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1966 GTO Blog #3 - Test Fitting L92 V8, 6 Speed

http://www.v8tvshow.com - Tonight, we bolted the Street & Performance engine plates and oil pan to the L92 V8 and 6L80E six-speed automatic combination. We were pleasantly suprised to see that it almost fits the car without modification, but we will need to do some more test fitting to be sure.


 


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1966 GTO Blog #4 - Shifting Gears V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We spent many hours and days contemplating how to make the giant 6L80E 6-speed automatic transmission fit under the '66 GTO, but it looks like the surgery required will push this car well beyond its deadline and budget. While it is a cool transmission, the 6L80E is simply enourmous, and in order to make it fit under the car, we'd have to cut the entire floor out and fab a whole new tunnel, raise the enigine, and try to make it clear the hood. We simply don't have the time. So, after a chat with Mark Bowler of Bowler Performance Transmissions, the choice was made to switch to a GM 4L65E, a 4-speed automatic trans that is a much easier fit to the car. But in order to keep the car's original multi-gear theme, Bowler informed us of a new plan utilizing a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, a Bowler controller, and a Twist Machine Shrifter paddle shifter that will allow the driver to manually shift up and down through 8 gears. The detials are to come on this system, but right now we're working on getting the 4L65E into the car and getting the wiring harness to work with the L92 V8's ECM.





1966 GTO Blog #2 - Engine Removal V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Time for the original engine to come out of the car. After we pulled the front sheetmetal and yanked out the engine, we later were able to identify it as a date-code correct 1966 389, although we couldn't find a VIN stamp on the block. The car's VIN denotes it as a true GTO, however. This motor was reported to be a rebuilt unit. We didn't tear it down, but the multiple coats of spray paint indicate it has had a cosmetic, not mechanical, restoration.





1966 GTO - 18 Days to first drive V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We're skipping ahead a little to post real-time coverage of the GTO build... right now, we're getting the car ready for its first drive on the 2008 Hot Rod Power Tour, and we've got 18 days to make this car a driver! We'll be posting all the detailed install videos of each component we used on the car when they're completed, but we thought a quick nightly update would be cool to share the daily progress up to the first drive. This go-around, the car will be a complete driver with a "temporary" paint scheme, as we don't have time to completely replace the quarters and trunk floor, but we'll hit that stuff after the Tour. However, the chassis and driveline should be nearly completed for the shakedown on the road!





1966 GTO: Air Ride Rear Suspension V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Installing the rear Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge rear suspension system and Currie 9+ rear axle housing on the 1966 GTO.





1966 GTO Part 9: Air Ride Suspension Install 1 V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This GTO is going to be driven hard, so the suspension system needs to be up for the task of not only handling well, but it also needs to have a smooth ride. To accomplish this double-duty trick, we chose to install an Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge System. We saw this system in action on a '66 Chevelle on an autocross track and couldn't believe the performance... flat cornering, predictible handling, and a smooth ride all in one. The Street Challenge System containes everything you need to transform your car's ride and handling, complete with upper and lower Strong Arm control arms front and rear, tall spindles, Shock Wave air spring / double adjustable shock combination units, Muscle Bar sway bars, Posi Link endlinks, AirPod self-contained compressor / controller / air tank, Level Pro ride height sensors and control unit, keyfob remotes, air lines, and more. This time, we're installing the front suspension components.





1966 GTO Part 8: Ceramic Chassis Paint V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - After spending time reinforcing the GTO's chassis, we shot it with a new paint system from Eastwood. The base started off with their high-build 2-part catalyzed Epoxy Primer, and then we topcoated it with their new Ceramic Chassis Black in the satin finish. We used a 3-gun DeVilbiss Startingline HVLP spray gun set to lay down the chemicals, and the look is outstanding. The Ceramic Chassis Black also has a very high chemical and chip resistance, so the look should last for a long time!





LS JK L92 6.2 with 6L80
2008 Rubicon with 6.2 LS and snorkel





1966 GTO - Exhaust Through The Bumper V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We were looking for cool way to finish off the Magnaflow Exhaust kit we got from YearOne on the GTO, and noticed that the factory reverse lights would make a nice exit point to run the pipes through the bumper. Scott Guhene made it happen, and it looks slick.





1966 GTO: Starting The L92 V8 For The First Time! V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - In this installment, the 1966 GTO's L92 V8 finally comes to life! Once we had our Magnaflow Exhaust system connected to the polished ceramic Hooker LS1 A-Body swap headers, we topped off the fluids with Royal Purple Synthetic Engine Oil, MAX ATF Transmission fluid, and Purple Ice radiator additive. We didn't want to risk anything, and the protection of Royal Purple against heat, friction, wear, and moisture gave us peace of mind. Plus the reduced friction frees up power. We run Royal Purple in every car we build and drive. But the real challenge was finding the little electrical gremlin that kept the MAST -powered ignition system from firing. It was our fault, and when we fixed it, it came to life in the push of a start button. The GTO runs and sounds fantastic!





1971 Olds "S71" Dash Panel Repair V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The original dash panel was pretty rusty on our 1971 Olds "S71" project. These cars tended to hold water and moisture under the stainless windshield trim, and that would cause big rust holes to form under the trim, and then the driver's feet would get wet. The sheet metal to repair this area is not yet reproduced, so we contacted Desert Valley Auto Parts to have a section removed from a rust-free parts car to install in our Oldsmobile.





MAST Motorsports L92 / 6L80E 1968 Chevy Truck V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum - The crew at Mast Motorsports built a trick 1968 Chevrolet pickup truck powered by a new GM L92 6.2 liter V8 and a GM 6L80E electronic 6-speed transmission. Running off the Mast Motorsports M-90 ECM, this truck makes over 550 horsepower while knocking down over 17 mpg at the time of this interview... they may have tuned it to be even more powerful and more efficient by now. Other features include their CAN networked gauges to monitor the vitals in the custom dash. After successfully completing the Hot Rod Power Tour, the Mast crew reported that the Chevy drives like a late-model truck with plenty of power.





Circle D Transmission 6L80E Disassembled
Learn about the 6L80E transmission at Circle D Transmission. View the disassembled unit along with information on upgrades that we have available.





1966 GTO Blog 6: Hood Clearance V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Just when you think you've got a simple solution, here comes another curve ball. We noticed that we had tight hood clearance on the GTO's L92 V8, mostly because of the truck-style high-mount alternator. We thought we could throw on a set of factory Camaro style brackets to lower the alternator, and slam the hood. Not so fast. The L92 is a Variable Valve Timing engine, which means it has an additional 3/4 inch of meat on the front of the timing cover. This area hides the cam phaser, the hardware that rotates the camshaft to provide the cool VVT action. It also means that low-mount aftermarket or F body brackets won't fit. After some research, we found that the guys at Mast Motorsports had the L92 figured out and suggested we use Camaro brackets and make some spacers... check out the fix.





1966 GTO Blog #5: The 4L65E Transmission Arrives V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We were excited to receive the new GM 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission from Bowler Performance Transmissions and test fit it under the GTO. It looks to be a MUCH better fit than the 6L80E. And, when combined with the GearsVendors overdrive unit and a Twist Machine Shrifter paddle shifter, this thing is always going to be in its happy RPM range.





1966 Pontiac GTO: Project Intro V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This 1966 GTO has seen better days, and this intro video explains the project details from start to finish, including the crazy timeline. It kinda goes like this: Install GM 6.2 liter L92 V8 and 6-speed 6L80E tranmission, install Air Ride Technologies Street Challenge air suspension system, upgrade the wheels, tires, and brakes. Drive on Hot Rod Power Tour. Disassemble entire car, replace quarter panels, repair holes in trunk floor, window ledges, fenders, and doors, paint, reassemble, and take to SEMA 2008. Whew!




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