78' Camaro LT1 Conversion Cali Smog Legal

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  1. supwicha

    supwicha Veteran Member

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    Hi to all, just starting my '78 LT1 project. I was fortunate enough to find a guy selling two camaros together. A '78 plane Jane, and a '79 T-Top car. They are both rust free and unbelievably they both ran. Picked up the pair for $1500. I purchased a retired '95 Caprice Police car with the 5.7 LT1 and a rebuilt GM trans for $650. Between eBay and Craigslist, I already sold enough parts to pay off the car and break even. I kept all wiring, computer, engine, trans, disc rear axle, coolers, everything that I'll need to do the conversion. Unfortunately I live in California and must still pass smog. I contacted the BAR here in California and spoke with the referee, so I have a good understanding what I must do to make it pass. The engine is tore down and the machine work is being performed as we speak. I plan on modifying the harness and lengthen portions of the harness in an attempt to conceal as much wiring and PCM as possible. I'm a bit concerned about modifying the O2 circuit, as I know they are sensitive to wire length on most applications. Any comments on that appreciated. I'm new to the forum, so this is my introduction. Looking forward to a successful project.
     

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    supwicha Veteran Member

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    Some More Photos

    Pre Tear-Down Photos:

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    supwicha Veteran Member

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    More Photos II

    Starting engine overhaul:
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    Hard to see in photos but these are a metallic pearl black:

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    Intake stripped, cleaned and painted high temp transparent metallic red. In person, parts painted this color look anodized.
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    That's all for now.
     
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    SupplySgt Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Wow I like what you did with painting the intake. That looks really good! Looking forward to seeing the progress. Sbca96 is a member here who has done a Cali legal LT1 and will have a wealth of information to offer for any questions you might have.
     
  5. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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    Your a Lucky dog with the purchases and breaking even - looks good so far :)
     
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    Interesting thread! Welcome aboard!!
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on Sbca96, I'll be looking at his project for sure!

     
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    ctchap70 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Subscribed! I bet this one is gonna be good! Great detail already!
     
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    Engine build is complete. Nothing fancy as I have to pass California smog. Engine machine work was received and performed correctly, took a couple days to assemble. Next step, pull the sub-frame strip, detail, and rebuild for the new powerplant.

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    Beautiful engine!!
     

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