'94 Firebird LT1 into '78 Camaro project back on

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    Its alot of work however its worth it.
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    Well I got lucky I guess, poked around at the parts store and came across the same switch.
     
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    I have an exhaust update. I ordered the Summit ball flange in Stainless Steel. It
    seems to have made a significant improvement, even though its a little ugly.

    Here is how it was :

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    Couple more shots from underneath not usually available ...

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    The shop followed my instructions pretty well, he cut off more than I wanted on
    the "y-pipe" but I guess the end result is the same.

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    In other news, the 1999 Camaro SS will be up for sale soon. I finally made good on
    a promise I made my wife back in Dec 2007. She wanted a new Camaro when they
    came out, having always been a Camaro girl. Unfortunately, the new Camaro sucks.
    So she test drove a C6 Corvette and loved it. Problem was, she wanted a very rare
    combo .. Arctic White, ebony interior, auto, 2008 ... but she hated the new wheels
    for 2008. I found a 2008 with the early wheel option code and "tuxedo" interior. Its
    totally optioned out with the Z51 package, NAV, Bimodal exhaust, HUD .. etc.

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    Tom
     
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    You can really see the difference in that Y pipe!

    My new donor...that I already like too much to donorize...94 Roadie...THE ROADMONSTAH

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    I think I've got about 2500 in it, so far, with a few hundred more to go. It needs heat-come to find, the previous owner bypassed the heater core because there was water in the floor. Looks like the evap drain is blowing back in the car and the heater core might still be good, though it probably needs a flush.

    Anyway, I hope to dd this for a year or so while I accumulate the rest of the parts for the swap and go through the previously pictured LT1. It's so...quiet.
     
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    Nice car Tom..gotta do what makes the wife happy. You do know the C6 has a LS in it don't you? (lol)

    I could see my self in a nice C6 someday too...it's my favorite gen.
     
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    Yes, that change should increase area 45-50%. Driving home from the shop it
    was noticeably more responsive. Heater core isnt that bad, a google search is
    the best bet. You DONT have to remove the dash (at least not in the Caprice)
    It was pretty straight forward. Yes .. the LT1 is quiet until you stab it. My SS
    is a joy to drive .. smooth as silk - unlike any of my LSx's in the driveway. They
    all have an annoying LS shake, getting worse the newer they are.

    Yes, I do know it has an LS, an LS3 to be exact .. it even has some oil on the
    back of the pan to prove it. We looked at a 2007 that had 20k less miles and
    was actually dripping on the ground while we looked at it!! I have pics if there
    are nay sayers in the crowd. This one wasnt forming drops and being that it is
    the "totally redesigned" LS3 .. I was hopeful that it might NOT leak and might
    NOT have that LS-knock .. but it does. I guess GM never thought people even
    cared about such things anymore .. flash those HP figures and all is forgiven.

    The saving grace for this platform is, like my GTO, you can actually SEE and
    touch the back of the engine (unlike the F-body). So tracking leaks, fixing the
    other quirks of this engines architecture wont beat me up so bad.

    Tom
     
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    Back in the 1970s, a brilliant mind decided that a plastic flex-hinge was a great
    way to save money and push 'Merica into the future ... I hope he got fired.

    As we all know growing up that even METAL can be broken by bending it back
    and forth enough (reason these things called hinges were developed). The 78
    Camaro fell victim to a topless center console some years ago and this seems
    like a great "modernization" to add to the car (granted its really like going
    retro, but whatever).

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    I bought a hinge, from Home Depot .. or Walmart .. I dont recall which.

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    Since the bucket drops into slots in the center console, I thought this would
    be a nice screwless way to hold the hinge in place. I used my trusty dremel to
    cut slots in the right location, to the hinge would tuck up under the bucket
    edge and get sandwiched by the console.

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    Notice the hinge is somewhat deformed, I put the hinge into a vice and used a
    piece of material to space it up a tad from the vice and hammered it down
    slightly to increase the folded spacing. This allowed the bucket edge material
    to clear the hinge and the hinge to fold parallel.

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    The top just simply got screwed in place.

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    Finished assembly ready to install.

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    Tom
     
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    And here it is in the car with the new OER lid.

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    That's a great idea

    I had seen that before and even thought about doing it
     

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