Dusty's SLC Build

Earl sold me his previously started SLC. The car arrived via transport to my house in the Fresno area just days ago. I only found out about these cars recently while contemplating the purchase of a used factory five GTM.

I feel fortunate to find this car that Earl was selling. He already has done so much and the work is excellent
 

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I want to drive this car all the time. May or may not take it to a track. It has the 376/530 gm crate LS in it and the lambo transaxle.
I have already read many of the builds on this forum and on slc WIKI. Im ready to get to work. I post here because I know the forum members can help me solve problems and get driving this thing as soon as possible.

As seen in the pics Earl has already plumbed the radiator, brakes, and AC systems. His fab work is excellent. The headers are way nice. I will send them in for ceramics. the tig work on the stainless radiator hard lines is also top notch. I love what Earl did with the AC. he even finished all the brake and clutch hard lines. I need to lay down some heat shielding but these things are complete.

there are some things a need to finish...see pics. The fuel tank work Earl did is trick. I don't want a surge tank and Earl has started a great solution...
 
Pics of fuel tank mod
 

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Earl welded the sump to the drivers side of tank. the sump sits lower than the main tank. the size of the sump tank is perfect to fit the holly hydromat Earl built the sump tank around. the hydromat pluming exits out the side of the sump tank and from there goes to the fuel pump. as the sump is lower than the main tank it will have gravity to fill it. in addition to that I will plump the regulator return to the sump tank and from there the sump will drain into the main tank.

I found some 3M sealant online that is used to seal aircraft wing fuel tank access ports. I will use this to bolt the access panel to this sump tank. 5 oz of this stuff is $40.
 
See the threaded hole going from the main tank into the sump tank. This is inside of the sump tank. Note that the sump tank has a threaded bung leaving the rear of it. This lines will go to the fuel and will be sucking fuel from the Hydro Matt

I suspect that the one bung on the side of the tank up above the sump tank will be a return for the fuel pressure regulator
 

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This tank is a great start and I will be using it. No surge tank for me. The question is this:
1. wouldn't I want to return the fuel pressure regulator bleed off into the sump tank?? And if I did that wouldnt I want to have the surge tank to overflow into the main tank??

So wouldnt I want to drill some holes inside the cavity of the sump tank so that there is more flow between the main tank and the sump tank??
Speak up Earl. What you thinking??
 
one more question for the night
I want to run a daily engineering 3 stage dry sump pump/pan. this pump goes where the current ac compressor sits. what brackets are you guys using to put the ac compressor up by the pass side head??? according to the vintage air website Their ac bracket wont fit. by my measurement the compressor will hit the aluminum frame that passes by the pass head.
see the pics
 
See what I mean
According to the diagram from vintage air the AC pump mounted to pass side cylinder head won’t clear this aluminum framing as evidenced by my tape measure. I need to be able to put the AC compressor up by this head so that I can fit the dry sump pump down below where the AC compressor currently resides.
 

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oops I was in a hurry on that measurement. Perhaps it will fit

is anyone running the head mount for the ac unit?
 

Joel K

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Hi Dusty, welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing the photos. I don’t live too far from Earl and had a chance to see his car while I was waiting for my kit to be delivered. Super nice guy and an excellent fabricator.

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
 

Joel K

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See what I mean
According to the diagram from vintage air the AC pump mounted to pass side cylinder head won’t clear this aluminum framing as evidenced by my tape measure. I need to be able to put the AC compressor up by this head so that I can fit the dry sump pump down below where the AC compressor currently resides.

Looks like Johan is using a similar dry sump pump and mounted the AC compressor on top on the passenger side. He custom made a bracket.

Here is his build thread...

 
thanks joel K. that's exactly what I need. if just I could buy that instead of having to make it...

Another option is to use this Aviad system that puts the sump pump by the head. but id rather use a daily system with the pump down low next to the block. here is a pic of both the head mount ac pump as referenced by Joel as well as the head mount sump pump as made by AVIAD
 

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Joel K

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I would imagine you could search high mount LS alternator brackets and find something that works.

Here is one for the Sanden compressor that may do the job, but there are no dimensions...

 

Ian Anderson

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Question here for the un-initiated.
Why do you not drive the oil pump off the accessory belt instead of having a Gilmer belt as an additional item in the system?
I see it if the Gilmer belt breaks you only know about it when the engine makes no oil noises.
Whereas if the main belt breaks the charge / ignition light immediately comes on to warn you to turn off.

I could also see difficulties in getting the pump to prime the higher it is - at sump level makes more sense to me.

But I have been wrong before :)


Also with the firewall tilting back towards the top there is less space higher up, so low mounting would give more clearance.

Ian
 
I have been playing on the Internet on and off all day. There are plenty of hi mount AC brackets for LS engines in the tuck and F body belt configuration. Unfortunately I cannot find a high mount bracket for the LS accessory belt configuration. Vintage air compressor makes a bracket but the bracket is so wide that it won’t work. I did find one company that Makes a bracket solution that mounts the AC compressor more towards the middle of the engine by the throttlebody but this bracket also includes a different alternator that is also mounted high up. I’ll keep looking.

As far as the high mount dry sump option goes I’d rather illuminate the hoses that go from the oil pan to the dry sump pump. Daily engineering has just such a pump. Just less stuff to go wrong.

I have been using the same Gilmer belt for the last eight years on my rock racer and it has never failed. That Belt is exposed to lots of dirt and grime and high rpm’s. Those Gilmer those belts are tough.

That said I am really close to just buying the head mount three stage dry sump system from AviAd
 

Brian Kissel

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Dusty,
Take a look here.
These guys have a setup for Daily dry sump currently. They custom build all of their stuff one at a time. This illustration shows P. S. also, which is not needed. I'm thinking it might be worth a call to them. When I get to that stage of the game, that is who I was going to call first. If you do contact them, please let us know the results.

Thanks
Regards Brian
 

Ken Roberts

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Here is one made by Holley that fits the small SD7 compressor, high mounted and on the Corvette belt line (short). I guess it's much the same as the Vintage Air setup you mentioned in post #9 unfortunately.


 
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