Today's plan was to get the engine and transmission mocked up in the car. I'd bought a 9 inch grinder last month and a cutting disk to make short work of cutting the sheet metal. It worked like a champ. The plan is to cut some 1 inch strips and use them to raise the top of the tunnel to clear the T56. Not sure how well that plan is going to work yet though.
I also replaced the missing mirror on the Camaro, and put a quick tune on it to try and fix the fuel-trim issues I think the ported MAF is causing. For now, I just adjusted the MAF by 5% and the trims immediately went from a range of +4 to +11 to a range of -2 to +5.. it looks like a linear 5% isn't the right way to go about it, I'll need to increase the higher ranges a little more (the big + numbers now are the high vacuum high rpm cells, it looks like). Got good gasoline too, Rockwall county doesn't have the 10% ethanol gas like Dallas county has, so I filled up with Super. Not that anyone cares.
Anyway, off to the test-fit in the El Camino, since that's the car people want to read about.
|I think I've reached the point of no return on the tranny swap here. At this point the transmission is vaguely in - the engine is still about 1/8 to 1/4" too far forward and 1/8 to 1/4" too low (it's resting on the crossmember) and the tranny is too high in the back, but it gives a vague notion of where everything will be when it's all said and done.|
|Looks to be roughly three inches clearance on the driver's side between the head and the firewall.|
|Oil pan is sitting on the crossmember right now. It needs to come up and go back a little.|
|The AC lines are going to be a problem. Here the back of the compressor is within 1/8" of the engine stand, and the lines add another inch or so to the length. I may have to get rid of the front mounting bolt and drill a new mount hole a little further back after I notch the frame.|
|There's a couple of inches or so clearance on the passenger side, but I may have to adjust the AC box to clear a little. It shouldn't take much, anyhow.|
|Here's what I mean on the engine needing to move backwards a little, I don't like it being that close to the rear edge of the crossmember.|
|Different view of the engine-firewall clearance.|
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