Re: My 68 ls3 swap and restomod project
OK, now that everyone is up to date, let me explain my goals for this project.
First, I wanted two things. I wanted to fix the body issues which were starting to bother me more and more. The drivers door didn't close correctly and there were some issues where the bondo was starting to come through most especially on the roof where it was really starting to crack. It also leaked a little around the windshied.
Second it that I wanted to be able to drive the care more. The biggest issue with this was the engine. Although it was ok, it ran a little hot, got bad mileage and just plain wasn't as reliable as a modern engine.
Also, like most, i'm not rich, so I needed to keep the costs manageable and finance it as I go. This meant I would NOT do some things in this "phase" of the project (maybe someday i'll do the last phase)
So, that means I will be swapping the 383 stroker with a modern LS engine and taking the whole car apart down to bare metal and doing a new paint job.
What I WILL NOT be doing is:
1. Any engine upgrades for now. This means no new cam or intake or such. This is because I know myself and once I get into it I will be $5k by the time that I am done. I figure that once I'm done, it will be an "easy" winter project to pull the engine and do all the work myself or bring it to Chad Golen and have him do it when I can afford it.
2. No suspension upgrades. Same as before new rear ends, bigger brakes, coil overs, tubular control arms and hydro formed subframes cost big bucks and again, once the car is done, these are relatively easy to bolt on (with the exception of the subframe).
So, like most guys, I went to school on all the LS engine options. I'll explain all that in the next post, but for now, here's some pics of the old engine all crated up and being shipped out!