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4:20 PM
@DavidWatson - No clue either :o)
 
greetings!
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 hey I was under the impression idiot gauges were bad in the sense that it means something is already wrong and not about to be wrong? For example over heating?
 
4:34 PM
@user9447 - Pretty much the truth.
 
cause it does look like the block was cracked and they JB welded it probably from over heating, looking at a crate motor that isn't LS
 
@user9447 - is this Hᴇʀʙɪᴇ?
 
yea
 
kk ...
@user9447 - This is the I6 or a different motor?
 
changed something in main SE profile and it jacked up everything
@Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 I6
 
4:38 PM
@user9447 - SE is so grand that way, lol
@user9447 - Overheating won't cause the block to crack.
Unless it's because of a lack of oil pressure and something seizes and throws a rod out of the block.
 
no clue, have had it a month, parked in the garage, bought an oil catch alumn pan underneath, and saw red fluid so imagine transmission. Pulled the dash cause the gauge was busted then realized its cable driven, ordered parts off LMC
 
You should have LS swapped it!
;)
Does this have the old granny 4-speed in it?
BTW ... I'm a fan of Dakota Digital. They put out good products.
Going back to the idiot light versus gauges ... you are mostly right about the lights. The reasons why I said to keep it if possible is because it is a lot easier to get noticed than a gauge is. It doesn't mean something is broke, but I'd suggest it means something is fast on its way to becoming broke.
If you respond quick enough with an idiot light, it should keep you from making something worse. For instance ... if the coolant temp idiot light pops on, it could be because you just lost your coolant ... If you shut your engine down soon enough, you won't cause it to incur any issues other than replacing a hose and the coolant (or whatever the cause was).
But if you don't notice it, it can cause further issues.
 
yes three in the tree. Picked up two c10s, an 87, TBI 305 with 700r4 and an 84 straight 6 with 3 in tree. 87 I have new gauges for. 84 had issues and debating swap gauges.
ya but the logic to idiot gauge is it a good idea for a first time driver aka teen.
for me the LS swap is played out and everyone is doing it, but not everyone running a carb 383 stroker, lol. Still not sure what to do with my 305 if I did upgrade think im limited with the TBI
 
@user9447 - Does it matter if it is "all played out" considering how well the engine works?
 
not that it's the 15k VS 8k price tag
 
4:51 PM
I am currently working on my son's 87 K5 Blazer. We were going to LS swap it, but once I got the 350 started in it realized how well it runs and convinced him to keep it in there.
@user9447 - I'm a DIY-er ... not gunna cost that much if I do it.
 
am too but not sure, it's been decades since I did a build
 
Although, any swap will nickel and dime you to death!
 
those are ball park figures
 
@user9447 - The biggest advantage for me to consider a swap is the gas mileage.
 
or I should say ballpark figures when comparing crate VS crate
 
4:53 PM
@user9447 - Crate engines are nice, but run a lot of money.
I have an LQ4/9 engine I rebuilt in the garage just waiting for a home.
 
guess when it comes to motors id rather spend the coin on a crate the first time
 
Not me. Still don't know what you have in there (in most cases). If I do the work, I know what I've done. As "Tavarish" (from YouTube) says: "I am the warranty"
 
for me it's the TIME factor
 
Yup. You do have to consider what your time is worth, that is for sure.
it all boils down to what we can do and how big our pocket book is. Have to make choices and exceptions.
The old addage when working on vehicles:
- Quick
- Inexpensive
- Good
You can pick two.
 
im on quick/good with not insane in expensive, lol
 
4:58 PM
lol
I hear yah :o)
I'm always on the "cheap" side ... which is why the K5 is still sitting in the driveway after 1.5 years, lol
 
It hasn't been on the road since '03, so you have an idea.
 
should drop right in, plug up to my 700r4, new dress up from accessories, electric fan, im driving after two weekends
 
@user9447 - That should be an awesome drop in :o)
 
but dont get me started on interiors, I've already dropped a lot of coin to get my 87 replaced this month. All parts will be in this weekend and it's gonna be nice weather
 
5:03 PM
Sweet ... I'd love it if you'd post some pics in here when you get going. (Would motivate me to get my son's truck done, lol)
 
im writing a blog for it, hopefully. taking a tone of before and after pics
 
that'd be awesome :)
 

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