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Old 11-25-2021, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default California Dreamin’: Proper 16 valve build

Picked up the car on New Year’s Day 2021. It had sat for about 10 years in a garage on the Northern California coast. Drove it 350 miles over the Sierras the next day to start the work. With a lot of help from a trio of Volvo wizards in Oregon, the build finished in 9 months.

5.3 with BTR stage 3 cam and fixins, full 3” back. All new interior, literally everything swapped out with some fun details. Suspension and brakes all brand new with all the IPD dressings. Sounds like a NASCAR on the outside, and a Lexus on the inside….sorta. Corrected and detailed the paint. Ready to go!






































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Old 11-25-2021, 02:37 PM   #3
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Beautiful work. I love the wiring.
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Old 11-27-2021, 11:08 AM   #4
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Definitely a fun build.
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Old 11-27-2021, 07:07 PM   #5
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that $5.20 a gallon has to sting a little bit, I've been grumbling when it's over $4 here. I like the well matched trans temp gauge.

What accessory setup is that on the ls?
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Old 11-27-2021, 07:21 PM   #6
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Proper 16v? Them’s fighting words!
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Old 11-27-2021, 07:36 PM   #7
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You heard them.

It's nice being able to buy a fuel rail from more than 3 ****ing people in the whole world.
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Old 11-27-2021, 07:39 PM   #8
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Old 11-27-2021, 10:19 PM   #9
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that $5.20 a gallon has to sting a little bit, I've been grumbling when it's over $4 here. I like the well matched trans temp gauge.

What accessory setup is that on the ls?
LSX Innovations if I remember correctly. The coil brackets are LSX Innovations and I think I got the accessories and alternator brackets from there also.
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Looks awesome!
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Old 12-01-2021, 12:05 PM   #11
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I hear LS's don't crack cams.
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Old 12-01-2021, 12:34 PM   #12
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I hear LS's don't crack cams.
Yeah it’s a much better engine
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Looks awesome!
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Sure is a blast to drive
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Old 12-01-2021, 03:50 PM   #15
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Absolutely love this build! Really neat and tidy especially the wiring!

Which headers are you using? Do you get any interference with the steering column/ uj?
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Old 12-01-2021, 03:57 PM   #16
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Yeah, that is super neat and tidy. My turbo Ellis swap has wires and hoses running all over the place.

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Old 12-01-2021, 04:08 PM   #17
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Sorry- couldn't help myself.
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Old 12-01-2021, 04:13 PM   #18
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Beautiful work. I love the Momo...not sure I've seen that one before.
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Absolutely love this build! Really neat and tidy especially the wiring!

Which headers are you using? Do you get any interference with the steering column/ uj?
Thanks!

Cast manifolds from STS/Summit Racing. Used all STS swap related parts including the steering shaft, and no interference.
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Beautiful work. I love the Momo...not sure I've seen that one before.
Thanks! I’m surprised how comfortable it is.
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Old 12-03-2021, 04:33 AM   #21
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Beautiful work. I love the Momo...not sure I've seen that one before.
+1 Love that steering wheel. You know the name?
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Old 12-03-2021, 02:03 PM   #22
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+1 Love that steering wheel. You know the name?
Momo Grand Prix. Got the polished version in mine. Great wheel.
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