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05 Jun 2018 15:26 #4147 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1969 Camaro Transforms From Big Block to Supercharged LT4 V8 at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
The top of the LT4 sans blower. Insulating foam protects the fuel lines below.



Injector pump and internal fuel rails for the direct injection system.



Installing fittings for the coolant system.



Bottom side of stock LT4 supercharger “hat”.



Blower base back in place.



And the “hat” back on the supercharger, held down by ARP bolts!




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31 Jul 2018 16:34 #4195 by oestek
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At this point, the decision was made to install the later version of the LT4 supercharger hat, which will accommodate water / methanol injection jets from Nitrous Express.

Water / Methanol injection is a great tool to reduce the intake charge temperature, allow for more aggressive ignition timing, and therefore increase the power output of the engine.

The system uses basically the same solenoid system as a nitrous oxide kit, but this time, it’s spraying a water / methanol blend under much lower pressure. A reservoir tank and pump are needed, as well as some form of controller to make it work.

Here, the jets are plumbed into the new hat and the solenoids are mounted. Nitrous Express provides this service, which came out great.






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31 Jul 2018 16:39 #4196 by oestek
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Alcohol pump:




The new hat didn’t match our desired color scheme, so it was cleaned, scuffed, and masked for some new color.



First color is a charcoal gray found in various accents on the car, like the window trim and door handles.



Then the fins were masked and the second color was applied, a bright and vivid red.







After unmasking, the fins were stripped and the ribs were returned to a natural aluminum finish.



The end result looks factory clean and custom tailored to the car. We also tuned up the LT4 badging and gray on the coolant hoses.

Looking good!


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14 Sep 2018 14:59 #4206 by oestek
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The liquid side of the alcohol injection system required a pump and a reservoir, so we built a tank to fit in the driver side rear quarter panel out of stainless.



Here, the screw cap bung is TIG welded in place.





The tank and pump fit neatly in the trunk.



Here it is just before being painted.




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14 Sep 2018 15:09 #4207 by oestek
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Next, the team wired up the T56 Magnum transmission using a Bowler All In One harness. This is a handy piece that incorporates all the connections required on a T56 for safe operation into one harness.



From Bowler:

“The All-in-One harness solution for the Tremec T-56 Magnum transmission comes equipped with all the connections pre-wired into one harness for a simple installation and ease of use. The small epoxy sealed controller is mounted to the VSS output using the existing bolt, and once the unit is powered up you will be able to connect via Bluetooth to your Apple or Android smartphone using our free app. The app will give you the ability to customize the input and output settings for each feature to ensure proper operation in your vehicle. The All-in-One harness eliminates the need for any additional equipment to operate the reverse lock out or generate the correct speedometer signals coming from your Tremec T-56 Magnum. This All-in-One harness solution is the perfect finishing touch for any Tremec T-56 Magnum conversion, and the only harness you will ever need.”

Unit mounted:



And the Dakota Digital OBDII interface to send the signals from the ECM to the dash.



These devices simplify the communication betweed various digital and analoge systems making it far simpler to perform these kinds of swaps.

Soon, the intake tube was made and the LT4 was ready to fire!


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22 Sep 2018 15:29 #4209 by oestek
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The LT4 was finally ready to fire, and the crew double checked all the connections, hoses, fittings, and added some fuel. The calibration is from the GM Performance ECM with some adjustments made to accomodate the Drive Junky pulleys, exhaust, and custom air intake. We use HP Tuners software and worked with Mike Norris on the calibration to get the car in a driving state.







Initial drives we casual, as we datalogged the ECM and would beam it over to Norris for analysis. We’ve tuned many an LS, but this was LT4 #1, and we trust Mike to be a great resource on these kinds of projects.

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