We’re getting into the heavy lifting on our 4th Gen Camaro mating up our 800 horsepower naturally-aspirated World Products 454 Warhawk and Automatic Transmission Factory Stage IV High Horsepower Powerglide to the 2000 F-body. We’ve got a full write-up on this killer transmission on the way, but in the meantime we thought we’d show you what it takes to get 10 pounds of motor and transmission into the 5 pound sack that used to hold a weak-sauce V6.
Because this is a serious drag car build – we’re shooting for low nines – we needed to be equally serious about how the engine and transmission mated up to the chassis. Having a ton of power isn’t worth a damn if all it does is rip the motor mounts out, so we turned to Madman & Co. Racing for a motor plate and a mid plate. The advantage to this kind of setup (on top of being quite a bit stronger and more rigid than a stock-style motor mount) is that it will give us far better clearance for headers, and motor plates make getting the engine in and out of the car much easier.
The motor plates that bolt to the front of the block are made from quarter-inch 6061 aluminum, while the mid-plate is .100-inch steel. Both will bolt to steel tabs that will be welded to the frame once everything is in the right spot.
There are plenty of guys out there running carbed LS engines in 4th-gen chassis, but we had a hell of a time trying to find any pictures or write-ups about what it takes to get hood/cowl/windshield clearance for that kind of a setup on the web. Therefore, as a public service, we’re documenting our own trial-and-error approach:
Now that we’re happy with the way the engine and transmission sit in the car, we just have to do the finish welds on the plate mounting tabs and drill the appropriate bolt holes, then tackle boxing up the cowl and getting a plastic windshield in there. Stay tuned as we keep getting closer to ready-to-run!