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Old 10-22-2013, 02:13 AM   #1
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Cool The 350 swap

I have recently started to build a SBC 350 with matching Turbo 350 trans. Attached are pix of what I am starting with. Short block missing a lot of pieces/parts. But that's half the fun of it..........I get to put exactly what I want on it!!

I've got the engine fully disassembled at this point and found that it was already 30 over. Block and heads at the machine shop now. Taking it 40 over and having the heads rebuilt. Can't wait to get them back and get started!! Also waiting on delivery of new Crank, Cam, Pistons, Rods, bearings, oil pan, gasket kits and a bunch of other goodies. Can't wait to get started on this build!!

I'll try to keep it updated now and then with new pix!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:26 PM   #4
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What are you putting it in?

I am in a similar process to build and install a 400 SBC using an NV3550 manual transmission.

The frame off restoration part of the project is taking a long time but now I am close to having the drive train all together and need to get started on the body work (rust repair is such a pain).
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:57 AM   #5
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New parts are here!!

Hello everybody. Got my shipment of new parts this week. New Eagle fully balanced rotating assembly including pistons, rods, crank and bearings. Also got a new Elgin cam. Lots of other odds and ends in the boxes! Engine block will be done in a couple more days. Fully decked and bored 40 over. Also had the heads worked. Can't wait to get started!

And for WICruiser, I'm putting the 350 in my 95 YJ shown in the picture to the left <-----.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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Very nice, keep us posted on your build.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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Cool Assembly In Progress!!

Got the block back from the machine shop and immediately started the assembly!! See the pictures.

Currently I have all new freeze plugs and oil plugs in. Block is painted. Cam bearings, cam and timing sprocket installed.

Had a housefull of visitors this week so I had to put the build on hold for a bit but will be getting back at it before Xmas!!

The more I build the more anxious I get to put it the YJ!!

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Old 12-09-2013, 01:42 AM   #8
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Talking Crank & Pistons In!

Now that the company is gone I have been able to get down to business. The new bearings, cam, crank, pistons are all in and torqued. Currently working on oil pump, timing chain, heads and all the other odds & ends as I go. Expecting to have the engine build complete after Xmas with planned install into my YJ around Feb/March. Can't wait!
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #9
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how does smogging and regestering go with the motor swap ?
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:42 AM   #10
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That's a great question. I'm not sure what details are involved. I'm planning to put on Throttle body injection with 02 sensor, etc. Hopefully that can make it pass emissions. I live in Hawaii and they don't require an emissions test (yet) so I'm not too worried about that part. The big deal here is an annual "safety inspection" where they might gig me for modifying the "as built" condition. They make you get a "reconstruction" permit and go through a bunch of hoops if you change things on your vehicle. Kind of a racket if you know what I mean. I'm sure I'll have to deal with that eventually.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:49 AM   #11
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Heads are on

After a couple stripped bolts and a second head gasket on the passenger side, the heads are bolted on (see pic). Started a new job a couple weeks ago that has me working longer hours so the build has slowed down but I'll keep posting as I go.

I put brand new head bolts on each side and used FelPro head gaskets (7733PT2) that came with my gasket/seal kit.
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Looking really good so far,stay after it!
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painless makes a great harness for the 350 tbi for under $500 and it pretty much plug and play
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:53 AM   #14
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Starting to look like an engine!

Thanks for the info on the harness 479.

The 350 is on the slow cooker but making progress. Installed a cheap set of plugs more for dirt prevention in the cylinders than anything else. Picked up a complete set of hex stainless bolts from ARP to help make this engine shine. They look awesome. I installed a Moroso high volume/heavy duty oil pump and a chrome oil pan. Things are moving along nicely. Just wish I had more free time to work on it. Next step is lifters/pushrods/rocker arms and intake. I've been watching videos about other 350 builds and can't wait to fire this one up!
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The build is looking good if you need any help on hype tbi set up let know
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:59 AM   #16
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Set Back :(

I've got new hydraulic lifters, pushrods, and rocker arms on and adjusted. I was at the point to put on my intake manifold and really started studying gaskets, etc. before I proceeded. I am using vortec heads (12558062) with my block from an 81' corvette. I was also using an edelbrock 2116 intake to match the two. The intake gaskets come with metal resistrictors that are designed to be used with older stock intakes that have a port for heated choke/carb. Took me a few minutes to figure out that my intake manifold doesn't have the ports and the restrictors were not needed. After I figured that out I got down to business setting gaskets and laying RTV. Nearly perfect beads and a perfect landing of the intake and I was feeling pretty good. Greased up the 8 intake bolts and began to tighten incrementally. Got to about 15 ft/lbs and felt the front passenger side bolt give way and my stomach sank. I though I had stripped the bolt out somehow. After a few choice cusswords and other language and upon further inspection I found that the intake manifold had cracked (see picture) and was being forced apart by the force of the bolt. And the crack runs right along the water port so there is no salvaging the intake for me. I guess that's the risk you run buying used equipment and attempting to re-use it. I'll be off to the performance store down the road this weekend to drop a few hundred more into a new intake manifold and gaskets........and whatever else hops onto the checkout counter!!
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:59 PM   #17
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If you are going to use a tbi setup with vortec heads. You might look at this intake designed to use with vortec heads. It's from summit and I believe Holly makes one toChevrolet Performance 12496821 - Chevrolet Performance Vortec Intake Manifolds with TBI


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