file 1968 Oldsmobile 442 GM LSA Connect and Cruise Driveline Swap

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17 Jun 2015 19:06 - 17 Jun 2015 19:15 #1038 by oestek
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We elected to install a Holley LS conversion oil pan to gain better fit at the crossmember, and also to increase ground clearance.



The Muscle Rods frame stands and engine mount plates allowed us to drop the LSA into place with minimal drama.



We were concerned about how the transmission was going to fit under the stock floor. However, we used the Muscle Rods install kit and the 4L80e transmission fit snugly without major floor modifications.




However, we checked the pinion angle and learned that the nose of the engine was high and the tail of the transmission was low, so we elected to modify the frame stands to bring the crank centerline down.



We elected to cut and remove a slice of the engine mount, and this modification netted us a 4° angle on the engine and transmission, nearly ideal for a street driven car. Here, the mount is just tack welded in place for test fitting.



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06 Jul 2015 15:18 #1104 by oestek
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The Oldsmobile 12-bolt rear axle assembly was swapped in favor of a new Moser Engineering Chevrolet 12-bolt rear end. This one is loaded with a Detroit Tru-Trac limited-slip differential, 31 spline axles, and a new 3.73:1 gear ratio.





The Moser units come ready to paint and install. Note the clean gear wear pattern on the ring & pinion; this one should be a nice and quiet setup.



This is an all-new housing, and the axle ends are Tornio-style with big bearings and a bolt pattern to match our existing Wilwood brakes.

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06 Jul 2015 15:19 #1105 by oestek
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The customer liked everything about this setup except for the chrome cover, so we elected to strip and paint it satin black to match the housing.





Once the assembly was cleaned and prepped, it was shot with black epoxy primer and an Imron satin black enamel for durability.

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25 Sep 2015 18:19 #1522 by oestek
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The crew installed the housing under the Olds, re-using the existing Hotchkis suspension system.



We had a new driveshaft made to accommodate the 4L80E output spline and the 1350-style universal joint on the 12-bolt pinion yoke. Here, you can see the reconnected emergency brake lines connected to the transmission crossmember.



The GForce transmission crossmember provides clearance for the exhaust.



Sharp eyes will note that this car is riding on a fully-boxed convertible frame for added stiffness.

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25 Sep 2015 18:48 - 25 Sep 2015 18:49 #1523 by oestek
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The 12-bolt cover reinstalled. We will have to do some exhaust work to connect the existing system to the new headers and engine.



Adam TIG welded some new flanges to the existing X-pipe to make the system fit. Once completed, it will be sent to Jet-Hot for coating.



The LSA requires the use of an electronic engine management system, which is supplied in the connect and cruise kit.

This customer is not concerned with the electronics being visible, so we mounted the ECM on a custom bracket inside the passenger fender well.



A custom air intake tube feeds the LSA, shown here in the paint booth before turning black.



The painted intake tube.




One of the challenges of installing a supercharged LS engine into a Muscle Car is the belt drive system. On this car, we were one of the first customers of the GM “Modified” LSA front-drive system, which elevates the alternator for better clearance over the steering box. It’s part number 19303242.





However, this rig does not account for the air conditioning compressor, so we used a bracket made by a friend of ours who recently made some extras for his ‘66 Chevelle LSA project. You can see it down near the front of the engine on the passenger side.



Here you can see the tab we made to mount the plastic power steering reservoir.



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12 Oct 2015 09:21 - 12 Oct 2015 09:22 #1592 by oestek
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One of the challenges of a strong running supercharged engine is keeping the air intake charge cool. This LSA engine has a water to air intercooler installed between the supercharger and the intake manifold, which requires a circulating flow of coolant.

The Cadillac CTS-V and Camaro ZL1 use a small heat exchanger behind the grille, which has been found to be marginally effective in reducing the intake air charge temperature.

In this installation, we chose to install a much larger heat exchanger from C&R Racing . Another this heat exchanger also has mounting tabs to cleanly attach an air conditioning condenser coil.





Although it was designed for an “F” body platform - Camaro / Firebird - our team modified some mounting brackets to install it in the “A” car.



Our crew built some custom brackets to install the heat exchanger and the A/C the condenser coil in the nose behind the grill. This required modifying the hood latch support bracket considerably. They also mounted the upgraded supercharger coolant pump down low, as not to obstruct the airflow across these three coolers.

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