I dropped by Sean’s place after work on Friday for a quick chat with him about next steps. Imagine my surprise when I learned they had been making more progress than they were initially letting on about.
Specifically, the picture below is of the new Holley oil plan. In the last post I talked about the engine location being too low and there being interference with the pan. That was true, but the fix wasn’t to change the motor mounts… it was to switch to a new Holley oil pan. This design should eliminate the interference with the Chevelle’s front steering linkage.
Next up, Sean and AJ have made significant progress on the electrical setup! This was the part Sean was sandbagging me about… I had no idea they had jumped into the electrical installation yet, to say anything about how far along they are!
Yes, I know this looks like a big ol’ plate of spaghetti for dinner but there is a a reason for every wire danging below the dash, and AJ was able to walk me thru every single wire. I was very impressed. Sean is tackling the full wiring of the car, including the main chassis harness, the front and rear light harnesses, the cabin wiring (lights, electric windows, etc.) as well as the obvious… the main engine and fuel injection harness. In short, this is NO small job.
In fact, take a look at the picture below!
So this picture needs a bit of description for you to fully appreciate what’s going on. Behind the dash, up toward the right side of the picture you will see a dull gray aluminum-looking box that says “DELCO”. That is the engine ECM, or the electronic brain required to run the new LS engine in the Chevelle. Now, in about the middle of the picture you will see the glove box. Above that you will notice that AJ has already started installing some of the Dakota Digital add-on modules I purchased. He also has laid out the installation for the Viper GPS / Remote Start alarm system, the full electronic cruise control and the appropriate routing of all the A/C ducting that also must fit behind the dash. Yeah, there won’t be much space back there once AJ gets everything installed!
Anyway, just wanted to share yet another batch of pictures! Once the oil pan gets swapped and the firewall smoothed out a bit and painted (both should be next week hopefully) then the engine and trans will be headed back under the hood. Progress!