The drop spindles and rear suspension combination will have this second generation F-body slung low to the ground and handling like a Vette. To ensure our project can keep up with some of the new and powerful generations of Vettes as well as outrun Super Chevy Project Homewrecker, a GM Performance Parts ZZ454 crate engine was tapped for a tour of duty. We tested the bullet on the engine dyno at B&B Performance Machine (Rahway, New Jersey) with a set of 2-inch long-tube headers and a Holley 770cfm carburetor. To our surprise, GMPP was slightly conservative with its horsepower rating. Final output was an impressive 502 hp and 547 lb-ft thanks to 34 degrees of ignition timing, 93-octane fuel, a 1.5-inch spacer, and an average air/fuel mixture of 12.8:1. We just hope the carb spacer fits under the hood once we bolt the engine into the car. We resisted the urge to add a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and decided on a 4L60E transmission. It's an electronic controlled transmission and Level 10 Transmissions fortified it to handle the horsepower and torque of the big-block Chevy. The overdrive transmission has better clutch packs, bands, drums, valvebody, and deep sump fluid pan. A separate transmission controller and a custom torque converter round out the transmission setup. Right now, the car sits in the technical school's shop stripped of any remnants of its drag racing past. The future looks bright as the car is staying in school so it can return to the street. The wheels of choice are called Fuel and produced by Rocket Racing Wheels. Nitto 555 rubber has been selected for the best in performance on and off the track.The wheels of choice are called Fuel and produced by Rocket Racing Wheels. Nitto 555 rubbe A Currie 9-inch rear-end housing replaced the GM 10-bolt rear. The new housing was filled with 31-spline axles, limited differential, and 3.70 gears.A Currie 9-inch rear-end housing replaced the GM 10-bolt rear. The new housing was filled The rear came assembled, save for the Wilwood disc brakes and upper control arm brackets from Fatman Fabrications. Gonier had the rear coated for protection.The rear came assembled, save for the Wilwood disc brakes and upper control arm brackets f Carroll’s Rod and Racecraft welded the upper control arm brackets to the housing. The rear brakes are massive 11-inch Wilwood ones. The inner hub of the disc had to be bored out at a local machine shop in order for the brakes to fit. The Wilwood kit also includes an emergency brake provision, which we added.The rear brakes are massive 11-inch Wilwood ones. The inner hub of the disc had to be bore The Fatman/Air Ride kit comes with bolt-in brackets for the upper conrol arms. Gonier decided it was better to weld the brackets in place for durability since he knows this car will be driven hard once completed.The Fatman/Air Ride kit comes with bolt-in brackets for the upper conrol arms. Gonier deci The lower control arms are bolted in easily and a new bracket is used on the front-mount—making the arm angle adjustable.The lower control arms are bolted in easily and a new bracket is used on the front-mount—m We also installed adjustable QA1 coilover shocks in the back. The rear suspension was set up with three-degrees of pinion angle and the new four-bar suspension didn’t bind up when we moved it through its entire range of motion. Tune in next month as class is back in session.We also installed adjustable QA1 coilover shocks in the back. The rear suspension was set SOURCES GM Performance Parts P.O. Box 33170 Detroit MI 48232 800-577-6888 www.gmperformanceparts.com Midstate Automotive Paint 1816 N. Olden Avenue Trenton NJ 08368 609-883-6200 www.midstatepaint.com Energy Suspension 1131 Via Callejon San Clemente CA 92673 949-361-3935 www.energysuspension.com Fatman Fabrications 8621-C Fairview Road, Highway 218 Charlotte NC 28227 704-545-0369 www.fatmanfab.com Wilwood Engineering 4700 Calle Bolero Camarillo CA 93012 805-388-1188 www.wilwood.com B&M Racing 9142 Independence Avenue Chatsworth CA 91311 818-882-6422 www.bmracing.com National Parts Depot (NPD Michigan) 2435 S. Haggerty Rd. Canton MI 48188 734-397-4569 www.npdlink.com Level 10 Performance Transmission Systems 3670 Route 94 Hardyston NJ 07419 973-827-1000 www.levelten.com 3M Corporate Headquarters 3M Center St. Paul MN 55144 888-364-3577 www.3m.com Currie Enterprises 382 North Smith Corona CA 92880 714-528-6957 www.currieenterprises.com « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Michael Galimi Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!