Day two is a wrap and we’re ramping up for the third day of the CPP Week To Wicked, presented by Super Chevy and Axalta. We’re on track to finish in time, but just one problem could instantly put us in the red. We dropped in the BluePrint 427 LS3 yesterday, which went in easily. To mate the LS3 to the Chevelle we relied on CPP’s LS swap kit, which included an oil pan, high-flow exhaust manifolds, adjustable engine plates, tubular transmission crossmember, fabricated frame horns, and Energy Suspension polyurethane motor mounts. The new BluePrint LS mill is a drive-by-wire deal, so we needed a way to mount the GM electronic throttle pedal. For this we went with CPP’s new pedal bracket system which allowed us to mount the pedal and block off the hole that was used for the old throttle cable system. CPP also finished up the rear suspension and installed their HydraStop braking system and billet power steering reservoir. We also slung the new Tanks Inc EFI fuel tank under the Chevelle and strapped it in place. This tank came pre-assembled with a high-flow fuel pump, sending unit, and internal baffle system. Fuel flow will be regulated by a CPP regulator with integrated filter.
Day three will involve a lot of parts all over the car. Installing the Performance Automatic 4L80E will let us wrap up the drivetrain and once we drop in the Flex-a-lite radiator we can work out the hoses and complete the cooling system. The dash is out which will make it easier to rewire the Chevelle with a kit from Painless Performance Products. To power all the new technology, a new Painless wiring harness will be mated to the LS engine wiring that came with the BluePrint engine. For that system the engine fuse box and ECU were tucked under the fender behind the battery. With the dash out we will also be installing our new Dakota Digital gauge system. This system is cool because it gathers data from the LS engine’s ECU, which means we don’t need to run a bunch of extra sensors and wires. If things so smoothly we should have the PROCAR by SCAT seats installed and by quitting time the Chevelle should be on the ground and rolling on its new American Legend wheels and Falken tires. Check in later to see how the build is progressing.
What is CPP Week to Wicked Presented by Super Chevy and Axalta?
It all begins the morning of April 18 when our stock 1967 Chevelle will roll into Super Chevy’s Santa Ana Tech Center for a full teardown and rebuild. We’ll be pulling the car down to its bones, replacing steering, suspension, powertrain, drivetrain, and just about everything else you can possibly imagine; all with the goal of bringing the performance of a 1967 Chevelle up to par with modern muscle cars. It’ll be a mad rush till the very last seconds of our timeline. And if that wasn’t enough, immediately following the build, we’ll be driving the car on a 1,000-plus-mile road trip to prove its road readiness. We’ll be hitting the drag strip, the engine dyno, and a few scenic local sites!
How can you follow along from home? The entire event will be covered on SuperChevy.com via daily video and story updates, as well as on all of our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned for what is sure to be one heckuva ride!
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