Square body d-max swap

Discussion in 'diesel engines & drive trains' started by stepside, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    I do 14bolt backup rear end if 10bolt blows after engine swap
     
  2. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    I would do the GM 14-bolt swap ASAP.
    Turbo Duramax will explode 10-bolt.

    Save or sell the 10-bolt rearend.
    With all EV Electric planned worldwide soon all gas and diesel truck parts will be hard to find.

    EV will be worthless in Real Cold winters we both know 1st hand.
    Die in EV.
    NOT GAS OR DIESEL TRUCKS.
     
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  3. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    some progress, made fuel lines for the engine and throttle pedal wiring harness,ordered pedal and connector from rockauto but connector was wrong so had to make one,found carplayer connector with same pin phasing and used that IMG_20190412_120412.jpg IMG_20190412_120450.jpg IMG_20190410_173603.jpg
     
  4. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    Old engine out IMG_20190413_134639.jpg
    Then problems started,didin't get torque converter out,it moved in and out but stops,so i had to made puller and pull converter out ,front bushing was worn and bearing material was welded between converter hub and stator hub,still transmission worked well,i think bushing was too tight ,front pump was ok exept bushing
    I swap pump and converter and clean valvepody
    I test fitted duramax, engine mounts was ok ,ears was little too short but i can shim motor mounts
    Front crosmember was too high so i cut it out and have to fabricate new
    IMG_20190413_180044.jpg IMG_20190413_180105.jpg
    Allso van intake is too high i have to cut it and weld diffrend angle
     
  5. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Not usually an issue on 4L80E & Turbo 400 the front pump bushing failing.
    I like using Babbit bearing material front pump bushings.
    I buy from a seller on ebay.

    On the 1999 Chevy Tahoe 4L60E last year when I rebuilt it I used a modern Teflon coated Clevite Front pump bushing.
    Had it on hand.

    The 1987 Corvette 700R4 I used a Clevite Babbit front pump bushing when I rebuilt it back in 2010.

    Before I assemble the front pump The front half I test fit over the torque converter I am going to use.
    Want about .001' -.002" clearance for oil.
    I smooth polish the torque converter snout with 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper then follow up with 1000 grit for a Mirror shine.

    If its tight going on I initial take a plastic headed dead blow hammer and tap the front cover placed over converter snout.
    Tapping moderate the babbit lead moves slight & tight spot gone.

    700R4 & 4L60E notorioius for front pump bushing failing.
    Never had fail on me yet checking as I described above and making said checks and adjustments.
     
  6. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    The torque converter pilot that goes into the crankshaft must be crap debris and burr free.
    Like to test fit early on if possible.
    Problems here the front pump bushing will also be wiped out fast.
     
  7. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    The Duramax Fits & its In !
     
  8. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    About 1990 GM started adding Thick steel support rods that bolted to the engine block on both sides to the transmission bellhousing .
    Not sure what they called them exact but I call them torque support rods.
    Only used on K series Chevy & GMC 4x4 Trucks.
    Purpose was to prevent the bellhousing from cracking offroad.
    All K series have Mega pulling power torque down Low Range on the Transfer case, Mine does.

    I think you can make easily from 3/16" thick x 1.00" thick colled rolled steel yourself & add on.
    Be a good idea.
    They are always missing on old trucks 1990's into 2000's those support rods, mechanics leave them off.
    I put mine back on.
     
  9. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    Mine truck had that support rod but when i did swap trans and flipped 241 transfer case i had to remove it,when i did trans i was little hurry and didin't fit the bearing then under the truck i found that bearing was little tight but it was very cold weather and converter moved fine so i did think that it would work
     
  10. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    I remember. I have to work outside alot also.
    Emergency repairs.

    Its not rocket science stuff.
    But I think those support rods are important.
     
  11. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    I fit engine mounts and crossmember when truck runs i start to make intake ,and other small modifications ,all coolant hoses ,duramax has no heater return it's in lower radiator hose so i have to fabricate that
     
  12. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Aluminum or steel tubing. Splice inline with lower radiator hose.
    Be best to Bead roll each end so the Hoses don't slip off in Hot Weather.
     
  13. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    I have thin wall china stainless pipe,easy to bead roll
     
  14. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

  15. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    Made crossmember and found that engine didin't have dowel pins so i made pins IMG_20190414_125828.jpg IMG_20190414_200746.jpg
     
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  17. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    I did drop engine down few centimeters i think is now where it stays,have to make notch to oil pan sump because there is too small clearance with front axle or swap driver side drop transfer case and front axle IMG_20190415_162333.jpg
    I took old engine bay wirin harness off it was big mess
    IMG_20190415_114456.jpg some b+ wires burn
    Have to make intake and water neck with diffrend angle so i can close the hood
     
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  18. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    Slow progress,made transmission dipstick ,power steering hoses ,fuel lines and small stuff that takes time IMG_20190416_121630.jpg
     
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  19. stepside

    stepside Well-Known Member

    Intake modification
    IMG_20190417_092635.jpg IMG_20190417_105347.jpg
     
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  20. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Fab time again.
    Nice.
     

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