I think the 3.0 is going to ruin the project though. Badass truck and little wimpy motor lol
Yeah a lot like that. Again, re-read my posts, I realize the 3.0 isn't the greatest, but the truck has huge amounts of sentimental value to me, and I want to use the engine as a tribute to all it's taken me through. When it blows, I'll drop in a hot v8.
None that I can take pictures of... It's about 22F and icy as hell outside, so I haven't ventured outside except to grab a smoke here and there, and that was too much cold!!! I've spent much of the day looking up info on various bits and bobs, and so far it keeps looking better and better.
I'm almost 90% sure that I've figured out how to rig a carb onto a 94 3.0, if it does work expect a full, detailed write up and report, because really I'm sure that there would be a lot of people out there more than happy to do away with the computer. I'm thinking all I'll need is a decent carb, some piping, a new gas tank and a cheap fuel pump. I'm thinking a 300cfm carb and a 7psi pump will do nicely. AND STOP TELLING ME I SHOULD DROP IN A V8! hahaha that's plan B. I really want to carb the 3.0 because I can, because it hasn't been done before, and because I can. If not, then I'll start looking for a 305 or a 350.
chop the top (lowering it), keep the 3.0 FI. Turning a FI engine with so little power into a carb'd engine is ****ing dumb. You can get all of the emissions stuff turned off in the computer so all you need are the essential sensors instead of crippling it's performance even more.
Yeah, thinking more and more about it I think that it's a really cool idea to carb a 3.0, it's possible, but it's just not practical. So right now I'm thinking more of finding a 302, preferably a 350, or if I can find one, hell yeah a 383 and making it work. It won't be that much more expensive, and plus, I'd have to weld on new mounts anyway, that way once I get the cab off I can mount the motor 6"-8" further back on the frame, and cut down the front end so it has that awesome wheels-way-out front look of a classic rat rod without cutting out and movinng, then rewelding the front suspension.
A) While I'm conviced with enough tinkering, it WOULD work, the key word there are with enough tinkering. It looks like it would take tens, if not hundreds of hours more work to get a carbed 3.0 running than it would be to just get a v8.
B) While it would be really, really sweet to have a carbed 3.0, it's a carbed 3.0... It probably wouldn't even be able to get out of it's own way, lol. Plus, I'm just as addicted to the sound of an open header V8.
C) If I put in any manner of V8, I'm going to need to fabricate and weld on new motor mounts. So, by forcing myself to do so, I can put them whereever I want, which open up a LOT more options for the front end, and well as cab and bed options, too.
D) It's a godd@mn 3.0.
So I'm going to shelf the idea, not abandon it, but shelf it. The 3.0 will live on, on a stand in the corner of the garage and whenever I'm bored I'll spend an hour here and a dollar there until I get a running, carbed 3.0... ... In 2035.
Small update today. Today is a snow day for the schools which means I don't have to work, and trust me, snow days are FEW and FAR between in Texas, so I've been taking it easy, knocking down a few cold ones and watching movies with the roomies. (They all work for the school district too). I did get a little done, and I may go out and work on it some more tonight.
Out with the old, in with the older! Or something. Took all the scrap metal from the front end to the scrapyard, made $3.55
Incidentally, that's 1/4 of a 100 gallon school bus fuel tank I got from work and was using as an oil pan
Big update, which I'm really glad about, is my buddy who works for a local shop agreed to come out and drain out the freon from my A/C if I put the shop's logo on the cab's door "or something amusing" Not a bad deal. Took off the A/C radiator and scrapped it, cut out the copper pipes and scrapped those. Freed up quite a bit of room. Next to go is the heater core and blower motor.
I love this pic. You can really see it almost start to look like a rat rod a little bit. I've still got a ****-ton of work to do though. Like this. I still have to deal with the huge mess of a wiring harness.
And here's a quick video of the garage and the project so far.