1985 Buick Electra - Phase 2: Upgrades

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  1. Darcane

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    First (expensive) piece showed up. 4L60E from the Suburban has been rebuilt with upgraded parts and converted from 4WD to 2WD.
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    This is going to be so awesome. I'm glad you started a thread to chronicle the process.
     
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    No spare cash for parts, so it's been slow going. (Damn you, COVID!)

    Cleaning is cheap though! Started getting the engine cleaned up a bit:
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    New valve cover gaskets: CleanTop.jpg
    Looking better!

    My little brother has done quite a few swaps like this, so he sent me a care package:
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    Wiring harness, aftermarket intake and throttle body (cable operated). Reprogrammed ECU will show up in a week or two.
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    That's awesome! And mega :thumbs2: to little brother!
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Haha, try being on SSDI.... But you're lucky, that you have such a giving brother.
     
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    If I were on SSDI, I'd be moving out of this state pronto...

    $400 more in parts just ordered and on their way. LS swaps are "Cheap". Hah!
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Why do you think I moved to Texas?
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    :huh: it's good BBQ?
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Well, that, too. Joe's super lucky, because Ashley is a great cook. So yeah, smoked brisket or pork roast, chargrilled steaks and ribs, now that's what I'm talkin' about!
     
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    I figured that had something to do with it. Long-term, I'm moving out of this state too. (Likely Utah, but not positive)

    So, next step is the oil pan. I purchased Holley 302-3 oil pan to give me the most clearance. It's $100 more than the GM Performance hot rod oil pan, and does NOT come with dipstick, dipstick tube, gasket, two oil pan bolts, and I have to modify the windage tray. The GM pan is supposedly a complete bolt on kit. If I wasn't highly concerned about clearance, I would have gone with the GM pan instead. Oh well.


    Flipped the engine over to realize it had a lot more coolant than expected. Oops.
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    Oil Pan off, there's the windage tray to remove and modify. I'll work on trimming that up while waiting for parts.
     
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    HotRodRacer Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    OT but I like your '68 Coupe.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Ha, that happens even to the most professional of us.
     
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    Are you going to replace the oil sump tube o-ring while you have it all apart?
     
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    Yep.

    New oil pan is shorter, so the sump tube won't fit anyways. The new pan comes with a shorter sump tube and a fresh o-ring.
     

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