69 Camaro l99 with 6l80e swap beginning stage
So finally i started on my LS swap ........ i got an L99 w/ 6l80e out of a 2012 Camaro with approx 66k miles(thats what i was told) so i finally had some time to begin the first stages of the swap. This thread will mainly be my experience of actually ONLY putting the engine and trans in the car and the modifications i need to make it all fit. Ive heard and read of the floor cutting/modification but i want to see and test if there are any other ways to make it work prior to any cutting this is gonna take some time but ill see..... now i wont be doing the wiring yet or mods being that i am on a budget and have another project to tackle but i hope some people find it helpful and maybe i can learn something from someone else. I am not a professional mechanic nor a fabricator but i know my way around a car.
Now to what i have and have purchased and installed, i have a 1969 camaro w/ 383sbc/350trans, rear end is an eaton posi with 3.73 gears and 30 spline moser axles w/ caltrac split leaf and traction bars. c6 corvette disk brakes all around, qa1 adjutable coil over shock at front a couple more things but this covers a lot.
Projections--- i just want it to haul a** LOL but be reliable, nothing major. More than likely afm/dod delete stage 1 cam kit by GPI with trunnion upgrade and minor bolts ons.
What i have so far i purchased the complete bracket kit to make the swap from holley/hooker, meaning motor mounts and oil pan, i am planning on fabricating my own trans crossmember, i have not purchased the brackets to relocate the alternator or compressor but i REALLY liked the brackets from LSBRACKETS.com not sure if anyone has used them they seem simpler and you can save some money which is what i am trying to do. Some feed back would be nice.
What i have done so far is removed the 383sbc and 350 trans i removed the complete front end of the car for easier access to work all around, i have switched out the oil pan and modified the engine pan tray, i have removed the alternator and ac compressor for access and for installing the engine for clearance.
Issues i have encountered and what i need to buy so far----
1- i removed the oil cooler which i no longer will be using but there is big hose on the side off the block connected to the cooler looks like i need a plug for i wasnt aware of this. Located plug via summit after reading another thread part #12561663. You have to install the plug prior to installing the holley motor mount bracket.
2- Oil pan sensor i noticed the holley pan does not have the hole for the sensor not sure what everyone has done about this or if its ok to cancel this sensor out---- need some advise on this.
3- The positive battery cable my engine has a metal cover around it with some loom i made the mounting hole a bit large to try to reuse it i only used one mounting tab i guess will see if it works. Not sure what else everyone has done. Like i said trying to save money where i can.
Addtl questions i have has anyone reused the 2012 camaro radiator i measured it and it looks like a very tight fit i was thinking of reusing it but of course fabricating some brackets to mount it.
I hope other people chime in, I am not a pro at fabricating or mechanical work but have some knowledge so please bare with me.