My new 1971 Camaro

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by jkhall, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. jkhall

    jkhall Member

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    so, test fitting the engine...

    I got the motor mount bolt in the driver side. Passenger side is having problems lining up. This is just test fitting.
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    I need to address the accessories. I had to take off the A/C and mounting brackets the engine obviously as they were on the lower passenger side. I am leaning towards LS Simple bracks like in this picture.



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    I am open to suggestions though...
     

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  2. 71RSLS

    71RSLS Veteran Member

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    I'm using the LSsimple ones on my 5.3. It made better sense for me.
     
  3. jkhall

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    ***Update***

    I have finally aligned the motor mounts and tranny mounts to get it to all fit.

    I won't lie, it was a bitch to get the lower mount aligned with the upper mount and have the transmission cross member align up to the tranny mount. it took me a lot more time then I thought it would. * IF * I would have followed the directions that came with the mounts it would have saved me time. Damn directions.


    The LSS alternator mount is here. I like the way it looks.

    I have continued to hesitate to purchase the Vintage AIr system. I keep getting close and then wait. major hesitation now is that I dont like their compressor or bracket. Speaking with LS Simple he brought to my attention the old style compressor they use. I have reached otu to them to see if they can sell me the complete kit - the compressor and I will get LS Simple bracket with a V5 Compressor.

    I installed the custom works performance 2G springs with Bilstein G5 shocks in the front. I am concerned about my header clearance. Anybody use this setup before and have issues? Time to start putting the front end back together. By chance, anyone has a nice step by step in this process. LOL

    Here are the pics I am sure people would like to see. It's not perfect, but its what I can do.
     

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  4. 71RSLS

    71RSLS Veteran Member

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    That is looking very nice!
     
  5. 8pack

    8pack Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The custom works springs had my car sitting too low. I will bet you need a 3/4” spacer which will raise your car back 1.5”. You are probably sitting around 12” center of hub to fender lip which I know you can’t measure now. You don’t have all the sheet metal on or AC equipment in and I assume a bunch of other parts, you wil only sit lower once that stuff is on. I have a small block with Aluminum heads and Intake, an aluminum radiator and a Sanden compressor which weighs waaaay less than the stock A6 compressor.

    I suggest not using the spacers that sit on top of the spring, there is only room for a 1/4” spacer, get an aluminum or poly one that is molded to align with the spring and fit in the lower pocket....
     
  6. jkhall

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    I got my spacers today and will install them tomorrow or the next day.

    I also received my Radiator and Sniper EFI Fuel tank. The first thing that came to mind is "shit" I still have to assemble everything. I know I was asking for a lot, but I wish the fuel tank would have been assembled. There are some things I just don't want to hassle with. intresting its a tanks inc tank that Holley uses. I guess I missed that part.

    The Radiator is from speed cooling. Its a small fortune as well. Living in Florida though I didn't want to take any chances with the cooling aspect of this build.
     

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  7. jkhall

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    Update 3-18-2018

    after lots of work . I have my doors, fenders, upper valance, and hood on and mostly lined up pretty well.

    I also got my new stand alone harness in.
     

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  8. jkhall

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    a little more work today. fitting the front end peices. Nothing fitting well. I hate OER. aftermarket sheet metal sucks. Makes me want to toss my tools and scream most of the time.
     

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  9. 2ndGenCrazy

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    #3 engine lift brackets for intake manifold.
    #4 rear bracket for throttle cable on a Rochester Quadrajet carb.
     
  10. Camaro_73

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    Just throwing it out there, an LS swap is only as expensive as you want it to be. I understand the older generation hears about how expensive it is and how you have to buy this brand new and that brand new or that brand. Along with thinking that a 250k mile engine is "too many miles" and needs rebuilt. All of that is false. i had a carbd 5.3 with a th350 in a 72 Monte Carlo and i was into the whole swap maybe $1500. I also had a 78 Firebird with a lq4 (uknown high mileage) with a th350 and the guy i got it from said he spent maybe $1800 to do the swap and that car hauled ass, got great gas mileage, and started up every time. Now i also understand i am in a different category when it comes to swaps as i don't build show cars and i don't care for the pretty engine with the pretty brackets etc.. I prefer function. Ill be doing a swap in my 70 Chevelle that i have posted on here when i get the funds and i may be in the $2000s on the swap when i do it just because i want to go with a complete 6.0/4l80 but we'll see. Anyways just wanted to throw my 2 cents in there. LS swaps all started off of guys taking a junkyard 4.8 and putting twin turbos on it and thrashing it, just something to think about..
     

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