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#41 bodeen2012

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

Waverider pulleys on top, Syclone on bottom. Anyone know why they are so different?
The Syclone is a Buick V6 Turbo ( Grand National ) engine not the 4.3 , close enough for 1/25 scale.
The other is a 4.3 out of an S10 . The 4.3 had many different brackets depending on what GM installed the engine in.
Spent a few day's looking in the bone yard for my buddies 4.3 conversion .
Keep on rolling you are doing a good job .


uh the cyclone had a turbo charged 4.3L not a 3.8L turbo . now for the pulleys the waverider pulleys are the newer s10/blazer style. alternator on passenger side a/c compressor on driver side with a newer style v5 a/c compressor. the older 4.3L in the cyclones, blazers, s10, were reversed alternator on driver side a/c compressor on passenger side with the old style v4 a/c compressor . the
switch happened in the late 1995 - early 1996 model year.

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awesome job on the model truck so far. and good luck with the real truck memorial cars are the hardest to work on .

Edited by bodeen2012, 14 August 2012 - 02:54 PM.


#42 1930fordpickup

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

uh the cyclone had a turbo charged 4.3L not a 3.8L turbo . now for the pulleys the waverider pulleys are the newer s10/blazer style. alternator on passenger side a/c compressor on driver side with a newer style v5 a/c compressor. the older 4.3L in the cyclones, blazers, s10, were reversed alternator on driver side a/c compressor on passenger side with the old style v4 a/c compressor . the
switch happened in the late 1995 - early 1996 model year.

91blaze
awesome job on the model truck so far. and good luck with the real truck memorial cars are the hardest to work on .

Sorry about that , I must tell my Chevy budds they gave me bad info for years ! LOL

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

Sorry about that , I must tell my Chevy budds they gave me bad info for years ! LOL


Adam is right, the Syclone has the 4.3 not 3.8, don't know how I missed that part of your post. Your Chevy buddies don't know as much as you think.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

Yep ! What should I expect form Chevy guy . LOL

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

Andy- forget the Chevy guys- start hanging out with Buick guys. They'd have set you straight! :lol:

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:13 PM

no problem andy . it's a common misconception cause when you think general motors and turbo you think 3.8l. The 4.3l in
the syclones and typhoons where pretty nice but man do they suck to work on .

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:38 AM

Yep ! What should I expect form Chevy guy . LOL


Hey! What do you got against Chevy guys? :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:37 PM

Hey! What do you got against Chevy guys? :rolleyes:

Nothing I am a ford Guy. The only good GM brand was the Oldsmobile .

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:44 PM

Fords are good... when they run. ;) :P :lol:

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:56 AM

found on road dead you mean lolol get a chevy to tow your junk ford home

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

Well, getting a little more done today. Been pretty busy with college and my newest project. Right now I'm working on the engine and getting it all wired.

My "distraction":

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Yeah, it's a rust bucket for now but they're impossible to find and I got a good deal. Already got a new bed, grill, tires, and other parts for it. I will be rebuilding the engine, tranny, and t-case, lifting it a little, getting rid of all the rust, and shortening the frame to fit a shortbed I have.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:11 AM

Nice! Gladiator-ize it! :D

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

Unfortunately those grills are fairly expensive so I just got a nice "pignose" grill to go on it.
For some reason, everybody who sees it thinks it's a Ford. :rolleyes: That's how rare they are around here.

Edited by 91blaze, 24 August 2012 - 02:09 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:46 AM

Well guys, finally had a little time to work on it. All that's left is the interior and paint so it's not too far from done. The interior won't be done until the real truck finally gets finalized since it doesn't have any interior yet. That may take a while because of a bunch of legal estate junk going on which is preventing me from getting the truck for a while. For now I will be working on getting some paint and attempting to smooth out the body more. I ended up only doing the ignition wiring and no fuel/brake lines for now unless I feel up to it. Nothing picture-worthy right now, just a small update.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:16 AM

John I like the Jeep truck that you scored. They are somewhat hard to find because they rust so bad around the midwest . Living outside Toledo I have seen many things done to these trucks. One guy even has a tow truck made out of one of the jeep trucks. Many have a snow plow mounted to the front while sitting in the yards waiting for winter. Lifted, shiny ,they were the thing back in the 80's around here . The older the better was the thing with the Jeep trucks. All in all they have a good drive train to work with. Parts are a plenty for the 4x4 stuff have some fun !

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:12 AM

John I like the Jeep truck that you scored. They are somewhat hard to find because they rust so bad around the midwest . Living outside Toledo I have seen many things done to these trucks. One guy even has a tow truck made out of one of the jeep trucks. Many have a snow plow mounted to the front while sitting in the yards waiting for winter. Lifted, shiny ,they were the thing back in the 80's around here . The older the better was the thing with the Jeep trucks. All in all they have a good drive train to work with. Parts are a plenty for the 4x4 stuff have some fun !


Thanks Andy, that's why I was so excited to find it.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

I'm getting the truck after Christmas so this project will be back up soon  :D



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:31 AM

awsome build !! love the cab work !



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:42 AM

Good to see you back on here and hope to see some more progress on your model soon. Looks like you have a lot on the table.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

Thanks guys, next on the list is figuring out the airbrush so I can paint this. Then I can finally get the detail work and interior finished. But first I need to get the real truck finished.