So I guess I'll be starting a build thread to document when and what happens to my truck and engine as things progress. Wasn't planning on starting building now already, had wanted to wait till I take my truck off the road, but I holed a piston last week, so... The truck currently has 170K miles, I run 80-90K a year. My plan is to upgrade the internals, and to get the engine running cooler while towing. I don't want to sacrifice reliability, so I won't be doing everything I had originally planned to do. I'll have to wait till I retire the truck to do an all-out engine build... Feel free to chime in with advice/suggestions...
Here is what I currently have done to the truck:
-5" downpipe back no-muffler exhaust
-Airdog II 4G
Plans are to add:
-Fingers oval bowl pistons
-Thought about doing Carrillo rods, but since I won't be building a high horspower application, I thought I'd wait to do that till the truck retires, and I do a full build. I can use the money on something else. Think that'll be alright?
-CP3 over CP4 : Maybe, thoughts? Wait for this till later?
-ARP head studs
-SDP S475 over stock turbo : Will I have to use the SDP intake and coolant tank with their twin kit?
-Will be putting together an oil cooler system, not sure where I'll mount it yet, would like to mount it in the front, but there's not much place there, so might have to mount it underneath somewhere with fan...
-Maybe upgraded intercooler??
So what are your thoughts? I'm still in the planning stage, and need to make some calls tomorrow morning to make sure I'm on the right track. I'll be doing the build myself. I hope to start teardown on Tuesday or Wednesday...
As she sits right now...