Intake and Intercooler Install

Before the new intake setup can be installed the wiper cowl must be removed as will be the windshield wipers as they currently reside where the intercooler will live. I plan on treating the windows with RainX and have no intentions of driving this thing in the rain anyways. For now, I will only be removing the center section of the cowl. Later on when the Hairys Glass fiberglass front end goes on. I will remove the hood hinge portion and the end of the cowl area as the hood will meet up to the windshield and a cowl won’t be necessary.

 

The current setup before the wiper cowl was removed for clearance.

First step is to remove the wiper cover. Here you can see the previous clearance work I had to do to make the old small block Chevy swap fit. This will all be removed. Leaving only enough material to support the bottom of the windshield and the seam where the factory firewall meets the cowl.

Exposed cowl showing the previous clearancing I had to do for the old Small Block Chevy swap.

 

Time to get cutting. No turning back now.

 

I used a welding blanket to protect the engine from sparks and metal shavings.

 

First rough cut removing the vertical portion of the cowl making cutting the rest easier.

 

Cowl area cut back to the seam where it meets the firewall and the lower windshield supports.

 

You can see where the majority of the wiper motor and wiper transmission mounts were removed.

 

Better view of how much was removed.

 

Quick shot of primer to prevent rust after softening and cleaning up all the cut edges so no one gets cut working on the truck later.

 

Cowl finished and ready to start the intake swap.

 

With the cowl removed. Now comes removing the BTR EQ1 intake.

 

First step was to remove the BTR intake and all related items.
Test fitting the Holley High Ram lower intake.
Test fitting the Holley High Ram lower intake.
Test fitting the Holley High Ram lower intake.
Intercooler fitted and wiper cowl cover trimmed and installed.
Intercooler fitted and wiper cowl cover trimmed and installed.
Intercooler fitted and wiper cowl cover trimmed and installed.
No chance of clearing the stock hood.
No chance of clearing the stock hood.
Now that’s a view.
Wiper cowl trimmed.
Starting mockup of the new charge pipe.
The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.

 

The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.
The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.
The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.
The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.
The mounting locations for the dual 50mm VS Racing Blow Off Valves. There will also be a GM Intake Air Temp sensor mounted on the back side of the charge pipe for pre and post intercooler temp comparisons and logging.
Michigan Motorsports 1.06″ LS3 to LS1 style injector spacers.

Masking off the hood to mark my cut lines. Function over form for now.

 

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