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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #120 on: January 25, 2018, 11:03:56 AM »
Hakan, I think I'm wrong. There may not be a hose with a molded curve for 69 BB. I was thinking different year and I should've checked before mentioning, sorry.  :-\
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #121 on: January 28, 2018, 06:35:27 PM »
Hakan, I think I'm wrong. There may not be a hose with a molded curve for 69 BB. I was thinking different year and I should've checked before mentioning, sorry.  :-\
No worries, John! ;)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #122 on: February 08, 2018, 07:56:17 PM »
Well, we´re struggling on with the missing parts for completing the build.....  :P

We realized that the ZL-1 Camaros used the 4-rows radiator with the curved-neck so we did a rebuild of the 3-row big block radiator that came with the car. We think it will be ok with just a 3-row cause the ZL-1 engine maybe needs less cooing and I don't have an AC!? My friend att the local radiator shop once again stepped in a made a nice work on the radiator:


We think we got the angles ok:


With some fresh paint on it and test munting of the new fan shroud it looks like this:




I had to order new fan shroud clips from USA to complete the rebuild since one were broke and the other one missing:




I´ve also finished the work on adapting the down pipes to the exhaust system already mounted on the car.
I started to cut the pipes to get a rough shape of them. Then I made some cuts in different places on the down pipe to rebound the pipes where I needed.
Some bits of the pipes that I don't needed:


Test mounting on car:




It the passenger side pipes that needed most work. Then I took the pipe to my friend who did som welding on it.


Complete with paint it loks factory, huh? :) ..and yes, we had to weld another lambda probe mount while the old one was in the way of the steering gear arm! :(


Before mounting on the car I got hold of very nice pieces of joints and clamps from our local speed shop.




« Last Edit: February 08, 2018, 09:15:59 PM by hgger69 »
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #123 on: February 08, 2018, 08:45:31 PM »
You guys are very creative. Looks good.
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #124 on: February 08, 2018, 09:17:22 PM »
You guys are very creative. Looks good.
Many thanks, Kelley! :)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #125 on: February 08, 2018, 10:47:07 PM »
Those exhaust clamps appear to be nice heavy duty units..  :)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #126 on: February 09, 2018, 11:46:40 AM »
Those exhaust clamps appear to be nice heavy duty units..  :)
Gary, they truly are!  8)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #127 on: February 26, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »
During wintertime it´s a lot of other things do to with the family so I have to sneak out in the garage for my quality time... ;)

Due to the failure of my old distributor I had to order new parts from US & A and they finally arrived the other day. My choice was a HEI from PerTronix and their FlameThower model D71000 with the latest HEI III module and adjustable rev limiter. Got a set of matching cables from Taylor mad to go over the valve covers:




Also got the ugly green gaslinkage return spring:


While my combo of a ZL-1 and a TH350 not are the most common thing to do my old bracket for the kick down cable didn't fit.... :( I couldn't find anyone to buy so I decided to do my own! With some old school paper work I got myself a good looking prototype.


Ludde TMW, The Magic Welder, my pal made one ZL-1 inspired from aluminum.


Did a test fit together with the ugly green thing and it turned out ok, I guess! ;)


..after some adjustment and a sand blast it turned out like this:


Before mounting the HEI I changed the internal springs to most correct ones for my application and set the rev limiter to 7500 rpm! :D


Then I realized that I hadn't test mounted this very masculine distributor in the Camaro, oops...will it fit between the air filter and firewall...?




It did! :) ...and now I realize that maybe the engineers at Chevrolet already planned for a HEI when they made this cowl air cleaner or is just the OEM:s that are done this way?

With the knowledge the the HEI would fit I adjusted the oil pump gears and found a still position for the HEI, mounted the cables and voilá. :D


Sure, it's a lot of lack of space but hopefully it will work.




The radiator has gotten som fresh paint and been mounted in place together with the new fan shroud:


Talking about the shroud you can se how bad it fitted at the top as a "bolt-on"...but after some adjustment I think it will work great!


Also mounted the correct upper hose together with the correct, and quite useless, clamps.



That´s all for the moment, folks! :D
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #128 on: February 26, 2018, 12:12:10 PM »
I like your day two Edelbrock but for what you are doing I would use the L72 Al intake. They are not that expensive and they do sell a repop, Your setup just looks so factory installed.
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #129 on: February 26, 2018, 05:51:22 PM »
I like your day two Edelbrock but for what you are doing I would use the L72 Al intake. They are not that expensive and they do sell a repop, Your setup just looks so factory installed.
Many thanks for your kind words, Kelley!  :D
I’ll stick with my day two intake cause I like it but I’ll consider your advice for the future...
My goal with the car is that should look almost factory but with modern touches were its not obvious... :P
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #130 on: February 26, 2018, 06:12:23 PM »
I agree on both points. Factory intake when possible, but very nice installation so far.
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #131 on: February 26, 2018, 09:35:03 PM »
I agree on both points. Factory intake when possible, but very nice installation so far.
Thanks, I really appreciate your comments!:)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #132 on: April 08, 2018, 09:04:15 PM »
Yuup, been a while but I'm back with a small update!  ;)

One of the ignition cable retainer broke during the dyno-test so I ordered a new complete kit from HBC. It came in an envelope so it just took a week to get here from USA, impressive! It wasn't until I read the AIM i realized they were a total of 6 retainers...


Mounted:




Lower radiator hose with clamps:


Finally mounted the heater box hoses. Many thanks for the guiding from this forum!




Also the PCV-hose got the right clamp:


...and today the battery and new cables were mounted:


I´ll be back asap when something new happens to the Hugger! Thanks for stopping by! :)
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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #133 on: April 08, 2018, 09:35:07 PM »
keep up the progress! When will it hit the road?

(BTW I think only the early cars had the GM logo on the heater hose, most other cars had the ribbed hoses. *Also -They make a better repo of that GM hose)

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Re: The Hugger goes ZL-1....
« Reply #134 on: April 09, 2018, 05:45:35 AM »
keep up the progress! When will it hit the road?

(BTW I think only the early cars had the GM logo on the heater hose, most other cars had the ribbed hoses. *Also -They make a better repo of that GM hose)
Thanks!
It might be the fact but these were the ones I found when I was searching around.... :-[ they will do the job I guess, and they look great! ;)
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Hakan from Sweden
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