Installing Griffin 2 Row All Aluminum Radiator (Video)

Griffin 2 Row All Aluminum Radiator

Griffin 2 Row All Aluminum Radiator

I’ve always wanted a big dual core all aluminum radiator.  But having one with a trans cooler and an engine cooler was too good to pass up.  The Griffin 2 row all aluminum radiator is just that.  Twice as big, and 2 oil coolers.

Plumbing the All Aluminum Radiator

Plumbing the All Aluminum Radiator

This video is part one of 3.  I show the radiator out of the box, and some of the wiring that came with it.  Griffin uses dual Spal fans, so you know they’re quality.   This video shows us getting the radiator in the car, and the required plumbing connections to make it cool.

I’ll go through all the electrical connections to make the Spal fans work in the next video.

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Final Prep & Initial Engine Start – Rebuild Video 12.5

Throttle and Cruise Control Wires

Throttle and Cruise Control Wires

After buttoning up the last few items (like bolting up the steering shaft, the last few screws, and the throttle and cruise control wires) it was time for fluids.  I put coolant, engine oil, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid in the car.

 

 

For the first test, there were no spark plugs, just a few drops of oil in the spark plug holes, and I pulled the fuel pump relay.  This way we did not have spark or fuel, but this is an important test to see if there was oil pressure.

I was actually shaking with the gauge went up to 60 psi letting me know I had oil pressure in the system.

Dash Gauge Showing Oil Pressure

Dash Gauge Showing Oil Pressure

 

Half way there!

 

Next it was time to put the spark plugs back in, put the fuel pump relay back in, hold my breath, and hope that the last 6 months of work wasn’t all for naught.  Those hundreds of hours, … and everything was riding on the turn of the key ……

Fuse Diagram Showing Fuel Pump Relay

Fuse Diagram Showing Fuel Pump Relay

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Oil Catch Can System Installation & Inline PCV – Rebuild Video 11

Oil Catch Can

Oil Catch Can

The Holley Tall Valve Covers do not have the hole on the top for the stock PCV.  They do have a nipple on the back side of the driver’s side valve cover, which is perfect for an Oil Catch Can.    In this video, I run an inline PCV from this nipple around the back of the block over to the front of the head on the passenger side to an oil catch can.  The catch can catches the oil and then another line runs from the can to the top of the intake manifold.  There is a 3rd line (the fresh air line) which is in the same location of the stock configuration.

Inline PCV

Inline PCV

Before I rebuilt my engine, it was consuming about a quart of oil per every oil change.  It was not leaking oil so I know this oil was exiting the valve cover via the PCV and getting dumped directly back into the intake manifold.  YUCK!  All that excess oil and carbon back in to the intake manifold and the heads, not good!

I got the catch can for $30 and mounted it on the front of the passenger side head.  Installation was cake and it looks nice too.

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Installing Throttle Body, Water Pump, Engine Electrical Sensor Connections – Rebuild Video 9

Forgot how to hook up wires and sensors on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor?  Watch the video!

Forgot how to hook up wires and sensors on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor? Watch the video!

Here is a somewhat exhaustive review of all the wires & sensors I could name for anyone who didn’t have anything as a reference.
 
I also show the wire loom that goes at the front of the oil pan and comes across to the passenger side that gets affixed to the oil pan on the passenger side.
 
The throttle body is easy, just 3 bolts and a couple of sensors (don’t forget the gasket)!  Then I attach the EVAP to the top of the intake manifold and its associated screws and sensor.
 

Throttle body for a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

Throttle body for a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

I did not button everything up because I will still be doing an oil catch can later.

 

New water pump for a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

New water pump for a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

Next came the water pump.  It was 6 bolts and very easy to put on.  Don’t forget your gaskets!

 

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Torque Converter to Flexplate Bolts | Starter – Install Video 8

Flexplate to Torque Converter bolts on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

Flexplate to Torque Converter bolts on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

This video starts with bolting the torque converter to the flexplate.  However, it is very important to make sure that your torque converter is properly seated in the bellhousing before you do this.  Also,  take the proper measurements to make sure the torque converter is in properly.  ONLY then should you bolt ‘em up together.  I didn’t record this process in the video because, quite honestly, I didn’t know to do it at the time.  It wasn’t until my 3-4 clutch pack went bad in my tranny and I had it rebuilt, did I know this process.  It is detailed in my transmission videos coming soon.

Starter on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

Starter on a GM Truck Vortec LS motor

It’s easier to do the spinning and bolting with an assistant to turn the crank and expose the bolt holes through the small bellhousing opening.  Note that you might see the bolt hole in the flexplate but it still might not be lined up with the torque converter.  You can open the little metal tab on the bellhousing and spin the torque converter to line it up with the flexplate.  Don’t tighten the first bolt, just get it on there finger tight, spin it, do the second, spin it, do the third.  Then tighten away.

The starter is awkward, heavy, and kinda hard to get in.  Feeding in through the top is easiest, but ONLY if your exhaust manifolds are not in place.  If they are, feed the starter through the bottom.  Make sure to have the little plastic cover in place before installing the starter through the hole.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to get the plastic on there.  Also, DO NOT FORGET TO PLUG IN YOUR CRANK SENSOR PRIOR to installing the starter, that would suck!

Once you get the starter into place, it is only 2 bolts and gets easier from there.  Don’t forget your wiring!

 

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Installing AC Compressor – Rebuild Video 7

GM Truck LS Vortec AC Compressor

GM Truck LS Vortec AC Compressor

The AC compressor is heavy and awkward so you might be inclined to do the easiest bolts first which are the 3 on top.  That’s how I started.  But then I didn’t have enough wiggle room to get the 2 lower bolts in.

I started over with the hardest one, which was the front bottom one.  These bolts are LONG and they are hard to get in there because of a big piece of steering/suspension (I’m still not sure) equipment.  The only way I could get the front one bolted up was by hanging a ratcheting wrench on the bolt, inserting it, and then torquing it down.  Then I could get the wrench out.  If you find another way, please feel free to comment as I am sure it will be helpful.

Hang a ratcheting wrench on the bolt prior to placing it in the hole

Hang a ratcheting wrench on the bolt prior to placing it in the hole

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Intake Manifold Install – Rebuild Video 6

Forgot where all the wires go for your GM Truck LS Vortec Engine? Check out the video!

Forgot where all the wires go for your GM Truck LS Vortec Engine? Check out the video!

After getting the knock sensors in, I tried to make a resource for anyone who may have gone too fast and just threw everything together but didn’t pay attention to how they did it.  This video is just an overview of stuff and where it goes.  There is another video later in the series where I visit the concept of, “where stuff goes”, to finish off the engine build.

I learned a trick from someone along the way about using a (preferably new) toilet bowl brush and some carb cleaner to clean out the intake manifold while it’s still outside the truck.  I did do that and then used another smaller brush for the intake runners.  I will be installing a catch can later, so I wanted to base line the intake as clean as possible.

Later in the video, I get to the installation of the intake manifold.  It’s not hard, I chose do it when all the lines were off to the side thinking I would reduce the effort necessary to get it in.  It wasn’t hard at all.

GM Truck LS Vortec Intake manifold re installed.

GM Truck LS Vortec Intake manifold re installed.

Next on went the power steering / alternator bracket.  Take care to make sure all the hoses are where they belong so that it does not present a problem for you later.

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Installing a Vortec LS Engine 2002 Chevy Tahoe – Rebuild Video 5

Vortec LS GM Truck engine ready for mating with my Tahoe

Vortec LS GM Truck engine ready for mating with my Tahoe

At this point, I am getting close to putting the motor back in the engine bay.  I finish things up by putting the flex plate on and torquing it down.  Next, some simple bolt-ons like the AC compressor bracket, the motor mounts, and valve covers.  Next to go on are some sensors such as the crank position sensor, the camshaft position sensor, and oil pressure sending unit.

All there was to do at that point was wait for help to arrive and then start dropping the engine in.

Getting ready to drop the Vortec LS GM Truck engine in

Getting ready to drop the Vortec LS GM Truck engine in

 

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Oil Priming a GM Truck Vortec LS Engine – Rebuild Video 4

The Vortec (LS) engine does not have a distributor for spark. It has a coil for each cylinder. This means we can’t use the old trick of using a drill in the distributor to build up oil pressure. Luckily, with some ingenuity and a little patience, these engines can still be pre-lubed.

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Using an old oil pressure gauge and a drill powered motor to build up oil pressure, I was able to get oil through all the passages and oil up all 16 push rods to the rocker arms. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and created a hybrid solution from my favorite vids.
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Line up front timing cover & rear cover to spec; Oil pan install – Rebuild Video 3

Measuring for a proper seal for a Vortec LS GM Truck engine

Measuring for a proper seal for a Vortec LS GM Truck engine

I took a lot of care to make sure the front timing cover and rear covers were on correctly, and within specification. Without a proper seal all the way around, oil leaks are inevitable, so I went slow and cautiously.

One thing I realized is that I forgot to drill out the rivets on the oil pan and had to do this carefully as I had already painted and had the oil pan cleaned at the machine shop. I did not want to get any metal from the drilling into the pan so I triple taped the thing up and that took some time, but the peace of mind was worth it. On went the gasket and the oil pan and I started to feel like I was making some progress with the engine rebuild.

Painted and installed oil pan for LS Vortec GM Truck Motor

Painted and installed oil pan for LS Vortec GM Truck Motor

 

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