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Old 12-13-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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Starting another LSx 3rd gen swap - '89 IROC-Z

My wife and I wanted to get my dad a project car for a Christmas present as a way of saying thank you for his help with my car the last couple years. So we went and checked out a roller that was on Craigslist, and we ended up settling on a nice deal today. I'm going to pick the car up on Thursday to bring it home.

It's a 1989 IROC-Z hardtop, roller, rust free and straight. It has no interior other than the dash, and we ended up getting a 6.0 truck block (bare) in with the deal along with the Spohn motor mount pedestals, clamshell mounts, complete 241 casting heads, an Fbody intake manifold with injectors, rails, and throttle body, and an LS1 crank. We got everything including the car for $600



















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Old 08-23-2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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sounds like a nice thing to do for your dad
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
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motor car like EVERYTHING? holy jesus this is going to be nice for your dad.
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very nice project car, my 88 IROC was a complete ground up project with a ZZ502 Big Block, I love it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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Nice find. Keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:03 PM   #6
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Ohh nice, i always wondered on when Irocs would start being restored, you dont see many 3rd gens being restored yet, there's not a whole lot of parts out for them yet and unless you're looking for a personal project the prices usually never work out in your favor when restoring a 3rd gen, this is awsome though ;-)
Put an LSX454 in it!
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:52 PM   #7
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It's the 4th IROC-Z we have restored. And I really need to update this thread later, because the car is really close to being done. It's blue with grey interior now, and he bought a 98 Z28 to use the drivetrain for this car. It's coming along nicely.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:30 AM   #8
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Nice I'd love to do this for my '88 vert, but I'm concerned about butchering a #s matching car... maybe I should just yank the motor/trans and save them for later so I can have some fun
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:13 PM   #9
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My convertible was numbers matching, second owner car, all power options...that didn't stop me from making it a beast
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:12 PM   #10
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My convertible was numbers matching, second owner car, all power options...that didn't stop me from making it a beast
Good to know, lol. My dad and I picked the car out together brand-new when I was five, so I kinda want to keep it close. We will see, though--been thinking of an LS1/4L60E and just yank the existing motor/trans for now... :P I may just keep it factory, though--I don't need anything fast, because if I wanted to have something quick I could have dumped the project years ago and kept my LT1.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:51 AM   #11
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Update:

We painted the gas tank, and undercoated the whole car. We also painted the 4th gen 10 bolt, which has 4.10 gears which will be pretty fun to scoot around in. We put the Walbro fuel pump in the tank and got the tank and rear end in the car, and we just ordered the double hump transmission crossmember from Hawks. As soon as that comes in along with the wiring harness that Pocket re-pinned for us, we'll be putting the engine and trans in the car within the next 2 weeks.







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Old 11-13-2010, 10:51 AM   #12
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Oh ya, and it's blue now too, with grey interior lol
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:21 PM   #13
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Today my dad picked up the rest of his interior parts from the upholstery shop. He had his headliner, sun visors, and rear speaker covers all re-covered in new material, as well as had his new inner window sweeps installed on the door panels, and had a new cushion cover installed on his driver seat that we pulled off another seat. He said the stuff looks awesome, we can't wait to get it installed. We're hoping to finish the rest of the things that need to be done to start it the first time this weekend, and then we'll put the interior back together. As it sits right now, the only things inside the car is pretty much the carpet and plastics from the rear seats back.



Here's his fuel system. It looks much nicer than mine because we put the filter in the stock location. I'm really thinking about changing mine while I have my car on stands changing the rear end this spring.









We got pretty much everything except the windshield wiper motor hooked up, and we're waiting on the intake couplers and tubing that he ordered to come in, along with a new PCV assembly from the dealership, because the person he bought the car from was running around with this:



It was snapped off completely...oil was everywhere on the block...
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #14
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My dad picked up his intake stuff today and put it together while I was at work. Just need to put the iat sensor in one of the couplers.







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Old 02-16-2011, 10:00 PM   #15
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Looks very nice, you are going to love that motor,I have a old ASA ls1 in my 1984 camaro and it is awsome.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:11 PM   #16
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My convertible had an LS2/T56 in it
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #17
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Nice, got a buddy doing the same thing with a 73. Im building a 383 for my 4th gen, been debating on what to do with my LS1 once my 4th gen is done.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:55 PM   #18
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Here's it looks like on the outside right now, we're going to get it pretty much finished this weekend if all goes to plan


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Old 02-19-2011, 10:36 AM   #19
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Now quit spending your time here.... And get her done!
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:17 PM   #20
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:53 PM   #21
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I meant to say earlier my convertible HAS an LS2 in it, not had... Lol it still has it.



He got to start it for the very first time tonight, and he couldn't wipe the smile off his face! We are both so excited!

We got a little scared because the first try, the key would turn and it wouldn't even crank. I remembered that when he swapped dashes and steering columns that we somehow had an extra Pass-Key box. I decided to try changing out the box before doing anything else, so I did and it fired up right after that.

Obviously the car isn't FINISHED, but it will be driveable after a tune and after he has the exhaust made. Cosmetically, we just have to finish putting the front end and hood back on, and put the center console and seats in. We got the brand new speaker grills, sun visors, and headliner put in today and they look fantastic.


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Old 02-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #22
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Wow thats really sick!
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:37 PM   #23
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Here's a better video for some audio before we have the exhaust made:




We put the front clip back on, just have a couple more bolts to put in for the chin spoiler, put the grill back on, stripes and emblems, and eventually we'll polish the silver '88-'90 IROC wheels he bought and put those on too. It's dirty as all get out right now, hasn't seen a drop of water since it was painted and it's been collecting dust.

He's got an appointment at the exhaust shop on Monday to get that done and when it's finished he'll have the tune done. So I'd say it's likely that it will be on the street making it's maiden voyage within 2-3 weeks.



The floor jack was holding up the k member in this photo. It doesn't actually sit up that high, although it does sit higher than normal. I think it has non-factory springs in it that raised it up since it used to be a track car.


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Old 03-10-2011, 07:00 PM   #24
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Wow that didn't take long at all!! The exhaust is done already and the car is back home now. My dad drove it home today, said the thing breaks the tires loose without any problems haha

The tuner will probably be coming over within the next few days or week to get it ironed out, so it's pretty much done now. Somethin' is squeeling pretty bad I think it might be the a/c compressor or a bad belt, not sure.





Short little driveway wheel spin video haha


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Here's her maiden voyage (you can hear the 4.10 10 bolt whine like a banshee around 2:20 ) ... and the rattle noise every once in a while is the passenger side mirror, gotta figure out what's causing that. Other than that, it's tuned and ready to tear up the street, the thing runs like a beast for a stock LS1 and headers.


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