You can always sell the F-body drives to a first-gen Camaro guy and do what we did: use the pulleys from Street and Performance. At $958, it's expensive until you add up the time and money it takes to cobble together a junkyard kit, not to mention the fact that this system is an actual engine dress kit, so it looks awesome with a trick power-steering pump and a rebuildable 140-amp alternator with an internal regulator included. We've used the phrase "spending the good money" before, and this is what it looks like. We rarely gush about off-the-shelf solutions, but we traded money for time here, and the serpentine system went on so easily we were laughing. If you have the cash, this is the way to go. Rock Valley sells a modified El Camino tank for $910 that includes an LS1 pump already installed. Or you can upgrade for $200 more and get a stainless tank with a built-in pump, mounting hardware, and internal baffles for drag-racing or road-racing action.>>> Fuel SystemWe stuck with the fuel injection to keep with the salvage-yard theme and therefore we need to run something other than a mechanical fuel pump squirting 7 psi. In fact, we needed about 53-63 psi to run this system. There are a couple of ways to handle it. Competition Engineering sells a fuel sump kit to feed an external pump, but that comes with a cost. Puller pumps are less efficient and usually louder than in-tank pumps. Or you can send out your stock gas tank and have a pump kit installed, buy a new tank and send it out for a fuel pump, or buy one that is ready-made. If you do the math, a stamped-steel tank will cost about $200-$250, the pump kit is another $325-$375, and the labor is about $225, depending on the application. That's about $850 plus shipping to rework a stock tank. The alternative of course is to buy a tank that is ready for the job. Straps are provided, but we decided to extend our factory mounting straps when we installed the tank. Rock Valley recommends a 3/8 (-6 AN) fuel feed line and at least a 5/16 return. We'll probably overkill it with -8 AN feed and -6 AN return, but that's us. Straps are provided, but we decided to extend our factory mounting straps when we installe Remember the engine-mount kit we used that placed the engine in the stock small-block location? That proved advantageous when we realized that most of the math for the transmission swap was based on that set of measurements. Note the pan has both ground and crossmember clearance with the transmission installed. Remember the engine-mount kit we used that placed the engine in the stock small-block loca If you want to use an electric or mechanical oil-pressure gauge, you can drill and tap the factory oil-cooler bypass fitting with a 1/4-inch NPT then thread in an aftermarket sender. If you want to use an electric or mechanical oil-pressure gauge, you can drill and tap the Since we aren't really interested in keeping the stock harness, we used the LS1/LS6 MEFI4 system from MSD. It allows us to tune the engine "live" or simply use one of the dyno-tuned calibrations that are preinstalled. It also allows us to switch from the factory mass airflow (MAF) system to speed density. All F-cars used MAF from the factory. There are also systems from FAST, Accel, and others that offer tunability. We'll run the wiring and tune this car up in a future article.>>> WiringIf you are using an engine and transmission combination from a wrecked car or truck, you can have the original computer and wiring harness modified for your application by companies like Wait4Me Performance for about $300. By using the factory harness, you can utilize aftermarket systems like the FlashScan V2 stand-alone data logger and ECM reprogramming system from EFI Live or HP Tuners' VCM Suite to control the engine. You can also buy a premade factory harness from S&P for the same effect. Our engine came equipped with a cable-operated throttle body. The other option was called drive-by-wire. It uses a harness connected to a gas-pedal throttle-position sensor to move a servo mounted on the throttle body. Lokar sells a throttle cable and a pedal assembly for the street rod crowd that will work on the Chevelle. Our engine came equipped with a cable-operated throttle body. The other option was called Unlike with traditional small-blocks, the thermostat is located on the suction side of the water pump (the lower inlet). We've seen stock radiators used with some creative tube bending and aftermarket radiators that are designed for the El Camino from Afco and Griffin. The small tubes are for the heater core, on the left is pressure, and on the right is the return. Unlike with traditional small-blocks, the thermostat is located on the suction side of the Since we wisely kept the stock steering column, attaching the linkage to the 4L60E is as simple as installing this kit from Kugal Komponents included with the Keisler transmission. Slot A fits into Tab B, read the directions. Since we wisely kept the stock steering column, attaching the linkage to the 4L60E is as s « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!