There is a ton of room back there and that one tight area where the passenger side head was close to the firewall has doubled its clearance since really dialing in where I want the tail stock of the trans to sit.You guys really have a lot more room near the firewall with that ls3! My truck 6.0 intake manifold is really tight back there. I cant even see my heater core hoses...lol ;-)
I'm far from a drive shaft expert, so hopefully someone smarter will chime in.So, I got the transfer case back up onto the trans today and JESUS its close to the rear axle. I plan to adjust the rear axle a bit further back but not enough to where this stock driveshaft will even work for the time being. I even moved the frame mounts for the engine up 1/2" trying to buy a little bit of room back there.
Anyways, I can grab the transfer case and move the tail end of the trans side to side. If I pull it closer to the passenger side it creates more room for me in some places that I could use it. If I leave it closer to the center or drivers side it aligns the driveshaft yokes better to be straight on with each other. Is this alignment critical for the driveshaft? I would really like to have it pulled to the passenger side a tad but don't want to screw with anything that will cause me an issue.
Looks great!!! Can I ask what that exhaust job is going to run? Does it include CATs or not? thanksIt's been going slow for me. I just got over being sick as a dog for the last week or so. I got a few things buttoned up tonight and am hopefully trailering it to the exhaust shop tomorrow and dropping it off for a mandrel bent 3" exhaust system.
PLENTY of room, The photo is deceptive in a couple of areas, the steering shaft looks close and the passenger side shock tower looks close but neither get within 2" of the headders at any point. I trimmed back the passenger side upper control arm mount for clearance. It is tighter on that side since the motor is offset to that side. Not to mention the bell housing of the trans is fatter over there to make room for the starter.Damn. Those headers look like they fit perfect. Lots of room. Plus, they just look cool.
Looks great!!! Can I ask what that exhaust job is going to run? Does it include CATs or not? thanks
I know the feeling. I HATE taking my car to a dealer for warranty repair. I am so glad when the warranty is over and I can just fix it myself or use my mechanic who treats my stuff like I treat my stuff.I just CANNOT stand the thought of taking my vehicles anywhere that I have to leave them. Every time I do that I find something that either they did or caused that pisses me off. Id rather suffer through doing it myself and it never leave my garage where I have control.
While they work well there are compromises with the GM drive. The passenger low AC compressor mount has never been optimal IMO. You need to run the AC lines to the driver rear of the engine compartment, compressor to UCA bracket is close without a lift, compressor to frame clearance can be an issue..... We do run the GM drive and it works well, we fabricate PS and AC lines, rework the wiring, run a compact compressor, watch the PS pulley to PS gear clearance..... In the end the GM drive works fine but is more upfront work.Boy, that compressor did give you some room. I am trying to decide by spring what to do in regards to compressors. I think mine is leaking, used one from the junk yard. The one that came with the motor also locked up. Not having much luck and need to stop with the used ones.
Wow, that bought you some clearance alright. What direction are the hoses clocked too?Moving on, I couldn't get the Sanden 508 compressor no matter what I did or how I twisted the engine and mounts to clear enough even with the idea of shaving the bolt heads down on the back of the compressor. I tried 2 different 508 compressors, a 4514 and a 6669. Both were identical to each other besides the rear covers with the 4514 being a little shorter.
I picked up a Sanden 7176 and a dirty dingo mount and it fits with PLENTY of room now. Yes it is a mini compressor, and no I'm not worried about it not cooling enough. This thing spends most of the nice part of the year with no top or doors. I just need a/c for the rare time that I will use it or need the defrost to work.
There is an adapter that I picked up that mounts to the compressor in the area circled. Once it comes out of there the hoses have 90's on them. I haven't tried to fit them yet but it does not look like it's going to be an issue.Wow, that bought you some clearance alright. What direction are the hoses clocked too?