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Old 09-23-2018, 04:13 PM   #126
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Re: 1958 SWB C4 Fleetside - NZ Build

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They are 400s front and rear. Being as I have no engine up front its hard to tell but I think the rear is too still and the only thing missing from that is the deck now.... May drop the rear to 300s and shorten the spring while Im at it..

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As far as updates go I have the new order in and nothing is missing. It has been confirmed that the front swaybar kit is lost or stolen from for freight forwarders so Im going to have to order a new one from don. He is aware but it is still another cost i didn't need.

Now that I have all the brke hoses and rear cables Im going to try and sort the brakes to at least have that system complete. I am running factory c5 front hoses and will run separate hard lines to the master, and factory c4 rear hoses which Im mating near the upper shock mount. Ill run a split line back to the master. seems pretty simple in theory but time will tell.

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Old 09-24-2018, 04:52 AM   #127
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Re: 1958 SWB C4 Fleetside - NZ Build

So I got busy today.
Made up some brackets that will allow me to mount the rear flexi brake hoses to the upper shock mounts. no pics of that yet but basically a L bracket with a couple of holes.

I also went and did something silly. I bought what is called a VT Commodore over here. Basically I bought it for one thing... the engine, trans, loom, ecu radiator etc etc.

Here is the beginning of an LS1 buildup ..... Im contemplating a couple of small turbos off a skyline or similar (popular as over here) and with 2 ill be good for 550-600hp but only time will tell I suppose.

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Old 09-24-2018, 10:27 PM   #128
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Re: 1958 SWB C4 Fleetside - NZ Build

Not silly at all...a great way to get what is needed for an LS swap.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:07 AM   #129
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Thats the donor vehicle gone ..... cant see this being legal with brakes and steering though....

and here is ANOTHER VIDEO
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:21 AM   #130
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Thats the donor vehicle gone ..... cant see this being legal with brakes and steering though....

and here is ANOTHER VIDEO
The power to weight ratio is off the charts, it probably won’t hook up very well with those little tires though...
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:56 AM   #131
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so todays update saw me fit the rear brackets for the rear brake lines. No I can bend the crap out of the old ones and have a brake shop make me up some pretty hard lines.

then once the rear end was on the ground I thought I might as well try sizing the engine in the hole.... that didnt last long.

While I had plenty of room to the fire wall if I went back the front sump hit the cross member. I was kind of expecting this to happen but it was good to know.

I wasnt to sure about the P/Steer hard lines either. I think the middle one may get in the way but after some c4 corvette/LS1 research they dont seem to change it so i shouldnt either. guess time will tell.

the c4 ls1 brigade seem to like using the c5 batwing sump so ill probably try find one of them, I think it was the ls3 base worked as well or if all else fails I just get the holley cast item.
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:03 PM   #132
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Video of me test fitting the LS1

So i dropped the trans off to allow me more wriggle room in the engine bay.

Next I dropped the sump off and found some dimensions for stock LS sumps and found a few common ones.... then I made myself a template from some chipboard.

I am trying to get the engine back as far as possible. As the video shows im sitting on the fire wall so some massaging may be required. I could lift the engine and pull it forwards a bit but that may cause the trans to rub the tunnel....

I also want to run the EFI super victor intake with 4150 throttle and massive round filter to make it look olskool. (p.s the pics not mine).

To get where I want I'm leaning towards a 90 degree bend on the P/Steer pipe to allow more clearance. Failing that maybe a small cut in the steering bracket to lower the front forward ever so slightly then wed it back up.

Hopefully that makes sence (if not its in the vid)
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:26 AM   #133
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You can remove what appears to be rivets, by unscrewing them, then clock the power steering inlet and outlet 90 degrees forward. Reapply the screws back where they go and message the lines to join back up.

It has been done several time on this forum, Sorry I'm pressed for time I'll get back to you with a thread that has done this, I think it might be FarmerSid in Canada on his AD.

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Old 10-06-2018, 05:09 AM   #134
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thanks Nutcase.

I've done some researching since posting that and found this page on trifivechevys.

I've already removed the pipes and the 2x pins but the passenger side wont budge. this is a freshly rebuilt rack with 0 km on it so I'm expecting it's super tight.

I've doused it in WD40 and will leave it to soak over night.

ideally ild like the outlets to face down so it would be 180 degrees out then i dont need to drill anyholes. guess we will see on Monday as I'm away tomorrow.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:47 AM   #135
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bit of an update.

So I ended up pulling the rack out as i just couldn't clock the rack and I didn't want to damage it. I ended up taking it down to the place that rebuilt my Nova rack and asked him to look at it (rather than drive over an hour to the place that rebuilt it back in March).

Well he couldn't get it to budge either so he pulled it down and was like, are you sure this was rebuilt? The main input shaft was worn to buggery from the four Teflon rings... and i haven't even used it. He was amazed it held pressure when tested so I sent it to the guy that rebuilt it.

After checking the build notes he told me that they said "advised client t resleeve but opted not to....." What the **** ..... what did you rebuild then......

Long and he short of it he is now sending it back to the local guy for me and is washing his hands of it..... wont be using him again anytime soon and have let the local hotrod club know as well... rat bastard.



On the upside I ordered a genuine (used) f-body sump with baffle, gasket, oil tube etc off ebay (cheap) and splurged out on the HPTuners kit so I suppose I better get into the loom (which I have printed from LT1swap.com

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Old 10-20-2018, 05:33 AM   #136
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Here is a pic of the main housing showing the old damage. in the end I decided just to bite the bullet and have it sleeved. way I figure it a stainless sleeve has to be better than alloy and I should never need to do it again.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:42 AM   #137
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What a load of horse hocky. What a lack of character, no honor.

Build is looking great, keep on keepin on

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Old 11-01-2018, 03:55 AM   #138
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So I got my clocked C4 Corvette steering column back today. Fitted up first time around and should do a treat. No pics yet but I made this quick Video

I have also started on the wiring harness conversion and have ordered the HPTuners kit which should arrive towards the middle or end of November. (by then the bathroom reno should be well complete and I can get back into it.)

Will try and get some pics soon (time allowing)

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