Rick - I really like your project. I'm at the dreaded sandblasting stage of a very similar (planned) project and you seem to be a bit of a vette expert. Do you have a preference for the LT1 over the LS1 or was your choice based on cost/availability? Wes
I was looking at both really, even looking at L98's. The combo I got was about a grand and a half cheaper than what I was seeing. With any of the 3 you still will have to deal with mounts, wiring and cooling, those costs are the same, retro fit is about the same. So that only leaves engine/tranny cost and power. The stock LT1 makes 300hp/330torque, the LS1 makes about 350/360 and you find them about 2 grand more than the LT1
I think you nailed it with the LT1 since it comes with the 4L60E and is reasonably priced. A corvette LS1 costs a lot more and you also have to find a tranny since I believe they come bolted to a torque tube and transaxle in the C5...now that would be an interesting project. I'm still looking but have not been able to get close to your $1450 deal. Thanks for the info - looking forward to your next update.
Got the ford 8.8 top coated with satin black today, pictures tomorrow....I played around with my powder coating system on one of the original rims, I think my oven is not heating up enough. The rim is darker than the picture but came out a dark grayish black and has a rough texture like the coat didnít melt enough. Even thou it didnít come out satin black, I love the lookÖ.hope it sticks... I'll post another picture in the sun when I get a chance.
Nice to see your on the job - I was getting worried. What did the "shop" do with your 8.8? I'm following behind you a bit. Got the frame painted, stripped a dana 30 over the weekend and painted it tonite. It's getting chromo axles, new ball joints, hubs, brakes, and a locker. I am definitely putting a detroit locker in my 8.8.
I had the spring and shock mounts welded on. I will eventually go with lockers, just moving dollars to get it going. Found out today the decent tires that came with it are 14 years old... so new tires are on order.
The rim is black, not grayish...I'm just color blind
I didn't know you could ? I just read you have to apply ther clear while the rim is still warm, could it still be done?
I think my bigger concern is what the second rim will look like, I belive the oven is on its last leg, I left the rim in for almost 2 hours and have not looked at it yet...
I am no powder coat expert by any means. The wheels i have are black, with a clearcoat over them and they have held up really well for the last year. I would look into it, it will sure make them last longer and be really easy to clean.
'06 LJ Rubicon 33's and stuff...