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Old 06-17-2018, 10:53 PM   #91
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This has also turned into a while I'm there project. So while I'm here and the wheels are off i swapped the brakes over to some wilwood d8-6 on the fronts and d8-4 on the rears along with some wilwood rotors. Like normal with my luck these have turn out to be a pia because the fronts came in silver and the rears were a grey color. After some unhelpful people from summit someone finally dug i to it and found out wilwood updated the color offered and i had new and old versions. Either way they're slightly off in color and I'm tired of dealing with summit and wilwood so it'll work since they're not right next each other. Maybe i assume too much or have too high of expectations but for the money these things cost I figured they'd match.

I also got my pedal bracket painted and back on.












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Been a while, work's been busy yada yada yada....back to it.- Had the driveshaft shortened and I went ahead and installed some safety loops for peace of mind. They went on pretty easy without too much modification to the new trans. crossmember and the new offset trailing arms I just put in. ​ ​​​​​​ ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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If you ever loose a u-joint, those safety loops are a godsend especially at 6000 on a 2-3 shift. Ask me how I know
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If you ever loose a u-joint, those safety loops are a godsend especially at 6000 on a 2-3 shift. Ask me how I know

I've read a few stories about them. I'm sure one of them was yours. U joint failure just cruising or if i ever actually hook up it's worth the peace of mind.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:25 PM   #95
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Finished putting the rear spring back together and installed shiftworks kit forbthe 4l70. I had to notch out the trans pan bracket and removing the old detent was a pia. It wasnt a simple drill spot welds like the sw instructions state but I got it apart finally.





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Old 01-01-2019, 11:21 PM   #96
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Got it back on the road today. Still a few bugs to work out but glad to take it around the block in over a year. Good start so far to the new year.

Even though the motor has been in there for a while now it's still makes me do a double take since i had the 383 sbc in there for so long.















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wow sweet sounding good looking...
love the color also...
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Congrats blueday Sounds sweet - must be a great feeling.
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Blueday, what if the front u-joint gives up? Or the inside joint on the half shaft? Is this kind of standard placement for the loops? I haven't put mine on yet because I couldn't decide on placement. If placed near the center the bracketry gets more complicated as there isn't anything substantial to attach to..
Your thoughts?
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Blueday, what if the front u-joint gives up? Or the inside joint on the half shaft? Is this kind of standard placement for the loops? I haven't put mine on yet because I couldn't decide on placement. If placed near the center the bracketry gets more complicated as there isn't anything substantial to attach to..
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If the front of the ds gives the ds loop as it is shown will catch it. I'm not 100% sure on what happens if the rear ds ujoint gives. It looks like there's a frame crossmember underneath it and it looks to be just the floor above.

As for the halfshafts this dragvette link states the loops will minimize damage should either end break loose.

https://www.racevette.com/store/p6/H...s_1963-82.html


In both the ds and hs cases it looks as though the thought process of the loops i bought from vansteel is to catch the ds/hs end not attached to the rear end. I'm not sure if there is a reason for this or not.

Hopefully someone else can chime in and give some input on this.
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Blueday, I'm working a very similar project, 1981 LS3 with T-56. The stance of yours is perfect! My 81 has the FE7 suspension package and I'm planning to try and use the original front springs but I'm concerned about the front ride height. Did you have to change the front springs to get the ride height? I read through your posts and didn't see a mention about springs but I may have missed it. I have a feeling I'll probably wind up with a coil over setup before it's all over. You did a superb job, well done!
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[QUOTE=blueday;3425948]Been a while, work's been busy yada yada yada....back to it.- Had the driveshaft shortened and I went ahead and installed some safety loops for peace of mind. They went on pretty easy without too much modification to the new trans. crossmember and the new offset trailing arms I just put in. ​ ​​​​​​ ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Nice workmanship and very functional. I have personally experienced a couple of driveshaft failures on the dragstrip in years past; scary, dangerous and expensive. I really hadn't planned to include them on my build but after looking at this I believe I'll add them to the punch list.
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[QUOTE=blueday;3429272]If the front of the ds gives the ds loop as it is shown will catch it. I'm not 100% sure on what happens if the rear ds ujoint gives. It looks like there's a frame crossmember underneath it and it looks to be just the floor above.

As for the halfshafts this dragvette link states the loops will minimize damage should either end break loose.

https://www.racevette.com/store/p6/H...s_1963-82.html


In both the ds and hs cases it looks as though the thought process of the loops i bought from vansteel is to catch the ds/hs end not attached to the rear end. I'm not sure if there is a reason for this or not.

Hopefully someone else can chime in and give some input on this.


From personal experience here's my 2c. For the driveshaft, containing the diff end of the driveshaft will minimize damage. Containing the trans end of the driveshaft can save your life. I've never experienced a half shaft failure, but I imagine if either end got loose it would tear up all kinds of things, so containing them would likely reduce damage.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:39 PM   #105
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Blueday, I'm working a very similar project, 1981 LS3 with T-56. The stance of yours is perfect! My 81 has the FE7 suspension package and I'm planning to try and use the original front springs but I'm concerned about the front ride height. Did you have to change the front springs to get the ride height? I read through your posts and didn't see a mention about springs but I may have missed it. I have a feeling I'll probably wind up with a coil over setup before it's all over. You did a superb job, well done!
thanks for the comps.....i havent srivin my ls3 a lot yet but it's still odd not having to pump the gas and even more odd popping the hood to see an ls3 sitting there.

I'm running 450# springs on the front. I did cut them to get the ride height where i want it. I did all of that years ago so i can't remember if was 1 or 1.5 coil off each side. Prior to redoing my suspension about 8 years ago i cut the stock springs down to get a nice ride height. I may do coilovers eventually, but couldnt justify the money at the time for a street car and douby i would raise or lower it once it's set.

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