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warwgn
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Subzilla Build Thread Reply with quote

So as requested this will be my build thread for what I have Dubbed Subzilla, since it's gonna be big and mean like Godzilla. So far have done the basics like change the oil and air filter, spark plugs. The extra stuff has been to put a new water pump on it and rebuild the carberator, and rebuild the distributor. I also welded up my own mufflers (Flowmaster 44's) other than that I have not done much, just waiting to get a little more money in hand and I can start the real projects. Anyway here are some shots of the little stuff.




















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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooo shiney:) That's about as far as my knowledge goes of cars.....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well shiney usually meansit's more heatfull, which means more power, or stronger, or faster!!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

update 3/19/10

so I found me an engine to rebuild, it is out of a 92 Suburban, it's a 454 ci with everything still on it, I also get the the 4L80E transmission. That transmission is a beast, it's the biggest baddest overdrive trans you can find.



gonna pick it up next week.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are a couple pics of both my toys, when I am done the Suburban will sit just a tad higher than my Blazer.




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I went and picked up the 454 I am gonn put in it. Got some cleaning to do and a lot of new parts to buy but here it s.







might get some work done onit today.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well got down to buisnessover the weekend.

so could not resist tearing into this project. It is stillin hte back of the burb so couldnt do to much but I pulled all the pullys and brackets off then the exhaust manifolds. And dont it figure the rear bole on each side it broke in the head >Sad thats gonna be fun to try and fix, hope it goes well but if not and I got to pull the heads to take to machine shop I guess I will rebuild it. Anywaya couple pics of it.


nice aluminum valve covers with some of the grime cleaned off.



the non adjustable valve train.

overall rockers and pushrods look purdy good. cant wait to pull the intake and see the lifter valley. that will tell me a lot of the story, and I will also pull the Pan to paint it and inspect the crank and rods. Hope it all looks good and wont require a rebuild, need to save the cash for the lift and any of the nickle dime stuff that is gonna pop up when I go to put it in.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well it's 2 AM and I got a lot done on it today but still have a long way to go. The good news is the engine seems to be in great shape, no sludge or gunk in it and I popped the oil pan and you can still see cross hatching in the cylinders!! So I am just gonna button it all back up and run it like it is. Sorr dont have more pice but I got excited and just went to town on it. The down side is the new intake wont take one of the brakets so will need to modify that but dont think it will be too bad.








it came out of the back real easy to so that was a plus. Still got more parts on the way and I am not sure if the oil filter will work with the headders so might have to change the adapter on the block to make it straight down. Also the 4L80E torque converter take 6 bolts so not sure if I can swap it into the TH400 or if I will need to just put the tranny in now? Oh well moe on that tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got her buttoned up today, still need to clean and paint the valve covers and set TDC so I can stab the distributor. GUess she is about read to go in now, still need to figure out the torque converter, not sure if the turbo 400 converter will bolt up to the flexplate or not so it will either be buy a new flex plate or converter which ever is cheaper since it is only temporay untill I put the lift on and get all the stuff for the 4L80E.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got the headders today, but forgot about easter so this is how it's gonna sit untill next weekend :'( oh well such is life, it gives me time to play it out in my head more anyway.




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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did the valve covers today!!

before




during





After




also got the carb today, the plan is to start pulling and swaping this weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all painted and clear coated!!




it was a pain to paint the letters!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I told Helen weeks ago I was going to do a mega kitty update but so far I haven't.

There's no way I can keep up with this!!!! Shocked

btw, excellent lettering.
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warwgn
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well it finaly began today, got the old 350 pulled and had to stop for the day. It seems like I did nothing whenI think of what still needs to be done.

so to start a few pics of the 454 with the valve cover and carb just sitting on it.






the boxes of goodies that were waiting for me in my buddies garage.




and on to the surgery!!






found the bolts eaten away when I pulled the core support!



sorry about the glare


and she is gone


half way done it's out on the floor, the hard part starts tomorrow.





thats it for today...
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