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I sent my classic mini to the body shop, so I have room in my garage again to pull the 37's cab off the frame and start metal work on the cab

the mini will be at the body shop for the next 2 months or so

54277965_622879624803036_6860412714292871168_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

mini about to be towed to the body shop


54520052_413505332557212_56127899639480320_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

the 37 a few years back

it has a front clip from a 2001 s-10 blazer, and then the rest of the frame is made out of 2x3 box

motor is a 2001 or 2002 lm7 out of a Yukon, I forget the yr but it doesn't really matter anyways,
it was a drive by wire motor with a 4l60e 2wd

I sold off the 4l60e because I dont like that trans and I plan to put a cam in the 5.3 I would kill the 4l60e anyways, sold it off for like 2-300 bucks, not sure why I got it in the first place, I wanted to convert the trans to a manual, a t56 or a tko set up, but im not much for driving manual cars anymore since ive had my hips repaired a few yrs back, so I rock automatics now

a few weeks ago I was in san diego, and found a 4l80e out of a 04 3500 with 56k miles on it, picked it up for $550 and they gave me the yoke for it as well

my older brother gave me a cut down ford 9 inch housing, with big bearing end caps on it, the housing is 50.5 inches wide
 

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4l80e by joa kwin, on Flickr

my tc plate I made at my parents house with a small hf welder, to hold the tc in place while I transported it in the back of my honda pilot back to tucson

4l80 and ford 9 by joa kwin, on Flickr

4l80e and ford 9 inch in my garage the night I got home
 

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today I got a new map and iat sensor in, new water pump, and front and rear crank seals


efi kit will be in wednesday

flexplate with spacer will be tuesday

I found a guy selling a ls3 crate engine oil pan with tray and pick up tube for $100 up in phx, so that will be mailed monday


im going to try and make it over to the junkyard to get a new crank pulley,

and then im looking at buying a new crank pulley bolt and flexplate to crank bolts online or from the dealer

I still need to order or find a late 80's suburban fuel sender, so I can put a fuel pump on it from a 99 up truck or whatever ls powered vehicle

I still need to order the fittings to convert that fuel sender to -6an
and the 5.3 fuel rail fittings to AN
and the fuel filter to AN fittings

still need to order headers

and find a trans cooler that is set up for AN fittings or one that wont be to hard to set up
and find a radiator for the truck that isn't to crazy in price

I have to make a new rear trans crossmember, im going to bend up some 1.5 inch dom tube

I plan to have the engine running in the frame by this summer

I got about 2 months to get the metal work on the cab and engine stuff in order and have the cab back on the frame before the mini comes back to the garage


I have new glass for the mini, so I have to get that put in as soon as I can, and then send the mini's seats to get redone and build the center console for the mini

my oldest son grads from 5th grade at the end of May, and family will be coming from out of state for that, so I want to have the mini done by then, and have this drivetrain running by then as well, so I can show off to my brothers and dad
 
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todays job

I pulled the manual trans from this motor and changed out the rear main seal and got the flexplate installed


I started to work on the front side of the engine, I pulled the fan and water pump and started to pull the balancer pulley, but I dont have a 3 arm puller

and I started to work on the 4l80e front pump seal

rear main seal by joa kwin, on Flickr

55521065_867219630290544_1566379477703852032_n by joa kwin, on Flickr
 
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I pulled the stock oil pan, pick up tube, tray, and oil pump
my new ls3 oil pan comes in today,

I put a hi volume oil pump on the engine

I got my efi kit last night



and cleaned up the top of the engine alittle bit

55496020_406254626857445_4374896534299344896_n by joa kwin, on Flickr
 
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55939833_579231775892540_1579337501410066432_n by joa kwin, on Flickr


pulled the engine this morning and finished welding up the frame motor mounts and notched the frame on the left front on the old engine crossmemeber, I had to notch it to give the p/s pump some space and be able to get the belt off from it as well

tomorrow's plans is to mount the trans to the engine

I have to lift the trans over the frame rails, and sit it on down on the trans jack
 
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I ordered up 2.5 in exhaust pipe and all the bends I need for what I want to do......im going to build a y-pipe to go behind the trans, using a single muffler


alloy radiator will be in tomorrow, trans cooler will be in next Tuesday ( got ordered today)

40ft of -6AN push on rubber hose has been ordered, going to use that for the trans cooler lines and the fuel system
and 10 -6AN push on fittings have been ordered



I got the crank balancer pulley installed, the tool came in late last night


im still waiting on the box that has the ls3 injector top hats, its been lost in the usps system, its already a week late
 

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