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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/Half_Shaft_Safety_Loops_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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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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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/Half_Shaft_Safety_Loops_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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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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Your car has a perfect stance, love it!
Thanks, I think it can easily make/break the way a car looks even on stock wheels!
 

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I played with some c6 wheels my brother let me borrow to see if i liked how they look before he sold them off.








Classic auto air wasn't much help when it came to wiring up the trinary switch they sold me with their ac system. After a few phone calls and not being able to answer my questions on how the trinary switch works and should be wired I called tilden motorsports who built my harness and they were much more helpful and confident on explaining how the trinary switch should be hooked up. Classic auto air did finally email over some sort of a wiring diagram that halfway confirmed what tilden told told me. If anyone needs that just pm or post and I'll send it to you. Vintage air seems to have a ton of info online about their trinary switch.

Here's a quick sketch of how i wired in the switch with the ecm controlling my radiator fans. Hopefully this will help someone with a similar setup.




With that said i had to tear back into the harness to wire up the trinary switch and keep stuff clean. Took a while to find someone local to crimp the hoses for me. 4th place is a charm! Running out of space to cleanly route hoses/wires along the passenger side.







 

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My first outting in it last friday. Drove it to work then over to alignment shop. Rear was slightly out since putting in the offset trailing arms (which i started before I began the ls3 swap).



The engine/trans tuning is a bit sloppy but it'll work for now til I get it back together with the ac working and some more miles on it.

Here's a quick video I shot test driving it the other night. It's a bit loud under throttle.

 

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How many miles did you end up putting on it last Friday?
 

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Looking and sounding GOOD ! blueday
 

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This is kinda part of my ls swap since it's grown into a while I'm there/ build thread. So I'm test fitting some new wheels. Got excited until I realized they sent me the wrong bolt pattern so I'll have to wait even longer now. At least I dont have to pay for return shipping. All I'll share at this point I'm going with an 18x10 square setup. My c5z's rears always barely stuck out and bugged me. Hopefully with sligtly less width and smaller tire theyll be pretty flush. But we'll see when the correct set comes in.

 

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Got one side mounted. Looking good as far as clearance goes.













It was a bit over cast saturday but i still like them.





 

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Your car pictures

Wow Blueday, your car is drop dead gorgeous! I like everything about it, especially the stance! I'm hoping mine sees the light of day before it gets too hot this summer. I may have to ping you from time to time when I run into questions, probably the suspension setup. You know, in the past I wasn't a big fan of sidepipes on C3's, but yours has changed my mind. They REALLY look good! A new option on the table.



You did a fantastic job, well done!
 

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Wow Blueday, your car is drop dead gorgeous! I like everything about it, especially the stance! I'm hoping mine sees the light of day before it gets too hot this summer. I may have to ping you from time to time when I run into questions, probably the suspension setup. You know, in the past I wasn't a big fan of sidepipes on C3's, but yours has changed my mind. They REALLY look good! A new option on the table.



You did a fantastic job, well done!
Thank you. The wheels kinda top off the ls swap. Cool that i could show you the way to "the loud side." Nah, some cars look good with them and some don't. Color combo, wheels, "look" all plays a factor.

Just pm or reply top this thread if you have any questions. My set up is pretty standard. Coil springs on front and fiberglass monoleaf on the rear. I just spent time making sure everything was level and looked tight before i got it aligned. I do think a the stance can make or break the looks of a car.


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Definitely like the new wheels, fits the look/color/stance of the car perfectly
 
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