70 Chevelle LT4 & 4L85e Swap SS Z06
I'm going to be swapping out my motor for a LT4 Crate motor and a 4L85e transmission in a 1970 Chevelle.
I've been researching for some time now swapping out the trans and motor. I decided on a GM Crate LT4 and a Jakes Performance 4L85E trans.
I feel I have most of the battles figured out and I placed my order today with Schwartz Performance.
The car currently has a 540cu 716HP/702tq that was designed by Chris Straub at Straub Technologies.
The transmission is a TKO-600 with a Mcleod RST clutch. I've had fun with the 540 and wanted to now try this supercharged small block.
The engine is on order along with the controller and some other small engine parts. The engine mounts are from Dirty Dingo and I'm gonna use the fully adjustable setup they offer.
The transmission is from Jakes Performance and I'll use a US Shift controller and a GeForce cross member. I'll get a local shop here to redo my drive shaft when I get that far along.
The cooling challenge was fun to create. There are no less than 5 radiators up front. I call it my radiator sandwich. My solution is from AutoradRadiators. I'm going with a new core support, dual 14 inch fans in a shroud, the trans cooler will be internal to the coolant radiator. The next radiator is the oil cooler and then, AC condensor and then finally the intercooler. Now thats a radiator sandwich. The good news is they can build it all as a nice well thought out purpose built unit. They take 2 months but the trans wont be done for 2 months so I've got plenty of time.
The oil pan was going to be a challenge and I think that Moroso took care of that for me with the release of a new pan just for this use case. Oddlt its on production hold for a MFG defect issue that the guy there at Moroso said will be taken care of in a week or two. That leaves me plenty of time as I still need to pull the 540 out.
One of the final swaps on the car will be the use of the almost factory looking gauges with the small TFT screens. Ill use the factory bezel and tie the gauge package into the GM ECM using the Dakota BIM module.
GAME ON! the parts are on the way and lets see how smooth this goes. Ill pull the 540 here soon and list it for sale.