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Thread: VIN1049 - LS4 swap

  1. #31
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    My VIN:    01049

    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Today I did the following:

    Re-installed passenger side parking brake cable
    Removed old heater feed and return hoses
    Connected hoses from steam vent pipes to coolant bottle
    Connected reverse light switch wires
    Hooked up clutch hydraulic line to clutch hard line on transmission
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Today I got the crossgate cable into place. Pretty brutal with how little room there is at the end of transmission in this configuration. Of course, as I was inserting the clevis pin for the cable to selector, I managed to drop it into the abyss. Ordered a pair from DMC-MW in case I lose another one.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Good job on the build dude.

    It will be back together in no time at this rate!!

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    Senior Member NckT's Avatar
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    My VIN:    No. 4068

    Keep the pics coming
    RIP Rob van de Veer Top bloke

    I say Sir, I must be mad, one loves fixing K-Jet !

    Make sure there's plenty in the tank for the weekend chaps....

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by NckT View Post
    Keep the pics coming
    Will do! Just wait until you see how little room there is for working with the crossgate cable. Tonight (probably) I'm going to have the 'fun' of installing the clutch slave cylinder.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Pleasantly quick, easy, and short session of working on the car tonight. I installed and bled the clutch slave cylinder. A little bit fiddly, as the slave sits further back, so it is half under the fiberglass. Once I managed to slip the slave into place, it got much easier. Went under the car and easily worked the spacers into place, followed by the two bolts.

    Hooking up the hard line and bleed it was cake, as the rear shock tower brace is out of the car right now.

    With the heavy duty pressure plate from a 350Z and a Kevlar clutch, the pedal is... not light, lol.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Completed:

    Remove PRV engine
    Rebuild LS motor -> replace all gaskets & seals including head gaskets, get heads machined and serviced, install intake manifold and carb

    Prep work on car
    Remove Megasquirt & associated wiring
    Test fit motor mounts and drill holes for motor mount supports
    Cut shifter linkage frame hole
    Send shifter rod to Josh for re-work
    Replace rear brake lines
    Replace rear shocks
    Remove heater hoses

    Transmission
    Disassemble for input shaft coupler & inspection
    Re-assemble with new gaskets, etc
    Grind bellhousing for pressure plate clearance
    Drill bellhousing for starter clearance

    Fuel system
    Use existing pump and get bypass fuel pressure regulator. Make proper AN hose.

    LS rebuild
    Grind block for starter clearance
    Strip down exterior completely
    Install DoD delete kit & cam kit
    Install new oil pan
    Clean-up and reassemble exterior, with carb manifold & carb

    Transmission & engine
    Install clutch assembly
    Install adapter plate
    Mate transmission & engine
    Install starter
    Mount assembly into car; line up transmission mounts first, then motor mounts
    Fill engine oil
    Hook up reverse light switch
    Fill transmission oil
    Hook up clutch slave cylinder and bleed

    Fuel system
    Hook up fuel filter & carb, test that fuel gets to carb

    Cooling system
    Install coolant temperature sensors (one for DMC gauge, one for MSD box)
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Left to do:

    Prep work on car
    Repair fuse #1 wire, replace RPM relay with standard relay, install power distribution stud

    Transmission & engine
    Install re-worked shifter linkage rod
    Install shift linkage and adjust
    Rebuild axles
    Install axles

    Cooling system
    Install water pump
    Re-arrange hard pipes to passenger side
    Hook up water pump feed and return hoses (top hard pipe is feed & bleeder hose, bottom hard pipe is return)
    Hook up heater core feed and return hoses
    Vacuum and fill system

    Front accessory drive
    Install alternator
    Install A/C compressor
    Install tensioner
    Install drive belt

    Exhaust
    Install exhaust manifolds
    Install oxygen sensors
    Install mufflers and connect to manifolds

    Electrical
    Make new battery main cable
    Alternator
    Ignition box, including all sensor connections
    Carb choke
    Starter
    Otterstat
    Ignition box to tach signal converter to tach wire
    Oil pressure gauge
    A/C compressor
    Coolant temperature sender
    Oxygen sensors
    Coil packs & wires
    Engine ground

    Startup test
    Load tune to MSD box
    Hook up battery
    Unhook ignition coils & fuel pump fuse
    Crank car several times to build up oil pressure
    Hook ignition coils & fuel pump fuse back up
    Start engine
    Run engine up to temperature
    Make adjustments to carb's idle circuit as necessary
    Make adjustments to idle cells in MSD

    Air conditioning
    Replace receiver/dryer
    Vacuum system
    Fill system

    Re-assemble fascia, louvers, underbody panels

    Road test
    Note carb changes needed
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    I think I am pretty much done working on the LS swap for a good while. The weather has really gotten too cold. Any decent days between now and spring I'll fit some time in, but I'm mostly done until things get back to regularly being in the 40s and 50s.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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