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Old 10-04-2019, 12:56 PM   #51
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Is it a push or pull fan. Could you move yours to the other side? I have my fan on the front of my rad and it leaves plenty of room between the rad and water pump. Just a thought.
Honestly I don't know, is it as simple as reversing the polarity? But that is a great idea, do you have a pic or a link to your build thread? please and thank you
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Old 10-04-2019, 01:34 PM   #52
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Honestly I don't know, is it as simple as reversing the polarity? But that is a great idea, do you have a pic or a link to your build thread? please and thank you
Honestly I couldn't tell you about the polarity part of it. I would get in contact with the rad/fan manufacturer and see if it can be done. Might have to change the blade direction around.

I stopped updating my build thread when photobucket crapped out. I went through all my pic's of the truck and found lots of under hood pictures but none of the actual fan lol.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:44 PM   #53
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so then it was time to put on my Big Boy Pants and deploy some gentle persuasion, with the supporting X liberated from the radiator support we can move forward

so following some good advice I am going to try running my electric fan in push formation, never done it before so we is a learning as we go
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:41 AM   #54
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Looking good. Have you hooked up power to the fan now that its moved to make sure it's pushing through the rad. Once you do that then I would think your all set and problem solved.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:48 AM   #55
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Looking good. Have you hooked up power to the fan now that its moved to make sure it's pushing through the rad. Once you do that then I would think your all set and problem solved.
thanks, not yet, I need to flip the blades first, and I am concerned about that fan shroud maybe blocking too much air flow when I'm driving, we shall see, aint gonna fix it until I confirm it to be a problem
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Old 10-07-2019, 10:52 PM   #56
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pusher fans dont push the cfm as pullers for some reason, but mine was tight
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:27 PM   #57
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things were moving right along, the first belt was .7" too short, the second one was just right
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:28 PM   #58
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and five upper radiator hoses later we had one of the perfect size
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:30 PM   #59
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so we started to put water in and we had a leak, well after torquing the lower radiator hose down to 880 foot pounds we learned the source of the drippage was the water pump weeping hole

an old used junk yard water pump was defective! who would have thought!
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:37 PM   #60
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with the water pump replaced it was time to move on to making the steel braided AN fitted automagic transmission cooler lines

I use FRAGOLA AN fittings and this Vincos line both off of Amazonia
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:30 PM   #61
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so got everything buttoned up all the fluids in, and she won't start, barely turns over, so I go and replace the 2017 battery with a new one and same thing

I did turn her over by hand when I first took delivery and it seemed normal it did spin over half a dozen times, I poured oil down the jugs, I squirted WD-40, etc.

got this smaller battery than the prior Group 24 cause it needs to fit in the side pocket with the Camaro subframe eating up some of the free space
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:34 PM   #62
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well so I move on to something else, time to weld up some hockey exhaust from parts left over, I like to have my exhaust exit at least past the rear axle to keep the splitting drone headaches down to a minimum

man the driver side was a bear, had to weld the whole thing on my back under the truck as this one would not come out as one piece like the passenger side did, now I could have removed the transmission crossmember and that would have freed it up, but I was not going to undo more thing for me to redo
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:41 PM   #63
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pull the plugs and see how it cranks. could be full of liquid and liquids dont compress well, could be full of dripping gas from a bad carb float, or could be ignition timing fighting. any of those things, pulling the plugs will show.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:32 PM   #64
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pull the plugs and see how it cranks. could be full of liquid and liquids dont compress well, could be full of dripping gas from a bad carb float, or could be ignition timing fighting. any of those things, pulling the plugs will show.
thanks bud, took out the sparkulators, dropped the starter and tested it on the garage floor Captain Morgan style with my remote starter - tested good, removed the belt and spun her over 7 times by hand - wth
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:18 AM   #65
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after sitting in my thinking chair having a beer I decided to yank the valve train in hopes that would loosen her up a bit

there are so man unknowns about this engine that who knows what maniac adjusted those valves
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:24 AM   #66
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So I'll admit it the HEI distributor was 180 degrees off but that wouldn't explain the slugish spinning around.

Anyway with the gracious help of Pontiac Mike and his TDC Thumb we spun the dizzy around proper and adjusted the valves using the Simple Method by BinderRod of H.A.M.B. like I've been doing successfully for years

TECH - A SIMPLE WAY TO ADJUST VALVES
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for your water pump issues, by the posts with pics, I would say move the engine back and some of the issues will cure themselves.
for the engine, i would say a gasket set is pretty cheap, take it apart and see what you have. deglaze and throw in a set of rings and brgs if you see fit. get the numbers off the cam etc as well for future reference.
for the starter issues, if you have a good starter on the bench then the problem will likely be power AND GROUND supply. ensure good cable size and clean solid connections at both ends. do a voltage drop check if really curious but start with the connections and go from there.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:38 PM   #68
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for your water pump issues, by the posts with pics, I would say move the engine back and some of the issues will cure themselves.
for the engine, i would say a gasket set is pretty cheap, take it apart and see what you have. deglaze and throw in a set of rings and brgs if you see fit. get the numbers off the cam etc as well for future reference.
for the starter issues, if you have a good starter on the bench then the problem will likely be power AND GROUND supply. ensure good cable size and clean solid connections at both ends. do a voltage drop check if really curious but start with the connections and go from there.
thank you so much, all good advice, the wires and connections may be a good thing to double check...

... and a little while later... found this, once replaced the engine turns over 10 times faster and started a few times, now just to get it to keep running
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and then there's this, I swear I don't recall bouncing one of these brand new sparkulators off the floor this time
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my new (old) three spoke steering wheel arrived from eBay, luv it
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:03 AM   #72
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installing the B & M shifter is next on my To Do List, and I am so excited about it, this will be my first time installing a B & M product and I hope it's better than the Lokar on my '74

this shifter came with the truck when I bought it, so we run what we brong
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:20 AM   #73
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Looking at your front mounted fan set up I would suggest removing the shroud as you will be blocking flow while moving down the road.
Truck is looking good and getting close
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:21 AM   #74
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Looking at your front mounted fan set up I would suggest removing the shroud as you will be blocking flow while moving down the road.
Truck is looking good and getting close
Thank you very much, will do.
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:23 AM   #75
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Thank you very much, will do.
I removed the shroud from around my fan as well to get as much air flow as possible through it.

As a suggestion.....I put the same shifter in my truck. I will be removing it and replacing it with a Lokar or American Shifter setup. The unimatic shifter is garbage. At times when moving through the gears you can slip past gears unless you really pay attention and move it slowly through each gear. Im replacing it because I want something that clicks hard into each gear so I know what gear I'm in.

Just my two bits.

Here is a video for adjustment.

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