Finally got it put back together and driving it around the acreage, sounds awesome with lots of power.
Next: interior and body work (will have to wait till we move and settle at new house). so had to rush and button up the project just to move it, some of this may have to to be redone
1. Finished plumbing fuel line from the rear mounted gas tank. Returnless system, so just plugged the line between Purge solenoid valve and intake.
2. Installed headers. bought them off Amazon 242$ Canadian total. they were (1-5/8'' Stainless Steel Exhaust Headers Shorty Header Compatible with 91-04 GMC Sonoma Compatible with 82-90 GMC S15 Compatible with 82-04 Chevy S10). needed to modify driver side slightly to clear the Novak engine mount.
Engine intercooler lines interfered with headers, so did the delete.
Also needed new plug wires that would clear the headers. so used "JDMSPEED LSx LS1 LS2 LS3 LS6 LS7 High Heat Spark Plug Ignition Wires Set" and added Heat shield protectors.
3. Using my beginner's recently learnt welding skills, i managed to use stock J10 exhaust and welded few elbows etc... to reach final product as in photos.
Also had to cut into cross member and weld on another plate to move holes back and lower the trans mount by 1 inch to give me an operating angle within specs.
4. Installed BJ's Radiator with Trans cooler, perfect fit. Had to cut original GM hoses and make them shorter but all fit perfectly. used clutch fan and lots of clearance.
5. And had to do the hydroboost, bought one from BJ's. Will do rear disc conversion later. Got power steering hoses made at NAPA.
6. Since I am not good with electrical, i ordered a standalone harness and ECU from Wiring specialties, pricey but I am glad i did.. lots of pain trying to figure out what was causing the engine not to fire, and the stall and hesitation etc.... all sorted with the set up from Wiring specialties, amazing customer service.
7. New set of Rancho shocks are in.
8. the J10 has square tubing lift (from previous owner), so that helped with steering clearance.
9. Put doors and box back on, fenders, front clip etc...
9. Been driving it and testing it around the acreage, and i am so happy with how it drives, steers and stops.
I tried uploading photos but I can't rotate them for the right orientation, sorry.
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