Forgot how much of a bitch it is to work on F-Body's

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  1. 0wn3d_productivity

    0wn3d_productivity OT Supporter

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    So I did some minor mods to my 97 Formula yesterday, and had forgotten how cramped it is to work on these cars. First F-Body in about 8 years, so I got used to working on cars with more room to turn a wrench.

    Mods were: removed and cleaned FIPK filter, installed factory foglights, throttle body bypass, airfoil and "LT1" throttle body cover.
     
  2. ldogss

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    wait till you put some headers on it...your gonna have some fun then
     
  3. Mr.Right

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    everything you did was easy..... easy for ANY car....
     
  4. SporkLover

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    Word @ Mr. Right.

    If you had a tough time with that, wait till you have to work with something in the lower front of the motor or Spark Plugs or even headers.

    LT1 engine bays are somewhat cramped though.
     
  5. Toke

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    Opti hasn't went on you yet?
     
  6. MeanGreen

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    get on a lift, remove 10 bolts and the engine and trans are on the ground, easiest way to do anything major on these cars
     
  7. Intro

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    working on these cars is a bitch, got to jack the car up to do sparkplugs (easiest way i think) and theres a little tool to get the #7 spark plug. O yay headers, dont even get me started. :o

    But i love'em :greddy:
     
  8. 0wn3d_productivity

    0wn3d_productivity OT Supporter

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    Already got those and yes they're no fun. I need a fucking lift- doing this bullshit laying on the ground is FTL.
     
  9. dont even need a lift, just a cherry picker (although a lift would have been much easier)


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  10. MeanGreen

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    I like using the lift because i can stand under the car and have everything out in a little over and hour (usually)
     
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    save up now for the LTCC mod... you'll need a set of LS1 coil pacs, so be on the lookout for those... it will make your Opti driven life alot easier.
     
  12. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir WHM6D > *

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    Do you just drop the front subframe, tranny mount, and strut mounts with drivetrain still attached (I'm assumiong you disconnect some wiring/fuel lines too)?
     
  13. 0wn3d_productivity

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    Now that's the way to do it! :cool:
     
  14. WhiteSSP

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    When I had my 94 Formula, I put my long tubes in from the top. It wasnt hard at all to be honest.

    People overrate the difficulty of working on a 4th gen F body.
     
  15. Sailor Jerry

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    And that is one of the reasons why I love 3rd gens.
     
  16. Mr.Right

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    as pictured above, i have removed and re-installed my motor 5 times that way (In the same car)
     
  17. dr.zed

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    Yes... get a standard length spark plug socket with the 6 point indents at the end of it where a ratchet would go above. Never seen it? Neither had I until I stumbled upon one and put an open stubby box wrench on the end.

    Also take out the alternator to get at #2.
     
  18. dr.zed

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    Ahh... dammit.. what a PITA.

    (had the same car in the same colour minus the skunk stripes)
     
  19. .chris

    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    Ah the good ol' LT1 days. Drinking beers + putting cam in my old LT1 ftw. LS1 is a good bit easier.
     
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    i had to fucknig unbold the engine mounts to get to the power steering pump
     
  21. Mr.Right

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    a large shot of n20 will make a person have to do that.

    its getting ready to come out again for a turbo.
     

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