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  • 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

    Here's a build thread on my project truck. I came up with that nickname as it's a big, ugly monster that's pieced together from a bunch of different critters. And it sounds ominous.

    So, I've got this truck:





    And I'm going to put this in it.



    This is going to be pretty much your basic dirtball LS motor swap, except that it is going to be used to test out a couple bits of electronics as well. I'll be posting updates as this goes on.

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    Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

    hairdryer.
    Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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    • #3

      Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

      Is it in yet?
      Escaped on a technicality.

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      • #4

        Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

        http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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          Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

          That's a nice truck.

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            Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

            Ordered the parts to put a TH350 behind a 4.8, and they arrived today. I was getting ready to put them on the motor, and much to my surprise, I realized there was already the spacer there to put a 4L80E or other transmission intended for a Gen 1 SBC. U-Haul must have ordered their trucks set up a bit funny - first time I've heard of a 4.8 with a 4L80E (or maybe they used a TH400 for all I know).

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            • #7

              Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

              Nice Chevy. Where is the "big, ugly monster" as described?

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              • #8

                Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                Nice truck.

                Is the motor out of a van?
                Si vis pacem, para bellum

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                • #9

                  Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                  Yes - van based box truck, to be specific.

                  The truck photographs a bit better than it looks in person. There's rust and dents all over.

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                    Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                    Ordered the parts to put a TH350 behind a 4.8, and they arrived today. I was getting ready to put them on the motor, and much to my surprise, I realized there was already the spacer there to put a 4L80E or other transmission intended for a Gen 1 SBC. U-Haul must have ordered their trucks set up a bit funny - first time I've heard of a 4.8 with a 4L80E (or maybe they used a TH400 for all I know).
                    all of the U-Haul trucks that have come through my dealership with the 4.8l all have 6 speed auto transmissions.

                    curious to find out what you have to fix if it came from a UH truck
                    Last edited by 1badmonkey; July 5th, 2013, 09:09 AM.
                    Charles

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                    • #11

                      Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                      Most, i think all, vans came with the 4l80e even if they had the 4.8
                      Si vis pacem, para bellum

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                        Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                        curious to find out what you have to fix if it came from a UH truck
                        They had a lot of smashed trucks and not very many with blown engines, so the service manager started selling off his stock of motors.

                        Fabricating up some adapter plates:







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                          Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                          Matt where are you putting the MS unit in the truck. if your truck is a/c behind the dash is cramped.
                          I was thinking of the battery tray and move battery in mine but not sure if the heat there would be an issue?

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                            Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                            Matt where are you putting the MS unit in the truck. if your truck is a/c behind the dash is cramped.
                            I was thinking of the battery tray and move battery in mine but not sure if the heat there would be an issue?
                            Unless you have an MS3 Pro they are not water proof.
                            Escaped on a technicality.

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                              Re: 1972 Chevy C10 with 4.8 LS: Project Chimera

                              where are you putting the MS unit in the truck...but not sure if the heat there would be an issue?
                              I like the idea of taking out the behind-seat tank and putting the computers and a small toolkit there, there's quite a bit of conditioned space that opens up once the sloshbomb is gone. That's my plan anyway, but given the glacial pace my project is going I'll probably have a Mr. Fusion and anti-gravity drive by the time it's done.

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