Project '67 Nightmare Part 2 - Engine Makeover

Project'67 nightmare Part II

Bob Ryder
Sep 1, 2007
Photographers: Bob Ryder
Photo 2/28   |   1967 Project Nightmare Engine Makeover front View
In our first segment of the Project '67 Nightmare we showed you how to build the frame, suspension, and brakes. Then, the freshly powdercoated '67 frame was enhanced with a Classic Performance Products (CPP) suspension Grand Slam kit and other awesome chassis upgrades.
For this segment of Project '67 Nightmare's buildup, we concentrated on the LS1 engine that was extracted from an '04 Pontiac GTO. We mixed the engine performance with eye-candy goodies by installing a fuel delivery, an ignition, and billet aluminum serpentine pulley systems. It is important to have your tricked-out ride not only look good, but also be able to haul the mail, as well.
Photo 3/28   |   1967 Project Nightmare Engine Makeover trans And Motor
We focused through the lens as Bill Markel at Bonfire Racing in Lancaster, California, twisted the wrenches to install these horsepower-enhancing products. The LS1 engine will be receiving a new fuel-injection throttle body, intake manifold, fuel rails, fuel pressure regulator, braided stainless hose lines with AN fittings, and power-steering pump, all from Professional Performance. For a stronger and more consistent spark, Bill installed a set of new MSD ignition coils and 8.5mm ignition connector wires. To improve the aesthetics of the engine, Bill installed a March Performance billet aluminum pulley system, a March one-wire 140-amp billet alternator, and a Hot Rod Air Sanden 508 air-conditioning compressor.
Oh, what a difference a little bling can make. It's easy to take the extra time and spend a little more money before reassembling the truck to make it a real quality build.
Time Spent Working: 4 Hours
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
Tools Used: Pneumatic wrenches, assorted hand wrenches, ratchet, sockets, and torque wrench.
Mfg. Description PN Price
Parts List:
March Billet engine pulley kit 20104 $1,335
March Billet GM alternator 140 9650 $349
March Billet engine pulley kit P320 $249
MSD Coil kit 82458 $669
MSD Connector wires 8.5mm 32819 $67
Professional Products Intake manifold w/85mm 52060 $550
Professional Products Throttle body LS1 85mm 69726 ${{{100}}}
GM Alum. Power steering pump P320 $261
Hot Rod Air A/C compressor 134a 23-4509 $262
Milodon 7 qt. oil pan 30916 $435
CPP Poly SB engine mounts CPLS1K ${{{90}}}
Total Cost:     $4,367
(Not including labor)
Photo 28/28   |   This overall view captures the true-beauty of the '04 LS1 power-plant makeover.
From The Driver Seat:The '67 Nightmare LS1 engine makeover was an effortless install. The Milodon 7-quart oil pan was bolted underneath the aluminum block before it was mounted onto the bare frame. With the engine mounted to the bare frame, there were no obstructions like cab firewall, fenders/inner-fenders, or radiator core support. The Professional Products and MSD parts were simply bolt-on items and went on very easily. The pre-cut MSD Spark Plug Connectors were as simple as plug-n-plug. The March polished aluminum pulley system was a clean and simple installation. All of the mounting brackets aligned spot-on. The March polished aluminum power-steering pump and 140 amp alternator were a perfect fit. The pulleys' tapered caps create a smooth appearance. Installing the new aftermarket engine components on the LS1 engine was like hanging new ornaments on a Christmas tree.


Classic Performance Products
Placentia, CA 92870
March Performance
Naples, FL 34110
Professional Products
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Simi Valley, CA 93065



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