78' Camaro LT1 Conversion Cali Smog Legal

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  1. supwicha

    supwicha Veteran Member

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    Actually worse, grade nothing bolts. These are temporary while I mock up the remaining components. I still have some stiffeners to weld, top plate and quality hardware. Thanks!
     
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    That's exactly right :)
     
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    That should do nicely.

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    Subframe Install

    Nothing special to note here. Just protected the frame, installed all new polyurethane mounts and mounted the frame. I have in the process created more work for myself however. With all the projects, dirtbikes, and everything in the garage, I just need to recover some space. So with that, I'll have to protect the frame while I finish stripping the firewall and prep for paint. Yea, I know, in reverse order but I need some space back NOW :)

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    Ok, managed to strip my firewall, sand, degrease, primer, and paint today. I went with an automotive black matte for the color. Got the engine stabbed too. I still need to remove the inner fender wells for prep and paint but I at lest got the engine off my floor and out of the way. Next up: Suspension install. PS - One piece of advise. I really do like Energy Suspension and their products, but I'll never use their engine mount on the clam shell type mounts again. These are the worst buggers to install ever. They will really test your patience.

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    Here are a couple of the engine, no too good though, poor lighting. I'll post better detail shortly. Also verified my AC compressor clears perfectly after the subframe mod.

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    Sure is purdy.:)

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    Hello,
    I live in Norcal and i was scared to touch anything on my 80 z28 because of the smog laws. How are you getting around that? Would love to do some head work ect.. to the motor. Any suggestions?

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    I got asked this question on youtube for my pass video a couple years ago. The
    way that you do it in California .. is dump the old school engine and smog stuff.
    The laws are too restrictive to do much of anything to the stock equipment, but
    if you install a newer engine, you fall under the laws of the newer engine. It will
    be smogged AS that year car.

    That said .. if you want to improve your stock equipment, you can look for CARB
    approved speed parts, there are just less available for 1976-1981 years.

    My wife took the '78 LT1 swap to a car show in Northridge at the Bobs Big Boy a
    few weeks back and the car got a LOT of attention. Smog year F-body cars are
    the unicorn these days in California. They were shocked to see one on the road
    let alone with an EFI engine and OD trans. Tons of questions, comments on how
    good it sounded pulling up .. even before the hood was opened.;)

    Tom
     
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    Thanks for the info. I was always told you would fail the visual.

    vince
     

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