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Old 08-17-2007, 05:08 PM
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91 nissan truck/v8

I have a 1991 nissan hardbody truck. I bought it new and it now has about 230k on the odometer. I got to thinking, it would make a good little drag truck with a chevy 350 and narrowed ford 9". The steering collumn won't be much trouble, but the power brake booster looks like it is in the way unless the engine is moved forward quite a bit. I guess I could put the radiator in the bed of the truck with an electric fan. I had a friend do that with a mudder to keep mud out of the radiator. Has anyone out there done this? Thank's, jtyler

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Thats what the plan is for my hardbody as well. Although I'm thinking of using a 8.8" rear from a stang and fabbing up a 3-link. I just got a mild 350 that was rebuilt not more than 10,000 miles ago. My plan is to get it running with this engine, a saginaw 4 speed, and a posi rearend. I'll drive it for a bit and then decide if I want to put my done up 350 in or keep it as a fun driver thats good somewhat good on gas. I plan to get going on it in a couple of weeks. I just poured and finished the concrete floor in his new 1700 sq/ft. shop in exchange for use of his old shop. He has a paint booth, an older huge miller tig welder and a mig that will take 1/4" wire. I'm so stoked that I finally have a place to make all of my ideas happen.
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:17 AM
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Thats what the plan is for my hardbody as well. Although I'm thinking of using a 8.8" rear from a stang and fabbing up a 3-link. I just got a mild 350 that was rebuilt not more than 10,000 miles ago. My plan is to get it running with this engine, a saginaw 4 speed, and a posi rearend. I'll drive it for a bit and then decide if I want to put my done up 350 in or keep it as a fun driver thats good somewhat good on gas. I plan to get going on it in a couple of weeks. I just poured and finished the concrete floor in his new 1700 sq/ft. shop in exchange for use of his old shop. He has a paint booth, an older huge miller tig welder and a mig that will take 1/4" wire. I'm so stoked that I finally have a place to make all of my ideas happen.
It looks like you have done a very good job so far. I have a few questions for you. What did you do with your steering? Did you have any clearance issues. Are you running stock steering or did you have to change anything? What type headers did you use? I originally was going to put a 351windsor in it becaused I had 2 351w's,but I ended up trading them for some four wheel drive parts that I needed. I measured them and they wouldn't clear the power brake booster. It would clear, if you moved the engine forward, but then it wouldn't clear the radiator. I havn't measured a 350 chevy. It doesn't look like you had any problems clearing the brake booster, but I notice you're using a Griffin radiator that looks smaller but fatter than the Nissan unit. Did you have trouble clearing the radiator? Thank's for the info. and keep me posted on your progress. It should go pretty fast now that you have a nice shop to work out of. I have a 1200 square foot shop, mig, tig, ark welder, metal lathe, drill press, etc. It makes life a lot easier when you're not working in the driveway. My only problem now is all my buddies have grown up(married with children) and no longer come around to help, and my boy's aren't old enough yet. That's alright, it'll just take longer. Thank's again. jtyler
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It looks like you have done a very good job so far. I have a few questions for you. What did you do with your steering? Did you have any clearance issues. Are you running stock steering or did you have to change anything? What type headers did you use? I originally was going to put a 351windsor in it becaused I had 2 351w's,but I ended up trading them for some four wheel drive parts that I needed. I measured them and they wouldn't clear the power brake booster. It would clear, if you moved the engine forward, but then it wouldn't clear the radiator. I havn't measured a 350 chevy. It doesn't look like you had any problems clearing the brake booster, but I notice you're using a Griffin radiator that looks smaller but fatter than the Nissan unit. Did you have trouble clearing the radiator? Thank's for the info. and keep me posted on your progress. It should go pretty fast now that you have a nice shop to work out of. I have a 1200 square foot shop, mig, tig, ark welder, metal lathe, drill press, etc. It makes life a lot easier when you're not working in the driveway. My only problem now is all my buddies have grown up(married with children) and no longer come around to help, and my boy's aren't old enough yet. That's alright, it'll just take longer. Thank's again. jtyler
Sorry for the confusion but those pics I posted aren't of my truck. All I've got done so far is removed the box, doors and the front end. I'm thinking of cutting the firewall and setting the engine as far back and as low as possible. you can use I want this thing to handle and hookup. Ya an extra hand comes in handy! But its satisfying when you something all by yourself. Most other v8 swaps i've seen are using block hugger headers.
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