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Old 11-07-2010, 09:58 PM   #76
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Made alot of progress today! THANKFULLY i elongated them correctly and I didn't have to mess with them some more. It would have been rather difficult to do it under the car!
Good work, nice when things come together.
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Made some more progress today. I now will have working windshield wipers!!! See below





Stock windshield wiper motor on the left which will NOT clear the cylinder heads. New 1985 chevy blazer wiper motor on the right. It's a bit smaller but still doesn't fit. I will need to modify the mounting brackets and swivel the wiper motor away from the cylinder heads (counter-clockwise) so that the wiper motor will clear it.
















This is the insides of a wiper motor, in case anyone was curious










Weapons of choice - Cutoff wheel, grinder, steel carbide dremel










Cutting what will be my mounting bracket away from the wiper motor.





Using a steel carbide bit and a cut-off wheel. Almost there...





I now have a separate mounting bracket and wiper motor.





Ground the motor smooth





Rough mounting bracket





Ground the mounting bracket smooth and widened it a bit.





Now that the two pieces are no longer attached, I can rotate the mounting bracket on the wiper motor until the motor clears the cylinder head.










This is where the wiper motor mounts. You can see the cylinder head that is in the way. I will also relocate the relay box on the right to allow for more room.





Tack-welded some washers on the mounting holes and cut the bracket into 2 pieces.





Mounting bracket cut into two pieces and mounted temporarily.





Tack-welded half of the mounting bracket back onto the motor. It's now positioned so the motor will not interfere with the cylinder head.





After running back and forth to the car a bunch of times, the mounting bracket is just about where it needs to be. A few more measurements and welds and it will be done.











Another test fit. Notice how the wiper motor hangs to the right now, instead of straight down like it used to.
















I shortened the bottom right bolt and threaded it in backwards, from inside cowl. This way I can easily attach a nut to the side that's in the engine bay. I couldn't easily fit the bolt in from the engine bay side so this was the best way to do it















All welded in it's final position. Not too pretty but it is strong!

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:57 PM   #78
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Ground down some of the welds to make it look a bit nicer.





All painted, looks pretty good!





















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Old 11-08-2010, 07:29 PM   #79
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That's sweet! I've got an 83 S-10 out back I hope it has the same motor. My motor isn't in the way it's that HUGE ass cover that hits my valve cover. Hopefully I can make this work on my car.
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been following this project I love ls swaps into anything!!!

i never knew the wiper motor played such a big issue in the c4. I am actually suprised from what I have read the ls engines fit in the c3s way easier than the c4s.

all I really had to modify to actually get the engine to sit in the car was the motor mounts and water pump. I even had the factory ac system still in the car.

I actually have more room now than I did with the old 350
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Nice .. keep it coming
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:33 AM   #82
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That is some real dedication. I may have missed this answer, but did you save any weight with the new engine/transmission combo. And, nice work.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:00 AM   #83
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That is some real dedication. I may have missed this answer, but did you save any weight with the new engine/transmission combo. And, nice work.
With the iron block 5.3 he's using he won't be saving lots of weight but will save some. The point of the swap is to get the new techonology of the LS motors into our older cars.

I've had my LS swap together for over year now and the car is everything and more than I hoped. I went with the LS1 which is all aluminum so I shaved a few hundred pounds along with gaining performance. I replaced a supercharged L-98 with a Holley Stealth Ram on it and this LS with a cam is head and shoulders above the former engine.
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Looks great dawg! You done yet!?!??!?!?
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i believe you said you would have it running how many sundays ago???
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:22 PM   #86
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i believe you said you would have it running how many sundays ago???
That's how it goes though

The "engine swap" is the easiest part, it's ironing out all the small details before firing that really adds up. He'll get it!
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Thanks guys

Like raidmagic said above, I really wont be losing all that much weight. But this motor should be ALOT more reliable than my ceasefire, it will have ALOT more power and it's shiny Also, since i'm not losing that much weight in the front, I shouldn't have to adjust the ride height after the install. Raid, did your front end raise much after you installed the aluminum LS?

I did get more work done! I'll try to upload some progress pics tomorrow. Starter is in, fuel can now make it from the tank to the engine and all plumbing is done on the intake, thermostat installed, passenger side header installed, cut a chunk out of my firewall and fiberglassed it up to make room for the engine and driver side header.


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That is some real dedication. I may have missed this answer, but did you save any weight with the new engine/transmission combo. And, nice work.

Also the transmission isn't being changed, i'll still be using the stock 700R4. It was rebuilt stronger than stock about 30,000 miles ago.
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i believe you said you would have it running how many sundays ago???
Nothing like having your brother bust your nuts.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:19 AM   #89
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You guys are ruthless
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Raid, did your front end raise much after you installed the aluminum LS?

Oh man did it! It through my ride height all off. I need to lower the front end but I've just been enjoying driving the car that I haven't cared.

I need to get off my lazy butt and drop the front a good inch.
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