|Some quick shots of the engine bay and trans tunnel stripped of hardware, wiring, and hydraulic lines.
We still need to remove the brake booster and some DS piping and lines, but when we're done, the whole engine bay, and trans tunnel will be treated with an application of Lizard Skin. This is a spray-on ceramic thermal insulation which claims to reduce heat entering the interior by 30°F or more. This will be followed by a finish top coat of body color KLO silver mist metallic.
The black coating in and around the battery tray is POR15 rust treatment. The chassis was surprisingly free of rust for a 200K mile car. Gotta love roads w/o salt.
Engine is basically finished and ready. We've been lifting the body and lowering it down onto the engine/trans as it rests on this table. The chain hoist was used to raise the engine so the crossmember could be bolted underneath.
The LS6 motor has already been test fitted twice; so we were able to fully dress it on the table before it goes into the chassis. The headers are ceramic coated Kooks Longtubes. Engine mods are few: Larger throttle body [83 to 92 mm); and the headers. Everything else remains C5 Z06 spec. We are guessing 425 at the crank; although I plan on a dyno tune to get the most out of it.
Once all the wiring, piping, etc. is disconnected, the engine will drop free by simply disconnecting the lower control arms from the suspension and the bolts attaching the front subframe to the chassis.
You can see the front cross member w/ attached steering rack and tie rod ends.
The two lines attached to the left cylinder head front are oil lines to the remote mounted filter located under the fittings where the red cap is.