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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2018, 02:27:16 PM »
looks like fun, can't wait to see the finished truck

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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #31 on: October 21, 2018, 12:01:15 PM »
Brakes.

needed to run longer studs to accommodate the newer wheels.  drilled for 7/16-20 Serrated Wheel Stud - .487 In. Knurl, 2-1/8 In. Length

i went for a .015 press fit




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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2018, 12:09:10 PM »
got the brake hardware installed and then worked on getting the power rack and pinion installed.

because of the ultra low "parked" stance i needed to notch the frame rails where the steering rods pass under.













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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2018, 12:12:09 PM »
parked VS ride height




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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2018, 12:57:21 PM »
Next started in on the bed.

over all the bed is in great shape, not one spot of rot!

pulled out the factory wood floor bed to start mock up of the rear axle placement, 4 link, air bags, shocks and frame mods.

this area will also need to accommodate fuel tank (factory unit was behind seat) air tank, air compressor(s), air management system and exhaust.



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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2018, 01:37:22 AM »
clearing some space for the 20's




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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #36 on: October 28, 2018, 01:48:05 AM »
got the C notch in the frame to clear the axle










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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #37 on: October 31, 2018, 12:23:29 PM »
parts for the 4 link ordered

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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #38 on: November 09, 2018, 08:51:15 PM »
Front air bags installed.

I didn't like the placement of the air bag with the provided brackets, so I made my own.

Had to cut out the upper hats to make room for the brackets i made.

This keeps the bags away from anything that might rub.

Air bags have internal bump stops, but i think i might add some external hard stop bump stops just for an extra added safety factor.

At full deflation everything still sits 1" off the ground.

Spent some time sifting through the Monroe shock catalog to find shocks that meet my requirements. In order of relevance, mounting style/stroke/size/cost.  Shocks ordered.

Pics are at normal ride height.













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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2018, 12:43:00 AM »
Rolling chassis status.

Rear 4 link and air bags in  :o

calculating and getting the numbers right on this one was a nightmare.   needed to be extra picky to make sure the pinion stays within 3 degs throughout the suspension travel and that the forward/aft movement of the axle is in the half travel range as well.


 


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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #40 on: November 15, 2018, 07:11:21 AM »
Nice. I bet that was quite the trig puzzle
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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2018, 11:48:12 PM »






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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #42 on: November 18, 2018, 03:59:43 PM »
Front shocks in.   Rear shocks sized and ordered.

Time for engine/tranny.

Pulled the 4l80E off the 2000 lq4(iron heads)  and put it on the 2002 lq4 (aluminum heads)

I have ECMs for both.

https://ls1tech.com/forums/automatic-transmission/1777893-all-about-flexplates-converters-transmissions-spacers.html



So how much crap can I delete/strip off the engine?

Any good links I should read?


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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #43 on: November 18, 2018, 04:59:26 PM »
So how much crap can I delete/strip off the engine?

Not much. Just the evap solenoid if I remember correctly. EGR if there is one.
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Re: 1958 Chevy Apache
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2018, 08:43:28 PM »
www.lt1swap.com has everything. 


leave everything on the motor.  delete EGR yes.  if you need a stock manifold that doesnt have EGR im sure i have a few.

leave entire engine and PCM harness / trans harness.  Rear o2s are not used. 

the important connector is the black C2 connector.  pinks to ignition on, 2 reds or 2 oranges to keep alive power, big purple will kick the starter.  that simple.