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Old 09-22-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

I got the Headers Thursday and tried fitting them tonight. Seems for me to get the left one in I will have to take the plugs out and I have to cut the frame a little for more clearance on the right side as you can see in this picture. They will bolt up but 1/16 of an inch clearance from the frame is not enough. I still have to patch the firewall on the left side also...
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

forgot the pics...
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:35 PM   #3
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

Just so all of you know. The big block will be painted like this..
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

Damn,,, Tough crowd....
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:27 PM   #5
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

Looking good. I did notice the clearance between distributor and fire wall. Have you put the cap on it yet?

I wish I was that far along.

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Old 09-28-2007, 01:10 AM   #6
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Instead of beating on the firewall, unbolt the frame mounts, slide everything forward just enough to clear distributor, valve covers, etc, Then scribe the holes on the frame mounts and drill new holes. I assume you're using a newer transmission and you're going to have to make a custom drive shaft? I had to do it on my small block with HEI.
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:15 AM   #7
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I really like the engine color. did you have it that color already, then tear it down, 'cause that don't look like a photoshop paint job.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:34 AM   #8
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

I am putting the engine in the stock location. I am putting a built 700R4 and I already have the shaft for it. If I move the engine forward I will have to have another shaft made up. There is plenty of clearance for the dist cap to fit in there seeing it is the smaller HEI.

That was the first paint job. I really didn't like the way it turned out. It looks much better in pictures then in person. That was also my first paint job and I have learned alot more now. I did rebuild the truck once and drove it for 4 years and started to develope rot under the left door and there is a big scratch down the right door, so I decieded to upgrade. I still have the engine that is all painted blue plus another one so I am not short of small blocks, and they are both TBI engines.
I also switched from a stepside bed back to a fleetside. I really wanted a fleetside in that year and maybe I will pick up another stepside again after I am done with this one.
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:35 AM   #9
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

I had to cut the frame on both side when I put the 454 in my 65. I used the stock exhaust manifolds.
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Old 09-29-2007, 01:01 AM   #10
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I had to notch the frame for the #2 tube on my '66 Suburban also, in spite of the fact that I moved the engine forward ~2"
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

With the engine in the stock position I will just have to take a nib from the frame for the front tube on the right side. I haven't fitted the left side yet..
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:05 AM   #12
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Please tell what headers were used to fit. I to have replased my small block with a 454 and need help with the headeds.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:38 AM   #13
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

They are Hedman Elete Headers for a chevy truck.. My engine is sitting back with the stock mounts so the headers clear the frame better but still need some grinding on the frame so they don't touch.. With the engine mounted up a few inches I think you have to cut the frame more but not 100% sure of this. Other had to cut the frame for the headers. On the newer trucks the frames up were the headers are, are much narrower then in the 60's trucks..
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:02 AM   #14
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

Looks awesome. Can't wait to see the engine painted up....Keep us posted...
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:14 PM   #15
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What year truck, I hate to keep after this but I have already tried two differant styles. I know that 66's did not come with big blocks, so what yaer should I be looking into.

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Old 10-22-2007, 07:57 PM   #16
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

I used cheap headman headers for a 67-72 on my old '66 with the 427 in it using stock motor mounts and dimpled one tube ( can't remember which one) and the frame already was notched by the PO for the first tubes on each bank. I never found any that would just drop right in .
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:35 PM   #17
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

They are for 73-87 year trucks. Also they are 1 3/4 primary tubes and not the 2" tube.

I can't want to see it all painted up too.. also running with me gassing it...
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:07 AM   #18
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http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku These are the headers I used..
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:59 PM   #19
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I made the plunge and got a 454 today also! Have to clean her up a bit and going to get a few small hop up parts. Wanted to know if you guys think that a set of shorty headers would help with clearance issue? Also I have a 65' C10 so will using the stock small block mounts and location be ok? I see that most of you are doing a lot of mods but all for different reasons...just want to know a straight forward way of getting the motor in.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:11 AM   #20
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

I might as well keep my pictures here... I'm hoping the next pictures I post will be on the engine all nice and pretty,....
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Re: Big Block Build is what I'm calling mine. New pics inside

Got the crossmember drilled and mounted today. The engine is set and now I can move on to the next thing.. Now I just have to figure out what that is going to be.. I think I will mount the TBI unit and run the throttle set up..
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Cool looks good man
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Well it's about time we see some progress !!!

JK man...I know your busy....

Looking good....

You running a stock TBI, or an aftermarket one ?
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stock for now. I am not building a hot rod just a cruiser..
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