Originally Posted by radomirthegreat
I can barely wait to see what the engine bay will look like when you're done.
Welp, here'* the direction it'* going....
When the motor was first assembled, the thought was the car could not stray too far away from stock appearance...hence the fake EGR valve (it would never have worked, the aluminum Vette heads don't have provisions for internal EGR) and a few other emmissions-friendly items....
Well, seven years later, that concept got pitched right out the window. I dipped into the parts bins and changed the intake manifold to a high-rise, dual plane, Performer RPM. The aircleaner sits high enough now that the cowl induction will function with a little tin work (I'll get to that later wen the strut-tower brace is back in.
Other changes done: Alternator is now mid-mounted on billet brackets. Looms for the spark plug wires, and Valve covers are now cast, tall units. I don't need them yet, but it gives some extra room later for 1.6 roller rockers and stud girdles. When the heads were assembled, provisions were made to allow for higher lift and higher rpm operations than I expected to actually use (heavier springs, with more clearence to prevent coil bind.) The motor was built with over-kill in mind....now, years later, I'm giving more thought to push the limits a little further.
Last, more of the old, rusty, steel bolts are being replaced with stainless fasteners, to keep them from becomming old, rusty, bolts.