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Old 12-01-2020, 09:58 AM   #21
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Yeah, exactly right on the replacement cost. Hence why I will not be turning it into a drag racer, and I have trans temp gauge.

FWIW after putting the trans into a relearn cycle last year, the very abrupt tq converter lock up is getting quite a bit better. I was told it can take up to 2k miles for it to fully dial itself in and we're only about 1k miles through that. My best guess is that the swap only has ~25k miles on it tops, likely less, so it's arguably still getting broken in.
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:06 PM   #22
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Started pulling together some final pieces for the coil swap. Got a line on a sterling, 3.73 to match front, with a locker so hopefully picking that up soon.

Also decided to weigh the van to see what we needed for springs. Holy hell this thing is heavy (note - that's not my actual license plate #). What is surprising however is the 53/47 split front to rear. Much better than I would have guessed.

Also, these #s are with my wife and I in the front seats (probably ~310lbs), a freshly filled tank, 35s, and about 100 lbs of misc stuff in the back.

Edit: since it doesn't show a preview of the pdf, here's the #s:

8360 lbs total
4440 lbs steer axle
3920 lbs drive axle
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:55 PM   #23
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I've got a used set of 373's out of a D60 if your interested.
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Old 01-17-2021, 06:07 PM   #24
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I'm good, it makes more sense to just find an axle that has the right gears + locker already in it than to start swapping parts. Thanks though.

Got a little mechanical work done on it. Found the coolant leak - thermostat housing, so got a new housing + thermostat on order. Sticking with factory 190*F.

Also got 90% of the interior demo'd. Looking to go to a 24" high top and need access to the mounting screws, plus the way they mounted the walls robbed the interior of at least 4" on each side. Also turns out they were using downspout pipe for the upper HVAC ducts, and there were some hidden fluorescents in the panels. Might end up reusing the fixtures and just replacing with LEDs, TBD. Also wondering how they are wired because we've tried every switch in the van and can't get them to light up, I see some time with a multimeter in my future. Not impressed with the 'professional' shuttle van conversion work.

That also means that if someone in CO wants a 18" shuttle top with a fantastic fan already in it, let me know.
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Old 01-17-2021, 06:13 PM   #25
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Also for your viewing enjoyment, and I'm sure I have a few other 'wonders' like this yet to find - here is how the positive terminals are currently distributed. A bolt into a delrin block screwed to the top of the fuse box.

Also, the other pic - there appears to be a spare transmission controller kicking around the engine bay. Not plugged into anything, not tied down, just kinda there.

This is the 3rd vehicle that I've bought with an engine swap 90% done so it's not entirely alarming or out of line from what I've seen in the past, just amusing.
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:27 AM   #26
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Dude, cool thread.

At first I thought I'd certainly take you at Bandimere, now not so sure.

370hp/800lb-ft?
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:18 AM   #27
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That's a great question. The 'super b' turbo is rated for up to 600 hp but since I suspect it still has stock injectors - I assume it's nowhere near that. Boost spikes around 30 psi but beyond that I don't have much info on the tune.

An acquaintance from awhile back just did some work for the ski resort that had it built, turns out they're re-opening it under new management. I asked him to poke around and see if anyone there has any background on it.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:51 PM   #28
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[QUOTE=b. rock;288714]I'm good, it makes more sense to just find an axle that has the right gears + locker already in it than to start swapping parts. Thanks though./QUOTE]

I"ve also got a complete D60 with 410's, factory limited slip, and disc brakes that has about 20K miles on it since a complete rebuild from the wheel bearings inward. I took it out when I installed a full float and it's clogging up my driveway.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:26 PM   #29
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I appreciate the thought and I like where your head is at but I'm sticking with full float as well.
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Arctic! You are a walking Forum WITH parts, lololol! And, MAYBE should open up your own shop/sales/repair, (kinda)lol...

Ps Oh yes, cool yellow Submarine Van!
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