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Old 11-22-2013, 06:39 PM   #91
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The two linked engines from Summit and Jegs are the same part number GM crate engine. They are not Vortec heads. The upside is your current intake and everything will bolt exactly on with no mods or further needed parts. They're good engines. I've literally installed at least 100 of them over the last 22 years. I like them because they are entirely 100 percent brand new, not a used or reconditioned part in them anywhere. No one builds them better than GM.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:44 PM   #92
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Offhand, I remember that the Goodwrench motor is 8.5 to 1 compression dish pistons and 1.94" intake valve heads and a "smogger" cam.

This article has a build-up that sounds like something you might want to check out:
http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/e...k_chevy_build/
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #93
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There's a very nice shop I'll be working in, complete with wood stove. What I can't wrap my head around is how I'm going to pull this motor. It's UNDER the cab, so the best I can figure would be to block it up from the ground the roll the van backwards away from it.
I've worked on some vans that the motor had to come out the bottom - Not fun.

I think on the old chevs you can remove the rad support and come right out the front, can't you?

A haynes or chilton manual should cover engine removal.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #94
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^Some friends of mine swapped the motor in a 78 1-ton Chevy van. It came out the front, on top, using an engine crane with a very short chain. They said it lacked fun.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #95
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Yo AL... nice thread! It should come out the front of that thing, nooo prob..

I'm gonna PM ya the number of my buddy Andy Jensen (Worlds quickest Small Block Chevy for about ever) He builds these things everyday for ever and can confirm your heading in the right direction!

Here's a pass from back in '09... I believe a new World record at the time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYPXOdPkee8
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:20 AM   #96
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Another option may be to find a good running complete vehicle to swap the engine out of.
That way you end up with all of the extra accessories. And can hear it run before committing to buying.

Example
http://oregoncoast.craigslist.org/cto/4161167071.html
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #97
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Just my $ .02.
As much of a pain in the ass it is to R & R the engine let alone do major work on it while installed in the van should be more than enough incentive to lean towards a new or reman motor and ancillaries.

Keep us posted on your progress.


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Old 11-23-2013, 09:11 AM   #98
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Just my $ .02.
As much of a pain in the ass it is to R & R the engine let alone do major work on it while installed in the van should be more than enough incentive to lean towards a new or reman motor and ancillaries.

Keep us posted on your progress.


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agreed - you should only be doing this once, and once you can see all sides of it, you should do whatever it needs to be a good runner. It's a pain in the ass to even change the spark plugs on these, for example.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:50 AM   #99
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Try asking about a motor at your local chain auto parts store. Like Checker, Auto Zone or one of them. They can usually get reman motors at very reasonable prices. I've used motors like that in 3 or 4 vehicles and have had no issues at all. Plus, you can talk to someone about it if you have questions.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:36 AM   #100
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I believe that the newer VIN Code "K" engines are TBI and may not have a fuel pump hole in block.

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Old 11-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #101
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Goddamit, i love your threads Dude. I'd love to have a van like that, warts and all. Keep on truckin.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:57 PM   #102
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Goddamit, i love your threads Dude. I'd love to have a van like that, warts and all. Keep on truckin.
I agree with paisano, I'm drooling over the van thinking "some guys have all the luck".
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #103
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I agree with paisano, I'm drooling over the van thinking "some guys have all the luck".
My Dad had vans when I was growing up. This one reminds me of his late 70's chev with the 454. Two seats and a bed. My two brothers and i would just kinda roll around back there while Mom and Dad sat up front. Tape deck in the dash and an eight track player by the bed.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #104
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My Dad had vans when I was growing up. This one reminds me of his late 70's chev with the 454. Two seats and a bed. My two brothers and i would just kinda roll around back there while Mom and Dad sat up front. Tape deck in the dash and an eight track player by the bed.
When I was a kid my dad had a late 70s econoline camper - kind of weird but it didn't have a fiberglass high roof, just looked like a regular van but it had a fridge, stove & furnace. Bench seat that folded flat and a rear bed. Saw a lot of country from that van on cheap gas 25 years ago...
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:29 PM   #105
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As far as heads go, you're right, the Vortec heads are that good. There are a couple ways to go about putting them on your engine, the easiest at this point would be buying an engine with them already on there. The L31 code engine would be the easiest I'd think. I don't know if the cam has a fuel pump eccentric though. An aluminum four barrel intake with the right bolt pattern should be an easy CL or eBay find.

Something like this:
https://sdparts.com/details/gm-goodw...gines/12530282
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