Z28runner S02E02

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Now we're getting somewhere. After removing the LS1 and buying up a bunch of parts, the Corvette accessory drive kit was installed over the weekend. This moves the alternator up and out of the way of the narrow frame rails of the 4runner.

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I was left with a pile of old components and brackets to deal with, but there are a few things that are worth taking the time to sell.

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I also picked up a Toyota R150F transmission that bolts to the 3.0L Toyota V6. This trans is a bit stronger as its 2WD variant was used on the first generation Toyota Supra. That being said, it's probably still destined to become a pile of shredded scrap behind the 5.7L LS1. Oh well, they are mighty plentiful and about $240 a pop for a warrantied scrap yard reclaim.

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I was a bit worried about the trans since it had some water in its oil. I had no idea how long the water had been in it, so it was time to take a look. Off came the transfer case and the rear housing to inspect the gearset.

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There was no rust, the shafts spun happily and all the gears engaged willingly. After a thorough bath of Water Displacing - 40, I bolted the old girl back together and threw in some gear oil to keep everything coated.

All in all a good weekend with surprisingly little facepalming.

Oh, that's right, I did manage to accidentally drop the alternator while it was still plugged in and yank the wiring out of the plug. So there's that.

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