Well I’ve been lurking around this and other forums for the last few years and I’ve finally got something fun to post.
I Purchased my 2004 G35 6MT back August of 2003. I have to say it has been an awesome car. I have put 200,000 miles on this vehicle. It has held up incredibly well. I have replaced the brake pads 2 times, and the tires 4 or five times including winter tires (I live in Michigan and yes I drove this car every day to work 100 miles round trip except on Blizzard days). I had to put a battery in as well. But that’s it.
My list of complaints is incredibly small. The Stereo/6 CD changer stinks. Driver side buckle presenter has a habit of trapping the buckle between the door and seat when closing the door. Wiring to the trunk latch failed in the boot at the trunk lid. 290 horsepower is nice…..but more would be better….as always.
For the last 50,000 miles I have had a lifter ticking. I looked in to replacing the heads or re-building the motor but everything seemed very complicated or expensive when comparing $$$$ to benefit. The lifter did finally give out and I had to limp home on 5 cylinders, on its last day of service. I did not totally blow the lifter through the motor….valve just wasn’t opening any more. (I guess the car saw that LS3 sitting there and decided it was time to get started :-)
The things I have always liked about my car is maybe too long to list e.g. Classic Exterior Styling, Interior comfort, fit/finish, balance between sportiness and luxury.
To get a new car that could replace my G would be $40k minimum !
So I finally decided to pull the trigger on an LSx swap. After about 6 months of looking/researching and second guessing I settled on a 2011 Camaro LS3 with the TR6060 6 speed complete pull. I went through Cleveland Pick-A-Part. These guys did a fantastic pull….all the harnesses were pulled well, no hoses cut, everything capped and crated well. The cost was a bit higher that I originally planned (was thinking LS1 at the beginning), but having everything complete (harness, ECM, MAF, Pedals, Trans, Accessories) with low mileage (30k miles) is a big plus considering.
So I hopped in the truck and wend down to Cleveland to get it. I have to admit that after dreaming of this for the last 5 years or more, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning going to get this….and that is saying something at 43
My oldest boy put the recently purchased engine picker together the day before going to pick up the motor. (love Harbor Freight....)
Lifting the motor out of the truck with an engine picker was a bit of a challenge but we finally got it out and set down on some dollies in my converted wood shop (which will be out of order for a few months).
Sorry about the thumbnails....I can't figure out how to get my pics right in with the text...grrrr. Assistance for the noob!?!?
More to come....I picked up the motor on August 8th....So my clock started..Wonder how long this will take..First build I've done...should be interesting.