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My 1985 IROC Z restoration..that has speakers.. lol

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Nice ride you got going Chris!The aluminum LS1 will take some weight off the nose.Just one of many benefits going to the LS..Great choices you are making..Seems to be a few power hungry gear heads here at CS.Hungry for amp power and horse power.Both things that will get your heart rate up and make you say WOW.Almost the same but completely different.Do you need a car that will spin its wheels from a 55 mph punch like Chris is building?Do you need enough amp power to pound your chest like your having a heart problem?Hell yes you do! If it keeps you smiling in spite of all the worldly BS going on then bring on MORE POWER!It doesn't cost any more than the shrink(DR) you will need if you come home from work and sit watching world news at night.
Jim

 

Exactly!!! and thank you!

 

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Nothing major to report, but I did pick up a few new toys Friday morning!
 
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PA Racing tubular K member, trans x member, adj panhard bar, adj rear lower control arms, a arms, afco coilovers, and subframe connectors.  I hope to start making some real progress next weekend!
Chris

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I bought a 2002 Camaro SS as my first car...it served me well until I bought a truck as a daily driver, at which point I started modding it. The LSx family of engines are very nice performing engines with tons of potential...that G5X3 cam should perform well, but make sure that whoever tunes it knows what they are doing...it's not exactly a small cam (but certainly not huge either).

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Almost forgot...it did have some bump in the trunk too. I replaced every last bit of that stereo system, all the way down to running new wires to the speakers.

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Never should have sold that one!!!  That's good stuff!  Looks like you put some serious time into that motor.  
As to the tuning, I agree, it has to be done by someone who knows what they are doing.  There is a well respected dyno shop about 45 minutes away that I was going to use, but, a buddy's brother just opened a new shop and is getting his dyno set up as we speak.  He assures me that he has the knowledge and experience to tune my car.  Makes me a little nervous, but, if you see his shop, he must know something!!
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He has just about got me talked into buying an HP tuner set up so I can change the tune on the fly.  He knows Mustangs and Vettes really well.  I would think he can pull it off!
Chris

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Never should have sold that one!!!  That's good stuff!  Looks like you put some serious time into that motor.  

As to the tuning, I agree, it has to be done by someone who knows what they are doing.  There is a well respected dyno shop about 45 minutes away that I was going to use, but, a buddy's brother just opened a new shop and is getting his dyno set up as we speak.  He assures me that he has the knowledge and experience to tune my car.  Makes me a little nervous, but, if you see his shop, he must know something!!

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He has just about got me talked into buying an HP tuner set up so I can change the tune on the fly.  He knows Mustangs and Vettes really well.  I would think he can pull it off!
Chris
 
 
I have a rule - I can only have as many cars as I have garage space to store them.  My wife and I both have daily drivers, and the third is reserved for a fun car.  I decided to make a bit of a stretch and buy a dream car I've always wanted a few years back, so the Camaro had to go.  Lots of great memories with that car, and it was invaluable as a teaching tool for learning how to work on cars.  
 
I've been using HPTuners for years...I started back in the mid-2000s when EFILive and HPTuners were the software of choice for tuning all things LSx.  I spent a lot of time dialing in my Camaro with that software...very powerful tool, and the scanner is also very powerful.  They did a lot of cool things with the LS1 F-body PCMs, real time tuning probably being the most useful.  
 
That's a nice looking shop...what brand/model of dyno is that?  Looks like the shop caters to the Mustang crowd, but I see a V-dub back there too.  Looks nice and clean, and I like that.   

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Never used a HP tuner are they like a SCT tuner?
 
Same general idea...HPTuners is software for your laptop, and includes an interface that goes from your USB port to the OBD-II port on your car.  You pull the tune from the car, modify it with the HPT Editor, and then upload it back to the car when you are happy with it.  You have to have a general idea about what you are doing because there are no safeguards...you can command any amount of timing you'd like and pull/add fuel as you see fit.  It also includes a very powerful scanner that allows you to log and analyze data coming off the OBD-II port - if you get their enhanced interface, you can also bring in multiple 0-5V external devices (like wideband O2 sensors) and merge that data with the data coming from the vehicle.  
 

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Thats very much like what I do with my SCT on my Mustang. Lap top and all. The wide band O2 setting sounds intresting as I have had to set my rear O2's a bit rich to keep from burning a valve as I have taken out the rev limiter. That however throws a code and my check engine light stays on because of it.

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Ok..sorry for the days without an update, but not much had occurred. I woke up this morning knowing the temp would be in the low 70's today and found myself suffering from all the classic symptoms of rectal glaucoma.. I just couldn't see my ass going to work today!! lol I got up and got the motor and trans mated. That went surprisingly easy. I've heard all these horror stories about the TC not wanting to seat and what not.. but it all went smooth. I then went out to my buddy's where the car was and grinded on the frame rails where the sub frame connectors need to be welded in.. should happen this weekend, along with putting in the new motor and trans. Also, I installed a new steering column that eliminated the rag joint and cleaned up the engine bay. Got the old motor and trans out Tuesday eve... a few photos!
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Great car porn, thanks.  I know how much surmountable infinite work went into this project, not to mention the $$.  While you got her in the air have you considered using POR-15 on the frame?  That stuff is so hard after it cures it throws sparks when trying to grind it.  

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Great car porn, thanks. I know how much surmountable infinite work went into this project, not to mention the $$. While you got her in the air have you considered using POR-15 on the frame? That stuff is so hard after it cures it throws sparks when trying to grind it.

 

Ironic you would mention that... I just ordered a quart the other day! Factory undercoating is still in tremendous condition, with zero rust, but at the point that I'm spraying POR on the sub frame connectors and weld spots, I'll just use it everywhere on the under side and perhaps a bit coming up into the engine bay from the trans tunnel. Thanks for the kudos!

Chris

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Thats great, don't forget to use the pre metal treatment recommended and the degreasing process too.  Your doing a jam up job that will last many years to come...........

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And so it occurs to me... in addition to being very absent from the site...I never posted a final pic of the Iroc!  Here she is this past Saturday.  Me and my buddy ('68 Skylark) about to head to a small car show.  I'll get under the hood photos posted soon..
 
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Great car porn, thanks.  I know how much surmountable infinite work went into this project, not to mention the $$.  While you got her in the air have you considered using POR-15 on the frame?  That stuff is so hard after it cures it throws sparks when trying to grind it.  
 
I used POR-15 last year on my campers dual axle wheel/frame and support area. Great stuff. I sandblasted the area, then Dupont 5717S metal prep, then two coats of POR-15 (next day 320 scuff in between), then Rust-Olem top coat after another 320 scuff.
 
A friend has two Scarabs. That's a 280Z with a corvette engine. Scary fast  jaw_dropper.gif 
Are those subs dual 12W7's ? Remember, concussion damage is cumulative, and may lead to using and maintaining old audio equipment. 
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Great car porn, thanks.  I know how much surmountable infinite work went into this project, not to mention the $$.  While you got her in the air have you considered using POR-15 on the frame?  That stuff is so hard after it cures it throws sparks when trying to grind it.  
 
I used POR-15 last year on my campers dual axle wheel/frame and support area. Great stuff. I sandblasted the area, then Dupont 5717S metal prep, then two coats of POR-15 (next day 320 scuff in between), then Rust-Olem top coat after another 320 scuff.
 
A friend has two Scarabs. That's a 280Z with a corvette engine. Scary fast  jaw_dropper.gif 
Are those subs dual 12W7's ? Remember, concussion damage is cumulative, and may lead to using and maintaining old audio equipment. 
 
 
Those are 2 10" Dayton Ultimax series subs.. emteeth.gif
 
 

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So what were your dyno numbers ?
 
I actually have no idea.  My tuner chose to road tune over dyno.  That being said, it is going on the dyno for some tweaks in the spring, so I'll know then.  I'm guessing 420ish to the wheels. 

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