Originally Posted by rangerout
ho ya use a shroud it will work the best in a shroud and not open then you can take it away from the rad. and still get the air flow through the rad. that what all the factory cars do must work and be cheap or they wouldnt do it..LOL
+1 on the shroud. I used one from a 4.0L with the 4.0L HD radiator I am using. After I installed, then picked up the fan. I really want to run an electric at some point, I just didn't have enough room to use a 16" I already had from when I had my 2.9L. I am either going to have to find a really slim one that can pull some CFM or upgrade to a later model FEAD. My FEAD is brand new now
since I converted over to reverse rotation, so I went with the flex. Terrible planning on my part.
Good news is that I fired up the engine this weekend and got the cam broke in. It is a mean sounding son of a bitch! Great to hear something you've been working on for so long (1 year). Oil pressure and temp all look good, I do have one wiring quirk - I didn't think that the fuse box would be off when the key is on 'Start'. This is what triggers the relay for the ignition module and coil. It would fire when you stopped trying to start it, and I confirmed with a DMM. I wired the fuel pump relay trigger off of the run only circuit, so I temporarily aligator clipped this to the signal from the fuse box to the ignition module/coil. Just need to use that same trigger on the other relay, should take a half hour to correct including time to heat up the soldering iron.
Other than that, with my custom cluster and everything consdered with all of the wiring that I did, everything worked!
I anticipated issues with the starter since I used a custom ebay aluminum inspection plate, but it turned right over! I was amazed to see the duraspark distributor and GM HEI ignition module working together.
What's left is to set my AOD transmission pressure/kick down and getting a drive shaft!
Here is the most recent pics, but there are more to come (running video):
New speakers while I was in there, too: