2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » April 20th 2017, 11:28pm

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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » April 24th 2017, 3:00am

Rockers done just the grinding and body work now!!
Starter waiting on a new solenoid.
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » April 24th 2017, 3:18am

would you mind going into some details about the drivers side rocker repair? i have that coming up and have been thinking about it a lot. looks like you made your own panel? did you have to cut so high or did you do that because of the natural body line?
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » April 24th 2017, 12:43pm

Coaster wrote:would you mind going into some details about the drivers side rocker repair? i have that coming up and have been thinking about it a lot. looks like you made your own panel? did you have to cut so high or did you do that because of the natural body line?

That panel s available from CARID and rockauto I think, along with the inner and outter rocker for the drivers door. I cut that high because it seemed to be a good spot, the trim covers it, and it allowed me to get into the entire rocker area to get rid of any rust or bubbling paint. It is not an easy job and you need good welding skills or need someone that has them. I stripped the inside of the rocker area as nesc, washed it with a marine wash then metal prepped it and coated it with 3 coats of KDS Silver. The rockers will get sprayed with a 360 wand as soon as I have the van on the lift to paint the bottom up to the back of where the clip sits. One additional note where ever you are going to weld a seam make sure there is no glue, seamsealer or paint in the area or it will pop the weld as you are doing it, Especially that foam crap and glue.
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » May 19th 2017, 10:59am

So with everything else going on and a couple of obstacles finally back to it. One coat of white left on the bottom and inner rockers. Motor is where it lives with some custom motor mounts, waiting on some flotecc headers (keeping my fingers crossed on those).
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » May 19th 2017, 11:11am

Inner rockers complete down to the front of the rear wheel wells. Bottom done to rite past the back of the clip. I will drop the fuel tank on the next round and do those sections . Then drop the rear and do that along with the rest of the bottom, but for now its on to last coat of white and start putting everything back in the engine compartment as I am dressing the 5.7 on the clip in the garage!!!!!
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby WoodButcher » May 19th 2017, 12:09pm

Beautiful.
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rockridge » May 19th 2017, 4:45pm

That looks awesome. When can I book an appointment?
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » May 19th 2017, 5:38pm

Thanks guys. Now I just have to see if I can put it all together. :banana: :confused:
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Re: 2002 chevy express 5.7L vortec, L31 swap help

Postby Rinny [OP] » Yesterday, 12:53am

Modified and installed oil cooler lined and got the trans ready to be bolted in permanent.
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