The project started in late July of 2001 and was completed in September 2001. Most of the complications came in the form of waiting for the machine shop to finish the short block assembly. To make the install smoother, the front clip was removed and the 4 cylinder relocated on a crate and shipped off to never-never-land. We progressed to painting the frame, reworking the fire wall (to fit the headders ) and taping the frame so the new motor mounts would line up perfect. The engine was out of a 1993 competition Yellow Corvette, with a six speed; 17x9front and 17x12rear Technik Radium Budnik wheels. Sorry I lost my train of thought, I loved that car, I'll tell you the story later; anyway at the time the engine was fitted with the LT4 Hot Cam 1.6 ratio RKR arms, ported intake and MSD Ignition. Now the 350 engine is balanced and blueprinted combusting on JE forged pistons, stage III ported heads, LT4 Hot Cam, 1.5 ratio RKR arms and a port matched intake. Turning the external parts; the Corvette brackets are being used just as they were on the Corvette. The electronic's are based on the 1993 Camaro Speed Density LT1, for small spaces this is the only way to go. The way we do every thing at Speed Scene Wiring is factory. What that means is every thing inside and out has to work as it previously did. Feel Free to E-Mail me with any request or questions you have. SSW
The Sonoma also received 2.50 in dual exhaust and some wide 17in tires. The windows are tinted double limo style and a nice code alarm was installed, the one with auto start ( great for those in the witness protection program) the range is about 1000ft. All in all if anyone wants to attempt this, the realistic time frame for a individual / technician will range from one month, to three depending on parts circumstances and engine completeness. SSW can build the harness at the drop of a hat; all we need is the original harness and computer. Some applications require a donor harness and computer. Call and speak to one of the technicians and they will be glad to help.
The rear of the truck was finished with a Sir Michaels steel roll pan. A word of caution. Do not attept to buy an engine unless it comes complete. Brackets, computer, ducting, MAFS, Alt, A/C compressor, etc. It will cost you far more than you can fathom, if you decide to piece together an engine. Have a question E-Mail us.