It's a van engine bay... tight is to be expected. Compared to a 7.3, it's spacious in there. Ever try changing a Mitsubishi 215 amp alternator (32 lb) on the top of a 7.3 in a van? That's tightI started down the path of making my own air box but I just didn't like how it was turning out. So to the internet I went searching for a possible solution to fit in the tight confines of the van engine compartment. I also had to find something with a few attributes that would adapt well to the space it was going in. Here's what I came up with...
I'm not a huge fan of the logo right there in front but I can fix that if it really starts to bug me. It fits pretty well in the space and the intake is in a good spot once I open up some holes in the inner fender and behind the grill. To mount it I had to take out the battery box sheetmetal and I'll have to fashion a new mount of some sort. I can make the intake piping work now down to the turbo and this doesn't interfere much with the AC lines like the last option did. Just a couple little brackets to make, send off to powder and then it's final assembly time.
Things look tight in there and yeah, some places are tight, but I find that this is easier to work on than when the 5.4L was in it.
There are definitely some secrets I've learned that I won't share when it comes to this swap but stuff like this APPS assembly are just examples of how far I'm willing to push to make things work like a factory install.As someone who works in the repair industry and does engine swaps for a hobby when I find these nuggets out I tend to share the info with only a few so the publication of this scares me, I'm always afraid the engineers are going to find out and change it up and ruin it for us!
But then I bet there is more alike than different the more exotic the electronics get.
Thanks for pioneering for us mortals