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Old 10-10-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Darn it, I did a big rebuild of my 740 and forgot to take pictures along the way...I'll add some of the more out of the ordinary stuff I did later, this is more for my own benefit now so don't expect much in the way of entertainment. This is more of a forcing me to document what I've done and will be edited and tidied up as I update it



Bought in late 2005, towed to my house as it had just blown a radiator. I had a corvette aluminum rad i had bought for my own V8 conversion already so that worked out. Got the rad mounted and the car would barely do 30 mph. Finally discovered it had a fuel filter for a carbed motor not a FI motor. Replaced that and car ran great.
I put my own BBS wheels on it as I bough the car without wheels

Drove it till 2010 when the 700r4 lost 4th gear. had put many miles on it and had lots of fun .
Shopped and found a low mileage modded Corvette 700r4 that the guy took out to put a 4 speed in. Had to fabricate a rear mount as the Corvette trans had a different tailshaft than the run of the mill 700r4's.
1985 740 Diesel with a 5.0 SBC and a 700r4.
side and rear skirt panels, need front airdam side thingys
1990 700r4
700R4 4L60 1650 STALL HD TORQUE CONVERTER
Manual TCC lockup
Upgraded clutch packs
shift kit (shifts grrreat)
other mods, forget what and didn't document.
deep aluminum pan
braided flexible filler tube
Just ordered a Dakota digital VSS converter to make the VSS from the 700r4 talk to my 12276125 TPI computer
I put my own BBS wheels on it as I bough the car without wheels
Cut Diesel springs
IPD sways
HD Bilstiens in front, as of 2/15 Sachs Advantage in rear
1989 Camaro 305 with TPI
MSD coil, DUI ignition
CAI
Dual 2.25" exhaust through Walker cats into a 3" single Flowmaster
Adjustable fuel pressure regulator
Aluminum hood

Got it on the road and the trans would spew all its fluid when it got hot...
Parked it and decided to make a few other changes
Swapped out the 3.91 rear for a 3.73 I had from a parts car. Put all Poly bushings and welded up the subframe based on others experience.
Rewired the whole underhood harness as it had the Volvo rot, made a new relay panel to mount the Chevy fuel pump, ignition, starter and 2 fan relays.
Set up a oil pump filter mount in line with the transcooler lines, filter the oil and cool it at the same time
Tried cutting and re-welding the stock dipstick tube as it was hitting the trans tunnel and creating my leak, didn't like how it worked so bought a flexible dip stick tube and got it installed
Re did the exhaust and got rid of the cross over pipe that kept me from using my deep aluminum trans pan.
Most of driver's side floor was rusted and falling apart, cut it out, welded in 1.5" angle along the rocker panel from front jack mount to rear, welded in some other pieces of metal I found and then a flat panel, painted with corroless for now. Sealed seams with home acrylic silicone paintable caulk. Last couple of days I drained the tank of old gas, new spark plugs and wires re-did some switches in the dash for front fan and torque converter lock up
For various reasons, this took me two years to do as I worked on my other cars and dealt with health issues, also did a
Took it out for its first drive today, went around the block a few times, chirped into second gear spun the tires every time I punched it, remembered how much I like the sound and of a SBC into a flowmaster.
Still lots of little crap, Probably need to replace rear axle seals, I need to fix the broken parking lights,
Replace the window regulator I pulled to put in wifes 760.
Replace heater core
Make AC work
Replace leaky steering rack
Mount Battery in rear, I bought a kit many years ago from Summit
Decide which wheels go on this car and put tires on them (16" BBS or 16" Mille Miglia)
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When I first got car



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11/30 Replaced Brake Master Cylinder
12/2012, Replaced chinese HEI module with a DUI one
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:00 PM   #2
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motor coming in next week or so (Roller cam TPI 305) , preliminary wiring for battery mounted trunk in place. Got new carpet for interior when I run the wiring to battery (going through cabin ). Still have to mount my front splitters



For those who want to know an easy way to make motor mounts for a SBC in a 740, look how mine are done

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Old 04-20-2015, 01:17 PM   #3
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New motor has 200 miles on it, installed at 215,000 on the clock, so far so good. Also installed Splitters
Credit Crazychopstick

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Old 04-20-2015, 02:01 PM   #4
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Fairly clean swap!
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:43 PM   #5
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Credit : Crazychopstick for both

My Ricer steering wheel, is comfortable, correct size though,

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Old 05-06-2015, 11:52 AM   #6
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found it Dan...lol
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:46 PM   #7
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I finished a project I've had in the works for awhile. Relocating battery to trunk. Hard to see in pic but there are 2 ground cables coming off battery negative going to threaded holes in front and back of battery tray. I used a battery tray I bought from Summit years ago.
I ran the + cable along the existing harness and at firewall I drilled a hole in a 'dimple" and ran it into the frame rail with a big rubber bushing. Drilled a hole in the frame rail to route cable into engine bay and welded a tube, put a hard plastic liner then the cable.
I ran 6 gauge wire to the starter terminal from the alt and an additional 10 gauge from the alt to my power distribution block in the engine bay. I am gonna heat shrink insulate the ends of the braided connections etc...Voltages are good. Still need to clean up the wiring, de-rust and paint the Battery tray and either put a fusible link or in line fuse for additional protection.


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Old 03-11-2016, 03:00 AM   #10
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:05 AM   #11
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On our way to the Volvo meet outside Columbus TX. Photo credit to Chris crazychopsticks (NG)

The ranch we went to was awesome, George Dill was as funny and entertaining as ever and it was good to see all. Got to meet the infamous Kris Weldy in person.
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I like it! Nice work!
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That's got to be a real white-knuckler...



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Old 04-11-2016, 04:29 PM   #14
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Shows pic of missing battery and how my wiring looks. Not the neatest, but out in the open and works, I will clean it up eventually,. Also can see the relay plate I made and mounted
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Derusted the trunk and painted it silver, too bright, so gave it a splatter effect with some black. trunk mounted battery is doing great. Drove it 350 miles yesterday

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Old 01-15-2017, 12:12 PM   #15
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redid my trunk mount battery, added a bracket to hold my tool box in place, installed my subwoofer, still need to get a solenoid for the battery to kill constant power on the main cable.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:53 AM   #16
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Put Bens strut mounts in a few weeks ago, along with Bilstein HD's, happy with ride and looks trick
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still ticking along!
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so clean.. love it.. more pics please
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:36 PM   #21
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Did the later taillight swap about a year ago, fairly easy, you can see what needs to be cut]

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Old 12-14-2017, 01:10 PM   #22
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After market steering wheel, I cut and rewelded the adapter to move steering wheel about 25 mm closer to the dash, lets me stretch out my arms a bit. Dye is wearing off the wheelskin. Shifter is a cut and welded Mr Gasket shifter for a truck using rods to shift the 700 R4. Seats are Ebay ($110 shipped for pair) been in car for a year or so, surprisingly comfortable , been working around wood so lots of sawdust in car still

Pic of radiator I put in recently, works great, got it from Ebay for around 85.00

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Old 12-31-2017, 02:15 PM   #23
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My BTO 700r4 would not go into 4th, only 1.2 and 3, so pulled it, bought another trans for now, Last night i started taking it apart, according to the internet my issue was a bad forward sprag , sure enough, when I got to it, it was cratered, hopefully, replace that, re assemble and good back up trans,

Making a fixture to hold the trans in place really was a good use of time, makes it mucho easier to take apart.
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Whats the radiator from?
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Whats the radiator from?
original radiator was from a mid 80's corvette, now has an Ebay 2 row aluminum radiator

very similar to this one, has worked great


https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-ROW-Radia...AAAOxyXDhSiDrw

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