Sometimes New Is Better
There were a few elements that no matter how much I scrubbed just wouldn't come clean. I picked up new radiator overflow and windshield washer tanks along with the upper portion of the fan shroud to complete the restoration side of the install.
PART THREE: FIRE IT UP!
1a. To get the timing right on this truck, the single brown wire under the glovebox area o
1b. This will take the computer out of the loop so my friend Bob Higgins could set the ini
2a. The engine was running fine but something was amiss, so I drove it over to Bothwell Au
2b. He used his IACV Motor Tester to adjust the IAC without having to remove it, which was
PART FOUR: AFTER BREAK IN
After putting 500 miles on the motor, I drained the oil and replaced it with Royal Purple Synthetic. I also picked up a top-of-the-line Tough Guard filter from FRAM. Just because I was curious, I cut open the old filter to see what was in there. Not even a speck of metal was in there, which is a true testament to ATK's cleanliness and attention to detail when they built the engine.
The Final Word
The last thing I did was install a K&N air cleaner assembly, which looks and performs better than the big stock unit. The job took me five days worth of elbow grease to complete, but it was well worth it. The truck runs better than new thanks to a few performance parts, a very well-built engine, and the help and knowledge my friends provided. I also have to throw a big thanks to my dad Sam who helped out a bunch. Besides the truck running like a top, the best thing about finally doing this job is that I'm not embarrassed to pop the hood anymore.