After building the car in 2015 I decided to swap out the cam, upgrade the rockers, valve springs and lifters from Comp Cams. In Reno last year I saw the new “Sheet Metal Fabricated Intakes” and decided they would look pretty good. This is the low rise model and uses the 92 mm opening instead of the 102mm. The Holley engineers explained that it doesn’t matter what size the opening is if you use the stock 90 MM throttle body. The serpentine system is from CVF racing.
We’ve been conferring for awhile now hoping to get his build together and ready to show to his buddies and the Whidby Island Cruizers. Harry invited Bud and I to take part in the festivities today, see his shop, meet his buddies (his neighbor brought over a 1918 Pierce Arrow) and check out the build.
We can’t confirm for sure but since it doesn’t have any window cranks in the rear, we think it might be a ’55 Utility Sedan rather than a 150. It came with a Nomad interior, so Harry found a wagon bench seat and turned it into a fold down rear where he’s hidden all the audio gear. I’ve never seen one before, but he tells me the vacuum brake system is run by a small electric system with a can hidden under the body down by the transmission. On the right side of the fire wall you can see the TCU (Transmission controller) that hooks us with the E92 ECM on the left side (runs small countries when the cloud fails). Harry opted for the Drive Junky serpentine system to add hydraulic power steering. As you can see everything is neat and tidy, really a very professional installation.
Harry’s old school so he added a ’57 vette grill and replaced the water cooled oil radiator with an air cooled version along with a similar stacked plate cooler for the transmission. He’s quite the character and has a reputation among his peers as the wizard that can make anything run. I hope when I turn 77 I’m building state of the art cars with the latest stuff, way to go Harry. Please direct you comments to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch closely at the 0:40 second mark when the transmission shifts down 4 gears from 8th gear to 4th gear, the direct injected engine revs almost instantly. Same bottom end as the LT4, just a bigger supercharger gets you another 100 hp. Ligenfelter has pushed the LT4 engine up to 1,400hp with the stock bottom end.
The Gen V PWM (pulse width modulated) fuel delivery system is completely different than what most mechanics, hot rodders and gearheads are used to. It may seem complicated, but you just need the right parts and it works well.Gen V engines include the LT1, LT4 car engines and the L83 and L86 truck engines. Here’s a complete description from Hot Rod Magazine.
More and more L83/L86 truck engines are available now from wrecking yards at reasonable prices, some including the 6 speed 6L80E transmission. These are great solutions for drive-train swaps because they are plentiful, powerful, priced far less than the LS3 and Gen V LT1 takeouts and come complete with everything you need. ICT Billet has just released brackets that allow you to easily add hydraulic power steering to these engines. Reference my installation guide for vendors who provide reflashed ECUs.