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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:49:14 PM »
Will do!
....or remind me if dont!  :P

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:29:42 PM »
Really neat to know that there is that much American Muscle in Sweden. I like to know how the 3000 converter works out. I kind of thought you would need something with your cam. I was going that route with my Chevelle with the LS6 cam before I sold it. Like to know how slippage you have just street driving. My thoughts were headed to a little lower stall speed. I think your distributer and carb are the way to go. My L78 with a choke still is a little tricky backing out cold. It likes to chirp the tires when you put it in reverse.
Kelley, you would be surprised if you knew how many American muscle we have here....based on the number of people it wouldnt surprise me if we have more muscle cars then you guys do?  ;D

We just have to wait until spring/summer before I can answer your question but hopefully it will work much better but you never know.... ::)
I think the 3000 rpm depends on the cam and engine so it lower in practice maybe...?

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:27:17 AM »
A TH350 trans hooked up to a ZL-1 engine? 

Personally, I would have gone with a TH400. I believe that's what came with them when new (if auto equipped)...

But hey, if it works what the heck.

Nice build...
Yeah youre right there camaronut, but I reused the tranny I already had in the car and it worked ok except for the converter...plus that they used TH350 in racing, Ive been told!  ::)
Thanks for your comment, appreciate it!  :D

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 24, 2018, 04:42:29 PM »
Well I am all for originality, but if it prevents function, I have to go to what is going to work. The heat shield is tucked under the manifold enough, where someone would have to look for it.
You're so spot on! :)

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 24, 2018, 08:48:24 AM »
The heat shield I ran on my 66 Chevelle SS-396 was a insulated Moroso, and covered the whole solenoid.
like this one:
https://www.summitracing.com/oh/parts/mor-74300/applications
Worked great for me and never had the issue again.
Thanks, Ive used a similar on my old 355 but I wanted to use the more original stuff on this build...guess I have to change my plan here since the original parts doesnt really work well in this case! :(

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 22, 2018, 09:41:26 PM »
Your's is on my short list of favorite builds!
Always interested in updates.Such a cool factor.
Wow, you make me blush with those kind words! :)
Many thanks and I will try to keep you all updated with our progress...

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: November 22, 2018, 06:37:33 PM »
Well the summer has pasted and now were entering the winter here in Sweden but no snow yet! 

The Hugger didn't run that many hours that I wanted too because a lot of things but the main one was the starter.  :(


It was a rebuilt one I got from a friend that got it from a friend so I didn't really know so much about it, but it worked ok when we ran the ZL-1 in the dyno.
But running in the street is a different ball game and here it did not deliver. Despite my original GM heat shield, which btw is too small,  the starter got to hot when you tried to stat if again after a quick stop. It didn't even made a click when turning the key....so I had to put the starter on the to-do-list for this winter.

I at least got the car to the biggest car event my town during this summer together with my 427-pal Nikke, as you may know from this forum. Here are our orange monsters together in my garage and at the show. We really got some attention with our rides among the 1500 other cars that attended!  ;D








But during the up coming cruise night I had to feed the beast but I didn't get any further then this due to the troubles mentioned above.


My ZL-1 does givs a LOT of raw and fun power as it sits but it has been very difficult to just get it out from the garage, especially when its cold. But we think we have the solution for that.
My old 750 Holley 4 barrel didn't really match the spec of the engine and the old converter that I kept had to low stall speed. Together with a borrowed distributor it was a fight to get the car out of the garage and running...

Therefore a new custom made carb based on a 4 barrel Holley from https://www.smicarburetor.com arrived the other day to the home of the Hugger. It has an electric choke and a vacuum secondary to match the TH350 and gettin the power smoothly instead of instant. I've heard that this was the intention from Chevrolet from the beginning, when having a street usable ZL-1 together with an automatic!?


I also ordered a custom made distributor from Performance Distributors and I came earlier this summer. Both this parts has been built based on the specs from my ZL-1 engine so it really hope that this will do the trick!  8)


We also got our new 3000+ stall speed converter from B&M Holeshot Torque series part no 20413.


So now it just a matter of time and effort the get the Hugger running next summer again, let the winter start!  ;)

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"Several features of this engine make it highly unsuitable for street use."

He suggested some modifications that would result in better street operation. The changes were not implemented.
Interesting, William! ;)
You dont happen to know more specific what those modifications were?

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:34:31 PM »
Hakan,Where is the video of you lighting up the tires? Just leave in drive, hold the brake a little til it breaks loose, my L78 will actually shift into second while doing it. Doing it lights up my day (2). Nice job on all of it.

Hehe Kelly Im afraid Im going to disappoint you cause we didn't get the time do make such a video this year so you just have to settle with these three short ones....at least you get a glimpse of what the ZL-1 sounds like and handle!  8) :P

https://youtu.be/DP_gxPTKSb0

https://youtu.be/imt2AzavMcU

https://youtu.be/MAf-MpslqVk

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:49:10 AM »
Hakan,

They look pretty good - did you see the Design Studio ZL-1 pics for inspiration ? They were apparently only on the grille and tail panel, car was black and gold; I saw a cloned version of the car at Indy Super Chevy many years ago that replicated the car down to the emblems. I (and many others) would really like to discover whatever happened to the original -

Good effort, I really like what you have accomplished with this build - especially considering the distance you are from sources here in the US.
Yupp, seen that one before but I really didnt like that emblem style and Ive seen somebody before made something similar to my emblems for grille and rear though.

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:46:32 AM »

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:45:16 AM »
not bad, but it appears to be 'too thick' to me.. ie.  much thicker than original '69 emblems.  I'd suggest checking the thickness of your original 350 emblem, and modifying your design to be the same...
Thanks Gary, but off course they have the same aperence as original, same dimensions and same thickness! ;)
...but as I wrote, they are mounted with butyl rubber.

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:29:06 PM »
Just remembered that I haven't showed you guys my first attempt to make my own ZL-1 emblem!
As you know there wasn't really an official fender emblem for the ZL-1 and COPOs but I needed something to cover the holes from the 350-emblem with....

Well with that said I downloaded Autodesk Fusion 360 to my iMac and started to sketch an 2D-emblem that they could have done it on Chevrolet design department during the late 60:ies. I then took the file to our world famous Ume Institute of Design and their FabLab.  They helped my with taking my 2D-model to a printable 3D-modell.
Im happy with the result and my first 3D-printing experience.....old school meets new school!


With some paint:




Temporary in place with some adhesive butyl rubber:




It was ok for local exhibitions this summer but my plan is to get my 3D-model as a die cast emblem in aluminium or chromed brass but I havet found anyone subtile for that job yet..  :(

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Great story and beatiful work done!  8)

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Mild Modifications / Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« on: June 24, 2018, 08:32:32 PM »
Ok, you got me, lol! Re-read the thread and saw your flexplate.
Haha, good work re-reading everything! :)

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