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Seat Modification for Large and Tall Drivers
We have modified many seat tracks and floor pans to accommodate large and tall drivers. The modifications required depend on the driver’s needs as well as the vehicle in question. Sometimes a simple seat track swap will do the trick, other jobs call for more in-depth fabrication and design. No matter what the job, the crew at Cleveland Power and Performance is ready to get you comfortable behind the wheel. Take a look at some of our past work.
The driver of this 2005 Dodge Viper just needed a little extra headroom while driving. A simple seat track swap did the trick.
The Driver of this Mustang GT needed quite a bit of headroom to safely drive the vehicle to its potential. We modified both the floor pan and seat track safely to gain ample room.
This 19854 Blazer was brought to us by a customer who wanted some updated comfort in his classic truck. We installed these late model Chevy pickup seats while retaining the functionality of the passenger side tilt feature.
Custom Upholstered Chevy SSR Seats
We took a set of shabby SSR seats and transformed them in our interior shop. The job started by fully disassembling the seats, thoroughly cleaning the frames, creating templates for our new hides, cutting materials to size, sewing and stitching our new covers and reassembling the seats. These one of a kind custom SSR seats came out amazing. Take a look at the pictures below to see the project from start to finish.
OUR CUSTOM BUILT 1979 NIKA BRONCO AT SEMA 2021
We were honored to showcase the work of our extremely talented team at SEMA 2021. With some help from our friends at Belltech Suspension, we were offered the opportunity to display our efforts on the biggest stage in our industry. You can see full build photos of the truck HERE.
Wrecked C8 Corvette
A few of the Power and Performance crew members went down to the auction to check out a wrecked Viper. We stumbled upon this wrecked C8 Corvette while we were there. This 2020 Vette honestly didn’t look too bad. This was a pretty nice surprise, so we figured we would share! This is likely the first wrecked C8 in greater Cleveland and possibly in the state of Ohio! We would sure love to rip down the driveway in a C8 Vette kart!
2004 Mustang Cobra 4.6L Engine Rebuild
THIS ENGINE ARRIVED TO US WITH LOW COMPRESSION DUE TO SEVERAL FAULTY RINGS AND SEVERAL STUCK VALAVES. WE TOOK THIS ENGINE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO A BARE BLOCK FOR A REBUILD. THE BLOCK WAS CHECKED AND RETAINS FACTORY BORE. THE CRANK HAS BEEN CHECKED, MAGAFLUXED, AND POLISHED. THE PISTONS AND RODS WERE INSPECTED AND FOUND TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE. THE RINGS, AND BEARINGS WERE REPLACED WITH NEW PARTS, AS WERE THE MAIN BEARINGS. THE HEADS HAVE BEEN FIT WITH NEW VALVES AND LIFTERS. THE TIMING CHAING AND GEARS HAVE BEEN REPLACED, AND THE STOCK INJECTORS HAVE BEEN FLOWTESTED AND CLEANED. ALL PARTS HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY INSPECTED. ALL GASKETS, AND ONE TIME USE HARDWARE COMPONENTS WERE REPLACED WITH NEW PARTS.
Brembo Brakes on a Ford Bronco – Part 1
Here is Akin, the newest member to our official build family. We are honored, humbled, and pumped to be bringing Akin to SEMA 2020 in partnership with Belltech suspension. This 79 Bronco will be getting a bunch of updated interior, driveline, suspension, and inspiration from a supercharged Coyote 5.0 Tonka truck. She will be sitting on a custom in house built frame, of course riding on top notch shocks and coilovers. Follow along with the build, and watch her unveil at SEMA 2020.
Check out part 1 of video series showing how we will be adapting factory Hellcat Brembo Brakes to work on our Bronco! You can see full build pictures of the truck HERE
Custom making headers for a 1969 Charger Hellcat Swap
Custom making headers for a 1969 Charger Hellcat Swap
Follow along as we begin the build process of a set of headers and full exhaust for a customers Hellcat swap 1969 Dodge Charger. We will be using 304 stainless to make this one of a kind exhaust. Check part 1 of the video below and stay tuned for more content!
2006 Dodge Charger SRT-8 6.1L HEMI Engine Rebuild
Below, you will see a step by step rebuild process of a 6.1L HEMI engine from a 2006 Dodge Charger SRT-8!
HERE IS WHAT WAS DONE TO THIS MOTOR:
THIS ENGINE WAS TAKEN DOWN TO A BARE BLOCK AND BORED .020 OVER.
CRANKSHAFT WAS MEASURED AND MICRO-POLISHED
NEW SILVOLITE PISTONS AND HASTING RINGS INSTALLED
NEW CLEVITE BEARINGS AND ROD BOLTS INSTALLED
HEADS GOT NEW LIFTERS, VALVES, SEALS AND SPRINGS
NEW MELLING OIL PUMP, OEM WATER PUMP AND ALL NEW FELPRO GASKETS INSTALLED
Corvette Rolling Chassis Measurements
Here are some commonly requested measurements on our Corvette rolling chassis’. Please let us know if you need clarification on any measurement or if you need any additional info that is not provided below. Please also note that these are close approximations that may vary from model to model. For precise information, please call or email.
C5 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Front
C5 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Rear
C5 Corvette Rolling Chassis wheelbase
C6 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Front
C6 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Rear
C6 Corvette Rolling Chassis Wheelbase
C7 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Front
C7 Corvette Rolling Chassis Dimensions Rear
C7 Corvette Rolling Chassis Wheelbase
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4 door LX SRT8 Manual Conversion
Hello Friends and Fans! If you have been following what we have been up to in recent years you will know that we have successfully completed several four door SRT8 manual transmission conversions. If you haven’t seen these particular vehicles, you will now… that is if you continue reading this article.
We are often asked for info on out SRT manual swaps, if we offer a manual swap kit, and if we could swap a customers 300C, Charger or Magnum with a 6 speed manual transmission. These are not always easy questions to answer, and here is why. What we do when building these cars and the parts we use go far above what we consider a “swap”. They way we complete these vehicles involves a complete donor Challenger (for the manual trans, harness, rear gears, tunnel, etc) full disassembly of the both the donor and the 4 door interiors, lots of cut, welding, fab and a LOT of wiring and programming.
Of course one could take a 2006 Charger and throw a 5.7l manual setup in it, but that cluster is probably gonna light up like Clark Griswold’s house, and what would you be sacrificing on-top of that? Drivability, creature comforts, safety? When we approach our manual conversion we aim to make the vehicle appear and operate just as it would have from the factory (or better). That means no check engine lights, no loss of power, and retention of all creature comforts inside the vehicle. We use the period correct driveline. The 05-10 LX cars we build, get the 425hp 6.1L HEMI and TR6060 transmission. This is no easy task, making it more than a “swap” and not really possible to sell as a kit. We of course would do the conversion for any one interested. So if you are looking for more info on the process, or are wising your 4 door LX had a third pedal, take a look at the info below. As always, please feel free to call us at 866-236-5031 with any questions or comments.
PONTIAC G8 SUNROOF DELETE
Our customers G8 with a leaky aftermarket sunroof is all buttoned up with the solid roof in.
2008 300C SRT8 – Manual Conversion
Cleveland Power and performance is back at it with another stunning manually converted 4 door LX car. This time around we used a clean titled 300C SRT8 for the conversion. Just like the others, this car was professionally and painstakingly converted to a 6 speed using a Challenger SRT as the donor. The tunnel was swapped, harness handmade, and countless hours were spent programming and fabricating. In addition to the factory Tremec TR-6060 transmission, this 300C also received a Vortec blower, Hellcat brakes painted in a custom green, Kooks longtubes, Corsa exhaust, KW suspension, Custom made grille and tons more!
Take a look at the full vehicle at all of the finished pictures and info on this amazing car HERE. Make sure to click the build photos link on the page to see how everything came together. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us!
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Turn Key Running Engine & Transmission Pallet – How We Ship!
Cleveland Power & Performance is PROUD to be the world’s NUMBER ONE supplier of late model high performance domestic part car and truck turn key running engine & transmission drop out pallets! We do all the guesswork for you and provide a complete package that arrives at your location ready to run (just add fluids!)
In this blog we will demonstrating how we prepare your turn key running pallet for shipment, domestically or internationally!
The first step after the pallet is sold is to fire up the driveline for one final check of all the electronic and mechanical components. Then we drain and inspect all fluids as pictured:
Next we pull the fuel pumps, inspect all the wiring, make sure the connections are good on all the plugs. All the included parts and accessories are placed on the pallet, and it’s off to our freight department. From here, we fully surround the crate with 2x4s, box all the loose accessories, and securely bolt and strap any loose components.
From there it is given a final look over, and prepared to be loaded via fork lift onto the freight truck! A reinforced pallet and full bracing insures your turn key setup arrives undamaged!
If your package is going international, then we fully surround the crate with heat treated OSB to conform with international shipping standards, and load it to go to the international carrier!
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1983 Trans Am custom build Fourth Gen LS1 swap
This swap started with an extremely clean third generation TA that we ready to hit the streets with the small block that was in her. We felt that this was the prime example to give her a new look, feel, and add some power!
The driveline on this TA has been swapped with a 2002 Trans Am WS6 LS1 engine with an LS6 intake manifold and 4l60E auto transmission. Engine was professionally rebuilt before install and has been test driven over 1,000 miles. The engine has been upgraded with shorty headers, Spectre cold air intake, and a dyno tune. Behind the headers the catless 3” pipe meets a Magnaflow muffler that gives this TA an aggressive tone.
What’s the difference between a Camaro SS L99 Automatic / Camaro SS LS3 Manual / and a Chevrolet SS LS3 Automatic?
The 2010-2015 Camaro SS comes factory equipped with either a LS3 Manual or an L99 Automatic – both are similar designs, but they have some differences. The main difference between the two is the LS3 produces 422HP and the L99 produces 400HP.
- The L99 and LS3 engines are both built on the same platform, featuring 6.2L of displacement and eight cylinders. The camshaft of the L99 engine has slightly less duration than the one found in the LS3, giving the Camaro SS paired with this motor a smoother ride. The compression ratio of the L99 motor is 10.4:1, as the pistons have valve reliefs machined in the top halves of the pieces. The LS3’s compression ratio is 10.7:1.
- Consumers might favor the slight power increase in the LS3 over the L99, even though both engines demonstrate high performance values. The LS3 engine is rated and advertised with 422 brake horsepower and 408 lbs/ft of torque. The L99 engine has a slightly less horsepower output rating, as the vehicle is advertised with 400 brake horsepower and 410 lbs/ft of torque.
- The basic difference between the L99 and LS3 motors is that each one was built for a specific type of transmission. The more powerful LS3 engine is paired with 2010 Camaro SS models that feature the manual transmission. Likewise, the L99 comes from the factory in automatic Camaro SS automobiles from the same year.
- Fuel consumption has become an important aspect to modern consumers when buying vehicles. Automobile companies had to completely redesign engines in order to maximize energy yet maintain performance values. Because both the L99 and LS3 engines share the same layout and many of the same parts, the fuel efficiency does not differ greatly between the two. However, the LS3 engine is advertised with an average of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. The L99 is rated at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Some Additional Differences w/ LS3 Engine
- L99 camshaft is different — having a little less duration and a little less lift, both of which give the engine a smoother idle.
- L99 has a cam phaser and, to get the additional piston-to-valve clearance required when cam phasing changes, the pistons are different parts having valve reliefs machined into their tops. The reliefs lower the compression ratio to 10.4:1.
- L99 PCV system is different having its oil separators in the valve covers rather than down in the valley like the LS3.
LS1 Oil Pan Swap
Today we will be going over how to do an oil pan swap on a LS1 engine. This LS1 is from a 2004 Pontiac GTO and we will be switching the stock oil pan with a 1999-2001 Chevrolet Camaro LS1 oil pan. The reason for this swap is that the GTO oil pan has a front mounted pump and the Camaro pan has a rear mounted pump. This allows the engine to fit better in some custom installs.
To start this oil pan swap you will need to drain all on the oil from your engine. Ours is already out of the car so we hung it in our engine shop to do this job.
Now that the oil has been drained, We will need to remove the dust covers from both sides of the engine and the starter motor as these will be in the way.
Once those are out of the way we can start to unbolt the oil pan and remove the dip stick. Once the pan is unbolted you will want to drop it out and set it to the side.
Now that we have the oil pan out you can see the differences between the GTO oil pan and the Camaro Oil pan.
With the oil pan removed we will then need to removed the baffle and the pick up tube from the bottom of the engine. You will also want to remove the block plug for the new dip stick tube to be installed into that hole.