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Post  Babineaux Mon May 11, 2020 5:35 pm

Hello All   👋

I recently I purchased a running and driving 88' 944S that was a barn find for $500 or so. Pulled from a barn on horse ranch. The body and everything is in really good condition but the interior was shot because the previous owner left the windows down and... yeah.. nasty and rusty interior around barn animals and trees. I originally purchased the vehicle for the engine and to be essentially a parts car for my other 944 (1987 944S) should I ever need anything. The car was originally black, but somewhere along it's lifespan someone painted it silver.

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A few months after that I ended up getting an amazing price on a 6.2L Gen 5 L86 (Same engine as LT1, just with different intake manifold for more torque.) So my plans changed for the new car. Still plan on keeping the engine for my other 944, but now gutting out the barn find and trying to decide how far I take it on the race car spectrum (read: how much money to sink into it  Laughing ) The engine is a crate engine from my work and was used in a test mule, so it basically has break-in mileage. Seeing as it was used in a boat, there were certain things that needed to be done to convert it back to automotive use.


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I searched and searched but couldn't find anyone who had done this swap, or is currently doing this swap. It looks like there's a few others on here who are doing the same, but I think i'm further along in the process. Given that there's no info online, there was a lot of research on my end and working with various companies to figure out parts. I've gotten most things pieced together now and i'm currently in the process of pulling the Porsche engine.


I won't really know if things pieced together will work or not until I test fit the LT. Once it's in, there will be a lot more to figure out i'm sure.


Hopefully my journey can help anyone else who will be tackling the LTx swap.


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Post  Babineaux Mon May 11, 2020 5:38 pm

The engine has been converted back to automotive use. This was with the L86 intake manifold. Has since been swapped over to the LT1 manifold.


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Post  Babineaux Mon May 11, 2020 5:40 pm

Progress photos.. Pulling body panels. Eventually everything will be repainted, redone and so on. So the car will be stripped down in varying stages.


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Post  Babineaux Mon May 11, 2020 5:42 pm

Pulling the 16v engine


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Post  ramone Mon May 11, 2020 6:07 pm

Well done mate, nice to see some photos, i think i need to do this oil pan swap, the stock l86 is way to deep, i dont have bell house so i cant help you with that, i am exited to see more photos , good luck 👌

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Post  Babineaux Mon May 11, 2020 7:04 pm

Got the engine in for the first test fit. Am I the first one to fit a Gen 5 into a Porsche?  Cool  

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The bell housing doesn't mate up to the torque tube. Just measured it and it's 0.925" (rounding to 1" inch to make it easier) short of mating together.

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The bellhousing i'm using is the Quick Time RM-6033. It appears the problem may lie either with the depth of the bellhousing (not sure if the RM-6033 is the same depth as the OEM Gen 5) but I imagine the depth would be same and the bellhousing isn't my issue.


I'm thinking that perhaps the issue may be with the motor mounts. I'm using an ICT adapter plate that moves the LT engine mount to the LS location. And then using the LS engine mounts from TPC. I believe this combination is what's causing the issues with the engine sitting higher (the hood won't clearance) and the engine not being back far enough.

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** Please Note **


This fitment was done without the cross member spacers installed. So the engine will come down slightly. I think even with the spacers, hood clearance may be an issue. Perhaps this can be resolved with the motor mount location on the engine. Things I need to sort out.


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The cylinder head is about 1/2" away from the firewall. So if the engine needs to move back almost an inch, i may have to clearance the firewall (artistically rearrange with a mallet Laughing ) And it appears to encroach the brake booster area more than what i've seen with the LS swaps. Only guessing on this though. The AC line looks like it will have to be moved also. But i guess this will be fine if i switch to using a compressor on the stock side for the LT. Just will have to have new AC lines made.


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The journey continues in trying to figure everything out!

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Post  Hotrodz of Dallas Tue May 12, 2020 5:57 pm

I replied to your other post about the bellhousing issue. As far as the brake booster goes, you are going to have no room for even the hydroboost that we use on the LS swaps. Due to the valve cover design on the LT engine, it will encroach way into the area where the booster goes. And the valve covers can't be modified because they are integral to the valve control. There are some remote mount electric brake boosters available, that might do what you need.

Also, the intake on a LT1 is somewhat taller than the LS intakes, and they just barely clear with some hood brace modifications. You will more than likely have to use some type of hood scoop for clearance.
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Post  Babineaux Tue May 12, 2020 8:25 pm


Update:


I just pulled the engine mounts off and wanted to test if i could get the bellhousing and torque tube flange to mate up. And voila! I got them to mate. Was only able to get one bolt in as the engine was slightly twisted in the engine hoist. And as one person, I can't do both pushing the engine into being level and be under the car at the same time.

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There is about half an inch or so of clearance on the drivers side valve cover and the fire wall. I'm guessing this is the same as LS swaps. I've never seen one in person to compare though. Also, the clearance/encroachment of the brake booster area looks to have gotten a little better.  

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This photo was without the cross member and the engine sat lower. With the cross member, the engine had to move back up. Overall it sits slightly lower than the photo in previous post, but still looks like it may be a problem for the brake booster area
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I was able to get the engine to sit down lower. But it will interfere with the cross member. I can notch the tabs for the steering rack and let the engine down a bit more. I DID use the cross member spacers from TPC this time Very Happy just to make sure

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Lowering the engine also allows better clearance for the front end accessories. The L86 water pump touched the hinge for the headlight on the drivers side. With the engine lower, everything clears. So if i can't lower the engine, it looks like i'll have to switch to the corvette or camaro water pump for clearance.

I think what may need to happen is new engine mounts. The LT mounting points are (from eyeing it) directly in line with the cross member. And I believe the engine mounts will determine how high or low the engine sits and if the tabs need to be trimmed on the cross member or not. And will also affect hood clearance. In the photos below, I tested both the drivers side and passengers side mounts to see if the angles could match up on the LT mount points. Part of the photos were cropped in upload, so only one of the LT mounts ends up in the photo on the second image.

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I think sorting the engine mounts may be where to focus. May take a bit of time to dial it in, but more to come!

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Post  ramone Thu May 14, 2020 6:17 am

Great job 💪 all the work is on you, the first gen 5 swap, oil pan seems to fit well
Do you think the hood clearance is going to be a problem?

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Post  Babineaux Thu May 14, 2020 2:27 pm




Not sure about hood clearance just yet as I don't have the engine in its final position. It will definitely be tight and to be honest... I don't want a cowled hood as I don't think it looks good on this car. It can look good on certain cars, but in my opinion it's too much IROC Z and mullet hair for my taste on the 944.

I'm currently working on making engine mounts. I will be 3D printing the engine plate and the base plate next week to help me figure out the angle and height of the post part of the mount. In the images below, the post section is just for visual reference as I have no clue if the angle and height is correct for this application. And it's a matter of finding good position for the engine and still having clearance for the cross member/ steering rack. So as you know, it's not just slapping on engine mounts, but finding proper fitment all around and not stressing steering or drive components.

Also, I don't know how the depth of the Quick Time bellhousing compares to the stock LT1 bellhousing that's adapted. So I can only take into account the Fore and Aft positioning of my specific engine and setup. I don't know if the stock Gen 5 bellhousing moves the engine further forward or back towards the firewall to be able to calculate the angle of the engine mounts.  


These are the first mounts i'll be testing. As I dial in the angles and measurements, I may change the style up as well. Hoping in the next week or two I can get everything dialed in

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Post  Hotrodz of Dallas Thu May 14, 2020 3:02 pm

I got your build and another build mixed up. I thought yours was the 968. Since you have a 944, your torque tube should match up perfectly. The quicktime bellhousing you have is used on both the LT1 you have and the LS engines. So your spacing from the firewall to the engine should be the same as an LS. I have 2 LS swap 944's at my shop now. The rear of the cylinder head is about 3/4" from the firewall. I don't have an LT in my shop at the moment to compare the back of the engine to an LS. So, I don't know if the LT head protrudes farther back than an LS or not. But, I do know the LT heads are a lot taller than an LS, and the valve covers are taller as well. This may be the difference in your clearance problems.

And, trust me, a cowl induction hood only goes on late 60's, early 70's Camaro's. Mullet not required....
But your hood may require a hump added in to clear the intake and throttle body.
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Post  Babineaux Sun May 24, 2020 4:09 pm

Partial Update:

Working out the drivers side (left hand drive) engine mount. Here's some images of the 3D prints for the mock-up before going to actual materials. Once everything is finalized, I'll verify everything with engineers at my work and will most likely use the same materials that we use in our boats to mount the engines. Currently the finalized "post" portion of the mount is being 3D printed. I'll be able to test fit later tonight. If all is good, i'll move on to the passenger side mount.


A few photos of the mock-up.


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Post  4lo Wed May 27, 2020 6:24 am

The Gen5 LT engine itself is shorter length wise than the LS from my understanding by .5" which is probably why you are short to the bell housing.

Can see the LS vs LT length below.

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Love the build and doing something different.  I had been looking at trying to run an LT4, but height was still the issue with hood clearance.  How does your clearance look with the heads/headers and steering shaft?

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Post  Babineaux Wed May 27, 2020 7:16 am

4lo wrote:The Gen5 LT engine itself is shorter length wise than the LS from my understanding by .5" which is probably why you are short to the bell housing.

How does your clearance look with the heads/headers and steering shaft?




Thank you for the visual information!

I have the bell housing mated to the torque tube now. The motor mount setup I had was an attempt to figure things out prior to testing in the car. They placed the engine too far forward. I've placed the engine in completely now with everything mated to the torque tube and i'm working out motor mounts. Just finished the drivers side mount and will be moving over to the passenger side this weekend.

As for Hood clearance, it's going to be tight. I don't have the hood on the car at the moment, so i'm not really able to test. Once I get a little further along, i'll be able to give better updates on hood clearance. Things will be a little slower going as I've been back to work and weekends are my only time to really work on the car.


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Post  Midevil1981 Wed May 27, 2020 1:24 pm

This is a great looking build. Keep up the great work and cant want to see the finished product. U might b saying good bye to the ls swap. Nah that wont happen. Lol

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Post  superman22x Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:41 am

4lo wrote:The Gen5 LT engine itself is shorter length wise than the LS from my understanding by .5" which is probably why you are short to the bell housing.


I believe this length difference is only in the Corvette LT1, it has a shorter crank pulley, rather than AC on a separate belt, it's on the same belt as the other accessories. The Camaro LT1 and L86 have longer pulleys, by about 1/2".

On my LT1/997 swap I am doing, the intake actually works in my favor. I am able to close the hood with the popup spoiler without cutting like most LS swaps have needed for height clearance. The throttle body inlet is tilted down, which helps a lot. I may need to mount the throttle body at a 90* angle however, I'm not sure on that yet.

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Post  Babineaux Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:08 pm

Well, 8 months has passed quick. Unfortunately progress hasn't passed so quickly Laughing


After a lot of CAD, 3D printing and test fitting, I have the final motor mounts fabricated and the engine is placed as low as possible. Everything on that turned out really well and all is nice and level. Also, the bell housing now mates up just fine to the torque tube. The previous issue was just trying to hodge-podge various brackets together looking for a quick and easy solution based on what limited things are available right now for LT swaps. Below are the fabricated final brackets. I need to get them Cerakoted, but that will come later once all the details have been figured out and the engine gets pulled so the car can be painted.

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I placed the engine as low as possible to help both with handling as well as hood clearance. I may need to switch to solid mounts to reduce any interference with the cross member under acceleration/motor flexing.

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These last few days I started to put the water pump and front end accessories on to the engine. The water pump that I have is the truck version off the L86. This pump doesn't work due to the location of the water neck. It hits the drivers side (US vehicle) headlight hinge. There is literally no way to put a radiator hose on that unless you chose to run the GT style headlights and removed the entire flip-up headlight brackets. I'm wanting to keep the pop-up headlights, so I started looking at the Corvette and Camaro water pumps. I opted for the Corvette pump due to the location of the inlet and outlet. I also don't think the Camaro pump will work due to the inlet neck sticking far out on the passenger/battery side of the vehicle. I believe the inlet neck will crash/interfere with the frame rail. On the plus side... the heater hose outlets on the truck pump are in a good spot. The negative aspects to the truck water pump are the water neck location interfering with the headlight bracket, and the LT1 throttle body won't work unless you flip the sensor to the other side facing up instead of down, but then you run into hood clearance issues as the MAF sensor will now be higher than the manifold itself.
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I installed the corvette water pump and everything fits much better. However, the stock location for the alternator places it right where the power steering pump bracket is. I had to remove that bracket and even then, the alternator wouldn't fit as the headlight motor got in the way as well as the tabs coming off the alternator for the wire were hitting the fender hump around where the power steering bracket was. After some research, I noticed the LT4 and the LT1 Camaro place the alternator under the water pump pulley. I have now placed the alternator in the new location with a sort of hybrid setup using the corvette water pump housing for clearance between frame rails as well as headlight hinges and Camaro alternator location. I need to order the alternator bracket for the Camaro so that the belt tensioner pulley can be added to the setup.

Unfortunately, I don't see how an AC compressor will fit within the whole front drive accessories for anyone wanting to retain AC (I'm one of those people seeing as I live where it gets really hot)

My next project is to figure out mounting for the power steering pump. It will have to go on the drivers side of the engine most likely as it's pretty much the only spot available now.



I've also purchased the Holley Terminator X Max engine management for the Gen 5 LT1. Waiting to finish all the engine install work before I put the harness on. But everything on it looks really good. Everything is labeled and well made.  


It's been an interesting, and at times, frustrating journey. I feel like I solve one problem then unlock two new ones Laughing All part of the process though, and slowly but surely it'll be on the road soon!


If anyone else is doing this swap, I'd love to hear and see any progress and see what problems there were and how they were solved. And hopefully my work can help anyone else who may not be as far along and save some headaches and save money with not buying wrong parts.

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Post  Babineaux Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:07 pm

Update on LT1 Corvette Water Pump.. no bueno... for me at least.


So my initial thought on the LT1 water pump was that it was the better option of the three different water pumps. Truck, LT1 Corvette & LT1 Camaro.


Although the inlet and outlets are placed much better on the Corvette pump, there are other issues that you may or may not be bothered by. I just want to present the various findings I've come across to help anyone else down the line should they be attempting this swap and want to avoid frustrations.


L86 Truck water pump - neck crashes with the headlight bracket. If using the corvette intake manifold, you will need to flip the throttle body so the MAF is facing upwards so it doesn't interfere with the water pump. This in return, causes hood clearance issues. Depending on your hood situation, this may or may not be an issue to you. These are just my findings. I'm trying to keep an OEM look rather than cutting my hood to show the goodies.


Corvette Water pump - Places the water inlet and outlet in a much better position. Allows for normal use of the LT1 intake and throttle body position and helps with hood clearance. The downside is that the alternator won't fit in the designed location on this pump. It hits the fender even after removing the power steering reservoir. And the pulley on the alternator will be against the headlight motor should you decide to keep pop-up headlights. You can remedy this by placing the alternator down by the balancer. The corvette places the AC compressor there along with a belt tensioner, but the Camaro and LT4 place the alternator there. You will need to buy the bracket for that along with the associated belt tensioner. Also, the outlets for the heater lines are about 1/4" away from the frame rail. I think it may be possible to get hoses in there to loop them as normally done, but it will be a frustration you have to deal with if you opt for this water pump.


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Here you can see where the alternator is intended to be mounted:
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And the clearance issue with the heater line outlets:
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And to give an idea of spacing and headlight motor distance for the alternator pulley clearing...
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All in all, I think this is a potential water pump with the main issue being the heater outlets being against the frame rail. The alternator is an easy thing to relocate (which you can see in some photos mounted below the water pump pulley) and you can just trim off the old bracket for it on the pump to clean up the aesthetics. I've been doing more research and I may try the Holley mid-mount setup next which looks like you may be able to run an AC compressor (on the wrong side though, so custom lines would have to be made, which is something I don't like) I'm really looking for a nice and tight placement and one that looks clean and simple. For me, the Corvette water pump with the Camaro/LT4 alternator placement is a good backup option. And then will either fabricate or find a setup that exists that mounts the power steering pump a little lower and on the drivers side. A lot of these swap brackets are for guys with football fields worth of room in the engine bay and places things in areas that doesn't work well for the tight space we deal with in the 944.


And just to give some photos for measurement/ reference for anyone needing it, here are some photos to help for what ever you may need them for. This is measuring from the edge of the heads to the headlight bar. The passenger side has more space compared to the drivers side.

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And here's the LT1 intake manifold in relation to the hood latch. Please note though, the hood clearance will be an issue no matter what. I believe only a small section of the bracing down the middle rib will need to be removed for the hood to close normal. It's a very tight space to get an intake elbow in and have looked into a cobra head elbow, but haven't found one to purchase yet with a 4" diameter. So even if you get the hood clearance, just know the intake elbow will be the next thing to tackle. I will revisit this issue a little later after I finish figuring out the Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) setup.

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At times, I sort of feel I'm flying solo here, but again, if anyone else is attempting this swap, or comes across this thread, I'd love to hear what others are doing for their setups and how they're solving any of these issues or issues I may not have even come across yet. I think the headers are going to be a pain on the drivers side due to steering shaft and frame rail. If anyone has solved that, it may save me some headaches Laughing


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Post  jerry944 Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:34 pm

very nice cheers

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Post  Rich L. Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:39 am

Nice progress! The driver side header is tough, yes. How different is the Gen5 LS manifold from the Gen4? Could the existing Gen4 headers from TPC or Renegade work? I have the TPC long tubes and they worked great in that tight spot. G'Luck!

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Post  Babineaux Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:39 pm

Rich L. wrote:Nice progress! The driver side header is tough, yes. How different is the Gen5 LS manifold from the Gen4? Could the existing Gen4 headers from TPC or Renegade work? I have the TPC long tubes and they worked great in that tight spot. G'Luck!

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Hey Rich, I'm not sure if there's a difference in the spacing of each exhaust port but there is a difference in the bolt patterns between the LS and the LT flanges. I think I'll have to either fabricate my own or buy a cheaper set of headers from Speed Engineering that are close to what I need and then cut/modify sections as needed. Looking at Camaro headers most likely since the shape of the bends look somewhat close to what I would need and may require less rework, or something similar to the Kooks LT1 swap headers for the 1967-1969 F Body (PN-70101352-RHKR) which looks like it has an opening to allow the steering to pass through. Just not sure if the #1 & #2 ports would interfere with the motor mount. Just a lot of money for a header experiment or to hack up.


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Hopefully this isn't clear as mud since I'm super tired while writing this...


Wanted to make a note about the water pump situation for anyone who may come across this and may not be aware.

- The impellers on the water pumps are different according to the direction of rotation of the belt routing. Note that the vertical portion of the impellers are located on different sides depending on which direction it spins.


The Camaro LT1 and Silverado L86 water pumps; Those rotate clockwise.
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Now, where this is causing me a small headache is; The corvette water pump housing is the only one that seems to work as far as clearances and keeping pop-up headlights. However, since the alternator doesn't work in the spot intended and has been moved down below; This has caused a new belt routing which will make the corvette water pump rotate in the wrong direction. I can swap over the Camaro/Silverado water pump as it all bolts up and the rotation/impellers would now be correct.

However! This is the part I can't get any clear answer on. Not from GM, not from Meziere or other water pump manufactures. - The two style pumps rotate in opposite directions (Corvette vs. Camaro/L86); But do the water housings themselves flow in the same direction, or do they flow in opposite directions also? Reverse flow from each other AND reverse rotation? Or both have same flow direction, but with different pump rotations. If they all flow in the same direction, I can swap the pumps and it's all good. But if they are reverse flow of each other, swapping the pumps won't work and the cooling won't work well. And it drives me nuts that not even GM themselves can give me an answer or Manufacturers of performance water pumps can't tell me this information either. If anyone knows, if the housings themselves flow the same direction or if they're reverse flow of each other, please let me know!

Since I couldn't find answers, I started looking at remote mount electric water pumps, spoke with Meziere and other manufactures and was told by everyone not to go that route as the air flow to everything in the 944 isn't very good for cooling and a mechanical pump is best as it operates off the engine and can ramp up speed/flow as the RPM's go up instead of an electric pump that is the same flow rate no matter what.


I may end up just throwing in the Camaro/Silverado water pump into the Corvette water pump housing and just see what happens. The image below is something I may replicate as far as the Alternator bracket, tensioner and alternator location using the Corvette housing and the Camaro/L86 Pump for proper rotation direction.

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This seems far more complicated than what it needs to be  Laughing But hopefully it gets sorted! Maybe there's a simple solution I'm overlooking.


Ultimately, I only need to figure out the cooling situation, headers and get fuel up to the engine and then I can finally start trying to fire everything up. This last bit seems to be the most difficult. out of everything on this swap.





And for anyone who may stumble across this with a 911, I did see a guy on other forums who put the Camaro LT1 into his 996 I believe, and from looking at his photos, I can definitely say the 911 has more room compared to the 944 and none of my struggles seem to be anything he had to worry about.


That's all the update I have for now. Until I conquer the Cooling and Header hurdles, it'll be somewhat slow going unfortunately as I'm slow to pull the trigger on purchases until I've done as much research as possible cause it sucks spending a lot of money to get the parts in and they don't work like you thought they would. Learning mistakes aren't cheap No

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