View Full Version : New here, with a mish-mash project.

07-14-2009, 07:02 PM
I've been lurkin' here, readin' up on a lot of the projects here. Lots of inspiration on these pages.

I'm doin' a mix-up mash-up myself.

I'm taking one of these:


And sticking it in to one of these:

Including a pair of these:

And a bit of this:

This weekend I got this out, got the F-body oil pan today, and am going to start mocking up the mounts soon. Preparing to take a look at what it's going to take to get the motor mounted. Will fab my own mounts. Got a line on a broken block and heads, and I have an empty T56 shell, so I plan to use those for mockup while the LS2 gently rests...


Sure, it may be sacrilege to stick an Arrowhead where a Bowtie oughta be, but I love the interior on the GTO, and my 79 Z28's interior is old and tired.

The plans include disc brakes on the rear, a nice set of wheels, new paint and stripes, and whatever else it takes to get it movin' on down the road. :) A/C and creature comforts are required. Lots of work (a couple of years worth, at least), but it'll be a lot of fun, both doing it and once it's done. I'm a hard core DoItYourself type person, so I plan to do and fabricate most of the stuff myself.

07-14-2009, 07:33 PM
gonna be nice when its done, keep us updated

07-15-2009, 11:52 AM
very cool :) Welcome to the site

07-15-2009, 04:30 PM
hell yea man, i cant wait to see some progress on that ride!!

07-15-2009, 06:09 PM
Thanks guys. I'm starting to try to figure out where to put the motor mounts - worked on that tonight. Looks like the BRP style plate mounts will work with the F-body pan I'm using, I'll have to relocate my cradle mounts by a couple inches though (down and back). That should get the motor in just about the right position to clear the drivers' side turbo. Looks like a good chance the driver side turbo & manifold will drop right in. Really need that empty block and heads so I can do it the 'light' way, rather than swinging a fully loaded LS2 around. Also looking in to alternator options - whether to drop the steering pitman & idler arms down 2", or relocate the alternator up. I think the A/C compressor will fit with a good notch in the subframe.

(FWIW, this is an APS turbo kit - http://www.airpowersystems.com/ls1/us_gto.htm - I intend to fab my own charge pipes from the turbos to the intercooler, and probably from the intercooler to the intake elbow, but I'm planning on using the manifolds, turbos, oiling and coolant system, intercooler, and hopefully intake piping - this combo put down 540 rwhp in this car)

Ralph LoGrasso
07-18-2009, 02:47 PM
Awesome project. Welcome to pro-touring.com.

07-19-2009, 03:00 PM
Thanks Ralph.

Here's a few teaser pics. I got a junk block, junk heads, and an empty T56 shell. Using an F-body oil pan, stock '79 motor mounts with a homemade 1/4" steel adapter plate (front top bolt hole on the motor is "common" on the 2 mounts). This puts the mounts a couple of inches behind where they used to be - which is fine with me.

Drivers' side turbo bolted up. Sits in a decent spot. May have to do some slight frame tweaking, but it'll be very minor there (I'd like to see 1/4"-1/2" of clearance, and right now I've got 1/16" in some spots). Passenger side won't be as easy.