I have been in touch with the editor of LSX Magazine and he has asked to do a feature story on my project when we are done. I had told him that Holley LS Fest West was something I wanted to attend. He offered to do a full photo shoot if I make it to Vegas this coming April!
I have talked to Kreymr Racing and I have talked to Richmond Racing Engines. They are both on board to make this happen.
I have talked with my wife and she is on board with changing our 2020 vacation plans so we can be in Vegas for the LS Fest West.
Besides the photo shoot there will also be drag racing and I have every intention of participating. I am going there fully tuned and ready for balls to the wall racing.
I have never made a deadline before.
I have never been this close to finishing before.
I have never had these shops working on the project before.
Now the shops also have something riding on me getting to Vegas, their names will be prominently be featured in the feature story covering all most 14 years of the cars life.
I expect updates to be very regular for the next few weeks.
There will be plenty of odds and ends to be done once the car comes home so time for me will pass quickly.
If any of the members want to see the car up close, finished and racing LS Fest West is the place to be in April.
It would be really awesome to be able to race some Corvettes and Camaros while I am there.
A couple of other wrinkles that I must iron out in short order.
Because the car chassis and most RWD components were originally planned out with the intention of using a turbo LSJ we weren't worried about all of the torque at launch. Now that we have the boosted V8 I investigated my drag strip Ford 9" and checked out it's capabilities.
The 35 spline axels are good, the spool is good, but the Strange case and the gears aren't going to work. Not at 1200+ HP. Dwain Kremyr is ordering up a new rear end next week which will have a 4.11 gear ratio and be able to more than meet my needs. He also believes he has a buyer for my strange rear case with 4.30 gears.
The other issue I have is that my MagnaFuel 750 EFI fuel pump is not designed for continuous use which will severely limit any kind of street driving. I am choosing to swap out that unit for a Holley 12-1800-2 which will satisfy both street and dragstrip needs.
One other piece of the puzzle arrived a couple of days ago.
They are supposed to hold way more HP than I am going to throw at them which I'm pleased about.
Diamond piston specs;
Diamond Chevrolet LSX 12°, 4.125 Bore, 4.000 Stroke, 6.125 Rod, 1.15 comp height, -4.8cc, .927 x 2.250 pin
LSX RACE 12°FLAT TOP SERIES
· 3D milling on piston crowns for ready to install finish
· Inboard forging design with fully machined under crown for maximum strength
· Valve pockets designed to work with most aftermarket 12° cylinder heads
· Side gas ports for better ring seal
· Moly skirt coating for friction loss and skirt wear protection
· Top ring down dimension: .280" (1.115cd) .250" (1.053cd)
· Ratios figured for .053 head gasket
· Premium 1.5mm x 1.5mm x 3.0mm ring package included
· Premium H-13 .250W wrist pins included chamfered for round wire locks
· Valve pocket depth: 0.220" intake and .162" exhaust
· 2618 material for High HP-NOS-Boost applications - rated for 2000HP
· 10.7 compression ratio on 72cc combustion chambers