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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!

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Nov 22, 2013 at 10:47 am
It's what I like to call "Motor-vation"! lol!
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Nov 22, 2013 at 2:44 am
Huge progress for half a days work. Did you budget for tires cause I think this will have a tendency to SHRED them.

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