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Project NSTYHBT - 3.8 to 6.0 LS2 Firebird

 
jsuzak
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 12/16/12 07:47 PM

I just finished reading the article "The Big Swap" of someone doing a 3.8 to LS1 swap. This gave me the inspiration to post this thread on our "Family Project."

It all started when my twin boys turned 16 and both bought their own f-bodies (with their own money). One bought a 98 Firebird and the other a 00 Camaro. Well then about 6 months later I was looking on Craigslist and seen a 00 Firebird for sale with a toasted 3.8.

Long story short, little ol' lady owned, not running, etc.. I got it for a dynamite price (February 2011) and figured it would be a good learning experience for the boys to rip the ol' 3.8 out and drop in some sort of LS powerplant. I planned on just getting it to run and maybe dump it for profit.

This is has been a mild budget build as a lot of the parts purchased were used and cleaned-up.

I will let the pictures tell the story.



Picked-up project bird Feb 2011


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Started to disect and found a mess inside the 3.8


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As you can see, it turned out to be a good paperweight.     Shocked

That being said the hunt started for a good LS1. Well, a good friend of mine had a rather virgin LS2 6.0 sitting in the corner of his garage and I was able to talk him out of it.   Grin


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This is the point where the project started to get away from me!


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Decided to build a make-shift paint booth and shoot the undercarrige and the engine bay.


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Found a low mileage 3.73 rear locally


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Wanting to turn this into a sudo Trans Am, we sold the rear fascia and all ground effects for $500. That is half the price we paid for the car!     Grin


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Well, we are now committed to doing this thing right, so every nut, bolt, panel and part is painted and detailed.


LS6 intake painted ol' school 1967 GTO Pontiac Metallic Blue engine paint

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Showing son how to install new cam.  Smile


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Showing other son something else?     Shocked


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I was really leary about painting the LS2 aluminum block, but I think that it worked out ok.    Wink    Found some used Kooks headers and cleaned them along with the other accessories.


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Found some used Trans Am fascias and had them painted.


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Yank 3600 stall going in.


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Ready to go in!!


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Decided that this body needs a make-over. I took all parts seperately to my painter. No problem matching panels with black.


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Love the look of the GTO fuel rail covers, but serious modifications had to be made. Cut and cobble!    Shocked


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Purchased an aftermarket WS6 hood and decided to modify it to be true Ram Air


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Body goes to painter.


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I like the looks of C6 fog lamps and intergrated them into my fascia to be used as DRL's


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Back from paint doing a photo shoot with boys cars.


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Fall 2011  - Tucked boyz cars as well as mine in the basement for the winter and also to work on them.


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I can't believe I found a cluster with these miles on it!!!    Laugh
Picture is skewed (110 miles on odometer)

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Fabbed and painted closeouts for the fuse relocation area, the old battery location and the ECM.


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Dynamat and interior mods


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April 2012 - First start-up video   Grin


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May 2012 - FINALLY FINISHED


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Photo-op with my sons cars and nephew.    Cool


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This has been a fantastic and a great learning experience for my boys as well as myself. I am now going to keep this ride as it is really cool going to shows and cruising Woodward with my offspring!    Grin

Oh, by the way it dyno'd at 443 rwhp. Not bad.







December 2012 - Now what????

Back in the basement to make the driving experience even more spirited.   Shocked



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Here we go again.............  

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jsuzak
I love my Chevy Chevette!
Posts: 6
Joined: 12/12
Posted: 02/03/13 10:34 AM

I see my part of my pics are not shown for some reason.


Anyway, it has been awhile since I updated this thread, so I will let the pics speak for themselves.





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Some cosmetic upgrades in between




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Couldn't help myself!



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OVRKILL
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 03/03/13 08:48 PM

Not bad old man....  

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Scott Parker
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Posted: 03/12/13 08:02 AM

Nice build!  

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jsuzak
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 03/19/13 07:40 PM

Thanks guys!


Winding down now! Buttoned-up the front and now working my way rearward, ie: exhaust, rear end swap, interior work and so on......
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Fit a set of C6 fogs to be used as turn/dlr's



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Tunnel to intercooler.....


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I can't figure out why these pics are biased to the left??  


Confused  

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