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(Marc)>> You're watching Powernation!

(Brandon)>> Today on Music City Trucks we're finishing up our flatbed with a new gas tank, a nifty intercooler setup, a FiTech e-f-i system, and some other touches. And then we crank her up and do some spicy dyno pulls, oh yeah! [ Music ] [ engine revving ] [ Music ]

(Marc)>> Welcome to Music City Trucks. I'm Marc Christ.

(Brandon)>> And I'm Brandon Burke, and the last time we worked on our flatbed we got all the old drivetrain ripped. We put in our 300 from Engine Power. We installed a T-19 four speed, and then we mocked up all the motor mounts. Now since the last time you guys saw it we got everything fully welded. Everything's fully bolted in, and this engine and transmission is in this truck permanently but there's still a lot of work left to do.

(Marc)>> Yeah for sure. Any time you do an engine swap, even if you're just pulling an engine out and putting it back in, there's a lot of things that need to be disconnected and reconnected, and especially when you change the engine completely like we've done there's a lot of I's to dot and T's to cross. The main thing would be plumbing. We've got a cooling system we've got to do, a fuel system. This thing's getting a turbo. So, we've got to do all the hot side, cold side, and exhaust for that, but other than that I think we'll have this thing running and driving, maybe chassis dyno it, and take it out on the street.

(Brandon)>> Burn some dead dinosaurs.

(Marc)>> That sounds great! I think we should divide and conquer. I'm gonna start with the turbo.

(Brandon)>> I'll start with fuel system.

(Marc)>> Alright, we're gonna start with the plumbing that Engine Power made. [ Music ] Problem is it's too close to the axle. So, we're gonna have to cut it up and refabricate the hot side. [ saw buzzing ] [ Music ]

(Marc)>> Now I don't really need to do this at this point, not to plumb the hot side, but I just can't wait any longer to see what it looks like with this turbo hanging on here. And it's just as glorious as I thought it would be.

(Brandon)>> Since our original gas tank is 75 percent rust, we figured we'd go ahead and replace it with a new gas tank that we got from RockAuto. That way we don't damage any of the new fuel system or that precious turbo 300, but before I put this in the truck I want to go ahead and install this sending unit. Gasket on there. One cool thing about RockAuto is it doesn't matter how old the vehicle is that you're working on. You know what I like about a new gas tank is the fact that there's no dirt and debris in it yet. Chance are they've got enough parts to keep your ride in tip top shape, like this gas tank and sending unit.

(Marc)>> Has the seat ever been out before?

(Brandon)>> This seat, probably not.

(Marc)>> Stop right there.

(Brandon)>> Hey-yo! Well, the cool thing about having a gas tank in the cab is it's super easy to take out and put back in. Careful of that wiring harness. You don't want to rip it.

(Marc)>> It's original. Listen to that! [ sloshing ]

(Brandon)>> Sounds like the ocean. [ Music ] The tanks are manufactured with a 360 degree weld, and are individually air pressure tested to ensure their success before leaving the factory. Fuel tanks are powder coated or painted with anti-corrosive paint. 19.5 gallon capacity. [ Music ] Perfect! Yo, you mind if we go up with this since I got the gas tank in?

(Marc)>> Sure, I can work on this from underneath. [ mechanical humming ]

(Brandon)>> That good?

(Marc)>> Good for me!

(Brandon)>> Perfection!

(Marc)>> That's gonna be awesome! Well one great thing about being able to take engines that were built here in house down in Engine Power and dyno'ed is that a lot of the hard stuff is already done, like this one for instance. This merge pipe on the hot side of the turbo. This 300 straight six has got two collectors. So, Frankie went ahead and made this merge pipe two into one three inch but the problem is where it kicks over here to go under the pan to the driver's side it's really close to our I-beam front axle here, and this front suspension is completely unloaded. So that's gonna be a problem, and because we've got this pipe here that's gonna come under the kick-up of the pan here I think I'm just gonna go ahead and modify this, and turn this forward, and maybe tuck it up a little higher so these two pieces can meet right around here in the front of the engine. I think it'll work. [ saw buzzing ] [ welder buzzing ]

(Marc)>> Well the hot side is all tacked in. Just need to take it all back out and finish weld it on the table.

(Brandon)>> Up next, we're doing some pretty gnarly things under the hood, and it's awesome!

(Brandon)>> Fuel system's pretty much buttoned up. The new tank's in, the new pump. All we've got to do is run the lines to the e-f-i.

(Marc)>> Right, and on the turbo got the turbo mounted. The hot side's all done. It's all final welded. Got the waste gate in there as well. What we need to do on that still is we need to figure out what we're gonna do about the down pipe.

(Brandon)>> It's kinda up in the air.

(Marc)>> You could say that. We needed to have some filtered air go in the inlet, and then we need to plumb the cold side, which is what I'm gonna work on.

(Brandon)>> And I'll alternate between the charging system and the cool system.

(Marc)>> I see what you did there. Well while you're doing that I'm gonna work on some planning because we've got to figure out where we're gonna mount this intercooler.

(Brandon)>> It's gonna be cool.

(Marc)>> I think we can probably find a place for it.

(Brandon)>> We're gonna put an o-e-m style thermostat housing on our 300. We'll put a little r-t-v on the gasket, and since these are through holes you're gonna want to seal the bolts that go into the head. [ Music ] Nothing like recycling old parts. [ Music ]

(Marc)>> Whoa, cool!

(Brandon)>> You're really radiating off the good vibes!

(Marc)>> Well there's actually more room there than I thought. Looks like the radiator hoses aren't gonna be too bad. Probably piece those together pretty easily. I think now's the time where I need to step in here and...

(Brandon)>> Yeah, if you need some room to kinda work around and get the intercooler, and I'll go do some other stuff.

(Marc)>> I'll do the cold side and I'll just figure out what we're gonna do about a down pipe or something.

(Brandon)>> And if you want me to make that decision.

(Marc)>> I'll let you. Alright let me get the cold side done. Well, we've got this air to air intercooler that we got from Summit Racing that we're gonna use here. This is actually pretty small, but not small enough to fit in between the radiator and radiator support here. And even if we did have one that would fit down inside of there the problem would be cutting holes through the radiator support, which we don't want to do, to get the plumbing run. We could also mount it down here in front of the grille, which is not ideal because it looks kinda silly, and then also if we were gonna route the hoses, we're either gonna have to cut through the grille or run them in a hilarious manner, which we don't want to do that either. So, what I think we're gonna do because there's a lot of room between the top of the valve cover and the hood. I think I can just mount it this way above the upper radiator hose, figure out how we're gonna mount that, and then we can plumb into it here with a 180, and then we can come right out and head toward the throttle body injection, which we're gonna install here shortly. So, I'm gonna figure out what we're gonna do about brackets for this and this thing mounted. Well, here's what I figured out for this. Got these little "L" brackets that I'm gonna bolt to the mounting points here on the intercooler that are existing. The reason I'm gonna do this is we need something heavy duty to support the weight of this intercooler. Although it's aluminum, and it's relatively small, it's still pretty heavy. And since we're gonna be mounting it horizontally instead of vertically the way they normally are, we need something that'll support the weight. So, we're gonna start with this, and then it needs to be in this area here. So, in order to mount it to the radiator here you can't just put bolts or screws right threw the top of the radiator. I actually went down to Engine Power and Pat made these little stand offs here that have five-sixteenths holes already tapped in them here. This is super handy because I can take these pieces of aluminum and tig weld those to the radiator tank. So, what I'll do is I'll just go ahead and bolt these in and figure out where it needs to go, and then mark them, and then I'll go ahead and weld those stand offs to the radiator, and we can get this thing mounted. Alright so this is about where it's gonna end up here. I'm gonna get it pretty close to even with the outlet of the turbo housing. Normally we weld in d/c tig because any time you're welding steel or stainless steel you weld d/c, but any time you're welding aluminum you have to go to a/c. So, we have to push the select button there to go to a/c tig. Let's get this set up. [ welder buzzing ]

(Marc)>> The Forney 220 AC/DC tig welder is our go to. We've used this machine for all sorts of projects, from mild steel to stainless exhaust tubing, and now we get to stretch its legs on some aluminum. [ welder buzzing ]

(Marc)>> Forney 220 AC/DC strikes again. With the forward mounts done we're gonna use this brace to support the rear of the intercooler. Now it's time to plumb the cold side. Give this a little test fit. That's gonna look cool! [ Music ] Oh yeah, a couple of clamps and good to go. Well, we already know that our flatbed here is not gonna win any concourse shows, but we think it's gonna be super cool either way. This is the piece of tubing that they used for the blow off valve here when they dyno'ed the engine down at Engine Power. We're gonna have to modify this. So, we're not exactly sure how we're gonna make this work. We just need to get over there toward the e-f-i system, which is gonna be next, and then we'll get all of our plumbing buttoned up.

(Brandon)>> Up next, gentlemen start your engines.

(Brandon)>> We're on the final stretch of our 300 turbo swap into our flatbed, and it's time to address fuel injection. Now we already installed that FiTech fuel pump on the frame rail. Now it's time to actually install our e-f-i. [ Music ] Now something to consider when you're running a boosted application, whether it's a turbocharger or a supercharger, is that you have to have a system that can handle the boost you're gonna be pushing through it. That's exactly what this FiTech Go EFI power adder can do. Now this particular model can handle up to 600 horsepower on a boosted application. [ Music ] Wiring's always intimidating, but this FiTech system makes it extremely easy to figure out. The majority of the wiring on this FiTech is plug and play, but there are a few things that you need to terminate, like the main power and fuel pump feed. And as with any project you've got to figure out how to route the wires your own way. [ Music ]

(Marc)>> This system is capable of 25 pounds of boost right out of the box and can be used with a blow through turbo or supercharger setup. You can also run a single stage of wet nitrous and control your air/fuel ratio as well as ignition timing. [ Music ] Alright, that looks good! You ready for this thing?

(Brandon)>> Yeah!

(Marc)>> Look at this contraption I made.

(Brandon)>> Looks pretty nifty. Let me get this hat a little tighter. Right there! [ drill humming ]

(Brandon)>> Dude not gonna lie. This thing's pretty gnarly. FiTech's on, blast off!

(Marc)>> Yep, hit it! [ engine cranking ]

(Brandon)>> Alright ready?

(Marc)>> Yep! [ engine cranking ]

(Marc)>> Oh yeah, go ahead! [ engine cranking ]

(Brandon)>> It wants to.

(Marc)>> It's gonna have to learn. [ engine cranking and starting ] [ engine idling ]

(Marc)>> Sweet! Alright well we definitely want to dyno, right?

(Brandon)>> Yeah, we need to get a tune so we don't hurt this thing.

(Marc)>> We're not gonna roll it down there on the drums.

(Brandon)>> No, we probably should put tires on it.

(Marc)>> Let's do that.

(Brandon)>> This might be the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life. These General Grabber HD's should ride pretty good compared to the rest of this old truck. [ Music ] [ drill humming ]

(Brandon)>> Up next, this! [ engine revving ]

[ Music ]

(Brandon)>> Well our flatbed made it the 125 feet down to Engine Power, and I've got to be honest I didn't think it was actually gonna go back on the dyno.

(Marc)>> Yeah, I don't think we really planned on doing a before and after with this but here we are, and hopefully it does better than it did last time, right Pat?

(Pat)>> Well it made double digit horsepower last time. It was 70-something, and if it doesn't make more than that this time I think I'm gonna switch careers and I'm gonna become a florist or something because it should do better than that.

(Marc)>> It better make exponentially more.

(Pat)>> I think it's gonna be good. Everything's all hooked up and everything looks great. You guys did a great job.

(Marc)>> We got the fans on. It's all strapped down, ready to go. Pat, you do the honors.

(Pat)>> You don't have to ask me twice on that one.

(Marc)>> Gotta turn the fan on.

(Brandon)>> I want to see some numbers!

(Frankie)>> I'm excited!

(Marc)>> You look good in there!

(Pat)>> I've got a lot of experience in old Ford trucks. Here we go! [ engine cranking and starting ]

(Marc)>> So you've got that all programmed up, right?

(Pat)>> Yeah!

(Frankie)>> That's crazy.

(Brandon)>> This is what every farm needs, a truck like this.

(Frankie)>> This is like ultimate beater farm truck. I love the hood stack just coming right out.

(Pat)>> Spicy! [ engine idling ] [ engine revving ]

(Pat)>> Good?

(Frankie)>> Good! [ engine revving ] [ turbo hissing ]

(Pat)>> Wow, it rips!

(Frankie)>> We are at 377.7 horsepower.

(Pat)>> 377? That's the first pull. We've got to do a couple more.

(Brandon)>> 373 torque.

(Pat)>> The turbo's got to get a little bit more heat in it. I'm gonna make two pulls in succession here, but when that thing starts boosting. It came to life. It did the same thing on the engine dyno.

(Marc)>> It sounds like it's getting ready to go to the moon, and then you end the pull. I'm like no!

(Pat)>> I'm cutting it off under 6,000.

(Frankie)>> Let's make another one. [ engine revving ]

(Pat)>> Good? [ engine revving ]

(Brandon)>> 372, 372.

(Pat)>> Wow, equal. All the fuel trims we've got on the lean side. What boost was that?

(Frankie)>> 10 pounds again.

(Pat)>> I know it sounds crazy, but I don't want to take it over 10 pounds. This rear end, this thing's got like a 5.87 gear in it.

(Frankie)>> You're turning 5,500 right now, which is more than we did on the dyno.

(Pat)>> We've got to do one more.

(Frankie)>> This thing is unkillable, so!

(Pat)>> I believe that.

(Brandon)>> It's such a steep gear.

(Frankie)>> It makes it so hard to dyno cause you have to load it so much just to get it to climb at a reasonable rate.

(Brandon)>> It needs like a 4.10. [ engine revving ]

(Frankie)>> Just printing numbers, 373. 373 and 372.

(Pat)>> That's what it's supposed to do.

(Frankie)>> It would do that all day.

(Brandon)>> That's 75 miles an hour wheel speed.

(Pat)>> It felt like 175! I'm shutting her down. See that's a good day at work right there.

(Marc)>> Absolutely, and because we did the solid engine mounts and trans mount it's just shaking decades of dirt from underneath this truck. It's just all over the floor.

(Frankie)>> That's what I was telling Brandon. It's definitely good that you guys switch the tires from those last ones you had. The farm ones that had been sitting on there for forever.

(Pat)>> Dude that's mean right there. So, think about this for a while. You're almost at this point five times the amount of horsepower that it had before.

(Marc)>> When you look at it that way, mission accomplished?

(Brandon)>> I think the only thing I would change is the steep gears in the rear. The 5.87's in the rear, I'd go to a 4.10 and this thing would just scream down the highway.

(Pat)>> This was a lot of fun, great install. Nice hustle!

(Marc)>> Thanks for your help.
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