to church for dinner and teach Bible lessons to 10 and 11 year olds at 5:30. I've pulled engines out of many cars in bad work conditions and I do have to say that this wasn't one of the easiest or best conditions, but I didn't lose my temper (too much) and only had to cut one wire. I don't know how many zip ties were holding wires and vacuum lines to something or another, but this engine compartment was all "fubar". Tomorrow I get to clean the floor and start cleaning the frame and stuff to get it ready to receive the 350/700R4 once I get that ready to go in. This is going to be one cool truck when it's done! My '87 was pretty awesome, but that took years of "hit and miss" to get things right. This one is starting off where the other ended. I know what works for this, more what doesn't work. This truck has more "goodies" that I have to make work without the computer. It will be a bit of a challenge, but I'm up for it!
NO FEAR!

Engine Swap Has Begun!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I got the truck in the garage Sunday. There isn't a whole lot of room to work, but I'll make do. I started taking things out. The pulley won't come off the power steering pump. The bolts don't clear the air conditioning compressor clutch. I started disconnecting wires and deciding which ones I won't need with the carbureted V-8. The radiator wasn't too bad to get loose and out. This truck has a built in oil cooler. That will come in handy with the 350! This is going to be a cleaner/neater install than the '87 I built 20 years ago. That was one of the first 5 in Findlay, Ohio back then! I've got more wires and stuff to contend with, but I also have the (bad) experiences with a first-time V-8 conversion. I didn't use a kit or have a whole lot of others to reference. Good news about this one, the truck came with a 4.3 so it's more of just a length issue than anything else. The '87 was a bare bones 4 cylinder to start with. I had to fabricate all the brackets and stuff to make it fit and work. Hopefully all the stuff with swap from the 4.3 to the 350 with minimal problems. Some things I see as problems right away are the tach and speedometer. How do you convert a factory V-6 tach to work with a V-8? The factory speedometer was electronic but the trans I'm using is mechanical (cable type). Since I'm using a 700R4 instead of a TH350, I'll be able to use everything from the 4L60 to mount it and use the same driveshaft. The radiator should be sufficient for the engine, it's what I used in the other truck. Should go fairly quick this time! Not a lot of engineering to do with minimal fabrication.

All My Stuff Is Home!

By Crazyfast79TA

It took a lot of patience and "plan B's" to get it done, but my S-10 and tools are home from Northern Performance. Last Saturday Michelle and I tried to get our garage cleared out to make room for my toolbox and my truck. That didn't leave time to go to the shop to get them so the plan went to Sunday after church. We went to the China Buffet then the grocery store before calling Dustyn to meet us at the shop to use his truck to pull the S-10 on the shop trailer. I figured I'd get the trailer ready for the job and get my toolbox in the back of the S-10. Well. the shop door lock had been changed so I couldn't do that. Dustyn wasn't there either. I didn't figure it would be a good idea to pull the trailer with the S-10 behind the Sport Trac and Michelle and I had other plans that we had to take care of so we left. Monday wasn't good after work. Tuesday and Wednesday was taken up with church activities. Thursday didn't pan out either. Friday I went in and picked up my last check and made plans with Brad to get my truck and tools on Saturday. He told me the trailer wasn't available but I could use his tow dolly.Saturday morning came and we went to the shop with our "Work Horse" truck to pull the S-10 ourselves. Brad wasn't there so I used my air tank to pump the tires up on the S-10 and tried to hook up the tow dolly. The ball on our truck was too big for the hitch on the dolly. There were no ramps on it and no wheel straps. Off to Rapids Rental for a tow dolly. Got back to the shop and still no Brad so Michelle and I got the S-10 on the tow dolly and waited for a little while longer for Brad or Dustyn. Neither one showed up so we took off and unloaded the S-10, returned the dolly and headed for the birthday party at 1:30. Today after pot luck lunch at church I called Brad to find out if he was going to be at the shop today and he was on his way there. We got there right after him and he helped me get my toolbox loaded into the Sport Trac. We came back and I went about finishing the garage clearing before unloading it. Got that done, unloaded the toolbox, got Michelle to help me move the S-10 into the garage, and got 3 loads of laundry done What a day!

Well, I pissed somebody off again!

By Crazyfast79TA

Seems that someone sent me a message complaining about someone else constantly posting blogs filled with plagerized script. I sent a message back to find out who to he was referring. I never got a message back. I checked back in my inbox and the message is now blank and the member's page is empty. I also checked on my friend list and they're gone. Must not want to be my friend anymore. Boo hoo. Then I started thinking they were referring to my blog posts. If ANYONE thinks I'm copying any of my blogs from other sources or any of my cars aren't really my cars, they're wrong! Who would have such lousy luck or lame stories as I've written about and why would I want to copy it and claim it as mine if it weren't true? That would just be dumb! I don't have facebook (because I don't have the time for it, don't play games, and I DON"T need the drama that goes with it) so I just come on Motortopia and type about the car stuff that's going on in my little part of this pathetic world. I'm sorry that I don't live a "rock-star" life or have a "reality show" to follow me around 24/7 to entertain everyone, but this is MY life!.

NO FEAR!

By Crazyfast79TA

I look back at different parts of my life and the different situations I've been in and I've always leaned back on this saying... NO FEAR! I'm not a big man. Never was and never will be. Maybe I wasn't always a good man, but I'm trying to be the best man I can be. Maybe I haven't always been as strong as I wanted to be or thought I was, but I never let that hold me back. In the '90's I had all the "No Fear" T-shirts and even a big No Fear sticker inside a Chevy Bow-Tie on the back window of my pink (actually violet pearl over red) S-10. Earlier this year I was involved in a community sponsored Personal Empowerment Class. At the end of the class each of us had to come up with a Personal Empowerment Statement. It was to be; 1) Short 2) Positive 3) Happening right now 4) Specific 5) Said with meaning. The statement I came up with was: I am ambitious. I can start my own shop with the right support. I will involve the ones that I feel will help me the best. The whole class applauded me. The instructor said she believed I would do what I said. Our church Pastor has had several sermons that touched on me. I've gone and told him when they had. He thanked me, but I had to tell him "No. Thank YOU Pastor Todd!". He had given us books at different times of the year to help us on our walk with Christ. I found that that walk isn't something to hide. Walking with Christ has freed me up from different things that kept me bound down. Last week Pastor Todd's sermon involved John 5:1-15. Read it! The 3 key statements Jesus made to the invalid man was: "Do you want to get well?" Then Jesus told him "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." He came back to the man later and told him "Stop sinning!" As Pastor Todd was going through his sermon I was following in the bulletin and in the phrase "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." I crossed off "mat" and wrote in tools. God spoke to me that day. I told Pastor Todd how I changed that phrase and why. He believed that God spoke to me also. Lo and behold, Thursday we had a shop meeting about the changes taking place. Some employees went to part time, some got laid off. None got to stay full time. I was one of them to get laid off. Yes, I was broken hearted at first. This was a job I dreamed of my whole life! Restoring classic cars! Now it's done? It ate on me on the way to the bank to cash my last check, at the store on the way home, and on the drive on the way home. Is it really done? Then it hit me: "NO FEAR!" One door closes, God opens another! I'll start doing work in our garage! Michelle was upset when I told her I got laid off. She didn't sleep well, she had a bad day in class today. She was so unsure of the future. So am I! But I learned something from my past, you can't fail if you never try! But I did fail, I never tried to open my own shop. Even when I was in the most opportune time of my life with the most to gain and the least to lose. Now I'm too old to "worry" about failure! Brad pointed me in the direction of another shop that was looking for a body-man. I went and talked with Bryan today. I start Monday morning. We're going to see how it works, but I'm going to be pressing hard to get my own shop started!
NO FEAR! KNOW GOD!
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