This week I've worked on the frame crossmember altercation to make room for the LS engine. There was a little scalping, a little reinforcing, a lot of grinding and trimming, a lot more hammering and pounding and bending and tweaking and adjusting to get it to fit.
My neighbor helped me with this and welded this together for me. My 110 volt welder would not be strong enough to handle this.
After getting this back together it became apparent that the headers won't fit and will need some modification on the driver's side. It's a bummer, too, as they had that coating on them. Oh well. This will give a chance to modify them as needed to clear the engine mounts/ supports.
I also raised the trans tunnel to give more room for the trans. Even with that lift it is still a snug fit up there. I only tacked it in place in case it needs more modification.
Next steps will be to mock up the mounting systems/ brackets, etc and start building them.
We also started to fit the engine/ trans in the car. My goal is to retain the oem oil pan as well as use the oem brackets if possible. To accomplish this the engine will go back. way back, as well as some trimming to the car. Once again Brett to the rescue with his plasma cutter.
Because part of the firewall will be recessed, I'm thinking it might be cool to make a removable panel inside for access to the back of the engine.
I need to make more cuts to the car, then clean them up. So far it's looking good. clearance for the steering, headers, etc. The trans tunnel will need to be raised a bit to clear the t56 magnum.
The engine mounting still needs to be worked out but should be no problem.
I'll get back out to the garage tomorrow and make more ruckus.