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    The reason why it's rated so low is because of the emissions crap that was federally mandated in the late 80's, these engines have been dyno'd at well over 450hp with EFI, turbo, cam, ported head, etc... I'm not going to go that far, just enough mods to make the truck feel like it has a little pep in it's step.

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    Even though I didn't start until after lunch, I still got quite a bit done today... Valve cover cleaned, new gasket, installed. Intake manifold cleaned, EGR blocked off, new gasket, installed. Carburetor installed and everything but the fuel line and the electric choke connected. I changed the oil, put on a new filter, and pulled off the skid plates to make cleaning the underside of the truck easier. I also pulled all the cables off the ground point directly under the battery, cleaned everything and bolted it back together. I also found most of the original battery hold down hardware, hiding underneath...

    In case anyone wanted to know, the PCV cover from a L32/L67 M90 works great as an EGR blockoff plate for a G54B.

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    Tomorrow is going to be the same again, but I might not get the engine running, because I need heater hoses. lol

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    Did you buy a wideband?

    It will make tuning that carb really easy if you have one.

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    Not yet, I'm planning on it eventually but these carbs come pre-jetted for these engines, so it'll run pretty well right out of the box. I'll be tuning it the old fashioned way until then, it's something I feel is necessary to learn how to do.

    Considering my affinity for older cars, that kind of knowledge will probably be useful.

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    I just bought the heater hoses from Advanced, $5 off coupon and 20% off online code saved me almost $10.

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    Coming together very nicely. A little purple power or super clean and a pressure wash will make a world of difference in that engine bay.
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    I've heard oven cleaner works well too, and it doesn't eat the skin off your hands like some degreasers.

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    you got that backwards, oven cleaner can take your skin off. why you wear gloves when using it. ive washed my hands with engine de greaser.

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    You're right, I responded before coffee....

    I wonder how many things I can use the PCV cover to block off on this truck... I'm not using the stock mechanical fuel pump, but it leaves a hole in the side of the head. See where I'm going with this? lol

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    I got the battery cables soldered and new brass terminals on them, put the battery back in and checked most of the lights... I'm gonna need some bulbs for the instrument cluster, but the headlights work, the windshield washer pump works, and the wipers are a bit lethargic but they do work.

    I got the fuel tank back in, made a bracket to hold the rear of it up out of some scrap aluminum I had laying around... I still need a filler neck, a gas cap and a couple extra fuel filters, but the truck is getting really close to firing up.

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    I haven't done much with the truck in the past week, other than finding more crap to fix. I did order the fuel filler neck, a fuel tank cap, a fuel pump block off plate, and a new parking brake cable.

    The heater valve leaks, so I'll be pulling the dash off to get at the HVAC/blower assembly. I'm going to pull it all apart and clean everything, including the vent tubes and A/C evaporator and housing. Lots of tedious cleaning.

    There's a busted brake line right next to the fuel tank, I'm going to just replace that 6" section for right now, get the brakes bled and test the brakes. I want to make sure that everything works before I start replacing parts. I found some R1 Concepts rotors and pads on Amazon but I'm not entirely sure they will actually fit. I will replace the rubber brake hoses after I know there aren't any other leaks.

    I've got to finish mounting the electric fuel pump, wire it up with a relay, and replace the rubber fuel line in the engine compartment. Then I can put some gas in the tank and flush the hard line going up to the engine compartment, catch whatever comes out in a water bottle or something clear and watch until it's clean gas throughout the fuel lines. Then I'll be able to prime the entire system and make sure there are no leaks anywhere. After that, all that's left is to install the block off plate, top off the oil, shove the muffler onto the end of the header collector and start the truck. It's still going to take forever for me to actually get all of this done, but at least I won't be waiting on parts.

    There's still more that I have to fix before I can drive the truck... I've got to get an actual exhaust on the truck, replace the front shocks, bolt the bed and rear bumper back on, change the gear oil in the front and rear axles, grease every joint that has a grease nipple, and take the truck over to the coin op car wash and pressure wash the ever living **** out of it. After it's clean I can take it over to the Auto Skills Center and plate/reinforce the frame, weld in the patches I will be making for the floor and the new rocker panels, fog everything with rattle can black and call it good.

    There's still a lot more that I want to do, but once I'm driving the truck I can space out the rest of it.

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