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    Another thing I just thought of:

    Cooling system. Keep your stock 4.3 radiator and use two 12'' electric puller fans (on the inside of the radiator) instead of an engine driven fan. I like the idea of running them on a thermostat system to cut on around 160 degrees. Flex-a-lite is the best fan to go with. I think the part number is like 210... or maybe 212. I know ZZ4 will know.
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    Originally posted by blown5.7
    Ok now I understand. Thanks! By the way, are any of you guys running a 4" Belltech drop like Catching Second recommended? I would like to see a pic of what it looks like.
    im running a 4" beltech drop, but with coil spring sag its more like 5" i na post pics when i get home if you like

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    Originally posted by Catching Second
    I may be incorrect, but I've heard that most 400's are 2 bolt main blocks. If you're building it all the right way I'd get a set of Milodon splayed 4 bolt main caps. They bolt up to the two center mains... you drill and tap for the other holes which convert it to a 4 bolt main but the 2 outside bolts go in at an angle which really holds the bottom end together. Standard 4 bolts mains are tough, but those splayed bolt caps are rock solid.
    if you build a 400 keep it a 2 bolt, the webbin in a 400 is different then in a 350 and 4 bolts tend to ahve problems

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    I seem to remember when I put my 2'' spindles on it actually dropped the front down 2 3/4''. Wierd, huh?
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    Originally posted by tippmann243
    if you build a 400 keep it a 2 bolt, the webbin in a 400 is different then in a 350 and 4 bolts tend to ahve problems
    I didn't know that. What kind of problems?
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    ive hear the main webbing cracks, but i dont know the truth behind that

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    Great info guys. This will help me tremendously. Ok so lets say I do a 400 with 8.5 rear end. What tranny should I run that will hold up and shift very firm? It would be nice to have an overdrive for the highway as well.
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    th400 or a 4l80e a 700r4, or 4l60e may hold if built but just go big the first time around

    or T56 FTW, < my biased opinion

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    I'd go with a th350 transmission if you want to keep it a simple automatic. Put in a decent shift kit such as a Hughes Performance kit. Run a converter with an anti-ballooning plate that's matched for the power ban of your motor.

    What specs are you thinking for when it comes to the motor?
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    I put a 3/3 belltech drop, springs in front and blocks in back. The only thing I would change is do spindles in the front instead of springs and lower the back one more inch because it raises the back just a little. But I don't mind because I will be throwing some bigger meats back there anyway once the engine goes in.
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    What kind of tranny does the stock 4.3 motor use?
    92' S-10
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    06' Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8- 425hp AWD brick that ran 13.18 with a CAI.
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    7004r

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    Did you mean 700r4 or is there such a thing as the 7004r?
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    06' Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8- 425hp AWD brick that ran 13.18 with a CAI.
    99' Kenne Bell supercharged Jeep Grand Cherokee (sold)

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    700r4, sorry that was a typo

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    what is the ultimate purpose of the vehicle?

    Daily
    Saturday night cruiser
    Street Strip
    Strip



    boost range / Horse power expected?
    Are you willing to change pulleys (seldom used but a great option IMO) 20% under during the week 20% over on weekends


    budget?



    Timeframe you want to complete this in, LOL?






    NOTE: many answers are mutually exclusive. ex. (daily , 800 hp, $4000 budget and 3 weeks) :nono: Be somewhat reasonable or the "dark side" of the V8 Conversion forum will come out. ;) This particular section isn't for ricer style bench racing where we :bowdown: to a picture like some members will do in General Chat.

    that being said... Welcome to the forum!

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