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Old 08-28-2015, 02:13 AM
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Default Learning curve...the saga continues

As you can see, I'm building up my post count, kinda like padding your log book with P-51 time.

So my top rebuild only lasted about 20K miles. Normally I'd just give up on a rig, but in this instance, it got me where I was urgently needed without fail, so I wasn't going to abandon it yet.

Scrounging for a "DOHC" motor, I find one near by for $400, sitting in a shop on the floor. I check it out, put a $40 deposit, go get my truck, THEN do some research.

Motor I'm after has grey rocker cover, mine is black.

Go back to shop, tell them it's not a straight swap: "Gee that's too bad, a guy came in right after you to buy it, so I lost a sale, you lose your deposit".

I could have made it work how? More than I was willing to go through. PAX
Old 08-29-2015, 01:02 AM
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let's see

the grey cam covers were used up through at least 95 and the black ones were on the 97's (I own one of each), so you'd basically be transplanting a 95 DOHC into a 97-98 vehicle. I took the liberty of limiting the black one to 2nd gen because of the difference in exhaust manifold bolts up to 98 vs 99-02. I chose 95 b c it is the first year w the electronic EGR valve. Earlier (91-94) engines had the vacuum controlled EGR and that just ain't gonna fly here.

You'd have to swap in a 95 PCM, low impedance fuel injectors, and the complete wiring harness for a 95. Plus buy an extra ECTS to fill the hole in the head where the temp sensor for the dashboard went

Oh and since 95 is OBD I you'd need yo retrofit the ALDL to and ODB1.

Might need to change the dash as well...can't remember. Whatever

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Old 08-29-2015, 12:38 PM
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Exactly what I thought. There was going to be way too much needed and I wasn't willing to throw more time at it, so I ate the deposit. PAX

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