Making Progress

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

So I dropped by Top Gear Motorsports yesterday afternoon and got an eyeful of sweet, sweet… PROGRESS!   Now that Sean nailed the transmission crossmemeber issue he and the team have had time to really grind down on the To Do list.  Take a look!

So let’s just dive into the good stuff:   The LQ4 now has an intake manifold and fuel rails.  Looking good, huh?  We’ve got Holley valve covers on order that will allow us to install LS2 coil packs (instead of the LS1 coils you see on the engine right now).   Sean mounted the PCM on the firewall behind the dash, all nice and safe.  The Dakota Digital modules are going in next and those have to connect to the PCM so they will get mounted above the glove compartment under the dash pad.

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The fuel system is done… tank to fuel rails…

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Also, the Kooks headers are in… good fit, huh?

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Here’s the LS swap radiator setup…   the Vintage Air A/C condenser and transmission cooler are also installed but not visible here…

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And the rest of the Vintage Air system is already in as well…  the hoses behind the dash aren’t in yet because they are still doing the wiring work but the system is even loaded with coolant… everything works!

Here’s a shot of the Flaming River steering box.  On the top end (in the engine bay pics) you should be able to see the new steering linkage/shaft leading to the new Flaming River steering column (I’ll get pics of the interior work next visit)

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And let’s be honest.. this is about the only vantage point where you can still see the Chevy Orange engine block!

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Overall Sean and the team at Top Gear are making great progress.  They’ve already done a test crank of the engine to ensure oil pressure and everything was great.  We are not that far away from actually turning this beast over!

OH, and as a last tease…  here is the cold air setup I’m going with…  click the link below and check it out!

Spectre Performance SEMA Product Announcement

Is this going to look good under the hood of the Chevelle or what?   It’s on order and should arrive in a few weeks.  More pictures then!

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Crossmember Conundrum

Hi all,

Yep, it’s been a while since my last update.  Sean has been battling an issue I had considered but never thought it was going to be a challenge… the transmission crossmemeber.   Remember while my car is a coupe, I have a boxed convertible frame underneath.  Something about the combination of the 4L60E that we picked up and the boxed convertible frame rendered all of the crossmembers on the market useless.

Sean worked with one company to fab up a specific one for our install and here it is, fresh out of the box and mocked up on the car:

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So while we have a bit more “force-fit engineering” to accomplish (the driveshaft might not have the clearance required right now), we’re pretty confident we have something we can work with.

SO… hopefully that means we hit the ground running.  Sean set a tentative target for the end of March to get the car running and back to me.  This crossmember conundrum might add some time but now that the engine/trans will be in their final position, it’s really all about the hundreds of small items required to get the beast running.  The fuel system has been completed so no issue there.  We’re ready to feed the beast!

Next possible challenge in the back of my mind?  Exhaust.  I want to downsize from the 3″ system I had in the old setup to a more manageable 2.5″ setup, but I want stainless steel and I have decided to move to headers, but now we’ll have to find some that fit.  This could get fun. Time to hit SummitRacing.com again.  🙂