LS1/t56 swap

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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:50 am

Finally found some time to work on this thing last weekend. life has been hectic, but put a day and a half in it! hoping to get it rolling in the next month so I can move in to my garage and start making real progress!

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shaving away at the back seat..

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just trying to make it actually fit..


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a ball park of where its going to sit, give or take a little.


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I took this for a reason.. I have no idea what that was..


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closer


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:10 am

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had to see what both wheels looked like.. again

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about half an inch away

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close to the final location


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day 2. got the lazer out for the final adjustments


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I guess I took a lot of pictures..


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sadly I had to keep cutting.. Ill make my back seat fit somehow!!!! yes, the factory back seat will be crammed back in and probably have a cage going through it. but it will have it!


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and there you have it! s14 rear end is bolted in. (in case you didnt read the thread, its getting a full frame, it will never be driven with this form of mounting)

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Im unsure about the subframe height, I had it all calculated out and it just didnt look right so I put it up high, I can use spacers to drop it down when the frame goes in to hold it at the correct location once I calculate it again to see if I was right. not a huge deal. the stock s14 struts are very tall.. they want to mount in the rear deck lol. trying to think of an idea for that.. even if it is just to simple get it moved into my garage. Ill probably add more bracing just to be on the safe side for transport, but its solid, I can lift the back of the car up with the subframe.


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby jjanke » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:44 am

Looking good man !!!! That's a big step to getting it to a roller



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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:37 am

thanks! the rear was SOO much easier than the front, glad its in tho!


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby bonecrrusher » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:43 pm

I hope you close out the floor pan of the trunk. You need a space to put all your crap!


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:24 pm

Oh.yeah. gotta have a place for my sub/amp. Well and fuel cell, battery, struts of some sort.. its going to be a tight fit


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:13 pm

found a little time to work on it yesterday, after a few hours of trying to get the s14 rear struts to work, I gave up. Not gonna happen. ended up getting one corner "rolling". about 4 hours to go and the car will be rolling. I ended up just making a solid suspension setup lol. it will work, ill put some tall tires on it with low psi for the big move


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88 Beretta CL - your average grandma car.. Ls1 swap in progress
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96 Geo - 1.0L, Cam, 3 angle, cam gear, magnaflow, Koni, H&R
86 Subi - rally car

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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:58 am

Rear end is rolling aside from putting wheels on. Front end needs my "dummy shocks" welded on and supported, one bearing greased, few bolts, wheels, and I think its ready to roll. Ill upload a few pics soon.


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby themixer » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:01 pm

interested to see it rolling!



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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:54 pm

Alright, back in the game. Been too busy to update the thread, Or sleep really! Ive made some progress.

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Ignore those terribly cold welds. Thats my solution for the temp shocks that got the car rolling, just thought I would share.

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sorry, I had take a few more pictures before I pulled the LS out! I think its cool as hell lol.


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And thats the front end work to get it rolling and not fall apart. yes the subframe is held in with C clamps lol. But it works, didnt want to weld on that just yet.

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Had to drill out the holes so my custom spindle/spindle would fit.

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wheels I had laying around.


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88 Beretta CL - your average grandma car.. Ls1 swap in progress
77 Celica - needs an engine swap
96 Geo - 1.0L, Cam, 3 angle, cam gear, magnaflow, Koni, H&R
86 Subi - rally car

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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Alxsmt » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:30 am

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yes, its still together, didnt fall apart! and it rolls!!

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tires rub.. more cutting to do! they will fit!!

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Best feeling ever. Its FINALLY just out side of my door! Finally!!!

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hey, cars get cold too... just drying it off after its first bath in 3 or so years.

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so due to VERY tight clearances around my wheels and whrere rear struts need to be, I was really thinking of doing a pushrod/cantilever setup. not a whole lot of information about proper setup and ratios tho.. thought I would share that for the fun of it. And I stole this image on the net

I ended up buying some 300zx rear uprights (spindles, or whatever you wish to call them). They will save my about 7lbs of unsprung weight on each side, along with giving me a better method of mounting struts. I was REALLY thinking about going koni yellows and tein upper pillowball mounts but I was just told it will be $530 EACH to convert to double adjustable.. I swear it used to be a lot cheaper than that.. Im also not sure if I like the angle that the 300zx struts are mounted.. but its an option I have. Another solution I came up with, PROBABLY going this route.. a company makes a press in aluminum "bushing" to change the mounting style

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stole this from the company that makes it. I would have to build a new mount, but the bushing is what I need!

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stole this one from them too..

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this is what the koni mounts would look like for the 300zx setup.

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this is the stock s14 mount. Its kinda a funky setup. I stole this picture from google too..

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SOO if all goes as planned, Ill be able to use this koni 8212 in the back, just like the front! hoping to order the adapter kit in a week or so, and I found some cheap blown coilovers with the dimensions I need on ebay for mockup, probably getting those ordered soon also.

but, that is my update!! getting my garage wired up right now, no more 75' extension cord on my welder lol. It will be amazing! also getting everything setup still so I can work in it.


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88 Beretta CL - your average grandma car.. Ls1 swap in progress
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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby lmnjlo » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:41 am

This whole thing is as good or better than porn! Very interesting and awesome job!!!! Very nice!



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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby Styluss » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:33 am

Wow... most all I can say is wow.


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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby jjanke » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:09 pm

Awesome work man. Can't wait to see some of the more finalized structure fab work get executed. Do u have any plans to tie the sub frames together to strengthen the chassis ....



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Re: LS1/t56 swap

Postby bonecrrusher » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:24 pm

Finally an indoor build! LOL..

Updates look awesome!


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