The 475hp Firebird engine swap (Finally!!) 
Out comes the old!
Out comes the old!
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Let's observe a moment of silence for that trusty old shop light that sadly didn't make it to the end of the project.  It died peacefully in its sleep somewhere around the last week of the project.  Good thing it wasn't mine (Sorry Rob)
Let's observe a moment of silence for that trusty old shop light that sadly didn't make it to the end of the project. It died peacefully in its sleep somewhere around the last week of the project. Good thing it wasn't mine (Sorry Rob)
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Wow, it seems like months ago :)
Wow, it seems like months ago :)
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I assembled this engine 12 years ago, and its been sittign ever since.  I pulledthe pan off and made sure it still looked good inside.  Thumbs up baby!
I assembled this engine 12 years ago, and its been sittign ever since. I pulledthe pan off and made sure it still looked good inside. Thumbs up baby!
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What a shock it was to me to find out that the LT1 has an additional motor mount boss cast into either side of the block.  I just assumed from the get go that they used the standard 3 small block mount holes.
What a shock it was to me to find out that the LT1 has an additional motor mount boss cast into either side of the block. I just assumed from the get go that they used the standard 3 small block mount holes.
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The motor mount problem was a major bummer for me, but in the end I decided to go with the BMR tubular cross member with SBC/BBC mounts.  Expensive, but in the end I'm glad I did.  It's a really nice piece.
The motor mount problem was a major bummer for me, but in the end I decided to go with the BMR tubular cross member with SBC/BBC mounts. Expensive, but in the end I'm glad I did. It's a really nice piece.
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First mock-up after setting her down in place.  Things were looking bleak at this point with the minimal clearance under teh cowl.
First mock-up after setting her down in place. Things were looking bleak at this point with the minimal clearance under teh cowl.
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Precision state of the art clearance adder.  I bent the sheet metal under the cowl up to get the clearance I needed for the distributor and the plenum lid.
Precision state of the art clearance adder. I bent the sheet metal under the cowl up to get the clearance I needed for the distributor and the plenum lid.
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