Rolling Chassis

Well its been quite a few months since I have posted any updates here… Life’s been kinda crazy the last few months, quit my job, opened my own business, and designed my own line of LS3 accessory brackets for muscle cars…..

But the really good news is quitting my job has given me a lot of time to work on the Chevelle… and I have now a fully rolling chassis. We measured the car up and test fitted some rims my friend had laying around off his C4 corvette… actually they were off just a bit from a ok fit. so we crunched the numbers and found out with a little spacing we could bolt on C6/C7 wheels…

Now our original calculations showed we could bolt on the C6/C7 wheels in the back on the Camaro IRS with no spacer, but as luck would have it we needed to space the wheel out just a bit to clear the brake caliper. so I ended up with a 10MM/ .375 spacer which I bought on eBay for 30.00… figured I couldn’t build them for that cheap. but when it came time for the front spacer I just couldn’t find a spacer I liked. So I got some material from a friend who just so happend to have a 7 inch by 3 foot piece of 6061-t6 bar stock and he cut me off two pieces big enough for my spacers… and I made my own spacers… I really like how these turned out.
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So now I have a completed and rolling chassis, only thing left to do on the chassis is run brake and fuel lines on the frame… but I wont be doing that till I pull the body back off and I wont be doing that for quite a while.

I have moved on and started looking at plumbing the dry sump, cooling system and intercooler for the ZL1 supercharger, fitting some more of the interior parts, and started thinking about wiring up the car…. that’s a scary thought.

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That’s it for now…..

Chevelle Progress

Well got the body sitting on the chassis, still need some more clearance trimming in the trunk and need to work on mounting the rubber seal for the suspension intrusion into the trunk, I also started working on a design for a new fuel tank to house two GM ZL1 fuel modules that will be controlled by a Vaporworx duel pump controller to provide enough fuel for 800+HP using off the shelf GM fuel Modules

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Chevelle IRS Rolling Chassis

The chassis came of the jig this last weekend and is now officially a roller, still needs a little work to be 100% complete. but is complete enough to start fitting the body to the chassis. it has been to long it seems since this was a rolling chassis prior to making the decision to install the IRS. ride height is set and I will work on fitting the body in the next few weeks. I will loose a good portion of the trunk for the cantilever suspension… but who cares its a race car….

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ZL1 Front Brakes

Finished my prototype brackets to fit the 2013 ZL1 front brakes on the Chevelle today, we already have ZL1 brakes on the IRS rear and i wanted to keep the same brakes on the front. While the location is almost perfect. I need to re-machine them using a thicker piece of material so we can move the caliper about .075 towards the rotor.

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Cantilever IRS Progress

Made just a little more progress on the IRS Cantilever last night… Got the mounting holes for the coil over remote canisters drilled and mounted and started working on a fixture plate for the mill so I can drill and tap some horizontal holes in some of the bars to finish all the mounting of the bars, got the main bars chambered as well..
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A little more IRS progress

I am slowly chipping away at the IRS for the Chevelle, We have a final design for the Cantilever setup, I have all the pieces ordered and all the raw material in house. I will start making chips on the mill soon as I get a small break from life and can spend some time on the car. The cantilever arms are currently being water-jet cut from 4130 Chromemoly plate and should be here next week. the only thing missing in the pictures here is the big 40x21x1/2 inch Aluminum main plate which is at my buddy’s shop since its to big to fit on my mill…

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Custom Dash Progress

Made some progress on a lot of things on the car, just haven’t had time to post up changes on the website. so here are some shots of the progress on my custom dash I am currently building.

The main gauge bezel was designed in solid-works and then printed on my friends Maker-bot 3D printer. because of the small print area of the printer i ended up having to print the bezel in multiple pieces and then epoxying them together. Over all I am quite happy with the outcome and is a one of a kind piece. I am still working on additional pieces for the dash, Vent bezels, A/C control bezels, etc… When I get around to printing them I will post up some pictures of the progress on the dash.
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