|October 15, 2009 - Jon installed new carpet.|
Very shiny carpet.
|October 15, 2009 - We need an extra hole to feed the V8 wiring harness through the firewall.|
On an NB, we can use the factory grommets but not on the NA. So we poked a new hole through the firewall and finished it with a factory grommet.
|October 16, 2009 - The radiator mounts are moved forward to gain clearance, and to work with the heavy duty sway bar mounts.|
|October 16, 2009 - The LS3 windage tray is cut for clearance with the V8 Roadsters oil pan & pickup tube.|
|October 21, 2009 - The second layer of carpet isn't as flashy.|
Nor as slippery.
|October 21, 2009 - This little box contains enslaved gerbils.|
Which are prodded by computer control to run faster or slower on their wheel, thus driving the speedometer cable. It's all very high tech.
|October 28, 2009 - Some parts of the build are not sexy.|
Reassembling all the wiring under the dash and in the engine bay while modifying the tach and mounting the gerbil box for the speedometer are amongst those parts.
|October 28, 2009 - While we had the interior out, we installed a new stainless steel Deuce to keep Dan's hair from getting mussed should he get himself in trouble.|
Plus it gives that Cobra vibe. In case the noise wasn't enough.
|October 30, 2009 - Drivetrain installation is getting close.|
This oil pan is just too cool for school.
|October 30, 2009 - Not exciting, but progress.|
Interior is 80% back together.
|October 30, 2009 - Wires are starting to invade the engine bay.|
Thank you GM for labeling everything so well.
|November 2, 2009 - Jon puts the final touches on the engine before it gets installed.|
|November 3, 2009 - The engine is in.|
It appears there are still some parts missing, however.
|November 3, 2009 - These heatshields protect the motor mounts from the heat of the headers.|
We get a lot of comments on how well the engines fit in these cars, but it's still a lot of engine stuffed into a fairly small space.
|November 4, 2009 - Nice view of new subframe and custom oil pan.|
The new pan is carefully shaped to clear the subframe and has internal baffles and spring loaded doors to keep the oil pick-up submerged, even in extreme maneuvers.
|November 5, 2009 - Jon has the engine in and is working on the headers.|
The headers need custom pipes and O2 bungs welded on, then they go off to be ceramic coated.
|November 11, 2009 - Here's a peek at the modifications required to clear the header.|
This is probably the tightest fit in the whole V8 installation.
|November 11, 2009 - Jon's finished modifying the rear subframe, and the Getrag diff is installed and ready to go.|
|November 12, 2009 - The shifter is centered, right where it should be.
No cutting required!|
|November 12, 2009 - The long stud treatment.|
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