1969 Firebird LS swap

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  1. jakeshoe

    jakeshoe Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Major progress this week.
    I've hired a crew of guys to help me get stuff done in the shop. More work than I can do, so one full time employee, and two part time guys.

    I've been coordinating the work and keeping them busy (cracking the whip).

    This car has been eating concrete in my shop for a long while now and some of ya'll asked for an update when I got it going.

    I got it all running a couple of months ago and then it's been on the backburner again. It will be running again tomorrow and almost ready for some tuning.

    Customer is coming over tomorrow to look at exhaust options and see the progress.

    Still some wiring organizing to do, we are in the middle of trunk mounting the battery.

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    LS sounds good with the cam swap. :bowtie:
     
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    Looks good Jake,

    That will be a nice car for someone to enjoy. I hope to remake my 70 into something the wife and I can really enjoy.

    Brent
     
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    Jake, great work. Please take more pics of the whole car some of us are into more than just Camaro's.;)
     
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    Hi Jake,
    Yup, I am one of those bugging you for updates on that car...LOL

    BTW, Glad to see that you got yourself some help.
     
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    John,
    I'll give it a few updates tomorrow or this weekend.
    I'm trying to get it out of the shop finally.

    A couple of large cable ends to crimp on, a few wires to hook up and it'll be starting and running again with the harness all neatened up.

    It should be mostly done tomorrow. I need the lift freed up to fix a Ford Exploder I picked up for a song.
     
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    All good news, cool. And what trans are you running... :)
     
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    jakeshoe Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    4L80E ;)

    This car will be bulletproof as far as drivetrain. The weak point at the moment is the puny 10 bolt, but the 4" driveshaft, 4L80E, 6.0L with cam, etc should all be solid.

    It may get an L92 head swap in the future since I have a source for good L92 heads for a deal.
     
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    Neat. Did that trans come with that motor? Are you controlling it with the ecm?
     
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    jakeshoe Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Engine and trans are from a 2001 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado. 6.0L and 4L80E.
    Stock PCM runs both.
    Spectra fuel tank, car accessories, intake, and coils. Aftermarket bolt-in radiator/fan module.
    I made the crossmember for the 4L80E. Monster Motorsports Driveline.
    I made the adapter plates to mount the engine because the aftermarket ones didn't put it where I wanted it for oil pan to steering clearance.
    Stainless Works headers.
    It's getting a 2.5" X pipe, Flowmaster Super 44s, and tailpipes this week.
    Car has Hotchkis springs front and rear, Suspension Technologies swaybars, and getting the Hotchkis shocks this week.
    We installed the T/A hood tonight. Customer is getting antsy to get it going.
    I had to run it off my lift yesterday to get a Ford Exploder on the lift to diagnose the trans.

    Jake
     
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    jakeshoe Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Getting closer..
     

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