'86 Cutlass 5.3/4L80

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Jweb

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2018
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Salem, OR
#1
I have been asking a few questions on this forum. So I thought I would attempt to do a build thread. I haven't been very good at keeping up with them in the past.

Here's some info on the project:
'86 Cutlass Supreme - I got this on trade for some work I did for a friend. He has 3 other G bodies.
Body - The car had a crappy white paint job. So it was blasted and painted Vapor grey. All stainless trim was removed except the windshield and rear window. I will be painting the window trim and grill black.
Engine/Trans - '06 5.3 and 4L80e- Engine was DBW and I didn't get the pedal or TAC module so I decided to get the Fitech 70051 and a used DBC throttle body.
Suspension - The car had cut spring when I got it. My friend had a new set of stock springs and Monroe shocks he decided not to use. So that's what it will get for now.

We just finished an '81 Cutlass, so I was able to move my car out of the paint booth and into the shop. Until now I have just been buying parts and got the motor cleaned up and painted. Here's a few pics.
 

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Jweb

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2018
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Salem, OR
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My friend put the rear of the car together last night. New springs, shocks and rear bumper are on. I will be pulling the motor and swapping the gas tank this weekend.
 

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Jweb

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2018
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Got the new tank in yesterday, I only got a pic of the filler neck.
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Jweb

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2018
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Salem, OR
#6
Put the motor and trans in for good. I used a Summit/G force trans crossmember for a 4L80e and it was about 2.5" off. Spent the few hours I had yesterday to work on the car moving the crossmember forward. Forgot to take some pics.

Next weekend will be wiring in the FItech harness, installing transmission lines and shift linkage. Hoping to fire it up by the end of the month.
 
GroceryGetter83

GroceryGetter83

Greasemonkey
Sep 18, 2018
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Tampa, Florida
#7
Degreased the engine bay and set the motor in. The Metaltek mounts worked great and the cheap S10 headers fit really well
Metaltek mounts

S10 headers
I have been considering these mounts. Can you show some pictures? How is the heater core clearance? Running AC?
 
J

Jweb

Apprentice
Oct 20, 2018
62
84
18
Salem, OR
#8
I have been considering these mounts. Can you show some pictures? How is the heater core clearance? Running AC?
I will get some pics on Friday. They fit good, plenty of clearance for the heater core and power steering pulley. I don't plan to run A/C but I don't see where it would be a problem.

My heater core did get damaged when my friend pulled the old motor by himself. Will need to do some fiberglass repair.
 
motorheadmike

motorheadmike

Comic Book Super Hero
Nov 18, 2009
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#9
I have been considering these mounts. Can you show some pictures? How is the heater core clearance? Running AC?
I used them in my Monte's swap... worked great.
 
87CuttySupreme

87CuttySupreme

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jan 13, 2019
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Awesome build
 

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