Since the original 4.4 liter V8 siezed up, I obviously had to yank it out in preperation for the new one.
Here are some shots after the engine was yanked, then the fuel injection harness was roughed in for fitment. You can see where the harness comes in from under the a/c box on the left.
Since I had a whole list of modifications and things to be rebuilt, I decided to remove the front clip to afford me easier access to everything. While it was off, I could clean the frame and suspension, and coat it all with POR-15, then a UV protective coating. Talk about a shitload of work!!!!
After complete dis-assembly of the front suspension and brakes, I took all the parts, control arms and the like, either to the garage I work at part time, or to my military base. There, I removed all the bushings and ball joints, and sandblased everything to get all the rust and grease off. I bought new ball joints, bushing, tie rods, added F-41 frame bars, poly sway bar bushings and endlinks, and a large by huge swaybar to help in the corners. I used POR-15 to coat everything.
Here is the painted frame.
And here is the painted and rebuilt new front suspension all together.
Like I said, I also lowered the car so You can see the drop spindles, MOOG springs, and the calibers and rotors painted with the caliber paint. After these pics were taken I changed the suspension front and rear. I was unhappy with the moog springs and dropped spindles. I went and bought AFCO Racing front and rear coil springs, 900lb/in front, 275 lb/in rear. The rear springs have one pigtail. I also used AFCO adjustable spring cups. These give me the ability to change the ride height 2 inches up/down. The shocks in the front are Bilstien, the rears are KYB.
Here are a few shots of the radiator support all cleaned and POR-15'ed.
Those are my 1978 El camino SS and 1964 Chevelle convertable under the covers in the background. The Elky is on CarDomain also. What you can't see is that the dashboard is out so I can run the fuel injection wiring harness, the new delay wiper wiring harness, and the Monte SS gauges. I did this when I was tired of cleaning and painting.
Now for the engine install pics!!
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