file 700 HP 1969 Camaro 540 BBC “Do-Under” Gets All New Underpinnings At V8 Speed & Resto

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29 Apr 2017 17:05 #3722 by oestek
The engine was next to receive some attention. This monster ran hard, but had developed a few leaks in addition to the clutch / flywheel issues. The hood clearance was tight, and the owner requested a different intake and EFI system to be installed as we re-gasketed the engine.



Intake removed and gasket surfaces cleaned and ready for new Holley intake.



“Big” roller cam, ported Dart heads, lots of power to be made here.

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29 Apr 2017 17:06 #3723 by oestek
Jet-Hot coated Holley EFI multi-point intake manifold. This is part of a Holley HP big block Chevy package.



The intake was upgraded with some new squirters from Injector Dynamics.





Here, the billet Holley throttle body, fuel rails, sensors, stat housing, and MSD distributor are in place.



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29 Apr 2017 17:07 #3724 by oestek
We elected to swap the hard line for a braided crossover -6 hose for better flow, and a blacker look.



A quick flip to replace a leaky pan gasket and to have a look-see at the bottom end… what’s that on the pickup screen?



Someone went a little strong with the silicone on assembly, and remnants were stuck to the oil pump pickup screen.



We made sure to scrape all the excess goo from the pan rails, and used far less on reassembly.

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29 Apr 2017 17:23 #3725 by oestek
Big crate showed up… from DSE!



One powdercoated Detroit Speed hydroformed subframe. Here, Tara is installing new Baer 6-piston brakes on the spindles.





Incidentally, Tara came to our shop as a summer intern from an automotive tech program at a local college. She did well in our shop, and became the first recipient of our V8 “Holeshot” Scholarship. She is now finishing up an Automotive Technology degree at Southern Illinois University. Unfortunately for us, she won’t be back as an intern, as she’s got a summer gig lined up at GM in Detroit! Yep, THAT GM! Way to go Tara!



Buttoned-up engine sitting proudly in the new subframe, and Baer 6P calipers installed.



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16 May 2017 13:20 #3740 by oestek
Next, the crew reinstalled the painted QUADRALink components, rear shocks, Currie axle, and Baer brake rotors.



Yellow tape snippets are there to protect pieces during assembly, and also to serve as reminders for things that need to be tightened or filled.





The wheel tubs are yet to be coated with their final treatment.

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16 May 2017 13:22 #3741 by oestek
Up front, a new Centerforce DYAD clutch is installed and the T-56 Magnum 6-speed is bolted to the bellhousing.




The DYAD clutch assembly can hang on to 1300 ft. lbs. Of torque, so it should be quite happy behind this big block Chevy. We like these because they also offer a fairly light clutch pedal operation even with the high clamping force.



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