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 Post subject: 80 Luv makeover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:00 am 
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Haven't been on in awhile but been doing a few upgrades to mine lately. We have been doing more no-prep races and heads up stuff so I decided to put some thing alittle more consistant for traction. I still drive it on the street and didnt want to have to mess with a four link. The new motor will have alittle more power than the pump gas 383 that has been in it for years. So I went with a ladder bar/coil over setup. Pretty easy install and I can adjust rear ride height.

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It turned out pretty good

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:59 am 
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Very nice, I am liking that setup. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: 80 Luv makeover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 80 Luv makeover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:07 am 
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have any more pics of it? looks dang good

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 Post subject: Re: 80 Luv makeover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:33 am 
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Got lots more pics and upgrades coming. Its come a long ways in the last few months.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:58 am 
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Nice set up.


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 Post subject: Re: 80 Luv makeover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:17 pm 
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Think this was the last time I had it out. The bars hook well with the little motor. Cant wait to put some real power to them.

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How much tire will it take now ? How much clearencing had to be done in the bed .


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I have always had the frame narrowed and the wheel tubs widened. My wheel tubs are even with the frame and will easily clear a 12.5 tire. I narrowed everything 4" on each side if I remember correctly.

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 8:22 am 
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Got a few more pics uploaded. I wanted to ditch the heavy drums from the 9" so I went with the summit racing cheap disk brake conversion. Probably go for the drilled and slotted rotors next time. Ended up saving about 13lbs per side.

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I have always just ran a stock driveshaft so I figured I needed to upgrade. Went with 1350X u-joints and a custom 3 1/2" driveshaft. The u-joints are massive compared to what I had.

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I have always foot braked, but now most classes allow a transbrake in the NO-E classes. So I got a brand new powerglide with a pro tree brake from Freakshow Performance. Micheal is a great guy and is really gaining popularity in north Texas and Oklahoma. His name will be on several cars on the 3rd season of Street Outlaws. Not to mention he has one wicked little Procharged Camaro.

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:18 am 
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On to the header build. I have never seen a set of headers for a Luv that I really liked. I wanted a BIG tube in chassis header. Most didnt even think a 2" primary header would fit. It took alittle patience and alot of beer but I really like the way they turned out.

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Getting them tacked together
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Tiggin them up
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compared to my old ones
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:30 am 
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One of the street classes I run in require "some type of muffler"

this a muffler...right??
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I even can get the oil filter off
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I about wore the lift out going up and down
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:31 pm 
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Those headers are bad ass, I don't think that muffler is going to muffle much. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 5:22 pm 
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Found this on the tear down of my old motor. It was still working perfectly. My truck stays in the shop so this is from the occasional rain storm while hauling it, condensation, and washing it. It will be on my regular maintenance schedule from now on.

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$100 bucks and looks like brand new from MSD

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:21 pm 
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At least that's what you told your wife?


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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 6:08 am 
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Ben wrote:
At least that's what you told your wife?


I don't have a wife lol I sent it to MSD in El Paso...think it was $103 shipping and all.

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 3:24 pm 
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on to the motor build....I ended up with a 408ci. Mostly because it was the parts I already had or could beg, borrow, or steal the rest of them. Little bit of grout, studded main and heads, eagle crank, Lunati rods, JE pistons, comp cam nitrous solid roller. Any ways here are a few pics

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Had some Brodix track 1s full race ported and a matched Super Vic. Ended up getting them to flow 312cfm which isnt great but not bad for a 2.08 intake valve. Portwork came out nice..

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sent the intake off and had it powered coated in "hammered grey" also had the headers ceramic coated in black. They came out real nice.

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had some trouble getting the right lenght push rods but finally ended up with +.250 120 wall Manley pushrods

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Long block complete

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Got it in and broke in. Still a few bugs and some tuning on the wideband. Got the new hood to the paint booth. It's getting close.
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