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Guess what arrived today?
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Have you thought about where you’re going to put the ECU? I put mine in the passenger side of the engine compartment where the air filter used to be, but now I wished I would’ve put it out of sight in the wheel well.


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I was thinking about mounting it in the wheel well. I was going to test fit it in there and make a small bracket for it. I think I'm going to keep the fuse block under the hood somewhere just for ease of access. Where did you mount yours?

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I was thinking about mounting it in the wheel well. I was going to test fit it in there and make a small bracket for it. I think I'm going to keep the fuse block under the hood somewhere just for ease of access. Where did you mount yours?

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I put the fuse block in my glovebox.


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I dropped my fuel tank and installed the Aeromotive Stealth 340 fuel pump. I have to install the HD harness now. I guess I take the power and ground for the pump out of the factory harness, solder them to the leads of the wiring kit, and then plug in the factory fuel pump harness connector so my fuel gauge still works? I have to read the instructions that Aeromotive supplies. I bought a 10 micron inline -6 AN fuel filter from Summit and now I have everything I need for my fuel system; Stealth 340 LPH fuel pump, factory 98 basket and hat, adapter lines off of fuel hat, inline fuel filter, -6 AN stainless feed and return lines, Holley FPR, BBK fuel gauge (might have to replace it, there's overspray all over it), and a Coyote fuel rail -6 AN push lock adapter.
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Installed the AC lines and condenser today. Someone in a Facebook group made the custom line from the accumulator to the compressor. I also installed my factory battery/starter harness and modified transmission harness. I still have to clean up some wires before I start the install on my control pack. I grounded the battery/starter harness directly to the motor mount. I grounded the block to the frame rail.
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I moved the bracket for the hydroboost lines because I ran the motor mount ground to the bracket's original location. I would have ran the ground to it's original position, but the K member blocked the location. I cut off the locating tab on the back and bent the bracket to fit underneath the battery tray. It looks like it came that way from the factory. I also mounted the Scram Speed pedal bracket and the Coyote accelerator pedal. Had to trim the pedal to get it to fit. I have to order the matching pedals because my OCD can't handle that!
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Just got my Power By the Hour PCM bracket today so I should be ready to start the control pack install this weekend. I started to make a bracket for my modular PS pump and I noticed that the supply hose will need to be trimmed. The bracket needs a small adjustment for the angle of the valve cover. The little bracket should work well, it's keeping the PS hoses really close to the PS pump pulley in order to use the least amount of room. I'm going to have to trim to supply hose for the PS pump. You can see how it is slightly kinked.
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Installed the PCM bracket today and started figuring out where I am going to run the control pack wiring. After trying for a long time I finally conceded, I'm going to put the control pack fuse block inside of the passenger side fender. I really wanted to mount it inside the passenger cabin for ease of access, but nothing fit right and I didn't want to lose my glove box. I had some T brackets and some perforated round angle that I used for the mounts. I started off using a fender mount stud and worked down from there. I finished it off with some plastic rivets and it's mounted really sturdy now. Looks like rain tomorrow so I don't know if I'll have any time to go out and try to get the harness inside the passenger cabin.
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Uses some rope and measured the length of the positive wires I need to run. I used 4ga wire and ran the three wires this way:
B+ to alternator
B+ to control pack fuse
Control pack fuse to FPPDB

I was able to use some pins to help keep the wire from moving so everything is secure. Still gotta figure out which way I'm going to run the control pack inside the cabin and add the control pack grounds. View attachment 1716460
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You're hurtling each obstacle/challenge like a champ, sir! It's going to be great, when the project is 100% complete, to look back at the build.
 

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I moved the ABS pump about 1.5" towards the engine so I'd be able to install the radiator with enough room to flex. I ordered the 94 - 96 mounts and hopefully they'll be in early next week. I dropped the radiator in to test fit and it fits perfectly. I trimmed my power steering pump supply hose and figured out the mounting bracket for the reservoir. I painted the bracket and hardware tonight and I'll bolt it in tomorrow. I realized that I have to cut off about 2" of length on the upper radiator hose. I installed the PBH Hot Water Heater Tubes and the bleeder screw.
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At this point, when do you anticipate your project will be complete? Really complete.
 

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