Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

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Re: Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

Postby Rettax3 » Sat Dec 18, 2021 9:05 pm

Pretty nice, aside from the GM Peel-O-Matic paint. :O: Same thing is happening to my '89 GTU. Dirty or primer -my two only options. Maybe someday I'll stop adding new hobbies and projects, and actually paint it and the GTA together... I want both in 'correct' GM white, so... But the GTU will need fresh decals. I have the files you sent me last eon for the "3.8 Supercharged" to replace the stock "2.8 Multiport Fuel Injection", and a design I made to incorporate the L36 and L67 engine heritage it houses, along with a symbolic reference to the boosted "6" emblem used on the GNX in the '80s... Not a bad start, but no where near the finish-line either.


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

Postby woody90gtz » Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:24 am

That sounds pretty cool. I like modifying the old artwork to be "period-correct" looking but designate the new technology. My ZF6 and Z69 decals always get a lot of attention, and I plan on making an LS in the "baywatch" type font that the 91-93 GTs had on their door decals. Those are all on my list of youtube channel tshirts to sell online, but I ran into a snag on my first "suck squeeze bang blow" shirt from the vendor. I thought they might have flagged it for vulgarity, but they said I couldn't put my GEARHEADdezign logo on it, because the term "gear head" was trademarked back in the 70s by some welding helmet company. So I've gotta figure a way around that...

I have been making progress on the Beretta. But more of that will have to wait until I get more videos done. Here's the next installment...

The internet can't agree what the center section of the Ford 8.8 is, but after some testing and one good source...I determined it's nodular iron. Also found a way to MIG it successfully with stainless wire. That means I can build my torque arm mount and weld it up. I also gotta weld the tubes to the center section. Don't want to end up spinning the tubes like my Camaro (quick 2008 clip of that faulire too). haha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOl56x9C-EY
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Re: Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

Postby Rettax3 » Thu Dec 23, 2021 7:00 am

Eeee... I tried welding some of Ford's crap-tastic parts, a cast lower control-arm from a late '90s/early 2000s F-150, and it was HORRIBLE. Wouldn't puddle, wouldn't take a bead... I hope whoever made the rear diff for them for the year you have didn't go with similar metallurgy... Sounds like they didn't though... I know I wasn't trying stainless wire, maybe that would have been the trick...


1989 SuperCharged 3800 Srs-II (First)Six-Speed GTU
1990 Turbo 3.4 5-Speed T-Type
1990 4.0L 4-Cam 32-Valve V-8 5-Speed Indy GTi (Project)
1990 Stock(!) 3.1 MPFI Auto Indy
1995 LA1/L82 4T60E Z-26
1995 3.4 DOHC Turbo 5-Speed Z-26

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Re: Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

Postby woody90gtz » Sat Dec 25, 2021 10:40 pm

I went ahead and welded the tubes. Doesn't look beautiful, because stainless wire is kinda splattery (at least with my shielding gas) but it will certainly be enough to keep the tubes from spinning like my Camaro.
I did some pre-heat and post-heat, and had zero cracking anywhere. I didn't think I would, since my worst-case-scenario test didn't crack either...but being the first time welding cast it still had me a little nervous.
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Now I just gotta cut off all the explorer stuff and weld on my lower control arm mounts and coilover mounts. I thought I'd have that done already, but there's so much time pissed away at xmas. Bah humbug. What an ass ache. I did get some tools I'll never use and other worthless junk. I'm a grinch for a reason.
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Re: Budget LS swap 5spd RWD Z26 project.

Postby woody90gtz » Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:15 pm

More rear axle progress! Got the lower control arm mounts trimmed, drilled and welded up. I also lathed my tube ends down to match the .120 tube I'm using for the LCAs and torque arm. Cut all the explorer brackets off and tried to see if I could reuse the shock brackets for coilovers, but that wasn't gonna happen. I need the coilovers a fair amount below the axle centerline. So I found an adjustable mount for cheap! $25 straight from China I'm sure, but it looks like they'll work decent. I'm gonna weld them pretty close to the LCA brackets and weld a brace to span the gap. I picked up "shock mounts" for the panhard bar also. I think that will work out nice. Seems to be coming together, and still looking good on the budget. Probably have it driving for 1/3 the sale price of the ol' SS. haha
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