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Old 06-22-2013, 07:35 PM
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Alright, pulled the bed, cleaned out the tank. Flushed it a couple times with diesel. Ran new lines from the tank to under the hood (one for flow to engine, one for excess return back to the tank). It only needs a couple PSI (2-4) so I removed the high pressure fuel pump and bypassed it with a fuel hose and sock. This way I can retain my fuel float for the gauge. Replaced it with a inline fuel pump.

Here is something kinda neat kinda strange :





Thats bastard looking thing is a couple things in one. It is first of all, a fuel filter.. but also has a long heating element acting as a fuel heater (for colder weather) it also has a sensor for monitor water levels in the filter. I will be able to use this to trigger a warning LED for 'Water In Fuel'. There is also a drain spout in the event the water needs to be drained. It's a cartridge style filter, so it snaps in with clips vs. the standard spin on filter. Fuel system is pretty well figured out.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:17 PM
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Alright, good news and bad news. The good news is, I half-hearted bolted all of my accessories, power steering, alternator.. etc and it looks like that is all going to work fine. Clutch line is going to have to be custom, and the power steering lines are going to be special. I'm going with the 4.0's radiator, its a nice thick unit, however the engine and the radiator have different ideas which side should have the inlet and outlet. I'm going to have to hunt down some hoses with the right bends and make persuade them to fit or get a universal fitting hose. We will see, little ways out from that.

Bad news is, it sitting a little high. The engines height is alright, but there is a spout that comes off the head that goes to the radiator that won't allow the hood to come down. Here are some pictures of the little bastard on the engine before I started cleaning it up:


So I had two options, put a scoop in the hood,... or... get a newer front end with a raised hood. I vote #2 largely because I had someone selling what I needed for a great price. It's been up on craigslist for a while, but I just need the justification. So I got new fenders.. lights etc.

As of now, engines back out, going to spray down the crossmember with some paint, get some of my wiring through the firewall while I have easy access, and start figuring out how much of the stock harness I'm going to use. I'll probably not use much if any at all for the engine. The alternator designed for the motor was a 2G and the truck had a 3G in it before. Gonna have to weigh out if it makes more sense hacking up the 3G wiring and keeping the 2G alternator, or trying to make the 3G alternator fit in it's place... hmmm

Here she sits with a crappy cell phone shot on my 'Engine Stands' ugh..
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:15 AM
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:13 PM
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Had someone PM me, they wanted to see how my trailer I built ended up ( the trailer I credited myself building in the first post). if you are interested, I had made a thread on that too. You can see it here:
http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=50469.0

Should be able to upload some more progress on the truck later tonight though!
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:48 PM
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Alright, so I'll admit it. When I first got the idea to start this project, I had / still have a very elementary understanding on a lot of the fundamental aspects of the swap. I had to do a ton of reading, trying to educate myself on what to do and what not to do. I hope that those who read my thoughts and see my process can achieve a understanding that I had to get piece by piece thread to thread. I also want to welcome those that may have a greater understanding to share their thoughts on what they like or don't.. and improvements. To get as far as I have I relied on those who have done similar projects to explain what they did and how they did it, If I can be a tool for anybody else attempting something similar, I would like to be.

So.. that said, here is my starting circuit:



And here is my 'engine harness' that I'm going to be putting together. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make sure that the stock instruments can read the values of the engine. I would Ideally like to make it look as factory as possible. I'm big on factory looking mods.

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:52 PM
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Busy doing work! So I re-geared the truck, was previously 3.27's now 3.73's. Beauty is the axle / front pumpkin were out of a low milage truck (130k) so I can say truthfully say I've touched the entire drivetrain here. I also replaced all the bearings and seals, brand new front brakes, and rear brakes. Synthetic Gear oil, and C-Clip eliminator mod. Also shimmed up the springs to level out the truck, with brand new shocks on the front and rear. Got the flywheel machined, and started to put it together. Brand new clutch and throwout bearing with custom line. She is ready to go in now!
















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Old 07-21-2013, 09:20 PM
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Here is some work on the interior.

Power for Electric Seats , OHC , Pyrometer , Boost Gauge
Glow Plug Momentary Switch With LED Light & Water in Fuel sensor LED
Electric Fan bypass Switch
Fog light Switch

Also made a custom shifter to try to make it a little more different. I Also put in a New Pioneer Head unit with Bluetooth for hands free.

























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Old 07-23-2013, 10:12 PM
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Looks great!
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:42 PM
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http://youtu.be/jKdV51NhBA0

Sorry haven't been very good about progress, it's been crazy here. It's working out really good, I tried to take a short video driving, but it was kinda difficult by myself. That, and my phone started to run out of memory. I've been tinkering with fuel and timing, and there is a lot you can tweak on these things. EGT's look good, I haven't seen anything over 1050 ish, and that was crawling up the base of snoqualmie pass. Boosts good, sounds good, a ton of fun to drive. OH! and about 33-35 mpg city and 39-40 hwy. I've never filled up below 30 mpg!
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:44 PM
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Sorry haven't been very good about progress, it's been crazy here. It's working out really good, I tried to take a short video driving, but it was kinda difficult by myself. That, and my phone started to run out of memory. I've been tinkering with fuel and timing, and there is a lot you can tweak on these things. EGT's look good, I haven't seen anything over 1050 ish, and that was crawling up the base of snoqualmie pass. Boosts good, sounds good, a ton of fun to drive. OH! and about 33-35 mpg city and 39-40 hwy. I've never filled up below 30 mpg!
Hows the horsepower compared to a 4.0. Has to have more torque
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:48 PM
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it's actually not super torquey like you might expect other diesels to be, I think that this particular engine is designed to have a longer power band, and drives a lot like a gasoline engine. That being said, I don't consider myself to be any kind of a 'master tuner' and understand that there are a lot of things that you could do to increase the power. I played a little bit with timing, and and fuel, boost.. etc but once I looked at my MPG I decided to throw my hands in the air and back away.. I like it where it's at. I might toy around with it a bit more, but I play on the conservative side of things.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:13 PM
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http://youtu.be/jKdV51NhBA0 Sorry haven't been very good about progress, it's been crazy here. It's working out really good, I tried to take a short video driving, but it was kinda difficult by myself. That, and my phone started to run out of memory. I've been tinkering with fuel and timing, and there is a lot you can tweak on these things. EGT's look good, I haven't seen anything over 1050 ish, and that was crawling up the base of snoqualmie pass. Boosts good, sounds good, a ton of fun to drive. OH! and about 33-35 mpg city and 39-40 hwy. I've never filled up below 30 mpg!

Looks badass dude.

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Old 11-17-2013, 06:19 PM
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it's actually not super torquey like you might expect other diesels to be, I think that this particular engine is designed to have a longer power band, and drives a lot like a gasoline engine. That being said, I don't consider myself to be any kind of a 'master tuner' and understand that there are a lot of things that you could do to increase the power. I played a little bit with timing, and and fuel, boost.. etc but once I looked at my MPG I decided to throw my hands in the air and back away.. I like it where it's at. I might toy around with it a bit more, but I play on the conservative side of things.
Can it get up and go?!

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Old 11-17-2013, 07:34 PM
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What rpms is it running at 55mph. Looked like around 3000rpm on the video, seems kind of high.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:50 PM
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Oh didn't see the vid lol

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