Next up are the motor mounts. Welds don't look pretty,
but they are strong.
Next is the t-case crossmember. Here's what I'm started with. My stock rubber t-case mount was worn out. Instead of paying $100 for a new stock mount, I used parts of the old mount along with some bushings and tube I had laying around to make some new ones. I got the idea from Jayk's project here on 4x4wire . PICTURE That is of the 4cy mount. The 6cy mount looks a little different, but I think I can make it work.
I mounted the motor and trans up as high as I could since I have a 3" body lift. The new crossmember should give me a good amount of extra ground clearance compared to stock..
Next I worked on the electricals First I made up
a wiring diagram for the Taurus electric fan. I have a SPDT switch
with center off. With the switch up, it will operate through the thermostat.
In the center, the fan will shut off. With the switch down, the fan will be
on all the time. The solenoid is a starter solenoid from an old Ford. The
fan will be wired up to high speed.
I got all of the wiring ran and sensors installed.
Water temp sensor needed a thread adapter, but the oil pressure sender had
the same threads, just needed a 90 degree adapter to fit around the intake
Reinstalled the carb after adding some Edelbrock offroad spring loaded needles and seats, adjusting float levels, and blocking off the fuel bowl mixer in the carb. Ran the fuel line and filter, PCV, reinstalled the distributor, and ran the spark plug wires.
Here is a video of the engine firing up for the first time
Got the cooling system in and working. I originally
planned on running the stock radiator in the stock location, with the Taurus
fan mounted in front of the radiator. Somehow it wont fit, so I went with an
aluminum radiator from a 1987 Chevy Camaro. It is MUCH wider than stock, but
thinner and shorter. This allowed me to mount it on top of the front
crossmember and still be able to close the hood. But it also meant
extensively hacking the core support. I kind of hurried on the job here, and
I really don't like the way it came out. Maybe when I swap to TBI I will
also re-do the radiator mounting. But for now it will work fine. The grill
will not fit now, so I'm going to have to hack it up to fit it.
And I drove it for the first time today! Even though
the power steering pump isnt working (Must have rebuilt it incorrectly?) I
got a custom power steering line made up using the stock Chevy high pressure
line on the pump and the stock Toyota high pressure fitting on the box. I
did the same with the return line, but just used some 3/8" hose and clamps.
I also had my rear drive shaft shortened. It measured 47.5" from flange to
flange. I was at 51" before.