I figured I might as well start my build thread.
Plans are as follows
V8 swap, already have a 302.
T5 swap. May have the Astro A5 done to it as I donít know itís current condition.
Maybe do the hydro clutch conversion
Discs all around with 5 lug conversion with all suspension
New wire harness
Basically things I would see as being typical
Have an idea on paint, body, wheels and entire. But not sure yet. I have to really get close to that point to make my mind up.
Stats so far
I got a suggestion to try and get the straight to at least run before pulling I. My intro thread so I ordered a new ignition switch as the one that was there was busted. Uncle said that the trans went out but I wonder if he got worked up and broke the ignition as well. Ha
Once that gets in I will see what I can do with getting it going. Then take some vids and what not and see if I can dump it quick.
On the 302
Was told it was in good running order but turns out it wasnít. I typically have trust issues and always have to rebuild or have things rebuilt to make sure they are good. When I pulled the top end apart a pushrod was bent and split. Better to find out sooner than later. So will have it completely gone through now. Maybe will try to make it a 347 while itís being torn apart. Not sure yet.
Ordered all new V8 suspension minus steering. I am going to keep the suspension ďstockĒ for now. Need to figure out what to do there as well. Have read that manual is better than power steering. As well as visaversa. I like simplicity but also like ease of functionality. So may need some swaying.
Ordered a T5 conversion setup.
Need to figure out what disc brake setup to go with. Have read that CSRS was the place to go. Since they are in Austin I could pick parts up easy when I go down to visit. I like the fact that they are fairly factory. I hate brake kits that then become impossible to find parts when they wear out.
On the 9Ē
I ha e been trying to figure out what to do here. I have read that guys will use the 8Ē. Or swap to an explorer rear. I just am not sure that I like those ideas. Also have read that by the time money is spent making the explorer good for the car, without high offset wheels. It costs more than itís really worth. I am not sure that spending $3500+ on something like a moser rear or whomever elseís make them is worth it either. Especially for its initial use. Down the road it may get crazy or it may get sold. But for now mild is acceptable.
With all that said have any of yíall heard of or used this rear? Worth it? Not? I was messaging the them and they seemed fairly knowledgeable and helpful.
Not sure on EFI yet. I have done a ton of research on the Holley stuff but just canít seem to wrap my head around it all.
Anyways, look forward to this build and all yíalls help and motivation on it.