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Old 04-17-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Since i have Da Beast back i want to work on making it a better running and more modern functioning. This will be a slow build up as it will take time to get the funds and the parts and of course the skills needed to make it all work.

one big thing in the bringing it to the moden times is of course the Engine Swap but that will be a big thing as i need to change alot of things to make it work.
I plan on running the 2.8 until it dies or is near death. i did want to do a TBI on the 2.8 but if i do the Swap im not sure if its worth it. Another thing is what engine, the 4.0 is the best candite as its the top of the tree in stock engines in RBVs V8s notwithstanding. im going to see if i can find a fellow member whos doing a V8 swap and wont be needing the pulled engine/tranny so that could net me a 4.0 or a 3.0.

im going to loose the dash interments and replace them with the aftermarket gauges in the place of the old ones set into a metal plate. or perhaps a dash swap.

im going to add more to this as i pull together the plans and thoughts. so stay tuned.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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you know the rule, where are the pics?
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I have a brushed aluminum dash fascia for the 83 to 85 RBVs if you want. It's in perfect shape.
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I have a brushed aluminum dash fascia for the 83 to 85 RBVs if you want. It's in perfect shape.
thats exactly what iv been wanting for a look silver dash and red backlit gauges with a red lighted cd player to match the outside that wil go red and silver.

whats it look like actually i forget
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thats exactly what iv been wanting for a look silver dash and red backlit gauges with a red lighted cd player to match the outside that wil go red and silver.

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The only problem I can think of with red backlighting is that the gauge faces are actually tinted blue. The blue tint plus the yellowish light from the incandescent bulbs makes the gauges look green. That means putting red bulbs in your cluster will give you something closer to purple.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:43 PM   #9
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will the muiltgauges work with the 4.0?
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will the muiltgauges work with the 4.0?
The dual head setups work with the 4.0 with a few flies in the ointment. The fuel gauges operate in different ohm ranges, and the tach won't read right if you have one.

The fuel gauge can be worked around by putting a 4.0 pump on a 2.9 sender. The tach is just an issue. I'm not aware of any way to make it work right with the factory unit. Far as I know, they just stay pegged all the time.
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