Back in July 2014 I gave myself 4 weeks to get the fuel injected motor out of my well used 1993 conversion van and into the 31 year old B350 4x4.
Wow! Where does the time go? The old oil burner 360 in the 4x4 has held up well. Lots of oil leaks and some smoke, but we've had 2 great summers, 2 great Oktoberfests, and a wedding.
Now that the summer travel season and the fall beer festival has passed it's time to get down to business.
I never did get the shop built so a bit of outdoor work was in order to get the motor out of the conversion van.
My good friend Mike offered (well was arm twisted) to help this weekend. I have previously detailed my work to get the fuel injected motor running by applying power directly to the appropriate firewall connector pins so all we had to do was get the motor and blown tranny out of the thing quickly. I still have parts to pull off the chassis, but that can happen later.
We took a reciprocating saw to the sheet metal all the way around the doghouse to allow enough headroom for the engine crane to get the oil pan over the steering linkages. We cut through the engine crossmember as well as the engine mount bases.
We then slowly hand winched the engine crane forward and pried the motor/trans combo over the steering components.
Finally we had it free, and took it over to the garage I have available for the next 2 months.
In the next 2 months I have to:
1- install new gaskets on the injected motor
2- roll the old conversion van onto it's passenger side and remove the entire fuel line setup and tank
3- adapt the old transfer case speedo output to the tone ring for the injected motor's computer speed sensor
4- build a new trans mount as the new overdrive unit is 3 inches longer than the old one
5- have 2 new driveshafts made up for the same reason! Use the same ujoints everywhere this time...
6- remove the old fuel tank and lines
7- remove the old rad and coolers
8- remove the old engine and trans
9- install the AC/heater core box from the old conversion van into the 4x4 so Leggz can travel in comfort
10- install the steering column with cruise control so I can travel in comfort
11- install the new fuel system for the injected motor liberated from the conversion van
12- install the engine and trans
13- install the driveshafts
14- install the newish aluminum rad and trans cooler from the conversion van
15- install the wiring harness for the motor/trans/fuel system
16- start the thing
17- drink craft beer, celebrate our first anniversary, and Christmas
It should be fun. A deadline for focus...