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Old 11-02-2012, 05:22 PM   #51
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What did you decide on for the L99 wiring harness for the cam phaser?

Looks really good! You are def taking a lot longer time to clean things thoroughly than I did... Lol I just wanted the SC on!!!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #52
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With so much debate over stuck oil pump or Melling, I decided to go with the Melling since it was cheap. Still not convinced its a better pump but i don't want to get into that now. I added a photo of the oil pump install using feeler gauges. Im feeling good about this one!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:59 AM   #53
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Sorry mate -- just seen this

The 3200 stall is fine - it really helps --- basically couldn't drive with a stock TC!
I have a pretty aggressive CAM.. GET-TORQ have it for a couple of days (pick up tomorrow) fine tuning and adding J-pipes to the SOLO Mach-XL to deaden the resonator drone at 1800rpm. I have the Torque management turned off, so the gear changes are quick, and noticeable (cant really describe it) anyway they are tinkering with the line pressure to relax the changes in 'D', but aggressive in 'M'. Fuel economy --- errmmm don't ask!! but you will so....on a run I am probably at 17MPG. pure city is probably 8 to 9 - mix is around 12-13. but i probably drive 4k a year, no commute - so no biggie
I get some very light and occasional bucking up to 1400 rpm, its not a problem, and again i am sure the multi-disk TC soaks some of that up (i think??)
Overall - I love it - the sound is perfect - i could get a deck chair, a cold one, and listen to it all day!, the power is just outrageous over stock. I took it to a couple of small shows last week (Sawgrass Ford!!) it attracted a lot of attention particularly when fired up.

Looking forward to the updates!

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Sounds awesome man. I decided to go with a 3600 stall based on recommendations although 3200 would have been fine also.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:06 AM   #54
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I used a razor blade and scraped off the thick layer from the flat areas then I used scotch Brite pads along with sea foam but that dint work so well. I then used the pads with Scrubbing Bubbles (bathroom cleaner) to make the really clean. This was all done with piston at TDC and engine rotated on the side to avoid crap from going in the cylinder. I also used a shop vac and contantly vacuumed around the piston area.
I used steel wool and seafoam. I coated my cylinder walls with oil really good so that if anything got in there it would just wipe out without scraping the walls.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:20 AM   #55
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It is easier to pull the engine to do the work as i did all of this and more to my L99, the only difference is i dropped my whole front rolling chassis below the car, it is much easier to drop the motor then to pull it out of the engine bay upwards!
Pretty easy job if you have the time and patience!
Yes that was another option. I lifted the engine from the top since my friend had the lift and let me borrow it.

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Wow great to see someone turning wrenches like this. Please keep the pictures coming!
I will be installing a Cam/oil pump/c5R timing set/valve springs this coming spring on my ls3. with the tranmission issues that they are known for I almost wish I got the l99.
Any suggestions for cams? lol
Thanks and good luck with your install also. I am using the Comp LSr 231 247 .617 .621 cam. this is one of their off the shelf cams.

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What did you decide on for the L99 wiring harness for the cam phaser?

Looks really good! You are def taking a lot longer time to clean things thoroughly than I did... Lol I just wanted the SC on!!!
I started to modify the bracket but I don't like it. I may order an LS3 bracket and go from there. Haven't got that far yet but i will post pics of it later.

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I used steel wool and seafoam. I coated my cylinder walls with oil really good so that if anything got in there it would just wipe out without scraping the walls.
That sounds like a great idea PQ. Now I need to clean the heads. I hate the carbon buildup in there and seems so difficult to clean with all the curves, hard to scrape since the surfaces are not flat. I may not get too crazy with the heads and just focus on areas where the valves make contact.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:52 AM   #56
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Good stuff going on in here.. Great call on the 3600 stall.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #57
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Yes that was another option. I lifted the engine from the top since my friend had the lift and let me borrow it.



Thanks and good luck with your install also. I am using the Comp LSr 231 247 .617 .621 cam. this is one of their off the shelf cams.



I started to modify the bracket but I don't like it. I may order an LS3 bracket and go from there. Haven't got that far yet but i will post pics of it later.



That sounds like a great idea PQ. Now I need to clean the heads. I hate the carbon buildup in there and seems so difficult to clean with all the curves, hard to scrape since the surfaces are not flat. I may not get too crazy with the heads and just focus on areas where the valves make contact.
Just be careful with the aluminum. I know you know that but just sayin'

Also it should be noted that I was talking about my Jeep Liberty. I have not removed my heads on my Camaro. Vengeance did the cam and conversion. It's the only thing I haven't done myself.

Jeep had overhead cams too.

I've been following and quietly rooting for you here.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #58
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Just be careful with the aluminum. I know you know that but just sayin'

Also it should be noted that I was talking about my Jeep Liberty. I have not removed my heads on my Camaro. Vengeance did the cam and conversion. It's the only thing I haven't done myself.

Jeep had overhead cams too.

I've been following and quietly rooting for you here.
I was wondering which car you worked on because I knew you had Vengeance work on your camaro. makes sense now.

Yeah i might have scuffed the pistons a bit in the process but cant be worse than all that carbon build up, besides that carbon will build back up in no time. I was more concerned with not scratching the cylinder walls and those look good.

thanks for rooting for me
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #59
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Alright, I added 5 new photos of recent work.

So last weekend I have installed the new valve springs, seals and retainers on both heads and I managed to install one of the heads back to the block and completed the installation of pushrods and rockers.

I must say that using stock bolts made me a bit uncomfortable especially when adding an additional 70 degrees on the 3rd pass to stretch the bolts. I can really appreciate the ARP bolts here and I wish I forked over the $$ for them but I am already too deep financially into this project.

I measured the piston to valve clearance and i read 0.1" on the intake and approx 0.24" on exhaust. I am pretty happy with these clearances.

The goal is to finish the engine assembly by end of this week.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:36 AM   #60
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Brave man..... I'm gonna enjoy watching.....
Reminds of when I was kid and dad would have the engine in the Living Room floor when we came home.... Mom not happy.....

I miss those days helping pop out.... I shall enjoy watching you.....
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #61
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Brave man..... I'm gonna enjoy watching.....
Reminds of when I was kid and dad would have the engine in the Living Room floor when we came home.... Mom not happy.....

I miss those days helping pop out.... I shall enjoy watching you.....

Sounds like some great memories. My dad used to do that too when I was growing up but I can't say that I enjoyed being around him. He always yelled at me for doing something wrong. Lol. I did learn a lot from him though helping him fix his broke-down Kenworth semi. That thing always needed work and it was required that I'd be there to hand him tools and hold stuff. I don't miss it but I do appreciate all that I learned.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:33 PM   #62
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Ready to Roll!

I do have a small problem however. I ordered a 3600 converter but received a 3200. The seller is willing to exchange it of course but this means I will wait another 2 weeks. At least that's how long I waited for this converter. I know that some folks on here went with a 3200 with the same cam and are happy with it but I really wanted a 3600. I was hoping to start it up this weekend. What to do? Anyway here is a new photo from today.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:51 PM   #63
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Wait bud, I know it's killing you but wait and get the right parts. IMHO.

Cover those intake ports too please.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:08 PM   #64
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Wait bud, I know it's killing you but wait and get the right parts. IMHO.

Cover those intake ports too please.
So that's where those missing bolts must be! Lol Yeah, I've been a bit too comfortable leaving these things exposed.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #65
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Also, I did end up replacing the stock head bolts with ARP bolts. I really like the ARP products and they were cheaper than I thought. It was so easy and smooth to mount those bolts with the moly lube, probably my favorite part of the project to torque them down.
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Yup plus you can reuse those many times.

How did you TQ them down? How many passes?

Looks real good bud! Can't wait to hear it but you got all winter lol.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:52 AM   #67
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Yup plus you can reuse those many times.

How did you TQ them down? How many passes?

Looks real good bud! Can't wait to hear it but you got all winter lol.
3 passes on M11 bolts: 1st pass 30lbs/ft, 2nd pass 50 lbs/ft, final pass 75lbs/ft and for the M8 bolts 25lbs/ft on final pass.

Thanks, yeah I was supposed to have all winter for this project wasn't I? I am 1 month into it and anxious for a start up. So I will wait for the 3600 stall, I may have it as soon as Saturday.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:01 AM   #68
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You are doing a great job! I just got done with basically the same install on a 6.0 lq4 in an 03 sierra 1500.
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Wow, subscribed, you're doing great! Just read this whole thing between my break inbetween classes, looks interesting for sure.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:28 PM   #70
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You are doing a great job! I just got done with basically the same install on a 6.0 lq4 in an 03 sierra 1500.
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Wow, subscribed, you're doing great! Just read this whole thing between my break inbetween classes, looks interesting for sure.

Keep up the good work!
Thanks guys! The TC arrived today so I am ready to reinstall the engine this weekend. Stay tuned for more pics
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Thanks guys! The TC arrived today so I am ready to reinstall the engine this weekend. Stay tuned for more pics

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You're going to luck out with nice weather for working outside this weekend. Who's going to tune it for you?? I didn't read the whole thread.
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You're going to luck out with nice weather for working outside this weekend. Who's going to tune it for you?? I didn't read the whole thread.
Yes, I'm pretty lucky with the nice weather this weekend. I will take it to Fast Motorsports in Woodstock but not until the spring.
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It would kill me having to wait all winter, but you'll love it. Did you see my 1/2 mile runs at the airport?
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It would kill me having to wait all winter, but you'll love it. Did you see my 1/2 mile runs at the airport?
Its been killing me so far as well. I may try to get it tuned early if it doesn't snow and they give me a deal.

Yes, saw your videos, looked like a great time. You kept up with that vette pretty good if not beat it? Nice!
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