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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #180 on: January 16, 2019, 09:22:09 PM »
Your welcome! Amazing quality! Im building a similar build (with a '69 Mustang, powered by a modern Can-Am 494/Boss 429 engine) Im always intrigued on these aluminum powered monsters. Hopefully, one day I will build a 1969 Camaro, and I would build it just like yours. Keep up the excellent work!
Wow, that sounds like a beast!  ;D
Stay tuned and hopefully I’ll keep the pace and get ready to this season!  ;)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #181 on: January 26, 2019, 01:47:53 PM »
Not much are happening here at the moment.... :(

I´m waiting for the desire to work on the car to come back again and still missing some parts from the US.
Hopefully we will get the tranny down but it's not going to be easy when you have a small garage without a car lift.
At least the Hugger is placed on four jack stands, the tranny is empty on oil and the drive shaft is done so now its just the rest left to do. :)

The starter is back from the starter shop and it has been overhauled big time and hopefully it will work better this time. The bendix gear has been replaced and is now made from Brazilian (!) steel, apparently the best a man can get!? All bearings and wiring has replaced as well, among other things.




I also got the new aluminum oil pan for the TH350 tranny from the US and I really think this raw cast look will match the ZL-1!
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #182 on: January 26, 2019, 07:20:55 PM »
Heads up, may have to notch out the tranny cross brace for the pan to clear. I did. No big deal, not alot of material need removed. Picked up another one,in great shape via ebay,,,cheap.cut one is now garage art.  Might want to drill and tap your new pan for a drain plug.
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #183 on: January 26, 2019, 11:13:35 PM »
Heads up, may have to notch out the tranny cross brace for the pan to clear. I did. No big deal, not alot of material need removed. Picked up another one,in great shape via ebay,,,cheap.cut one is now garage art.  Might want to drill and tap your new pan for a drain plug.
Thanks for kind words!  :)
This is not a deep pan and should work fine and it already has a tapped hole for a drain plug!
...but some adjustments may be needed, we'll see!  :P
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #184 on: March 27, 2019, 04:41:00 PM »
It´s been a while but now we´ve started to work on the Hugger again!

It´s time to get the tranny down, change the converter and check the status of the TH 350. I really don't know it it´s possible to do this kind of work in a smal home garage without any lifts but we´ll at least try!

The tranny was emptied on oil, as good as it gets, weeks ago and now we started to disconnect everything and took the bolts out between the engine and tranny. It´s a very tight fit with a CBB in a Camaro so we hade to remove the distributor before we could reach the three top bolts. The distributor is to be changed anyway so. I'm very lucky to have a very suitable friend helping me with work and he's in a perfect shape for getting in the engine area!


My kustom-buddy Ludde has made his own wheel stands and as they where almost perfect in color match I just had to try them! Hugger Orange is never wrong!  8)

After some work I got the Hugger up in the air:






I do hope the height will be enough for this work but it will show, I guess!  :P


....to be continued!
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #185 on: April 01, 2019, 08:28:53 PM »
Well, it’s a touch down for the TH350! First time for me.  :D

Turned it upside down for inspection and maintenance:


Looked good under the pan:


It’s quite a difference between the new blue converter compared to the old one:


I just had to try the new aluminum oil pan, thinks it’s going to be great when finished. ;)
 
Can anybody decode the 350 based on this numbers:






Next steps are changing the filter, mount the oil pan, change the converter shaft seal, fill the converter with oil and mount it.
Are here something else you should do when the tranny is out? It has been gone through just before the car was imported to Sweden by me 14 years ago and it doesn’t have large mileage on it. :P
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Hakan from Sweden
1969 Camaro X44, hugger orange, 427 ZL-1 tribute, TH350, 4:10 12 bolt Posi, RPO Z87, black/white houndstooth, 14" steel wheels & dog dish, 02D built
www.hakansmotorsida.com