My 73 Type LT Winter build

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  1. Printstron

    Printstron Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Went out for a drive with the wife and had a motor fire. I believe it was from a faulty/incorrect fuel cap. What I think happened was the fuel system built too much pressure and overloaded the press-fit to AN connectors. It dumped a bunch of fuel on top of the intake and shut the car off. I rolled into a parking lot and stupidly tried to turn the car over and it burst into flames. Off to the paint and body then the mech shops for repair.

    While at the mech, I had the rear-end geared to 4.10s, and Dakota Digital RTX kit installed. Along with repairs to the full engine harness, fuel rails and fittings and some other minor repairs that were covered under insurance. They did a good job as any paid shop should do but the time it took was unbearable. This part is a rant as I’m just a garage diy mech but I think a shop of the caliber it was at should have been able to spit out a job like mine in a few short weeks, but months later I finally took her home.

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    Once she was home though I tackled a bunch, wasn’t very good about posting the progress but was active on the forums seeking help in other threads.

    Installed:
    PTFB G-Braces (old non-adjustable style)
    PTFB Subframe connectors (bolt-on)
    Cleaned and sprayed trunk after finding where the water was getting in.
    Battery relocate
    Red Head steering box installed
    Pro-Forge Centerlink, Idler Arm, and Tie Rod ends.
    Rag Joint
    Over shoulder seatbelt install (Retro Belt)
     
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    did you have an fire under the hood ?
     
  3. Printstron

    Printstron Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yep, had a fuel leak at the fuel rails. Dumped a bunch of gas on top of the intake. The car shut off on me and I didn’t realize there was a leak and when I went to turn it over it burst into flames. All was covered under insurance, and the motor is still running strong after a few months in the body and mech shop.
     
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    Sorry about the mishap but you nailed everything else perfectly! Beautiful, even post fire.
     
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    Man I hate that about the fire, at least the ins. took care of you. Hopefully it was with out to much of a hassle.
     
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    Printstron Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The insurance portion was the easy part. The mech shop was a nightmare. Delay after delay. The did a decent enough job but it took about 9 months longer than a shop should take.
     
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    I ordered and installed 1/2” spacers in front to bring the nose back up a bit since I have Hotchkis 2” drop springs. It brought it up way more than the 1” described. I pulled them to verify I had them indexed correctly and one snapped in half. So I scrapped that idea. Going to leave the 2” drop. It was all for a clearance issue with the front wheels rubbing.

    After some research on the forums I verified my back spacing and found I only have 4” backspacing on all four wheels. With the 1” drop leafs and Koni Reds in the back it is no issue but out front it rubs. So instead of bringing it up I will source a better wheel fit to fix the issue. I love the American Racing TT2s’ so I think I may go with 18s’ all the way around with 5” backspacing out back and 4.5” back spacing in the front. Possibly stagger with 19s’ in the rear.

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    I also talked myself out of upgrading the sway bars and opted for new bushings at both ends.
    I installed Energy Suspension Red bushing all around.
     
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    Printstron Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Intake done, Spectre filter with Specter cold air block off. Custom Works Fender Braces DB8536D7-5C68-435C-BFEF-B5126AA27DC6.jpeg
     
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    I have the Pypes setup on my '73 LT, and have a Ton of clearance, even with coutouts. They sound great. and are stainless, so no rust. The Y pipe is awesome. Look into them. I also have a Borla setup for my '13 Sonic, (Yes, I know, it's not a Camaro) but the little thing puts out around 245 HP. with about 235lbs of torque. Fast little thing, and the Borla went in, on jack stands no less, in about 2 hours. WOuld have been faster, but the last bolt on the Turbo was hung up, I had to sawsall it. Either way, both of these exhaust systems are fantastic.
     
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    I ended up with dual Borlas, and an H pipe setup. Tucked up nicely and sounds good. I wouldn’t mind if it was a little more throaty, but I do only have short headers with 2.5” pipes and no cam.
     

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