Harry’s 8 speed tap shifter for Gen V LT1

Tap switch hookup:
The directions from GM include a drawing with the appropriate resistor values to make the tap switch function.  They are correct as mine works perfectly.  I had a large box of resistors and was able to come up with almost the exact values that GM asked for,  I used 1/4 watt.  GM’s drawing uses two single pole, single throw switches.  I made up a diagram using one mini switch which is a DPDT (double pole, double throw).
It is momentary and is a center off switch.  It cost a couple of bucks on
Bay.  I mounted it on my dash where I can reach it easily.  I simply reach up and tap the switch lever up or down, it’s small and hardly noticeable.  
My tap switch wire was in the harness near the bulkhead connector.  It was labeled as “tap switch”.   I just added more wire and ran it inside the car and under the dash. (ed. note: Harry’s is using the GM connect and cruise package)


’64 Chevelle LS3 upgrade

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.

This is what it used to look like:


Harry turns 77 and shows us how it’s done – LT1/8 speed Connect n’ Cruise

Harry got a hold of me about 8 months ago because he found my installation guide on this website.

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: mfandha@gmail.com

Harry and Bud together celebrating his 77th birthday.

ZR1 Top Speed Run at Papenburg

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 instantlySame 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.

Mark Stielow’s ’69 Camaro Gen V LT4

Here’s the latest info and updates on the father of Pro-Tourings latest effort that was unveiled at the 2017 SEMA show.  Check my previous post here.
Unlike my build, Mark chose to use the dry sump version of the LT4 and managed to hide all the plumbing and sump inside the fender well.  From what I’ve read this is just the starting point because he’s planning on boosting performance, so stay tuned.

Gen V LT5 – the newest member of the GM High Performance Engines

Article courtesy of David Kimble who is famous for his detailed sectional 3D views of cars and engines.  They’ve taken the LT4, beefed up all the internals and added a much larger supercharger with more boost.  You can also see from the top of the engine that they’ve increased the intercooler size substantially.  This engine is much taller than the LT4, which will present a challenge for engine swaps.

Gen V L83 Truck Engine Swap

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.

Mark Stielow’s ’69 Camaro LT4 install

“I’ve always liked the immediate power delivery that comes with supercharging, and the LT4 is a great engine in that regard, with a broad powerband and tremendous low-end punch,” says Stielow. “Considering the technology and performance wrapped up in the crate engine, it would be virtually impossible to build something comparable from the ground up, making it a cost-effective and time-saving choice.”

SEMA 2017