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A Second-Gen Gets A Much-Needed Motor Modernization.
, Photography by Courtesy Of DSE, Mary Pozzi,
December 01, 2010
Packaged with the crate engine were two throttle bodies. The spare one is to be used in conjunction with GMPP's computer and wiring harness kit. Since we were running the GMPP electronics, we removed the one with the gold throttle plate and replaced it with the other one.
Packaged with the crate engine were two throttle bodies. The spare one is to be used in co
With the clutch installed, we were able to bolt on the Quick Time SFI-certified spun-steel bellhousing (PN 8020), which came in at a relatively svelte 20 pounds. In addition to being super strong, we've found them very accurate dimensionally. Trust us. An out of shape bell is nothing but headaches down the line.
With the clutch installed, we were able to bolt on the Quick Time SFI-certified spun-steel
Mating the new-school engine to the old-school frame mounts used to be a pain. But today it was as easy as calling Speed Tech and ordering up a set of their billet engine plates. In turn, this let us bolt on a urethane motor mount kit from Energy Suspension (PN 31114.G) that would work with the factory frame mounts. Keep in mind that engine plates from different companies place the engine in slightly different locations, which affect trans mount and headers. So do your homework before ordering.
Mating the new-school engine to the old-school frame mounts used to be a pain. But today i
After installing the block shield for the Quick Time bellhousing, we attached the Centerforce billet-steel flywheel (PN 700142) using the torque-to-yield bolts supplied with the kit. The SFI-certified flywheel should easily take the punishment Mary is sure to heap upon it.
After installing the block shield for the Quick Time bellhousing, we attached the Centerfo
Carl Cassanova then gave shop owner Cris Gonzalez a hand bolting up the new Tremec T56 Magnum we sourced from Hurst Driveline Conversions (HDC). HDC was able to hook us up with the trans and all the widgets needed to get it in the car and working. We went with the Magnum that has a 2.66 First gear and a 0.63 Sixth gear.
Carl Cassanova then gave shop owner Cris Gonzalez a hand bolting up the new Tremec T56 Mag
The shifter that comes with the Magnum from Tremec is pretty good, but it doesn't locate the shifter handle in the right spot for a center console. This short-throw Hurst Blackjack shifter from HDC features a 360-degree Delron pivot ball and will line up our shift handle in just the right spot.
The shifter that comes with the Magnum from Tremec is pretty good, but it doesn't locate t
Using a poll jack to support the trans, we then installed the three-piece trans crossmember from Speed Tech. The crossmember has some adjustability fore and aft, which is important since engine placement can vary. For a mount, we used an Energy Suspensions urethane piece (PN 31108) supplied by HDC. We did need to raise the trans tunnel about 1.5-inches to clear the transmission.
Using a poll jack to support the trans, we then installed the three-piece trans crossmembe
The headers fit perfectly and had plenty of room on all sides. The Edelbrock collectors use a durable graphite D-nut gasket for a leak-free seal. Street price on these is just over 500 bucks coated, which we think is a pretty good value.
The headers fit perfectly and had plenty of room on all sides. The Edelbrock collectors us
With the trans attached to the GMPP LS3, it was time to gently slide it into place between the Camaro's fenders.
With the trans attached to the GMPP LS3, it was time to gently slide it into place between
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