My 1971 LS Swapped Pro-Touring Project

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 1971CamaroGuy, May 15, 2012.

  1. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Trying to figure out my plan of attack for my engine swap, I've never done it with all of the front end components on it before...I'm not sure if I can install the whole combo with just the hood removed, I'd have to come it and a sharp angle for the tranny tail shaft to clear...which I don't think is possible


    I have several ways i could do this:

    1. Pull the hood, core support, radiator, bumper, header, and valance...leaving the fenders intact at the rear

    2. Pull the front cap as a unit

    3. Pull the hood and leaving the cap in place, separate the engine and tranny...drop the engine from the front and come in underneath for the tranny...bolting the two pieces back up in the car



    Open to any suggestions, I have the front end installed as close as I can gap wise. It was a nightmare to get all of that lined up. But I think since I have it shimmed like I want, I can just remove the shims and remember where they went.

    I just don't want to create additional work for myself, having the cap off would make putting the engine in easier and I can re-paint the subframe ...but trying to put the engine in an already tight area would be tough too if I left the front cap in place

    Trying to figure out the lesser of two evils
     
  2. Twisted72

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    if you have the front clip done and gapped like you want it ..then I would drop the trans from under then pull the motor ..think for my self would be easier
     
  3. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Thanks - Yeah that's what i was thinking, I hate to separate the engine and tranny...but that seems like it would be the best way to go. I hate to mess my gaps up...that was a nightmare
     
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  4. sprink

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    Maybe get car in air or over a pit, then trans can stay on & get the angle of attack u need.
     
  5. 1971CamaroGuy

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    Yeah that would work too, my plan is to do the engine swap in my oversize attached 2 car garage...it's deeper and on a smoother surface and way more room that my detached workshop. I would just have to do this before it starts getting really cold because my attached garage doesn't have heat while my shop workshop does. So I def want to do this when the weather starts changing next month, but not wait too late in the winter where I can see my breath walking out there lol. It's still pretty hot right now.
     
  6. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Guess what came in today!

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  7. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    I'm not going to need the accessories,accessory brackets, intake, fuel rails, injectors, coils packs, exhaust manifolds harness and PCM off this one so I will be putting them up for sale soon

    I pretty much just wanted the long block and transmission...I have everything else lol




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  8. Twisted72

    Twisted72 Veteran Member

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    pm please
     
  9. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Found a local guy parting out trans am stuff and got this solid headliner and the other pieces for $130, but I am going to have to replace two of the metal pieces as they are rusted and bent pretty bad.

    So at some point I am going to swap out the bow for a one piece headliner

    Removing the old material here and already added some fiberglass to one side of the seat belt retractor cut out to close it in since I don't have those on my car.

    Only other thing is it sagged in the back middle some so I have to address that. I am thinking about wetting it some and laying it in the driveway with something heavy on it to set it back again




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  10. Twisted72

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    since most is gone. injectors, accessory brackets ?
     

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