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  1. mvette51
    02-11-2013 06:15 PM
    mvette51
    Hi Rick,
    It has been a while since we talked ( 2010). Hope you are well and still enjoying your Vette(s), and hope you have power after this storm! (I live on Cape Cod, MA). You and Jim Shea have both responded to my questions in the past, so i thought I would send you some pics if interested?
    My project has come a long way, but lots to still do! To refresh your memory; a 66 coupe with some form of LS3 (tbd). I got the Jeep steering box in. Went with a complete revamp of the frame in that area to accept an unmodified Jeep box. That project alone took almost 9 months! Made an aluminum fuel tank with a 2012 Camaro fuel module. I installed a hydraulic clutch, Wilwood 13" brakes all around, A Tom's Differential 12 bolt pumpkin housing 3:73 gears with 1480 axles. The trans is an aftermarket Muncie M22 by Autogear with Gearvendors O D
    My e-mail is: [email protected]

    If interested, I'll ship you some pics. Mike C.
  2. cwvett79
    03-31-2012 10:38 PM
    cwvett79
    Hello Rick,
    I am in the process of installing c5 seats in my 79. I have the passenger side installed. And now I am working on the drivers side with the power seat. How did you install your power seat. Please HELP!
    Craig
  3. vince6501
    03-18-2011 10:43 PM
    vince6501
    Rick,
    Can u send me the information that u sent to Steve on how to apply shims to the body and frame during the body drop? I would appreciate it since I will be doing that same thing shortly.
    Thanks,
    Vince
  4. mvette51
    12-13-2010 04:41 PM
    mvette51
    Hello Rick,
    I was going through the forum topics looking for answers on the Jeep or Borgeson steering conversions and noticed you have one. We communicated here some time ago??? (a year maybe). My project is a 66 coupe with an LS based motor, 4-speed. You gave me info on your motor placement and I was able to get mounts for mine to keep my trans in stock location. Which puts my engine rearward of yours by about 5/8".
    I found a 2002 Jeep gear to install. I plan to cut out a section of frame and install a 3/8" plate with Jeep bolt pattern as another member had done. My question to you is, do you feel that the Borgenson kit puts the steering arm (pitman shaft) back in the same exact location as the original. And when I say EXACT, I mean just that, "exact", as opposed to "close to"... in height, distance back , and distance out from center line. As you more than likely know it has to be in the same "exact" orientation as the idler arm. That is the reason I want to do the placement of the box myself, so I am sure the drag link geometry stays correct. I am not claiming that the Borgeson people got it wrong, only that I can't confirm without a doubt that it is right-on without seeing it first hand. Case in point, I bought Flaming River rack and pinion kit for this car and when I found that the steering tie rods were 2.75" SHORTER than our C2 + C3 cars, I was NOT happy. They claim it is fine, I say a bump steer problem. So you know how THAT ended!
    So anyway, how is your header clearance effected, and I also noticed that the Jeep box is about 1" taller from the bottom of the sector shaft threads to the center line of the steering input shaft. Does this cause any problems with the steering column supports? Do you have or do you know of any good links to pics of installs?
    Thanks for any help you can give me. Would like to see your car sometime.

    Mike C.
  5. 72LS1Vette
    09-15-2009 08:49 PM
    72LS1Vette
    The angle of the truck MC was perfect when I held it up to the floor. The shaft is pretty thick and I was concerned that a threaded end would be huge. I may take a trip to the junkyard this weekend to see if any of the trucks have adjustable rods. I suppose a possibility would be to remove the rod from the new MC and replace it with an adjustable one. I think there is just a snap ring holding the rod in. If that looks like it could work I could probably get extras and send you one if you needed it. Let me know how you make out with threading the new rod. My main project for next weekend is getting the fancy electric water pump to work. Luckily I noticed it wasn't running before I ran the engine too long.

    Rick B.
  6. FRSTR90
    09-15-2009 05:03 PM
    FRSTR90
    Rick
    I think that is what you're NOT supposed to do! haha Thanks for getting back to me. I too ran into the same problem. From what it sounds like, the angle on the truck MC is correct, but the rod is to long. I guess what needs to be done is to cut up the actual rod and thread it so you can make it adjustable. Once adjustable you should be good to go once you get the correct length. The MC only cost me like $30 at autozone, I think I am going to try it. If I fail, then all that is lost is $30.. If you want, I'll keep you updated.. Thanks again
    John
  7. FRSTR90
    09-15-2009 01:53 AM
    FRSTR90
    Hey
    Was just curious as to what route you went on the hydr. slave cyl.. Did you end up using the one out of an '85 one ton pickup? John
  8. ragu
    05-27-2009 09:06 PM
    ragu
    Thanks for the tip about the shims. Maybe I'll have the car on four wheels by the end of the week....talk about a work in progress. Enjoy the spring weather. Scott

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  • About 72LS1Vette
    City
    North Easton
    State
    Mass
    Your Zip Code
    02356
    Occupation
    Software Performance Engineer
    Year & Model
    72 Coupe
    Color
    Ontario Orange, Black Interior
    Mods
    Tilt/Tele steering column, Dewitt's radiator and electric fan, LS1 engine/T56 trans swap, 73 replacement frame, VB&P Street & Slalom suspension.
    Country of Residence
    US
  • Signature
    72 Ontario Orange Coupe. 2001 LS1 - LS6 block & Intake, Thunder Racing Cam, Ported heads and Throttle Body, Meziere electric water pump, Hooker Shorty Headers, 2001 T56 6-speed trans, VB&P Street & Slalom suspension, Magnaflow exhaust, DeWitt's radiator, SPAL fan, C5 seats, Borgeson steering conversion. Tuned by Slowhawk Performace. Future mods: HydoBoost, floor mats.

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