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Old 10-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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1966 Chevelle LSA/ZL1 install

I have already started this thread elsewhere but I thought I would post this here also........This engine assy came from a car that was wrecked and listed on the ZL1 registration list here......#465.........So.....I thought it might be of interest to the guys here how it is being recycled....

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Old 10-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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I bought a just restored 66 SS 396 Marina Blue Chevelle Factory A/C car.........It's a decent resto but not perfect by any means.......so....the plans are to do the Brake, Suspension, and wheel and tire thingy to get that Pro Touring look ......and the car will never see a cone course....so...it will be a driver and Power Tour car.........Now for the Interesting stuff..........It's gonna get a 2013 Camaro ZL1/LSA 4L90E drivetrain........The factory A/C will be replaced with a aftermarket system from vintage air and the stock interior will be retained..........I know I'm going to have to cut out the trans tunnel and raise it to fit the trans....the end goal is to keep the stock console and shifter for the stock appearance.........Here are some starting pic's of the car......










And here's the engine........It's only got 2100 miles on it



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Old 10-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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I've been ordering parts and they are starting to show up..........Complete RideTech suspension (Coil overs all around)......Holley Oil Pan.........Aluminum Radiator........Wilwood Brakes....Vintage Air system........and a Rick's vaporworx tank........so far.......When I bought the engine I also got the Intercooler, Pump, Harnesses, Fuel Pump system, Gas Pedal...ECM.............I already sent all the electrical stuff to Speartech for the mod's........ Here are some more Pic's....

All the harnesses going off to Speartech




The Engine less all the wiring....




Parts in the garage......







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Old 10-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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I received more parts today......since the new Camaros have Electric Power Steering, I ordered a Kwik Performance raised alternator bracket assy along with their Power Steering Pump integrated into the brackets.....I also ordered a complete wire harness kit from American Autowire......The existing fuse panel in the car is showing it's age and is pretty much toast.....So....we are going to rewire the whole car.....The A/C compressor is a slight problem as with the blower belt tensioner taking up the area that would allow the raising of it.....so .......I am going to have to keep it down low and make my own brackets...........The Fun continues.....

Getting ready to start...........
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #5
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It was hard to take a wrench to the first bolt to take this car apart.......But........Got a little bite into it today and the ball is now rolling...........Hope to have the LSA in place by the end of next week......Pic's to follow as things happen









The Wilwood Brake system will be here early next week and a Ricks Vaporworx tank is also on the way.....

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Old 10-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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Won't have time to work on the car today ....But....The FedEx guy was still working......The re-wiring kit from American Autowire came in, along with a new quick ratio steering box, and a complete Vintage Air system.....Gonna hit it hard this weekend........



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Old 10-06-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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Got the old drivetrain out and we are getting close to starting with the "Fun" part of the rebuild........Gonna find out what fit's.....and what doesn't......Then make it fit.........Everything will be documented here so as to help others in the future.......or.....If anyone has been down this road, feel free to help with any advice.........My biggest concern right now is with the 6L90E trans.........I'm not concerned so much with cutting the tunnel.........But by how much will be sticking down below the crossmember as this thing is huge.......I also did some rough measuring and it seems like the top of the supercharger will be about an inch too high for the hood to close.......But....I'll know more when we get a little further along...







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Old 10-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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Got a little more done today............Time to clean and detail the frame and get the new suspension and Brakes installed....then get the engine installed.....








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Old 10-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
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A couple of things happened today.........The original drivetrain is now gone and on it's way to be installed in another Chevelle and to live another day................And.....After looking at the 6L90E trans and measuring everything.....I'm just not comfortable that the trans pan will be high enough for me to drive the car comfortably worrying about that pan hitting something as the car will be a couple of inches lower than stock with the Ridetech Coil-over suspension.....So.......I'm going to buy a built 4l60 trans that will fit without the trans tunnel surgery and pan issues......I need to resolve some issues butJohn at Speartech has said there wouldn't be any communication issues with the computers .....so....looks like that's the way I'm going to go......(That's today's plan anyway.....LOL)

Got some more boxes today also..........Christmas in September..........Dakota Digital VHX Gauges........and a "Real" set of brakes.......






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Old 10-06-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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Started to open up the Ridetech boxes to get everything organized and ready for assembly............How did they know these boxes were coming to me.......LOL......Look closely.........Gotta love it!!!!








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Old 10-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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Made some progress today......First.........I ordered a built 4L70E trans to replace the 6L90E........John from Speartech is going to make the harness mod's to suit the different trans and said it's actually much easier now......... So.......I took the trans off the back of the engine and brought the engine home to meet the car for the first time......LOL.....The new trans will be delivered in a couple of weeks so while waiting I'll get the new suspension on the car......then continue with the engine install.......If anyone needs a 6L90E with 2000 miles , let me know...........Here are some pic's from today.....
















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Old 10-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #12
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Looks like fun. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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LOL......I took the stock steering arms to the shop today for glass beading and painting......got that done and when I got home I installed the upper control arms and started to install the disc brakes and the steering arms.............As soon as I started to install the parts I knew I had a problem as the kit bolts wouldn't go thru the arms..........Hummmm......I read the instructions and ......LOL.......I don't have a drill big enough at home to drill the holes out to 1/2"..........So.....I had to stop for the day and finish then up at the shop tomorrow..........Dam Instructions......






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Old 10-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #14
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Got a little more assembled.......Got the steering linkage installed and the brake caliper mounts.......I'll get the rotors and calipers installed then on to the rear......






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