Tales from the Driveway
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.