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Old 05-20-2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default '71 Chevelle - LS1/T56 - In progress

Well it is time I start a thread to keep track of my swap progress. I have a '71 Chevelle that I will be putting a 02' LS1 and a
'00 T56. My T56 came w/ a Ram dual friction clutch, centerforce billet flywheel and Pro 5.0 shifter. I have decided on doing a H/C swap before I install the motor.

My Chevelle weighed about 3500 lbs w/ an iron 350 so I'm hoping to drop a little weight. Going from a th350 to T56 so I will be adding clutch pedal and hydraulics. I have a pedal set from a '99 Camaro, T56 console, and '95 Impala SS tank. I will be running a Racetronix kit w/ 255 Walbro in tank pump.

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Looks like a great start! If you want a place to keep a project journal that gives you space to write a narrative, and doesn't have all the pop-ups, check out

http://www.hotrodders.com/

That's where I have mine. Makes it easy to show folks your progress and keep a record for yourself. Good luck with your conversion and may your surprises be few!

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Looks good!

Im planning a turbo LS1 chevelle in the next year

BTW- what the hell is that next to the velle in the first picture? A hunting rig?
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Yeah that is the hunting buggy. Old blazer on 38's w/ a nice platform to drive/drink/shoot from.
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Are those headers the ones that Hooker sells for LS1 transplanted Chevelles? They look nice but sure are spendy.
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Yep those are the ones. They were expensive and the quality isn't what I expected for the price, but they will be much better than stock manifolds and help reach my goal for 450rwhp.
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How is ground clearance for the oil pan and Hooker LTs with the BRP mounts?
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Looks like a good start. Is that the covans classic piece? If so, make sure you brace it well. Its flinzy without bracing, but it looks ****** cool!

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Yeah that's the Covan's, w/ Ultra-Lite's, i already had some gauges so I pieced it together. Seems fairly firm, but the bottom is kind of short and no mounting instructions. I'll figure something out. Just got in my console and gas tank. M6 console and '95 Impala SS tank. I'm planning on cutting some motor adapter paltes this weekend and working on the trans mount. Trying to have it running in a couple months.

Need to order some new springs 750/175 and front uppers scandc kit, I plan on boxing my front lowers. I need to fit in the Impala tank and put in my Wolfe Racecraft Spericals in the rear. Already running BMR adjustable uppers and SSM lowers in the back.

I will be running a 12-bolt w/ 3.31's and Tom's axles. I want to replace my posi with a Detroit Truetrac and 4.10's, but I'll have to wait.
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Go Mike Go, looks like its coming along !!! what did you figure out for the harness, do you have a scamitic(sp)
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No schematic. I'm just gonna go for it. I've spent some time looking at the pin outs and the harness and it shouldn't be hard.
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if you need a wiring diagram.. (which pin goes to what wire) and (what wire goes where) let me know. i can copy my ASA LS1 book for ya and post, fax, or email it to you. just pm me and let me know.
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if you need a wiring diagram.. (which pin goes to what wire) and (what wire goes where) let me know. i can copy my ASA LS1 book for ya and post, fax, or email it to you. just pm me and let me know.
Hey, I'm in process for my 70 ElCamino, I could use this info. if you have time!
Drop me a pm if you don't mind. My wiring harness should show up tomorrow, and I could work on it in the evenings.
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Got some more work done on the car this week. Took out the A/C and the dash. Removed the old tar sound deadener. After trying to fit the motor/trans in earlier this week and the trans tunnel being in the way I decided to remove it for now.

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Sitting at about 3* down.
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Didn't have time to fit the headers last night. Looks pretty tight.
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From the inside.
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New BMR rear support braces. Ordered the on the Power Tour in Orlando. Arrived Wednesday.
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Looks good!!!
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looks awsome man, if my chevelle wasnt a 454 4spd car i would deff be doing this swap.
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Got my headers in for a test fit. Everything looks to be lining up well. I need to get brackets cut for motor mounts, clutch and hydroboost. Picked up a '98 Grand Cherokee steering box for a budget quick ratio conversion. Got these cleaned up and ready for paint. I also have a set of gas tank straps coming in the mail so I should get to hanging the tank in the next week or so.

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Wanna grab a shot of those headers from under the car? Showing how they hang in reference to the ground...

Lookin great Mike. My hydroboosted brakes work phenomenal!!!

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I can get a pic tonight, but the motor isn't mounted yet so they will move slightly.

Thanks for your help Matt I will get back w/ you tonight.
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While your out taking pics, can you get one that shows the driver side framerail and steering shaft clearance? Thanks.
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