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Old 02-03-13, 09:48 AM
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ls1 in convertible

Hopefully dropping an ls1 in my 91 vert soon and i had heard over at norotors that only specific years or subtypes of the engine used the oil pan that cleared the vert subframe behind the front wheels. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this? Or any pictures of the oil pan i need to make sure i get? I heard 02 camaro...
Also my vert was an auto from the factory, if any of you have used a t56 in an auto car, what bracket did you buy or did you make one? I like the ronin mounts for engine and tranny, it looks like you drill holes in the tranny tunnel to use their mount? If so this would work regardless of if it was an auto or mt car...
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The guy that did the swap on my '88 Vert used a Camaro oil pan with a Hinson kit if that helps, he didn't say what Camaro it came off of in his notes.
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Did he remove the back piece of the front subframe?
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Originally Posted by sclas90 View Post
Did he remove the back piece of the front subframe?
I think that had to come out to make room for the oilpan
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I have a 90 vert with an LS1. The Camaro oil pan is correct. You do have to remove the extra subframe on the convertible. I have been running without that, but plan on welding on spacers or getting a custom reinforcement made to stiffen up the chassis. Charlie at Mazcare said it does help quite a bit on the convertibles.

The Ronin mounts are the way to go. I made my own transmission mount for my T56, but I recommend you spend the money for what Ronin provides.

Good luck with the swap. You will be happy with the end results.
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It needs to be spaced lower or back farther?
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Im gonna go with the ronin mounts up front and then the grannys for the t56 because the car was an auto and i believe the ronin tranny mounts use the stock points which are different on auto cars... the grannys uses a spot farther back instead of the stock mounting location.
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It needs to be spaced lower or back farther?
Lower.

I like the Ronin mounts because the improved/easier exhaust clearance. Talk to Joel at Ronin, he is good at answering any questions. You can view my build on norotors.
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Yeah i read it already, i might have more questions in the future lol
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Im converting my Rx Convertibe as well. I recently sold my engine and tranny. I already started buying parts for the swap. Im going to buy a street bar aswell for safety.
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Im converting my Rx Convertibe as well. I recently sold my engine and tranny. I already started buying parts for the swap. Im going to buy a street bar aswell for safety.
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Lmk of your progress, where do you live?
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Anyone had any issues with tranny mounting on an auto car? What are the best tranny mounts for an auto? Or should i just get the grannys which requires drilling on the floorboard?
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Just bought an LS2. My build begins. Yea...follow me on norotors @ clueless ls2 convertible.
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I've built 3 verts, all using Hinson kit but Ronin kit works fine as well. Mounting the transmission is simple with either kit. F Body oil pan is required as is removal of rear subframe brace and tunnel brace. We fab up a tubular brace to replace the brace that was removed and it works well. You cannot tell a difference between stock and swapped as far as cowl shake/flex, etc.. There is nothing better than a torquey, powerful, convertible FC on a perfect Fall or spring day.

I do not have plans to offer a lower chassis subframe brace due to the different mounting kits, exhaust configurations but I'll post pictures on Norotors.com to show what I did.
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