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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Now that we have the oil pan out you can see the differences between the GTO oil pan and the Camaro Oil pan.


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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.


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Now that we have removed all the old parts for this swap you will want to get all the new parts ready to be installed. We also set the old and new parts together so you can see the difference between the two styles.


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At this point we can start to install the new baffle and pick up tube. The baffle will be bolted down first and then the pick up tube. These will need to be torqued down to spec.


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With those parts installed, we will be sealing the 4 corners of the oil pan near timing cover and rear cover with black silicone. This will add a good seal to the oil pan when installed. At this point we will begin to mount the Camaro oil pan with the new seal on it. You will need to make sure that the pick up tube does not bind when you are bolting the pan on. Once the oil pan is in place you will want to install the new dip stick tube.


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With both the pan and dip stick tube installed on the engine the next step is to mount both dust covers and the starter motor. The last step for this swap will be screwing the new oil filter into place.  Once those are on, the oil pan swap is complete.


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As always, feel free to email or call us with any questions at clevelandpap@yahoo.com and 866-236-5031.

Thank you for reading!

Ultra Rare Limited Production Factory Vehicles That Have Been Given a Second Life!

Here at Cleveland Power & Performance, we have had quite a few ultra rare, limited production factory high performance vehicles. Most have been wrecked beyond repair, but we have repaired quite a few and put them back on the road! The one’s that had a dead title or were beyond repair we still given a second chance by our facility!

Whether sold as a donor car, a rolling chassis, a turnkey pallet, or just a complete engine and transmission drop out, here at Cleveland Power & Performance we promise to ALWAYS ensure these limited number vehicles are re-purposed for their second coming in a custom project or repair! As of 2016, these are the vehicles we’ve received that we feel are quite rare based on total production. Stay tuned next year for a new list of rare cars we’ve acquired!

Below you will find a list, detailing the vehicle and what makes it rare, our stock number, the vin, and what the total production was. Entries with an “X” in front of the year are pictured below!

X 2005 Ram 1500 SRT-10 Viper Yellow Fever Quad Cab – 14-052 –
3D3HA18H35G740233 – 1 of 500 total

X 2005 Ram 1500 SRT-10 Viper Commemorative Edition – 13-064 –
3D7HA16H95G858885 – 1 of 200 total

X 2005 Ram 1500 SRT-10 Viper Commemorative Edition – 13-212 –
3D7HA16H75G858934 – 1 of 200 total

2006 Ram 1500 SRT-10 Viper Night Runner – 12-053 –
3D3HA16H76G269305 – 1 of 400 total

X 2006 Ram 1500 SRT-10 Viper Night Runner – 09-328 –
3D3HA18H56G269140 – 1 of 400 total

X 2010 Furious Fuchsia Challenger SRT-8 – 13-023 –
2B3CJ7DW0AH296248 – 1 of 400 total

2001 Yellow Viper GTS ACR – 10-026 –
1B3ER69E41V703202 – 1 of 89 total

X 2008 B5 Blue Pearl Coat Charger SRT-8 Super Bee – 14-043 –
2B3LA73W38H164001 – #614 of 1000

2008 B5 Blue Pearl Coat Charger SRT-8 Super Bee – 15-134 –
2B3KA73W98H163768 – 1 of 1000

X 2008 B5 Blue Pearl Coat Charger SRT-8 Super Bee – 14-057 –
2B3KA73W08H164100– 1 of 1000

2004 Viper Mamba Convertible – 10-290 –
1B3JZ65Z54V102179 – 1 of 200

2004 Viper Mamba Convertible – 10-131 –
1B3JZ65Z84V101267 – 1 of 200

X 2005 Viper Mamba Convertible – 15-002 –
1B3JZ65Z45V501196 – 1 of 200

X 2003 Viper from Fast & The Furious: Toyko Drift – 07-146 –
1B3JR65ZX3V501572 – 1 of 1

X 2013 Corvette C6 Z06 427 Convertible w/ 427 package – 13-002 –
1G1YY3DE9D5700216 – 1 of 427

1992 Corvette ZR1 in Black Rose Metallic – 14-126 –
1G1YZ23J4N5800165 – 1 of 48

2011 Toxic Orange Challenger SRT-8 – 15-198 –
2B3CJ7DJ7BH552987- 1 of 357

X 2010 Arctic White Corvette C6 Z06 – 15-006 –
1G1YK2DEXA5107164 – 1 of 184

X 2002 Corvette Mallet Hammer C5 Z06 383 Stroker – 15-076 –
1G1YY12S525128748- 1 of 6!

X 2011 Challenger SRT-8 392 w/ 392 Package – 13-037 –
2B3CJ7DJXBH501449 – 1 of 1492

1997 Corvette C5 “Bowling Green” Fairway Green Metallic – 06-189 –
1G1YY22G2V5100184 – 1 of 155

X 2008 Corvette C6 Hertz Sales Package – 08-299 –
1G1YY26W285130534 – 1 of 500

2001 Pontiac Firebird Firehawk – 13-234 –
2G2FV22G312144471 – 1 of 504

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM Collector’s Edition – 05-190 –
2G2FV32G322145109 – 1 of 554

1996 Corvette C4 LT4 Convertible Collector’s Edition – 08-022 –
1G1YY3259T5116951 – 1 of 1,290

1996 Corvette C4 LT4 Coupe Collector’s Edition – 08-110 –
1G1YY2252T5110788 1 of 1,540

2006 Viper Coupe GTS Blue Special Edition – 09-050 –
1B3JZ69Z56V100316 – 1 of 424

2008 Dodge Magnum SRT-8 – 11-219 –
2D8GV77398H193430 – 1 of 239

2006 Chrysler 300C Classic Design Concepts #1 Glassback Roof Car – 15-182 –
2C3LA73W46H514722 – 1 of 1

X 2002 Camaro Coupe 35th Anniversary – 09-080 –
2G1FP32G322141284 – 1 of 934

2002 Camaro Coupe 35th Anniversary – 08-214 –
2G1FP22G122120475 – 1 of 1,037

2002 Camaro Convertible 35th Anniversary – 04-225 –
2G1FP32G122122538 – 1 of 789

1994 Firebird Trans AM 25th Anniversary – 08-008 –
2G2FV22P4R2233672 – 1 of 1,412

1994 Firebird Trans AM 25th Anniversary – 08-203 –
2G2FS22S0R2247162 – 1 of 1,412

1994 Firebird Trans AM 25th Anniversary – 10-292 –
2G2FV22P7R2240020 – 1 of 1,412

X 2004 Corvette Z06 Z16 Commemorative – 05-368 –
1G1YY12S945125001 – 1 of 2,025

2005 Silverado 1500 Regency RST Conversion – 06-244 –
1GCEC14V75Z336238 – 1 of < 200

X 2009 Pontiac G8 GT GXP – 09-229 –
6G2EP57WX9L303167 – 1 of 1,828

2009 Pontiac G8 GT GXP – 13-155 –
6G2EP57W29L300053 – 1 of 1,828

2009 Pontiac G8 GT GXP – 14-168 –
6G2EP57W99L310255 – 1 of 1,828

2005 Ford GT –
1FAFP90S25Y400149 – 1 of 2,027

1999 Viper GTS-R Built by Hennessey – 09-107 –
1B3ER69E8XV502685 – 1 of ???

 

Camaro/Firebird Trac Loc & Non Trac Loc

Many owners of the 98-02 Firebird/Trans Am/Camaros are always looking for all the possible upgrades for their vehicles. Whether it is a bigger motor, bigger brakes, louder exhaust or a TRAC LOC rear axle. In reference to the TRAC LOC rear axle, many owners don’t know the difference, or what the advantage is to a TRAC LOC axle.

 

The difference in the axle isn’t something that can typically be seen, since the biggest difference is in the gear box. Here is a complete diagram of a true TRAC LOC axle:

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One of the main purposes for this type of axle is the TRAC LOC will allow both wheels to continue spinning simultaneously, instead of locking them up when sensed.

 

Another key component in a TRAC LOC axle is the throttle relaxer that sits under the hood (PICTURED BELOW). The trac loc feature will not work without this part.

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To show the difference in the whole axle, here is a picture of an axle WITHOUT TRACTION CONTROL: photo DSC03655.jpg

Now some pictures below of an axle, WITH traction control
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As you can see, the axle with the trac control has more wiring for the feature.

 

From all the pictures above, you can see the main difference in the two main Firebird/Camaro rear axles. Neither one is better or worse than the other, it just all depends on the users preference.

Aluminum or Steel? Whats the Deal?

In our 35 year history here at Cleveland Power & Performance, we have sold and dealt with every single part of Firebirds and Camaros. The 1993-2002 Firebird/Camaro is one the most prevalent vehicles in our yard. So just about every question has come our way when it comes to certain parts of these F-Bodies. Whether it be leather or cloth, stick or auto, painted or chrome wheels, coupe or convertible, you get the point. But just as common as those is when customers ask us if there is any difference between the aluminum and steel driveshafts. The answer is as simple as this:

 

 

98-02 LS1 Firebird/Camaro -93-97 LT1 Firebird/Camaro

-Weighs 11.5 lbs -Weighs 20lbs

 

The length of the driveshafts are the same and they both will physically bolt onto any 1993-2002 Camaro or Firebird. A lot of people will dispute that it matters whether the car is auto or manual, and 5.7 or 3.8 liter, however, these driveshaft will fit any of those. In simpler terms, these two driveshafts are completely interchangeable and will work with any 1993-2002 Camaro or Firebird.

 

I will say in all of my years here, I have never had someone call me or tell me that they would like to swap their aluminum driveshaft for a steel one. The aluminum one is just as durable, despite the 9.5 pound weight difference, and seems to be the preference. And, obviously, if you are racing your car, and you believe that the less weight you have, the quicker you will go.

 

So, all in all, that is a basic breakdown in the two driveshafts. Although very similar and interchangeable, aluminum seems to be a fan favorite for the 4th gen F-Body faithful.

 

Winner: ALUMINUM

Cleveland Power & Performance is proud to offer E-Bay’s FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE Pontiac GTO LS1 lit rear bumper wall art decor!

Cleveland Power & Performance is proud to offer E-Bay’s FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE Pontiac GTO LS1 lit rear bumper wall art decor! We have gotten HUNDREDS of requests for advanced features on these bumpers, and after selling out completely we now have a new supplier that has added many requested features!

Want to make your garage (or any other flat surface) REALLY stand out? With Cleveland Power & Performance’s Pontiac GTO rear bumper wall art, you will receive:

  • 2004 Pontiac GTO OEM Black Rear Bumper Assembly – Trimmed and Cut to sit flush against your wall!
    • 2x OEM Pontiac GTO Brake Lights w/ Quarter Panel Cuts
    • OEM Pontiac GTO Spoiler & Third Brake Light w/ Trunk Lid Cut
    • OEM Pontiac GTO Exhaust Tips
    • License Plate Light Housings
    • Custom Plug in Wiring Harness with AC/DC Converter
    • Custom Wireless Power Control and Dimmable Key Fob
    • High brightness, Low Draw LED Lights In All Locations
    • Custom Made Aluminum Bracket to Mount On Wall
    • Black Molding Trim to Protect Wall From Sharp Edges

We’ve sold a bunch of these for Corvettes, but we are the first and ONLY seller to offer these for your Pontiac GTO! We include EVERYTHING you need to install a complete, safe, excellent looking bumper wall art decor, with all your bases covered!
This would be great wall art hanging high in a garage! We start by trimming the back sides of the bumper to sit flush against the wall surface. This allows the bumper to sit properly on the wall, and not bow out, and look flush like you see in the pictures. We take the guess work out of how to get a rounded rear bumper to sit flush against your wall!

Next, we remove all the factory bulbs and wiring, and install a custom harness. The harness contains an AC/DC converter that plugs into any standard wall socket. This harness also contains a wireless converter and module with a key fob that allows you to turn the bumper on and off remotely. It also allows you to brighten or dim the lights to your exact tastes. Please note that the reverse lights are not lit.

We replace all the bulbs with low draw, high powered LEDs. This serves two purposes. First, these custom LEDs will draw 10mA (0.010A) to 25mA (0.025A) when powered on. The standard halogen bulbs installed in this bumper draw typically over ONE HUNDRED TIMES more electricity to produce a less intense light. To put this into perspective, LEDs drawing 25mA (0.025A) could run 24/7 for a month before having a noticeable affect upon a single 12V automotive battery. This translates to little to no electricity to run when powered on, as opposed to high cost halogen bulbs. The second purpose they serve is little to no heat generated when left on for hours.

Using standard OEM halogen bulbs in a bumper like this on your wall would cause the housings to melt after only a few hours, risking a garage fire. We have left the LEDs powered on for weeks here at the shop, with nearly zero heat generated.
Finally, we include a custom made aluminum bracket that mounts to the OEM holes on the top of the bumper with machine screws, and installs to any wall with 2 to 4 screws, drilled through where you need them.

This is the ONLY complete kit available in existence, and would make a great addition to any garage or other area.

83 Trans Am custom build with Fourth Gen LS1 swap Part II

Cleveland Power and Performance is proud to present this 83 Trans Am custom build with Fourth Gen LS1 swap, which will show you how easily you can update your Gen 3 F-Body with a ton of bolt on Gen 4 Parts! We will be incorporating an LS1 Driveline swap, updated to larger disc brakes, a fourth gen Trans AM Interior, and incorporating every piece of a late model Trans AM into this classic beauty! Long live the 80s!

In the last installment of our 83 Trans Am LS1 swap blog we started off by showing how we received the Trans Am. We received a stock, 5.0L 83 Trans Am with the goal of swapping as many components out of a Fourth Gen as possible. We are going to build this 83 into a modern upholstered, fuel injected, tribute to the awesome era that was the 80’s!

In our last blog we left off with basically a bare shell with no interior and no driveline. We have since started to replace the old with the new. Take a look at the pictures below showing the modifications that we have done to the front cradle to allow for the fitment of the LS1 engine

We also opted to put bigger brakes on the TA to give it some more stopping power. We ordered a kit from bigbrakeupgrade.com that allows us to use fourth gen calipers and rotors on the front by modifying the stock 83 spindles.

The brake kit made installation a breeze and is a huge upgrade in both form and function.

We also began plans on modifying the firewall to allow for the installation of the fourth gen heater box, ac components, brake system and more.

 

Next we will begin mocking up the engine and blueprinting the underhood compartment to figure out where we are going to run our harness, ac lines, etc.

Stay tuned to our blog to see this car come to life.

83 Trans Am custom build with Fourth Gen LS1 swap

Cleveland Power and Performance is proud to present this 83 Trans Am custom build with Fourth Gen LS1 swap, which will show you how easily you can update your Gen 3 F-Body with a ton of bolt on Gen 4 Parts! We will be incorporating an LS1 Driveline swap, updated to larger disc brakes, a fourth gen Trans AM Interior, and incorporating every piece of a late model Trans AM into this classic beauty! Long live the 80s!

 

We want to show all of our customers that this third gen TA could be easily swapped over to a fuel injected LS setup with upgraded interior using almost all parts that we have here in stock.

We will be using the driveline, interior, rear axle, front brakes and more from a donor fourth gen Trans Am. Nearly all of the parts that we will be using in this build are here at Power and Performance, in stock and in our warehouse. This is truly an all “in house” build.

We started by striping the interior of the 83, and taking out the original 305 engine to allow for mock up. We are going to use as much of the fourth gen interior as possible. A good amount of the new interior fits nicely and does not require an extensive amount of modification. Other parts will require a some modification, but in the end will give the 83 a much need update.

This is just the beginning of an exciting build and we will be posting pictures of the process as we go. Please stay tuned to our blog to see this car come to life step by step! Next up we will mock up the interior and drive line to see how everything fits and looks. We will also start on the rear axle and upgraded front brakes. Please feel free to let us know what you think of the build!

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