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Old 01-15-2022, 10:13 PM
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So I had a little snag in that the swinging pedal assembly I bought a long time ago was actually for a 66 Nova and as it turns out, they don’t interchange with 67’s so I got the correct bracket, got it cleaned, swapped the brake pedal over with all new stuff and was finally able to get my steering column halfway installed to determine where to drill the hole for the column to go thru the firewall. Worked up the nerve to drill the hole after experimenting with a couple different methods and got that checked off the list. Also got the AC bulkheads mounted to the firewall and mocked up on the inner fender and then shifted my attention to the transmission. Got the torque converter installed and verified it was seated properly and noticed that the bellhousing must be for an LS based engine as the 12 o clock bolt hole and the one to the right of it are in the wrong spot. This sucks cause I specifically called to ask the company if I needed to buy the LT bellhousing and they said it was already on the part number trans I was looking at. It bolts up fine everywhere else except the 2 positions but I guess I’m gonna have to pull it back apart and swap the bellhousing. This business of having to order and wait on parts to make progress is getting old, especially when you think you’ve got everything you need. If anyone has any insight as to the differences between the two bellhousings (besides the two bolt holes) I’d like to hear it. Here’s some pics…Also, for anyone else having trouble identifying 1st/2nd Gen Nova pedal brackets, the guy I bought the correct one from sent me a pic of the three early types…the left one is 62-65 I think, middle is 66 and right is 67.
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Old 01-15-2022, 10:20 PM
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VERY nice attention to detail!
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Ididit for their steering column
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Lokar and Clayton Machine for their pedals and door and window handles
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Mightymouse Solutions for their catch can
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Vintage Air for their new Mid Mount LS front drive
Hydratech Braking for their hydroboost system
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Old 01-28-2022, 10:49 PM
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Finally, got the engine and transmission in today! Been looking forward to this for some time now but it wasn’t without some challenges. Sorry for the lengthy post but I would’ve died to have this info when I got started but there’s basically little to nothing out there for this scenario, so here’s a few things of note for those wanting to swap a GenV LT1 into a Second Gen Nova.

First, the factory Camaro oil pan with integrated oil cooler did fit when I mocked it up in the subframe before the subframe was installed on the car, however, once you attach the transmission and account for working within the confines of the firewall, you can’t fit the engine/trans assembly in the car due to contact with the firewall before the oil pan sump clears the crossmember. One thing I did not try was removing the transmission and installing the engine and trans separately…I didn’t want that kind of hassle. I was pretty bummed about this in particular because I was really hoping to utilize the factory engine oil cooler setup. I also wasn’t wanting to spend $500 on a new oil pan.

Speaking of oil pans, there’s a limited number of “swap” oil pans currently made for the GenV motors and really only one cast oil pan like the factory uses (what I wanted) which is Holley’s 302-20. This is the first Holley swap pan I’ve used (I used a Mast Motorsports pan on my Camaro) and I’m not very happy about a couple of specific items you have to deal with to make it work. The first being that I had to”open up” one of the windage tray hole that’s shared with the oil pickup tube hold down in order to get the bolt in without binding up the pickup tube. For the cost of this pan, you should never have to deal with that. The second thing that pisses me off on principle alone is that nowhere in my research of the Holley 302-20 oil pan and nowhere in their bullet points of features on their website does it mention that they moved the dipstick location from the passenger side (where the factory put it) to the driver side. This means that you have more crap to deal with on what’s already the more crowded side of the engine but it also means that your $450 oil pan is now a $550 oil pan once you buy the necessary and recommended GM dipstick and tube since the nice new one you got with your crate motor is worthless as it’s bent in all the wrong ways. But never fear, Holley gave you a worthless hole to plug on the passenger side in place of the dipstick boss. Ok, rant is over.

Even with the Holley oil pan which has a 2” shorter (front to back) sump then the Camaro pan, I still had to remove the motor mounts in order to have enough room to get the motor as low as possible so it could go back towards the firewall enough to get the engine all the way in. Putting the motor mounts back on was really tight but manageable. I think if the wiper motor mounting area didn’t protrude out as far out as it does, this wouldn’t be such an issue.

So anyway, that’s what I can tell you for sure at this point but now that it’s in there, there’s actually sufficient room on the backside, even with the factory high pressure fuel pump that sits on the back of the engine. As a side note, you have to pull the crank pulley to get the oil pan off and I’d like to send a homemade bomb to the guy who made the decision to put thread locker on the crank pulley bolt and use a team of wild elephants to torque it down. Thanks for looking!
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Thanks for the feedback and update.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Jacob Ehlers and Amsoil for the lubricants and degreasers for my 70 Chevelle project
Shannon at Modo Innovations for the cool billet DBW bracket
Roadster Shop for their Chevelle SPEC Chassis
Dakota Digital for their Chevelle HDX Gauge Package
Painless Performance for their wiring harness

Ron Davis Radiators for their radiator and fan assembly.
Baer Brakes for their front and rear brakes

Texas Speed and Performance for their 427 LS Stroker
American Powertrain for their ProFit Magnum T56 kit
Currie Enterprises for their 9" Third Member
Forgeline for their GF3 Wheels
McLeod Racing for their RXT street twin clutch
Ididit for their steering column
Holley for their EFI and engine parts
Lokar and Clayton Machine for their pedals and door and window handles
Morris Classic Concepts for their 3 point belts and side mirrors
Thermotec for their heat sleeve and sound deadening products
Restomod Air for their Tru Mod A/C kit
Mightymouse Solutions for their catch can
Magnaflow for their 3" exhaust system
Aeromotive for their dual Phantom fuel system
Vintage Air for their new Mid Mount LS front drive
Hydratech Braking for their hydroboost system
Borgeson for their stainless steering shaft and u joints
Eddie Motorsports for their hood and trunk hinges and misc parts
TMI Products for their seats, door panels, and dash pad
Rock Valley Antique Auto Parts for their stainless fuel tank
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