My LQ4 Swap

Discussion in 'High Tech Retrofits' started by TheMeat, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. rockoosi1

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    I figured that had to be the case because my stock hood sure didn't fit...lol
     
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    How is the hood clearance with the truck accessory bracket? I would rather go that route if I can, so I don't have to drill the block (LQ4) for LS1 alternator bracket and can use off the shelf power steering lines.
     
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    It needs a cowl hood to fit.

    Killed two birds with one stone on my end. Needed clearance for the Whipple and clearance for the alternator.
     
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    Love the build Meat.
     
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    Will a standard steel cowl hood from goodmark suffice or would it need a little taller fiberglass cowl hood to clear the whipple? Thanks
     
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    The pulley on the drive snout is where I had a minor issue with clearance on my build. My engine sits slightly nose up in the bay though. I also upgraded to a 102MM throttle body and a 5" intake. Those two items took up some room too.

    If the entire cowl area is open and not just a round hole for a traditional 14-16" air cleaner, I think you could get away with a 2-3" cowl.

    At one time I had all of the measurements of this engine and its components so I could see if it would work vs. the SBC I was replacing.
     
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    Thanks! It is holding down jack stands in the garage currently as I address the rear end whine.

    Sent the center section back to builder so he could replace the gears.

    I am also replacing the front shocks and bushings.
     
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    THIRD SET OF GEARS, 125 mile break in so far (6-7 short trips with over night cool downs) and rear end still whines on decel. Quiet as can be on steady cruise and acceleration.

    I'm gonna call it 'good as it gets' I guess. This is the third set of gears and I have had enough fun with pulling the center section.

    On a successful note, I replaced my upper and lower A-arm bushings with factory MOOG replacements, upper and lower ball joints with MOOG's, Moog 5664 springs, and Bilstein Drag Shocks.

    Car rides sooo much better now!! All the things I have changed in this car, I never did the front end as I dreaded it...should have done it years ago. Alignment is toast now though.
     
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    Post up some pics.
     
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    Whipple is sold, trans is removed, rear end is out, front end of engine is coming apart today.

    Few months more of down time...

    I'll have a used set of Headman 2" LS swap headers for sale soon.:)
     
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