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Dave this really looks good so far I would love to see this. I have considered a similar swap, one of my biggest concerns is cooling as the v6 has a tough time when its hot out! keep the picks coming

Thanks

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from what I understand cooling is an issue because of the air flow, hot air can not get out of the engine bay. my plan is a rear facing hood scoop, or louvers in hood. and this realllllly nice custom griffin radiator set up!

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Great set-up. How many amps does that fan draw??? My Subaru has 2 fans and the second one almost never comes on, I thought it was broken till a real hot sunny day I saw it come on.

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here is another piece of this swap i have not mentioned yet. For some reason, I think I like pain or something but I felt that my gauge cluster in the dolphin left lots to be desired. So, why not shove that Lexus gauge cluster in? couldn't be that hard, right?


The Lexus gauges will fit in the dash, but you have to modify the crap out of it. you need to know how to weld plastic. though it was fairly easy, but it takes some time.


the next part is not so easy, I build a custom dash surround to tie the gauges into the dash and make it look like it is supposed to be there. I wish I was better at body work and paint, but I am fairly happy with how it all turned out. next step will be connecting all the wiring.



its not perfect but, i guess it will work :/

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Looking nice.

I remember when I swapped my basic cluster out of my 83 (just speedometer, gas and temp gauges) for an SR5 cluster with tach, oil pressure, volt meter and all that. I had to pull every wire, for each cluster function, out of their slots in the plugs and put them in new plugs, following a wiring schematic. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that and it definitely involved sending my brain down a wormhole for hours at a time.

But it was very worth it, in the end.

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ya it will take hours i am sure! I have all the wires labeled on the dash, now i just need to label the wires in the dolphin. at least the seat will be comfortable while doing it. lol

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If the weather would just cooperate... the motor is ready to go in and the motor mounts fitted. Someday ill have a garage large enough for the RV!

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Got the garage, but at -25 not enough heater.

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Good Morning Dave do you have any pictures of your motor and trans mounts?? Im also interested in modifications to get driveshaft to connect to trans.

thanks

John

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Good Morning Dave do you have any pictures of your motor and trans mounts?? Im also interested in modifications to get driveshaft to connect to trans.

thanks

John

I will post them once i get them set. The drive shaft will be interesting. I will let the drive line shop figure out the best way to go. the problem as you know is that the lexus uses a doughnut connection, and I need a yoke! so, I am sure they will have some sort of conversion linkage.???

Once the motor is set in and everything bolted, the next thing will be the drive line. so stay tuned!

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well, I THINK I have the mounts made. Hope so, I welded the crap out of them! Will see very quickly when I try to put the engine in.

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can someone tell my why the hell my photos upload sideways on this forum? Never had this issue before!

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The trany mounting. I took the trany bracket off the dolphin and cut it down. Then I added some 1/4 inch steal and drilled some holes. I used the mount from the Lexus.

I may have to do some reaming on the holes but I am close!

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btw your eyes are not playing tricks on you. It is not perfectly straight! I have the motor kicked over toward the passenger side a little.

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because of the tight clearances with this big behind motor, I have been worried about heat. So I wrapped the manifolds, and fabbed up the heat shields. I decided to put in a few heat shields in the engine bay as well. rubber parts on the steering shaft, and on the suspension, also the brake and fuel lines. Not the prettiest but I think I will feel better!

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Ah, so nice and clean :)

What's the arrow in the engine compartment?

Have you used poly engine mounts before? I've heard they transmit more vibration than rubber, but possibly with a 2wd loaded down motorhome, it will make less of a difference.

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Ah, so nice and clean :)

What's the arrow in the engine compartment?

Have you used poly engine mounts before? I've heard they transmit more vibration than rubber, but possibly with a 2wd loaded down motorhome, it will make less of a difference.

The arrow is a magnet that i was using to hold the mounts square while I welded. Forgot to grab it!

I have heard about the vibration issue too, I am hoping for the best! lol. hopefully it wont be an issue, and people who have used these say they have less vibration and even less after they brake in a bit.

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decided to go with a remote oil filter, just making life easier. I change the crap out of oil, so having the filter up out of the way will be nice. This is a really nice solid unit. rather pleased with it at this point, we will see how it all comes together at the end. one other cool deal is, I can use the same filer as my old chevy truck =)

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