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Old 12-26-2018, 11:28 AM
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Default 1994 Dana44, ZF6, cam swap

Winter brings about changes.

Picked up a '92 parts car with a locked up motor. Donated Dana44 (3.45 ratio), ZF6 (blue tag). Going to probably do a LT4 hot cam or similar.

Swapped the Dana44 and batwing over the weekend. Need new rear tie rods.

4L60E transmission is out.

Yanking the motor out next week, to do the cam, maybe cam bearings, and freshen up leaky gaskets.

Then decide if I can re-use the flywheel of if I'm doing a hydraulic TOB push clutch / singlemass conversion.

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Now thats an orderly shop....has anyone seen the 7/16 socket.....LOL
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:32 PM
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Now thats an orderly shop....has anyone seen the 7/16 socket.....LOL
Cleanest it's been in years! lol

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Wow. That is going to be a lot of work. It's cool your doing the auto to ZF 6spd conversion thou. Interesting that your 92 parts car had a Blue Tag ZF.... make sure you measure the input shaft collar/bearing retainer so you get the right clutch.

If you decide to do the Single Mass Flywheel, let me know.

I have a NIB SPEC billet steel Flywheel that I really need out of my way and I will make you a deal on it. I have a good condition used SEPC Stage 3 clutch I'd throw in for free as well but it may be too much clutch for you... It is a good US made pressure plate and throw out bearing, so you could get a new disk and have something useful.

Good luck with your ZF 6spd conversion.
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Wow. That is going to be a lot of work. It's cool your doing the auto to ZF 6spd conversion thou. Interesting that your 92 parts car had a Blue Tag ZF.... make sure you measure the input shaft collar/bearing retainer so you get the right clutch.

If you decide to do the Single Mass Flywheel, let me know.

I have a NIB SPEC billet steel Flywheel that I really need out of my way and I will make you a deal on it. I have a good condition used SEPC Stage 3 clutch I'd throw in for free as well but it may be too much clutch for you... It is a good US made pressure plate and throw out bearing, so you could get a new disk and have something useful.

Good luck with your ZF 6spd conversion.
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The last auto-zf6 swap I did was in 2007 when I wrote the how-to that used to be a sticky here. It's been a while for sure.

I found the blue tag odd too, should be black but who knows what happened with the car.

whats the part # on the flywheel and clutch kit, and what do you want for it?

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For everyone's benefit, the write up is here:

http://members.cisdi.com/~anesthes/

I am debating doing this myself. It is either a ZF swap or a new set of heads and build the 4L60E. If I do the ZF, I would have to chg the gears in the Dana 44 I have (they are 3.07's). I have a buggered right hand, so that is the quandary, some days it just hurts to shift gears, but other days, Oh so fun...
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Im looking into a dana 44 swap. I have a dana 36 with an extremely aggressive engine swap producing about 600+ hp. Yeaaaa..... I know the Dana 36 wont last long.
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Im looking into a dana 44 swap. I have a dana 36 with an extremely aggressive engine swap producing about 600+ hp. Yeaaaa..... I know the Dana 36 wont last long.
I ran a built Dana36 back in 2005-2009 behind a zf6 and a 500hp or so 358ci with a powerdyne. It was fine on the street although I never got a chance to race the car.

It changed owners twice after I owned it, and I lost track of where it ended up. Someone probably removed the blower and put a bbc in it or something stupid.

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Motor is out.

This week I'll partially tear it down and see if it needs cam bearings, mains, etc.

I'm going back and forth on the cam. My buddy is suggesting a cc-305 cam vs the LT4 hot cam. Either way I guess I'll need to do springs.

I have some stainless block hugger headers new in box I had bought for a c3, I'm going to see if I can match them to the D ports on the LT1 heads. If they fit I'll make some downpipes and use 'em. Full cat delete (vehicle is emissions exempt).




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Old 01-03-2019, 11:15 AM
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Looks like it's getting a full rebuild.

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Default Dana 44 swap.

I have a completely stock 93 A4 w/ 2:59 dana36. Im Definitely going to a 3:73 for stop light drags. Considering the Dana 44. just thinking ahead. Others have had no problems with the 36.
what should i be looking for in the D44? Does the D44 fit the same axle/ suspension as the D36?
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any advice!
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This turned into a project lol.


Motor was cleaned and machined, bored .030 over, decked, etc.

Eagle rotating assembly, cc305 cam. I grabbed some '561 casting heads and ported them. Sent 'em out for a 4-5 angle valve job and new 2.00/1.56 LT4 valves.

Electric water pump conversion.

Sourcing the parts now for the clutch + hydraulics. Once I get the heads back I'll finish assembling the motor.

Should be like 450 or so hp I'd think. Be a fun little street car.

Figure about $4500 into the engine build, zf6 swap, dana44 swap.

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Originally Posted by vette196 View Post
Now thats an orderly shop....has anyone seen the 7/16 socket.....LOL
maaann thats funny stuff. i can't say much though mine is not much better but that hey have you seen the socket.. my god how many nights i have been there or looking for that one.. 3/8's bolt for like 4 hours at 3 am drunk
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:10 PM
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Making progress. Heads being done right now 2.00/1.56 valves. I fully ported them.

Assuming the heads cc out to about 54 this should be 11:1 compression ratio. Should be a stout little C4.






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