SS in Short Supply
Let me say that it's frustrating trying to find something that has been discontinued such as the Camaro SS hood. I'll skip through all the drama. Who has the best replacement hood for my 2002 Camaro SS? Other than finding an N.O.S. hood, I've reviewed many aftermarket models. The closest I've seen to the SLP is Glasstek. If you have any favorite companies or models, fill me in. I'm sure that I'm not the only one looking for a suitable replacement. I just don't want a clone nightmare.
Hi, Brian. I can understand your frustration. I have always been a big fan of VFN, we used their Sunoco-style hood on STi Killer and were extremely happy with the fit and look. They make SS-style hoods, though most are more of a raised cowl design. You can also check out Hawks Third Generation Parts, they make plenty of new production replacement parts and a nearly exact replica of the factory SS hood in fiberglass.
G8 is Grrrrr-Eat
It would be great to get some G8 coverage. This is the first GM car I would buy for my family, but have missed the new car boat. Long-tubes with an electronic cutout running through stock exhaust, shift kit, and an HCI package. These cars are real sleepers, and hold a family of four. I've read that GM is bringing back the Caprice on the G8 platform with the V-8 and some horrible looks as a cop car. If it looked better they might pass it off as an SS something or other; or maybe bring back the Chevelle (four door); or Buick could re-create the GSX; or anything. Kill the ugly Impala SS and put this out there.
Indeed, the G8 is an incredibly good-looking car with great performance and the practicality of four doors. It really is a shame, but thankfully they are bringing it back as an Impala-first as a service vehicle only (police, government, etc) and later as a consumer vehicle. Returning the Impala SS to a more sleek, performance-oriented, rear-wheel-drive form is a great idea and we can't wait to see them on the road.
I am looking for some technical help with a project car. I have a rare four-speed 1984 Crossfire Corvette. I would like to swap an LT1 V-8 for the tired Crossfire. Can you provide some guidance on this? What would be the best vehicle platform to start looking for to find an LT1 and any wiring and control issues to look for? It has been suggested an LT1 from a '92 Vette would be a good place to start. I have done a couple of these with the same type vehicles such as an LS1 in a late Camaro. I would appreciate any insight here. I love this car and do not want to retire her yet due to issues with her powerplant.
-Thanks in Advance,
This sounds like a wiring nightmare, but Crossfire Injection is for the birds. The LT1s found in Corvettes came with four-bolt mains and aluminum heads, plus an oil pan that should clear your K-member. I would start with a '93-95 Corvette motor, wiring harness, and computer as it will probably be the most compatible and easiest to work with (while still tuneable). Hopefully you will be able to graft this engine wiring harness into the body harness and gauges without too many headaches. EFI Connection may be able to help you with this aspect, and possibly turn you on to its LS1 PCM conversion.
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