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1971 Chevy Suburban - Project SuperBurb, Part IV

Posted in Project Vehicles on July 30, 2004 Comment (0)
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Performing a swap requires plenty of patience, and the more difficult the swap, the more patience you'll need. We decided to try a rare form of transcendental meditation to keep us calm and patient. Well, not really--but you should not expect to swap a Mazda rotary engine, for instance, into your Suzuki Samurai the night before you plan to hit the trail. Patience, planning and time are required to perform a swap the right way.

You might recall that in the last installment of the ongoing saga of the creation of SuperBurb, we swapped in a new drivetrain. More specifically, a brand-new NV4500 five-speed manual transmission from Advance Adapters was mated to the stock NP205 transfer case. To replace the tired 350 V-8, an HT 383 V-8 crate engine from GM Performance Parts was tucked into place between the framerails. While this swap might seem fairly straightforward, it wasn't as foolproof as we anticipated, and we learned plenty along the way.

We thought it might be profitable to pass along some of the wisdom we gained while rolling around in the driveway under the Suburban. If you are getting ready to perform a swap, whether large or small, you might want to consider the following tips. Doing so might save you some exasperation and busted knuckles the next time you are underneath your rig.

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Project SuperBurb - Part 1
Project SuperBurb- Part 2
Project SuperBurb- Part 3
Project SuperBurb- Part 5
Project SuperBurb- Part 6

Sources

Brothers Truck Parts
Corona, CA 92879
800-977-2767
http://www.brotherstrucks.com
Harbor Freight Tools
800-423-2567
www.HarborFreight.com

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