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  1. #1
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    Default Redneck-touring 383/6spd Z28



    This car is pretty much my first attempt at everything. Bought it when I was 18 and still haven't stopped dumping money into it. All built by me in my dad's garage (with the exception of the ring & pinion install). Now the build will continue in my own garage since I just bought a house.



    UPDATE 2013: no more 355. Forged 383 roller with Holley EFI is going in. Paint job next.

    There will be way too many pictures in this thread, cause I'm a pic whore.

    Engine: 355c.i. V8
    Transmission: T56 6-spd manual
    Horsepower: ~400
    Torque: ~425
    Exterior: Maroon
    Interior: Graphite/black
    Mods:
    .030 over
    forged TRW pistons
    10.55:1 compression
    Vortec 062 heads
    RPM AirGap aluminum intake
    Comp Cams Magnum 280H (230@.050, .480", 110)
    Hedman 1-5/8 long-tube headers
    Summit 3" X-pipe and U-bends I cut & welded for 3" mandrel dual-exhaust
    Flowtech 3" cut outs
    Summit 2.5" chambered mufflers
    750cfm Edelbrock Performer carb
    K&N X-Stream air cleaner
    MSD Ultimate HEI ignition w/ rev limiter
    Energy Suspension poly engine & trans mounts & CA bushings
    4.10 gears
    Moser axles & support cover
    SPEC stage 3+ clutch
    SPEC retrofit flywheel
    Pro5.0 billet short-throw shifter w/ shortened stick
    Denny's custom length 3" HD steel driveshaft
    Summit driveshaft loop
    Hitachi high-torque mini-starter
    Summit 100amp alternator
    MAD Electrical relays & Start'M'Up kit
    battery in trunk with NHRA-spec kill switch
    Proform electric water pump
    Volvo 60a fan & SPAL fan controller
    Hotchkis coil springs & sway bars
    KYB shocks
    NAPA heavy-duty balljoints
    Pro-Touring F-body solid body bushings & leaf springs
    Alston subframe connectors & PTFB g-braces
    IROC steering box
    95 Camaro leather seats & seat belts
    95 console, shift boot, shift knob and e-brake lever
    Equus gauges (speedo, tach, temp, oil pres, volts, fuel, air/fuel, boost/vac)
    custom-fabbed gauge bezel
    Summit shift light
    Manual 4-wheel disc brakes
    Hawk HPS pads at all corners
    1LE 12" front on B-body spindles with Wilwood GMIII calipers
    ZQ8 11.6" rotors with 2WD&4WD Blazer backing plates, calipers & ebrake
    Lokar e-brake cables to 4th-gen lever
    70 Corvette master cylinder for manual brakes
    MP brakes manual pushrod
    B&M line-lock
    Summit adjustable proportioning valve
    275/60R15 Mickey Thompson drag radials
    CE Slide-A-Link adjustable traction bars
    AN-6 fuel system
    pin-on fiberglass hood with 3" cowl
    flat-blacked everything
    18x8.5 & 18x9.5 wheels

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    Fired up the 355 today and it came to life like it was nothin. I guess I put everything back together right. There's one more thing to check off the list.

    I went from ****ty 336 heads to 062 Vortecs and a new Performer RPM AirGap intake and added a new K&N filter and Moroso Super HEI ignition kit. I also got an electric fan, all new gauges and a line lock. It should take me from about 9:1 to 10.5:1 and 300hp to about 390hp and 425 ft-lbs of torque, according to a CHP buildup. And, I got rid of all that gay chrome.

    Going from standard heads to the Vortec style was more work than I realized, I didn't think about the little stuff like throttle brackets and plug wire looms, but it's all done now.

    The heater core went though, so I gotta replace that when I tear out the dash and put in the 78 one. I'm glad I didn't already replace it cause I'd be pissed to have to take it out again. So the next project is the dash swap and wiring up all the new gauges. Then comes the line lock and subframe connectors... are these cars ever actually done???

    SWEET:


    GAY:
    Last edited by woody80z28; 03-17-2013 at 06:52 PM.


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    The new one looks much better, I am not a big fan of the chrome look these days. Sounds like it's a little healthier now too.

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    Whats the rest of the specs on the motor aside from your recent upgrades? Big improvement BTW, Looks Good
    71' Nova - LY6, T56

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    Flat tops, .039 quench, 230@.050 .480 lift cam, Eddy performer 600cfm carb, 1-5/8 Hedman long-tubes, stock 1.5 self-aligning rockers...

    I see you're going with a Vortec 355 too, nice choice, haha.

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    Transmission swap... plans for the winter:
    6-speed, poly engine mounts, clean up engine bay and underside of car, new 3" X-pipe exhuast w/ cutouts from headers to the current 2.5" mufflers, new driveshaft, 4.10 gears, pro5.0 shifter, SPEC stage 4 clutch & flywheel, flat blacked window trim, fit 'glass hood for track time, ditch inner fenderwells, relocate battery to trunk.

    That's all I can think of for now, but I should be busy until spring...













    Ya gotta have the token "standing in the engine bay" shot too...

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    sweeet mang, glad to hear she's back together...I just got through dropping a 355 in a friend's 86, and like you said, it's the little things that end up eating you alive.

    Whats your reasoning behind ditching the inner fenders? I've been thinking along the same lines, but wasn't sure if it was a good idea or not.

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    One of my goals for next year is to lift the front wheels, and every little bit of weight reduction helps. I also plan on kightening the front bumper, and I have a fiberglass hood and skinnies for track visits.

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    Another update finally. Progress is slow since I've been so busy. The project also got a little more involved when I decided to rebuild the front suspension too.

    "Just a little bit more work..."

    The suspension work consists of new ball joints, poly control arm bushings, poly swaybar bushings, Hotchkis coils, KYB shocks and maybe even tubular uppers. I also got poly engine mounts so the whole front end will shake at idle. muhahhaa







    SPEC Stage 3+ clutch with their retrofit flywheel for the pre-86 sbc/lt1-t56 combo.



    I got a pic next to the 4spd too. I think the 6spd is bigger?





    This is one of the projects that has taken time away from the Camaro. I must say though. AIR TOOLS ARE PHENOMENAL!!!! haha



    Bought an Ingersoll Rand 2-stage 80gal 175psi 16.5 cfm compressor and some tools and plumbing. Just too bad I can't fit that impact in tighter places..

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    What are you doing with the old 4speed?
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    Your car is coming along nicely. I'll have to keep an eye on this project to see how your pre-86 block / t-56 install goes. I've been considering a t-56 for my '78.
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    More progress...












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    Looking good Woody. I'm just wondering why the heads are a different color than the rest of the motor. Looks good anyhow. I can't wait to see it all together.
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    Well the heads were black when I put them on the orange motor last year and liked the look with the alum intake.


    Time to start cutting! You can see the floor has already been hacked so it's not like I can butcher it any worse. It looks like the clutch linkage hole in the firewall was done with a screwdriver...

    Got some little stuff like the fuel pump and new mini starter installed and put that big ass T56 in the tunnel. That trans is heavy. The headers can be installed much easier with the mini starter too.








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    Progress pics:

























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    wooo hooo, somebody's been hard at work. Its def. coming along nice man! Congrats
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    Some nice progress, Woody. Looks like you'll be rowin' gears in no time.
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    Great details on the pictures. Very Cool!
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