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Old 12-18-2007, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default SSEi is back from local Cobra kit car shop.....

.... where they build the kit cars from the ground up except the drivetrains. Had them do some work over the past 5-6 months, part of why I haven't been driving it, but they took it in the shop 1 month ago to fit the parts they had taken measurements for back in July-August. The engine was done up with common mods (and one or two never seen before) we've all seen done to the L67'*, There were some last minute modifications needed on the custom parts, and there are still a few, like the 2-spd Powerglide trans, which is not shifting very smooth. :( Tire alignment though was DEAD ON! That wasn't the hardest part though.
Anyhow, I don't have much time ATM, but I got a vid earlier during a test spin. It launched a lot better than I thought considering it only has 255/50/16'* on the rear (had to bend the wheel well lip up), but so far I have only went to 75% throttle and noticed 4-5* KR with 72% throttle on 14 psi with the GEN V. Got some tuning yet to do on the engine management system they set me up with.
The new suspension they set me up with is not as smooth, but that'* not what I was looking for by converting it to RWD. Also have to change up the rear end gearing a little as it'* gotta wind out for more MPH'*.
We've got our fingers crossed that with some more tuning, a rear end that suits our desires, a set of slicks will net us some sub-10 1/4'* with traps of over 140 MPH.
Kinda a mix of GM Performance'* old Caprice framed/LT1-powered 1992/1993 SSEi a few years back, but we retained the V6 powerhorse.

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Uhh... what? All that and you'd put in a canadian speedo?
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Uhh... what? All that and you'd put in a canadian speedo?
LOL -you and Mcgrath (3800pro) -first post, catch the only real mod since last vid.
My oil pressure guage wasn't working on the second or third motor so I figured it must be the guage. Bought a guage on ebay and it arrived.... KMH'*! Cool in a way as I can fool unsuspecting passengers, but I see the MPH'* on the HUD. A negative is that when I started the car prior to removal of the original cluster I was seeing something like -10 on the boost guage, but with this installed (10 minutes after checking original guage readings) the boost guage is always reading positive. And the oil pressure guage is pegged.
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Interesting. What happens just before your 1-2nd shift at 5000 rpm it seems to bog.

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Interesting. What happens just before your 1-2nd shift at 5000 rpm it seems to bog.

Gonna find out the weekend after next. Have Dave Pittinelli coming up from WI for my SSEi'* original long block and he is going to scan/tune my car and my cousins GTP at the same time. I am curious too as it pulls pretty well otherwise, except the fact that the gas is from July so that may play a factor. I also have to change the rf wheelbearing/hub -you can hear it howling at the end of the video when I let off the gas.

EDIT: I had a little problem with traction. I have another video with less traction issues I am uploading.
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RWD SSEi???
Where the heck did I miss this?
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RWD SSEi???
Where the heck did I miss this?
x2, are you serious!?!?!
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yea umm... are you serious you have a RWD ssei ?!?!?!

need more info!
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I've had dreams about that conversion!!!
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Um... yeah..... what the hell, Marty? Did you let anyone else know you were doing this? Are you kidding? Did you actually convert a 96-99 H body to RWD?

I never thought we would see it done here on BC. This is outstanding beyond belief!
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