Thanks for the suggestion. I was on YouTube and saw a video made by WCCC that featured both the Boss 302 shock tower reinforcement kit and the export brace. I will definitely look into doing both of those things. As of right now, there are no cracks anywhere in the shock towers. This car only has about 40K miles on the chassis and it has spent all of it's life in a garage. So despite being an Illinois car, it is relatively rust free.you might consider adding the boss 302 shock tower reinforcement kit 67 towers are very prone to cracking and caving in
Mark,Andrew - You're going to find that not everyone is against what you're doing. It's just that those who are choose to be the most vocal. They simply don't understand the time and talent and skill it requires to pull off what you're doing. And that's not even beginning to discuss the performance and drive-ability potential that is on tap with that package.
Leon,Nice. Always wanted to know how one would fit. Great bang-for-buck horsepower swap without having to change the basic suspension layout (and pay big bucks for engineering and DOT approval)
BY GTO sump - do you mean the Holden that was sold in the US as a GTO?
Was it the LS1 or LS3 version
Keep up the good work
BTW - I have found that 17 x 8 is the best all round wheel size, although some have gone as large as 17 x 10. Minimum backspace should be 4.75" on an 8" wheel. I'm running 235/45 17" tyres
Thanks for the input Leon...I am more concerned about rear tire fitment. I saw in the database that there is someone running a 275/60-15 on a 15x8 4"BS wheel in the rear on a 68, but I don't know if 68s and 67s are the same as far as wheelwell space...Any thoughts?I have 15 x 8 with 4.75" backspacing on the 68 and they rub on full lock
We always wondered why GM US picked up the base level Monaro when it was at the end of its model cycle. It was only designed for 14,000 units total in our local market, so every US sale was profit. When it was exported to other markets it had the more aggressive body kit on it. We got it with a number of engine options as well as with all wheel drive
67 and 68 would be the same size. However one thing that might have an effect on your build, if I am recalling correctly, is that you have a 9" rear. Most likely this rear was transplanted into your car as only the big block 67 and 68 Cougars left the factory with a 9". If it is a transplant then it may not be the exact same width as the original 67-8 rear axle which could have an effect on how the wheel fits.I don't know if 68s and 67s are the same as far as wheelwell space...Any thoughts?
Good point Randy, thank you.67 and 68 would be the same size. However one thing that might have an effect on your build, if I am recalling correctly, is that you have a 9" rear. Most likely this rear was transplanted into your car as only the big block 67 and 68 Cougars left the factory with a 9". If it is a transplant then it may not be the exact same width as the original 67-8 rear axle which could have an effect on how the wheel fits.
Andrew, I had a guy come by my place a few weeks back checking on parts. He had a set to wheels like you are looking for and said thay are new wheels.(on a 69 Ford Galixie painted to look like General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard) I'll see if I contact him for info on where he got them.Leon,
You are correct, I am talking about the "new" GTO, which was a rebadged and uglier Holden. It was available in 2004 with a LS1 5.7L engine and in 2005-2006 with the LS2 6.0L engine. The Holden chassis uses a front sump pan that you see in the pictures.
Thank you for the wheel size suggestion, however I want to stay with an old school look for this car. Not that I am opposed to large diameter wheels. I have 18s on my 1970 GTO, but large wheels won't really fit the style of this build.
I have a line on some old "turbine" style wheels (think Dukes of Hazzard) that are 15x8 with 4 inches of backspacing. I suspect this isn't enough in order to fit the biggest tire that I can on the rear. I'd like to run a 275/60-15 in the rear if that is possible.
Anyone's input is welcome and very much appreciated.
The shock towers dont have a chance with this set up. The passenger side especially is going to shatter. That engine is going to vibrate on and off the tower to no end. Plus I don't think the offset to the pax side is doing the car any favors.....anyone besides me see the towers that probably already have cracks caving in ? not to mention no tourqe box on passenger side . not my car but still dont think its right and the lack of clearance like steering box could become an issue when the engine rocks under acceleration but maybe the mounts will keep it from doing that to think you could of put a coyotee in instead is just kinda sad . have no use for any chevy engines but i guess that just me , ill give a b for creativity and effort
We all have our opinions...just like we all have certain anatomical features...There is plenty of room between the shock towers for the engine to move around. The only potential contact point is between the manifold and the steering box. If that makes contact, the manifold flange can be ground to gain some extra clearance.The shock towers dont have a chance with this set up. The passenger side especially is going to shatter. That engine is going to vibrate on and off the tower to no end. Plus I don't think the offset to the pax side is doing the car any favors.....
Want to sell that L94?"The theme (or the philosophy of use) of this car is that it that of an Old Skool street/strip car. Think of it as a throw back to the late 1980s to early 1990s "street machine."
If that is what you are looking to achieve with the build. You should have kept the Boss 302 and related parts. If you are building a reliable daily driver to cruise in and keep the hood shut. Then your on the right track. The 5.3L is no power house, so what you are getting in the end is just a reliable cruiser with updated technology. Not a street/strip car. Heck, I have a new 2011 Chevy 6.2L L-94 create engine sitting in the garage I don't know what to do with. Would make for a nice power plant into an old Camaro.