Thanks for the kind comments! Several friends have come over and looked at the plastic engine in there and the basic premise of the conversations all started out with "Are you nuts?", "Can you really do that?", then pretty much all end with "Can I get a ride?".
Steve Lemberg (of FGS and BergWerks fame) is doing an LS1 into his 300CE. Our common goal is 1. when we're done, the car looks completely stock from the outside and sitting inside, and 2. We document the hell out of these two tasks just so we can provide sufficient information/kits to make this easy.
My avatar is exactly what the SEC is going to look like from the outside. No hood scoops, no huge tires (yet), probably even run dual exhausts out the same location in the back.
When is it going to be done? Don't have a clue. I'd LOVE to get it done by October when the 2006 MBCA StarFest comes to town, but...... I'm working out of town for next couple of weeks and then hopefully can live at home for a while (e.g., work on The Beast).
I understand (pretty much) what needs to be done, it's more a matter of time to get to it than dollars to do some of it. I still need a 4L65E transmission, way to mount the battery in the trunk, find a source of good automotive wiring in bulk in Las Vegas, etc. etc.
â€œyou have a hell of a lot of spare room under there even the old 117 takes up more space.â€? Looks that way but the LSx is about Â¾â€? longer and very close to the same width. I am going to have an easy time on the passengerâ€™s side of the engine but the driverâ€™s side is going to be a royal pain. There are six (3 sets) of engine mount bolt holes. The Camaro/Firebirds use the back four (sets 2 & 3) while Corvettes use the front two pair (sets 1 & 2). The MB engine cross member seems to be perfectly lined up with the center set of engine mount bolt holes so, as expected, Iâ€™m going to have to fabricate something special to mount the motor. Wonder how much trouble it would be to put in a rack-n-pinion steering assembly and throw away the biggest pain â€“ the steering gearbox.
This engine has already been modified â€“ camshaft (only needs one!), valve train upgrades, throttle body modifications. There are LOTS more things that could be done but I believe the engine is around 475 â€“ 480 HP now and they donâ€™t recommend using stock pistons and rods over 530 HP. Hell of a problem to have!!