Brutus Receives an Engine
Plans started to change rapidly while playing the “while we are here” game in the engine bay. The long block itself is a stock block with all new bearings for a simple installation and starting point for modifications. The old motor mounts were worn out and needed replacing right away. Finding OE GM engine mounts has become increasingly difficult over the past few years, and the parts store brand engine mounts just don’t cut it for longevity in a Syclone or Typhoon. The decision was to try out the Jags That Run engine mount kit that is available. The plates were powdercoated matte black, protected from the heat with aluminum heat shields and then installed along with the longblock. Every piece of the engine bay that we deemed difficult or unnecessary to remove again in the future was then sandblasted and powdercoated. We wanted to keep the engine bay tidy and clean so the color choices for the powder were crucial. Three major colors were chosen, matte black on many of the hidden pieces, mega grey on the brackets and other accessory pieces, then a medium texture black on the more obvious pieces. These pieces included the upper intake, upper intercooler, and valve covers. This medium texture black is very clean while maintaining a different look than the usual matte or gloss black in engine bays.
All of the sensors were replaced in the engine bay to make sure we wouldn’t get a faulty sensor when first starting the truck. To go along with cleaning the engine bay, every bolt or nut that we removed or touched was replaced with a stainless steel product to slow down corrosion significantly during the course of winter driving. The starter was replaced with an ACDelco high torque mini starter to give more clearance by the downpipe; the alternator is also a new ACDelco piece. The ignition system got our full tune up kit which includes NGK UR6 Spark Plugs, ICE high performance ignition wires and a new cap and rotor. The distributor was replaced with a rebuilt unit along with these other pieces previously mentioned. The AC compressor was removed with the help of a pulley and an AC Delete box installed to reduce weight and clean out a good amount of space in the engine bay.
To continue with the stock build of the truck, we cerakoted a set of stock exhaust manifolds black in house. The cerakote will help to keep under hood temperatures down and is a nice touch to the engine bay. A good stock turbo was then placed on with a stock downpipe and new oxygen sensor. The old boost solenoid and wastegate were ditched, knowing that the stock boost control is all over the place. These pieces were replaced with one of our Forge Motorsport Billet Wastegates for rock solid boost control on the stock set up. Dialing in any truck with this set up is super simple and will give you much better initial and peak boost control with no fluctuation like the stock solenoid produces.