Installing a LS1 in my 1977 Camaro

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  1. Marks71BB

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    Car looks sweet and great pics of the install!

    More than a little jealous of the shop!
     
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    Thanks. When we bought the house about three years ago, it had a two car attached garage. My then neighbor, a contractor who had built both my house and his house, built this two car garage at the end of the driveway and attached it to the house. The plan was to make it look like it had been there from the beginning and he did a good job. I knew I wanted a two post lift, so we built it with 12' 4" ceilings. To meet code, we had to use 2 x 6 studs because of the ceiling height. We used rafters designed to give me a 9' x 30' clear space in the attic.

    I am retired so this is my hangout. I would go crazy if I didn't have something to do all the time. I bought the cabinets you see in the photos for $300 off of Craigslist. And that included the countertop!! My buddy lives up the street and has a '38 Chevy street rod. He also has a lift and every tool known to mankind!! Between the two of us, we can and do tackle just about anything.

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    The motor will go in tomorrow!!! I got the pivot ball adjusted and prepared the engine bay with lots of padding. Hopefully, everything fits tomorrow. My buddy and I decided to keep the car on the dollies. Since the hoist cannot be moved, this will make it easier to move the car to line up the engine mounts.

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    Looks like a patient prepped for open hear surgery :eek:

    Good luck on the install, I hope is goes off without a hitch.
     
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    really love this thread....taking notes...mite need an LS swap in mine!
     
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    Awesome stuff! Keep it coming! CC
     
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    Very nice Porsche.... I've always loved the Boxsters!!! :cool:

    Is it the 'S' model or a standard Boxster?
     
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    It was a 2005 non "S" model. I sold it a few months ago on Ebay and bought a 2001 996. Boxster's are great fun but I still prefer 911 coupes. I have been in the Porsche club since 1978 and have had a number of them over the years. My wife and I used to do both autocross and track events.

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    The motor is in!!!!

    The motor is in but it took about four hours of finagling to get it to line up with the engine mounts. For awhile, we thought that there was an alignment issue. However, time and patience eventually got everything to line up. We did have to take the driver's side mount off the motor and spread it apart a bit as it was too narrow to fit over the mount. We got a piece of threaded 1/2" rod and, using placing bolts in the middle as well as on the outside, we were able to spread it about 1/4" which was enough.

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    After getting it mounted on the mounts, if you let the motor hang, it wanted to rest against the brake line on the rear of the front crossmember. So I tied the front of the motor down to the front swaybar to keep it up until we install the tranny.

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    As you can see in some of the photos, I do have some adjustment on the mounting plates and can move the motor an inch or so to the rear. It cannot go any further forward of the oil pan will hit the crossmember.

    Big job done!! Should get the tranny installed next week and then it is a matter of hooking everything up.
     
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    After Sunday off and a funeral yesterday, I was back at it today. The transmission is in!!! My buddy has a very nice transmission jack that I have used nearly as many times as he has. Nevertheless, it was the usual fight getting it to mate with the motor. All's well that ends well.

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    After getting it bolted up, the bolt on the rear crossmember was a little over an inch forward of the bolt hole. The adjustable motor mounts helped out here. I wasn't quite able to get all of it, but I did get within less than 1/2".

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    When I installed the driveshaft, I still had plenty of spline left so it should work fine. After putting the car down, I hooked up the shifter and that part was done.

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    While the car was apart, I had the radiator cleaned and tested for leaks. I cleaned up my fan and installed both the radiator and fan.

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    Because of needing to use a bolt hole on the front of the head to lift the motor, I had not been able to install the alternator. Got it installed and then installed the belt and tensioner.

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    Now that I had all of that in place, I could work on the air intake. Problems here!! I tried a connector from the throttle body to the MAF in a straight line. Now I did not have enough room for the twin snorkel. It was nearing the end of the day, but I did try installing the snorkel directly to the throttle body with the MAF at one end of the snorkel. Once I add the filter to both ends, I will have an unbalanced look. I plan on working on this tomorrow to see if I can come up with a solution that both looks good and will work. Any suggestions?

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    I dont think that is going to work with the MAF only 'seeing' half the air .
     

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