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    Default Sahara54's Formula build thread

    Ok, I posted a intro awhile ago about me and my car but I figured I's start a build thread on here. I did post my thread on a local F-body site as well so it is alil post dated.

    June 2012

    Back in 06' I bought a 2000 Z28 LS1/T56 in torch red. When I first bought it was pitiful to say the least; Factory rims, hidious front tag mount, and rediculous exhaust tips. After 2 years, I had added ZR1's, berger panel, less rediculous exhaust tips (still hated them) and a look alike GMMG ZL1 front grill insert w/ orig. 69' COPO badge and a handful of bolt-ons and suspension parts.



    While heading home on December 12, 2008, I hydro-planed on the highway (bad VSS on rear axle shut off TC) and backed it into the guard rail; she was racked pretty good and I bought it back with plans of a LS1 3rd gen. Fast forward 3 years sitting in a storage unit, I sold her away to help finance my recent purchace of a house. I immediatly felt a loss and there was a void that could only be filled by another Fbody.

    On Febuary 29th, I closed on my first home which included a stand alone 2 car garage. There was empty space that needed to be filled. A friend had bought a 94 Formula auto in the fall of last year with what appeared to be a blown head gasket. After badgering that he would never touch it due to his 2 3rd gens and various other projects, he sold the car to me for a meger 400 bucks and a DSM turbo ecu (from a log ago project). With the car home, we dug in; revieling the problem.



    In addition to the head gasket, we found the disassembled lifter and cracked/bent pushrod. We found all of the lifter except the rollpin and a peice of the snap ring. With a 160,000 on the clock , I decieded if Im going to do it. Im doing it right and giving her a fresh start and alil more oomph to get her moving. So here the plan:

    Updated 4/17/17 currently on car -

    A mild 355 build: C/R around 12.2/1
    -5 flat top Forged SRP pistons
    Eagle 6" Forged H-Beam Rods
    Eagle 4340 Forged Crank
    ARP Main Studs
    CC503
    Comp 1.6 Pro Mags
    EWP
    Vented Opti (Only used for optical sensor)
    LTCC LS Coil conversion
    Factory mild ported heads
    52MM TB
    30# Ford SVO Injectors
    Pacesetter Long Tubes W/ ORY
    TSP Rumbler Exhaust
    Racetronix 255 w/ Hotwire kit
    AIR/AC/EGR/ABS Delete
    Tune by MoeHorsepower
    LS WS6 Airbox

    Trans:
    T56 Swap
    Spec Stage 3+
    MGW Shifter

    Suspension:
    KYB Adjustables
    Founders LCA's/Adjustable Panhard
    BMR Torque Arm
    UMI/Spohn Sway Bars
    Sub-Frame Connectors
    BMR Lowering Spings
    New front control arms and spring mounts
    Quick Performance Ford 9"
    -Strange S case 3rd Member
    -4.11's
    -Tracloc
    -31 Spline Moser Axles

    Brakes:
    LS1 Brakes w/ Z06 Calipers

    Russell Brake Lines
    PowerStop Rotors/Pads

    Exterior:
    LS1 WS6 Conversion
    C5 2K Wheels

    Interior:
    Pioneer Bluetooth Headunit
    Rockford 10" Sub in stealth box
    AEM UEGO Wideband
    Miata Vents

    July 2012

    I pulled apart the bottom end for machining. I also had to cut and weld in some fresh metal under where the battery/overflow tank. One of the last owners didn't look at the battery much and the corrosion took its toll. The entire top of the sub-frame and the reservoir hole had to be fabbed.



    September 2012 - Current

    I bought a fresh bottom end and heads from a close friend from his 94 Z28 build. He ended up trading his 94 roller for a low mileage 1986 IROC and a T56. Him and I were doing the same exact build so it kinda worked out perfect. I also decided to go with an EWP and convert to the vented Opti so I can use a conventional roller timing chain (Cloyes 9-3157) Hopefully, I should have the bottom end completely buttoned up and ready to go this weekend.
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    Your not much of a poster brotha, so its nice to see you jump in with both feet on here...

    Loving the story.. even more, Im loving the dedication to the F-body, and the fact that you went from LSX to LTX.....


    Keep the story up to date, and alive..... its such great motivation for all those who want to do what so many of us have done......LOTSA PICS!



    PS, I know you have some nice stickers for that formula


    Our BIG MOMENT @ the 2012 LTXshootout

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    Nice but need more pics lol. Been wondering what you had

    Prev: 94 Formula V8 M6 - R.I.P. / 96 Trans Am WS6 M6 - Sold / 00 Firebird 3.8 M5 - Sold
    Current: 94 Camaro Z28 A4
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    Quote Originally Posted by popo8 View Post
    Your not much of a poster brotha, so its nice to see you jump in with both feet on here...
    I know I'm a lurker, always have been. I think I've a member on the other site since I bought my Z but never posted. I usually am on here while at work...shh.

    Quote Originally Posted by popo8 View Post
    Keep the story up to date, and alive..... its such great motivation for all those who want to do what so many of us have done......LOTSA PICS!
    PS, I know you have some nice stickers for that formula
    I'll try to snap some more pics here as I tear into it more. I always seem to take the camera out to the garage but forget to take pics as I get wrapped up in the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sahara54 View Post
    ..... I usually am on here while at work...shh......
    Gotta love internet in the cars....


    Our BIG MOMENT @ the 2012 LTXshootout

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=521756391174175

    1996 Camaro Z28: RIP 09/25/2016

    1994 Trans Am GT: SOLD 05/2017

    1985/1996GS clone: SOLD

    1996 Impala SS H/C, LT, with true dual exhaust, 4.10s, lowered, with CPT trans, many cosmetic mods, and a whole lot more to come...

    2002 Caddilac EscaladeL CAI, lowered, 6.0 , AWD..





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    Looks like a solid build plan! Looking forward to seeing your progress. And as been said before... More pictures! =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by popo8 View Post
    Gotta love internet in the cars....
    Yeah, I'm just as bad with our MDT's in the Fire trucks at my vol. station.
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    I like your style man. Doing it right the first time.

    Posted from my Rooted and ICS'd Rezound
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    I would try to work my neck muscles but I'm not invited to the LS guy parties.

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    Quick update: I should have my rod bearings in hand tomorrow after noon. Hopefully, that means pistons will be sliding into their new homes tomorrow night. I picked up my intake from my friends machine shop after it was bead blasted and surfaces cleaned. All I can say is WOW, i was going to paint it black with the natural machined ridges but the natural aluminum is amazing. Ill get a pic up soon but heres how I got it home.
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    Oh man, I like that pic... Go fast parts on the back of another go fast toy... Cant lose with that combo
    Nick

    - 2003 SVT Cobra T56/4.6L - Pullied, Tuned, Full Intake/Exhaust, Stg3 Clutch (29k) - 483rwhp @14-15psi
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    - 1995 Pontiac Firehawk #224 (Chameleon) - Full Bolton/Cammed/Full Suspension (71k) - 12.75 @ 107.94
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