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    Awesome sauce ! I just started researching these machines and read your whole post today as I may be able to source a SUV for 2K with a bad motor close to me. Is that reasonable ? What do you figure the total cost of swap to be ? Are you planning to sell this one as well .. would save me quite a bit of time and effort, which I'd gladly put into this 27 year friend of mine. How'd the Chevelle resto go ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69gs400s View Post
    Awesome sauce ! I just started researching these machines and read your whole post today as I may be able to source a SUV for 2K with a bad motor close to me. Is that reasonable ? What do you figure the total cost of swap to be ? Are you planning to sell this one as well .. would save me quite a bit of time and effort, which I'd gladly put into this 27 year friend of mine. How'd the Chevelle resto go ?
    Sorry,

    Have been away from the site for a bit... 2K is steep for a SUV with blown motor. I just bought one for 1K before Xmas with trailer. You can buy decent running ones here in FL for $2500 with trailer. I'm doing another conversion, but using the new techniques the SUV gang has learned over the past years.. It's much easier than the one I did on this blog.

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    My first conversion cost me $5300 for parts.. I sold it for that, so Labor was free.. Handy-Man Dan was providing labor for about $2300 a while back if you brought him the ski's and parts. The one I'm working on now may only cost me about $3K by the time I'm done only because donor ski's are less now. I wouldn't sell it for less than $5200 when done, though I'd like to keep it for a while!

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    Thanks for the reply .. I also replied to your PM.

    Looking foward to watching your posts on the build !

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    OK, my new conversion is well underway and ready to bolt together.. I streamlined many items and reduced the amount of modifications required quite a bit by learning from what others have done over the past few years. No need to modify the floor anymore as I created an adapter plate using the original mount locations and moved the whole engine forward. No need to cut the hull opening in front of the seat catch. No need to modify the exhaust nor the propulsion system length (hence not having to add 2" to cable controls). Details and pics to come, but I've reduced the amount of modifications needed by about a good 50% I believe and have documented my adapter flat-plate design for future conversions.

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    Engine is in, aligned and locked down. Working on the exhaust now
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    It's Alive!

    Engine is in, aligned and locked down. Working on the exhaust now... Got it all together and started it today.. Sounds nasty! Just need a decent 2005 FXHO gage to install and I'm good to go..
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    The cost for a full conversion is $2100 with the customer providing a good running donor. I provide anything else other than anything that needs to be replaced in the SUV such as cables and pump parts.

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    OK, here's a little twist in the multi-functional gauge arena.. I want to use a 2004/2005 FXHO Digital gauge/Tach as they fit nicer and look better, BUT - the Tach I got with the 06 has an analog tach and has an analog output.
    I can't find a way to convert the output of the ECU to Digital so I am somewhat stuck using the bulky 06 gauge. I've seen 2 conversions done with these gauges and one gauge area was fairly butchered to get the 06 on gage in and one was rather nice but required a bit of time to convert and quite a bit of material was cut.. Because I am sometimes lazy, I came up with an alternative installation..

    I set the cluster back further in the storage area, but it can be seen thru the factory SUV window. It took a little doing for figuring out a sufficient bracket, but I got one to work (made out of stainless). It's pretty stiff, but still has flexibility to move to a desired position. I will remove the aluminum plate blocking some of the SUV gauge window for more visibility and seal a piece of plexi-glass over the factory hole. .good enough! I will prime and paint the bracket as it's easy to take in and out. The bracket took me about an hour to make once I had an idea of what to do.

    If someone knows how to convert the output from analog to digital, I'm all ears and would consider installing an 05 gauge later. The 04/05 gauge works with the exception of the Tach. I added a flap window in the rear of the bracket to allow the wire harness an exit without straining the wires..

    PS: Handyman Dan is the Man with his 6th conversion underway!!
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    Well, will finish things up this weekend and want to go for a test ride.... however the boat ramps are closing!

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