: Can't wait!!!



MyOpel
02-08-08, 08:24 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0163.jpg

PEETYZ
02-08-08, 09:11 AM
no way man that yours? how? where? how much? lol details please

CateraMV6
02-08-08, 10:10 AM
Well congradulations and welcome to my "People I hate" club, thats just a joke of course, I love it, I bet its going to be the first unique V8 OEM catera ever... Should be sweet, I assume a manual transmission with that right?
Got any of the other parts, PCM, Subframe, Suspension stuff,... come on tell us more...

cateraowner
02-08-08, 10:12 AM
common.... you can't leave us hanging like that... that's just down right mean...

details dammit .... DETAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

well if that's all your then congrats.....

PEETYZ
02-08-08, 10:19 AM
Is that an LS1?

CateraMV6
02-08-08, 12:06 PM
5.7L LS1 I believe, it was supposed to be right around 300HP... Here are the specs...
engine
Code
Manufacturer GM
Type V-8
Wet sumped
OHV
16 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Main bearings 5
Construction
Bore ◊ stroke 99.00mm ◊ 92.00mm
3.9 in ◊ 3.62 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 1.08
Displacement 5666 cc
(345.761 cu in)
Unitary capacity 708.25 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio
Fuel system EFi
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic Converter Y
Max. output 309.2 PS (305.0 bhp) (227.4 kW)
@5600 rpm
Max. torque 450.0 Nm (332 lbft) (45.9 kgm)
@4400 rpm
Maximum rpm
Coolant Water
Specific output 53.8 bhp/litre
0.88 bhp/cu in
Specific torque 79.42 Nm/litre

PEETYZ
02-08-08, 12:56 PM
why do the vettes and camaro and gto with ls1 have 350 hp

CateraMV6
02-08-08, 12:58 PM
Probably different engine tuning and perhaps better exhaust and intake and maybe even different cams...

MyOpel
02-08-08, 07:05 PM
Sorry for leaving you guys hanging haha. I would have thought some of you might have seen the Y57XE in my avatar by now.
I bought the kit from Lingenfelter several months ago
In January I picked up this LS1+T56(6 speed) from a 2000 Trans AM WS6 with only 18k on it. This motor was rated at 320hp
Base Camaroís and Firebirds are rated at 305 and the corvette is rated at 350. Essentially the ls1 long block is the same the only differences that effect performance are the intake and exhaust.
I still have plenty to do before I can put this motor in. Iím in the process of removing all the firebird accessories then I plan on mounting the engine on an engine stand so it is simpler to install the GTO oil pan and a little something to help performance :)
I hope to remove the v6 in the summer but seeing as this is my daily driver there may be delays. As with all custom projects I will probably hit a few speed bumps along the way. Iím trying to figure everything out before starting the swap in hopes to minimize delays.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0136.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4830.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4829.jpg

Boris
02-08-08, 09:12 PM
Holy wet dream, Batman.:eek:

I'm watching this thread.

PEETYZ
02-09-08, 10:33 AM
Good stuff i know you put down a few bucks for all that huh? you will have the catera that should have been made and that everyone on here wants lucky you =) seeing the exhaust i would not add a resonator or muffler to rear of car it looks as if it has two mufflers already similar to stock setup minus the resonator we have in the back if its too loud add it but i bet it sounds mean as it is but i don't know how loud the mufflers are. first pic of engine posted i thought no way this guy got the test opel v8 engine/s looking closer i could tell it was the ls1 about power i also heard that the trans am and camaro ls1 were under rated in power saying 320 they were more like 340 but intake and exhaust can make a good difference only one way for u to find out DYNO TIME lol Keep us posed with the project and good luck (if im ever in toronto I have to get a ride lol )

MyOpel
02-26-08, 03:46 PM
Hey guys, havenít been on here too much lately. My conversion is moving along slowly.
My Status: Iím still collecting parts. I have taken the Trans am accessories off the motor, removed the transmission and mounted the engine to an engine stand. I plan to do a cam swap and with the engine on the stand it just makes things simpler. I have also ported and polished the MAF and am currently working on the TB. I had the wiring harness laid out and removed all the plastic wrap and electrical tape, the modifications to the wiring will be done when the motor is in the car (so I know the location of the different sensors and can make the harness with very little slack).

There are a few things to note-The kit includes many of the items needed but itís not complete.
-CV shafts are not included, you need to get GTO shafts and have them shortened.
-GTO oil pan IS included but you need to get the widage tray, oil pump pickup tube and dipstick.
-The AC compressor to block bracket is not included. The f-body bracket is different and wont fit, the lq4/9 bracket might fit but I have not gotten one yet so Iím not sure.
-mid section of the exhaust is not included. Manifolds, cats and the rear resonator with tip are included but the pipes are larger then the V6 exhaust so the mid section needs to be fabricated (cat to resonator with muffles).
-The engine bay wiring harness is not included. This is the fun part.
-No fuel pump included, Lingenfelter has designed a kit to make a walbro pump fit but Iíll cost you extra, I havenít picked mine up yet so I cant comment on install.
-The kit does not come with instructions. There are many brackets and parts, I have figured out where most of the parts go (except for 2 brackets). If you have never worked extensively under the hood of a car this will be very difficult. I have taken pictures of several assemblies and will post them later
Also the kit is for an automatic so if you plan on doing a manual swap you need the manual parts from an Opel Omega.
I highly recommend getting the LS1 out of a 2001-2002 f-body. The intake was from an LS6 and did not have the EGR system and the conversion is not intended for it either. Also the f-body cars have a very similar accessory system so the crank pulley will lineup with the accessories.

I should have some more pictures later tonight.

MyOpel
02-26-08, 03:58 PM
PEETYZ: Thanks, the goal is to have a great catera! I got the suspension and rims from the steinmetz catera and now the V8 kit! I haven't decided how to go about the exhaust yet, Iím playing around with the idea of complete custom dull 3" but as this is my daily driver I might not like it loud all the time (more for my passengerís sake:nono:)
GM definitely underrated the camaro There are many putting down 300+ at the wheels. I'm doing a cam swap prior to installing the motor so unfortunately I cant do a b4 and after dyno, but with the cam I have chosen Iíll need to get it dyno tuned so Iíll definitely let you know how that goes.

MyOpel
02-27-08, 02:45 AM
Ported and polished the maf. Most people will just cut the cross bar out and clean up, I took it one step further I enlarged the opening from 75mm to 77mm and polished her up nicely. In the pic the stock one has the screen removed, on mine it can also be removed.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/b4aftermaf.jpg

Ported and polished TB. Itís hard to see in the pic but the stock one has a bump in front of the throttle blade that reduces the id from 75mm to about 72mm. Of course I removed that bump. Still have some more to do before itís done.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/b4after.jpg

And as promised some pics of some Omega v8 assemblies:
Shift position Switch for 4L60E
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0005.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0006.jpg
Power steering pump, different then f-body
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0012.jpg
Mitsubishi alternator with brackets to fit LS1
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0009.jpg
Cruise control unit:
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0014.jpg
ECU bracket top and interface module bottom:
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0008.jpg
Interface thingy goes where the stock ecu is. Unfortunately we donít know the pin-outs so I wonít be using this.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4842.jpg
f-body engine harness spread out:
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4833.jpg

PEETYZ
02-27-08, 10:37 PM
Nice stuff thats a lot of tech stuff to look over and make sure you have correct but you seem to be on it keep us posted awsome swap

MyOpel
03-26-08, 09:55 PM
Hey guys. Still slowly getting the parts together. Unfortunately not much has come in lately but as soon as I get my tax refund Iíll probably order up all the parts that I still need.
Latest shipment: Stainless 1-3/4Ē tube for custom header fabrication. Although the kit came with manifolds I know Iíll be disappointed with how much power they will rob soÖ
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0518.jpg

I made this camera mount because once that v8 is in Iíll need to record the fun at the track :)
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0519-1.jpg
Yes that white stuff you see through the windows is indeed the snow pile in front of my house.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4849.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4850.jpg
And finally some video testing the camera mount, surprisingly very stable! Iíll probably put a rubber pad under the camera to get rid of the noise.
First vid camera mounted as seen in the first pic and zoomed in on the speedometer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CztgIHjwpI4
In this one the camera is mounted on the end of the mount, no zoom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvY_byciIQc
For this vid the camera is mounted like in the 2nd pic with the 4Ē extension. I also had my heavy old digital camera mounted in the other spot to see if the added weight would affect the stability, and it didnít!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGfYKgssGnU

cateraowner
03-26-08, 10:47 PM
nice job man... look forward to seeing all your fun in your v8

PEETYZ
03-26-08, 10:51 PM
good stuff man i got a gto and you will love a v8 catera

callingmonroe
03-27-08, 07:21 AM
me too! this is an awesome story, I can't wait to see the results.

MyOpel
04-07-08, 03:04 AM
Mmmm lumpy cam
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0592.jpg
For those interested in what my car might sound like with this cam do a search for MS4 on youtube :eek::worship:

MyOpel
04-21-08, 11:39 PM
Well it finally got warm and i installed the suspension components.
Front
-Bilstein struts re-valved (or custom ordered) by Steinmetz
-Steinmetz lowering springs (i believe might be eibach)
-Steinmetz (made by OZ) rims 18X8.5 +30mm offset
-Continental contisportcontact 235/40ZR18
Rear
-Omega V8 station wagon Shocks, unfortunately the rear Steinmetz shocks were bent. The air ride is still functional
-Steinmetz rear springs
-Steinmetz 18X10 +31mm offset
-continental contisportcontact 265/35ZR18

The suspension and rims are from the orange GM/Steinmetz Catera Prototype
The road manners: Unfortunately the sport suspension i removed was very old and worn out so i can only compare to my memory of how the car was when i got it. it seems the new suspension is only slightly stiffer then sport but it has reduced body role giving more confidence through long fast curves. Friends who have been in the car were pleasantly surprised that their teeth were not shattered.
All in all i think this suspension is perfect for the daily driver who on occasion likes to drive spiritedly.

Unfortunately Steinmetz has discontinued the suspension package however there is still hope. I believe if you get the bilstein struts/shocks and eibach springs (still available) it would probably match the Steinmetz kit very closely.

V8 conversion update:
I bought a bunch of the 'little items that add up' things like a gasket kit for the engine (cam swap essentials), corvette fuel filter/pressure regulator, oil pick up tube and some other stuff. On my next trip to the US i'll be going to jegs to pickup a few goodies and then i'll be ready to put the cam into the motor.
I also bought some 6061 aluminum and brought it to a friend of a friend who has a small machine shop, so i should have my caliper brackets soon.
If all goes well about middle of may i will be tying out some ideas for bushings and swaybars, my ideas are very cost effective and much better then stock (should also last longer and be wayyyyyyyy cheaper to rebuild if you still have the car in 20 years lol)

Anyways Iíll stop blabbering and show you some pictures
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0636.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0640.jpg
Front Struts and springs
Less coils = stiffer
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0600.jpg
Rear springs
Smaller diameter = stiffer
Both my factory coils broke on the small bottom coil, i believe it to be because the coil thickness thins out towards the bottom and canít cope with the forces over many years. The steinmetz coil i have has the same thickness throughout, should last many years.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4853.jpg

CateraMV6
04-22-08, 12:11 AM
So what kind of drop did you see with those springs... I was thinking that it will be in the neighborrhood of around 30mm but it could be more... Do you have any issues with tires rubbing because as I can see those are really wide in the rear... I am running a 245 tire in the back with a 12mm offset and they come pretty close but no issues so far...
The fronts are just right on mine...

MyOpel
04-22-08, 02:46 AM
No rubbing at all, lots of clearance. When these tires wear out Iím planning on going with 275 in the rear and 245 in the front. Iíve gone around some fast corners and gone over some big bumps and all tires are fine, no scars on the sidewalls no rubbing sound. I didnít measure before and after because my driveway is uneven and results would be off. 30mm is about right, as you can see there is still plenty of ground clearance and speed bumps are not something I need to avoid.

elvin315
04-22-08, 07:35 AM
The car is looking good. Love those wheels. Glad to hear the V8 project is progressing. We can't all be as lucky as you and use genuine Catera Concept parts on our cars. The following is a list of substitutes for the Steinmetz pieces. Some are upgrades, some OE replacements. The links are informational only. Shop around for the best prices. I limited this to springs, struts, and shocks. I have added to my list of bushings and will post it if anyone wants.

Intrax Lowering Springs: Part # INT-25-1-001
http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?part=INT%2D25%2D1%2D001&FROM=MG
Lower the car 1.6 inch (40.6mm) front and 1.4 inch (35.5mm) rear.

VOGTLAND Lowering Springs: part # 955120
http://vogtlandsuspension.com/p71/Cadillac-Catera-|-97---01-Lowering-Springs/product_info.html
Lower the car 1.2 inch (30mm) F&R.

Eibach Lowering Springs: part # E-6532-140
http://www.eibach-uk.com/
Lower the car 1.2 inches (30mm) F&R.

Koni Sport Struts & Shocks:
-Sport Strut: part # 8610-1315Sport (insert in OE strut; externally adjustable for rebound)
-Sport Shock: part # 80-2591Sport (non-air, must disable self leveling; rebound adjustment made before installation)
http://store.summitracing.com
Struts & Shocks: Sport ride.

KYB GR2:
-Strut: # 334903
-Strut Mount: part # SM5285
-Shock Mount: part # SM5287
-Strut Boot & Bumpstop: part # SB101
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/index.cfm?mode=results&selected_model=3755&selected_year=2001
Strut only. OEM ride. No adjustments.

Monroe:
Sensatrac Strut: part # 71503 (Twin-tube low pressure gas unit similiar to OEM)
Max-Air Rear Shocks: part # MA825 (For use with self leveling)
Upper Mount: part # 903932
Front Boot & Bumpstop: part # 63619
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/index.cfm?mode=results&selected_model=3755&selected_year=2001

ACDELCO Strut: part # 506592 {#09192250} Right / # 506591 {#09192249} Left
http://www.rockauto.com/
Factory Replacement w/o SPORT APPEARANCE PKG (RPO-TV5)

ACDELCO Strut: part # 506594 {#09192292} Right / # 506593 {#09192291} Left
http://www.rockauto.com/
Factory Replacement w/SPORT APPEARANCE PKG (RPO-TV5)

ACDELCO Part # 560227 {#72119084}
ABSORBER,RR SHK w/o SPORT APPEARANCE PKG (RPO-TV5)
http://www.rockauto.com
Factory Replacement - Catera

ACDELCO Part # 560228 {#72119087}
ABSORBER,RR SHK w/SPORT APPEARANCE PKG (RPO-TV5)
http://www.rockauto.com
Factory Replacement - Catera Sport

Gabriel Ultra Strut: part # G56769
http://www.gabriel.com
OE replacement

NOTE: The following rear shock absorbers are for the 2004 Pontiac GTO. Owners who have used them assure me they will fit. Try at your own risk. GTO front struts will not fit. Front & Rear springs will fit.

MONROE SENSATRAC Rear: part # 5786
ACDELCO Rear Shock: part # 560595 {#92157266}
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php
OE Replacements for 2004 Pontiac GTO. Non-air; Not adjustable.

Elvin

MyOpel
04-22-08, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the compliment.
Anyone here could have had the rims and suspension. The auctions were posted on this forum and I was amazed to be the only one to bid on the rims and one other person bid on the suspension. unfortunately i had competition for the eibach swaybars and lost that auction.

Can add these Bilstiens (B4, B6, B8) to your list, you can find them for sale on uk or German ebay they are usually less then 1/2 the price of Konis and perform just as well (you just arenít able to adjust them).
http://www.carparts-cat.com/pkw/parts/artliste.asp?SID=0000992458273793018004&ID=84,3466,3861,0,1,1,1&GID=854,171&NID=0,11,121

Also if you want to spend a good chunk of money KW makes a coilover kit for the omega
http://www.kwsuspensions.de/uk/30_Products/60_Product_Finder/index.php?modell_1=Omega%20B&level=3&hersteller_1=VAUXHALL&gruppe=all&zeile=8

In my opinion Koni, Bilstein and KW are the only options for performance shocks the rest are stock replacement (or softer then stock) and expect to replace them more frequently.

CateraMV6
04-22-08, 02:22 PM
You should take some side pics so we can compare...
My CS has about 2fingers maybe a little over 40mm to the edge of the fender with teh 18s on there... so I wonder if I drop 30mm that is gonna rub for sure...



Ohhh and BTW I was the other person that was trying to get the suspension but I couldn't decided if I wanted it or not... I like the way mine rides and I didn't want to have another stiff car... I already have a Track car that will rattle your teeth filings off... so this is my luxy ride... I was thinking about a KW set up and thats what I am saving money for...

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/CateraMV6/DSC00728.jpg
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/CateraMV6/DSC00733.jpg

MyOpel
04-22-08, 10:17 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0646.jpg

MyOpel
05-31-08, 11:47 AM
Not too much to update but there is some progress being made.
The other week I pulled the engine out of the garage and did a mock up of all the conversion parts required to install the engine.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0673.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0670.jpg
I also got the bigger brakes installed on the car and they work great!
Front
-13.1Ē omega V8 rotor
-C6 Corvette Z51 caliper
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0682-1.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0702.jpg
Rear
-12Ē Omega V8 rotor
-Omega V8 2 piston caliper
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0695.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0696.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0699.jpg

CateraMV6
05-31-08, 08:04 PM
Wow, the brakes fit just fine, I bet you can tell the improvement in power... the only thing that puzzles me is how on earth do you have a sport catera, and a non vented rear brakes... mine has the same exact set as the one you upgraded to, not sure about the size but a similar looking caliper and vented rotors...

Also for the fronts did you use the corvette calipers on the GTO brackets? or did you actually use the Corvette supplied brackets? I was looking at those at one point and I was told you had to drill out the holes to fit those calipers on the GTO brackets...

Other then that the car is looking stunning, Im jealous, and I am seriously considering dropping mine...it will look so sexy lowered...

elvin315
05-31-08, 11:11 PM
From what I understand, the vented rear discs were a mid-production change. Not all 2001 Sports got them. All the 2002 Cateras would have. MyOpel's, car must have been built early in the production run. Opel probably used the remaining stock of solid discs before installing the venteds.

My car didn't get the vented discs either. I'll upgrade later. Most of the brake power is up front anyway. I'd get the vented rears only for bragging rights. Dimpled & slotted to match my fronts too. Can't have you guys have all the good stuff. :duck:

Elvin

MyOpel: I assume the rear calipers are wider for the vented discs, right? Do you have The part number?

MyOpel
06-01-08, 06:43 AM
MV6 Thanks
Elvin answered you first question.
For the front brakes I used the factory Corvette Z51 brackets with my custom designed T6061 aluminum brackets here are some pics mounted to a spear spindle.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0650.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0648.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0662.jpg
Elvin, yes the rears are wider but Iím using the v8 calipers so they are mounted further out to accommodate the larger v8 rotor and also use a different break line. So even if I gave you the part number they wouldn't fit. You can find the factory vented calipers on rockauto.

CateraMV6
06-02-08, 01:41 AM
Wow, thats some crazy mod, but I dont know if I can trust that piece of aluminium, somethign about high stress and heat situation... I would hate to be surprieed some day by no brakes right when you need them... not saying that it wont work its just something I wouldnt mess with.

So the Corvette calliper, you think it will fit the GTO bracket? the GTO guys say you have to drill out the mounting holes to make them fit... is that true? is it even worth it, just to say you got Corvette brakes on your car, I guess not but I am always experimenting with options...

My cat is getting engine work done for the next two weeks, so I might get a set of calipers, and new pads, and maybe some new rotors and I will post pics right away...

Warez
06-03-08, 03:15 AM
Wow, thats some crazy mod, but I dont know if I can trust that piece of aluminium, somethign about high stress and heat situation... I would hate to be surprieed some day by no brakes right when you need them... not saying that it wont work its just something I wouldnt mess with.

Aftermarket big brake kits from Brembo, Wilwood el at. all use machined aluminum adapter brackets as well. So it will not be a problem.

The factory Dodge Viper uses a Brembo caliper with the radial bolt mounting design with aluminum brackets as well.

elvin315
07-14-08, 11:24 PM
Just a bump. It's been a month now. Any news?

Elvin

MyOpel
07-14-08, 11:58 PM
Sorry not much news, did the tie rods and now i need to do an alignment.
New camshaft is in the motor, rod bolts have been replaced with ARP bolts. I just need to do the valve springs and the motor can go back together.

I also want to say hello to the opel-hecktriebler-forum members visiting :sunnynana:

MyOpel
07-24-08, 08:40 PM
Alignment Done
Valve springs have been installed but the chromemolly push rods are not the right length. I need to either buy the adjustable tool or just get different size PR until I find the right length (leaning towards getting the tool lol)
I also bought larger injectors so they should be here in the next week or so.
Once you start modding you cant stop!!

Pic:
First 2 springs are stock single springs referred to as bee hive springs because the diameter gets smaller towards the top.
The rest are the double springs with titanium retainers. Why 2 you ask. Because the second is a fail safe incase the first spring brakes you wont drop the valve into the motor.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0777.jpg

CateraMV6
07-25-08, 07:49 AM
The 99 Sport that I have been digging into for parts turns out that it had some sort of a V8 in it but the guy scrapped the project after he got it running and all because of some clearance issues that scared him and also it got hit in the front end and maybe that whole thing pushed him off but you can see the custom motor mounts he did and all the clearance issues he had around the firewall and ABS unit... but it looked like it will work...

MyOpel
07-25-08, 04:14 PM
Sounds like he used the older style V8, those motors only came with rear sump oil pans and in order to clear the cross member needs to be mounted really far back. The GTO oil pan is a front sump and it places the back of the motor where the back of the stock motor is. The sub frame i have also moves the engine over to the passengers side by about 1.5". The kit also came with brake lines and bracket to relocate the abs unit.
basically this is how my conversion will look:
http://www.opel-hecktriebler-forum.de/misc/uploads/forum/751_FT3_146o.jpg
My guess is that the guy with the 99 boild the brake fluid in the abs unit and lost the ability to stop causing the front end collision. Could be thatís what scared him from fixing it up again.

aidsxcore
07-28-08, 11:12 PM
What could he not stop from colliding?
o.O

details please =P

elvin315
07-29-08, 12:18 AM
What could he not stop from colliding?
o.O

details please =P


If the ABS valve thingy is too close to a heat source (aka: big honkin' V8 engine) the brake fluid can boil. The Mastercylinder can't push the fluid due to the bubbles in the circuit, ergo no brakes.

Elvin

calicago
07-30-08, 08:23 PM
WOW man you put that thing on steriods I wish I had the time and money :banghead:. Besides I don't think my wife would let me do that to her baby:crying2:

Black02SLPSS
09-01-08, 03:15 PM
Im watching to see how this one goes. Im very interested in it. Oh and please do a good write up on getting the wiring to work. Are you planning on keeping the tracion control and abs?

MyOpel
09-10-08, 03:54 AM
Sorry guys not much to update, have been very busy with work.
Got the injectors, white giants 42# vs. the stock 26# hehe
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0779.jpg
Pic of the rotating assembly with ARP rod bolts
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0807.jpg
Black 02 Camaro SS with SLP package (am I right?)
The ABS is a stand alone system so it will be simple to keep it but the traction control system is more complicated and speaks a different computer language then the ECM so I can't be bothered to make this work also considering how much I hate having to turn this off every time I drive the car.
There are some good write-ups on ls1tech about wiring, I will likely be getting a lot of info from that site. Once I'm done with the wiring I'll let you guys know what needs to be done.

Black02SLPSS
09-10-08, 05:30 AM
Im not sure if this will help or not. But I was was on that module masters website looking to see how much it will cost to get the EBTCM rebuilt for my catera and i found out that the catera uses the same module that my camaro does. Its a bosch 5.3 module. And since they are the same they might speak the same language? I know that the camaro has 4 wheel speed sensors and that it pulls timing and fuel when the tcs kicks in, similar in the way the caddy does. But i agree with you about turning it off. Oh and by the way thats a good lookin motor. How much did those injectors run you? Oh and yes i have the SLP 345 horse center exhaust package on my camaro

MyOpel
09-10-08, 07:10 AM
bought the injectors used for about $200
You're forgetting about the TCM
http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7848457&postcount=47

Black02SLPSS
09-10-08, 10:02 AM
Interesting read. Your right, it seems like it would be a pain to get that to work. Has that Hans Gruber guy finished his swap or is he still working on it?

calicago
10-06-08, 06:07 PM
Dude are you done yet

MyOpel
10-09-08, 09:50 AM
It's not easy doing an engine swap on a Daily Driver, especially when you need it daily. There is a slim possibility that I'll do the swap over the winter but it's most likely going to take place early next summer when I have the Corvette back on the road as backup.

calicago
10-14-08, 02:21 PM
Well Guy take your time and we will just stay here and salivate and drool all day untill you are done THEN WE WILL FEAST. And to all you guys that drive civics.........EAT YOUR HEART OUT:stirpot:

CateraMV6
10-14-08, 03:14 PM
I wish we can get some Tech people to get together, come visit you and do a weekend swap get most of the stuff in and then just leave it to you to finish the electronics...

I am sure it cant be that bad of a swap? especially since you got most of the parts already.

I wonder how much the swap cost you so far? I am thinking of pickin up a local 5.7L GTO and doing a blower on it and call it a day... can have a 400+hp car for under 15k that looks great...

Black02SLPSS
10-14-08, 09:24 PM
And to all you guys that drive civics.........EAT YOUR HEART OUT:stirpot:

Out of curiosity, whats with this sentence to finish off your posts?:hmm:

MyOpel
10-19-08, 03:25 AM
I wish we can get some Tech people to get together, come visit you and do a weekend swap get most of the stuff in and then just leave it to you to finish the electronics...

I am sure it cant be that bad of a swap? especially since you got most of the parts already.

I wonder how much the swap cost you so far? I am thinking of pickin up a local 5.7L GTO and doing a blower on it and call it a day... can have a 400+hp car for under 15k that looks great...
It's not a problem of doing it it's more of a facility issue, i need extended access to a 2 post lift because everything needs to come out the bottom and to rout the brake lines the rear sub frame needs to come out. I also don't want to rush things so when i get my other car on the road again I won't have to worry about that.
So far I'm still under 10k including all the performance parts i have bought (roughly $2000) however i still need to get a performance clutch and the manual omega components from Germany and that might push the price to the 10k mark. also keep in mind i got a low k motor with 6speed that was a huge premium over an auto higher k motor. had i gone the auto root i think just over 5k would have been possible.
I say go for the GTO, when i started this conversion we were not allowed to import them. about 2 months ago our government decided finally to harmonize our bumper standards. :banghead:
If you do get SC contact Arun at Canadian performance, best blower tuner out there no problem getting that 5.7 over 500 Safe rwhp itís worth the trip up here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbOhPCJIREY

CateraMV6
12-01-08, 08:08 AM
Any update on this? where is the car standing at this point?

MyOpel
12-03-08, 05:07 PM
The car isn't standing it was hauling my butt to my new job over 100 km (65miles) one way every morning until I moved this past weekend. Because I work for an auto manufacturer, not one on the verge of bankruptcy but the pressure is still there. I'm being very careful where I spend my money before Christmas. In the New Year I should be in a better position to get the rest of the components from Europe. So all I have to update is that I got an LS6 intake and installed it on the motor along with the new injectors. I also made a trip down to Lingenfelter about a month ago to pickup some parts I was still missing from the kit. My work gives me access to a proper shop where I may be able to do the conversion, only problem is the car must be rolled out of the shop before it closes (can't leave it on the hoist over night). If thing go well at work I'll probably do the conversion sometime around March or April. But if the roomers are true and production shuts down for a few weeks in the New Year the conversion will probably happen in the summer.

CateraMV6
12-04-08, 08:00 AM
Its great to hear on the progress bud, certainly keep us updated, I on the other had have been researching a 2JZ-GTE Swap from a supra... but as you can imagine the supra engines are super expensive and another way to go is a Lexus or any 2JZ motor from another car, with the proper internals and a Toyota gearbox... the package fits like a charm, there is one other Omega running this swap in Chicago, but I cant seem to find the guy at all... I was talking to a local Supra Tuner shop and they said they did the swap for him, and it cost him around 11K... out the door... so I am seriously leaning this way... thos monsters can put out 600-1000hp... with a turn of the boost pressure valve.

iiF3LiXii
01-08-09, 09:00 AM
How's is coming?>

MyOpel
03-15-09, 06:31 PM
Sorry for not updating for so long. Unfortunately things arenít going as smooth as I had hoped but this conversion will happen this year. I have purchased the Omega pedals and had them sent to a family member in Germany. At the absolute latest Iíll start ripping my car apart at the end of June.

CateraMV6
Are you going to do the 2jz swap? I always believed our cars should have had an inline 6, if i was in Europe I would have tried to do an imitation lotus omega TT motor. Just don't get hung up on those power #. Turning up the boost isn't going to get you 600+hp.

CateraMV6
03-15-09, 08:58 PM
Sorry for not updating for so long. Unfortunately things arenít going as smooth as I had hoped but this conversion will happen this year. I have purchased the Omega pedals and had them sent to a family member in Germany. At the absolute latest Iíll start ripping my car apart at the end of June.

CateraMV6
Are you going to do the 2jz swap? I always believed our cars should have had an inline 6, if i was in Europe I would have tried to do an imitation lotus omega TT motor. Just don't get hung up on those power #. Turning up the boost isn't going to get you 600+hp.


Turning up the boost isnt going to do 600hp but there are so many parts for those cars and so many shops that work on them and know them well that I am sure one can be put in the car for somewhere between 4-6k... maybe more depending on the upgrades... but seen it happen before and it sounds like a nice upgrade to me...

:duck: V8s are awesome but theres nothing like the rush of power when that turbo spools and the rear tires loose it... . LOL...

I cant wait to see that V8 Catera man...
As for mine I doubt I will be doing any upgrades any time soon..
This guy from the euro forum had swapped the 2.0L Ecotec motor good for about 260hp... and a buch of weight savings so I am debating if I should go that way or spare some money and get a used 2001-2003 M5... and call it a day...

CateraMV6
03-20-09, 09:44 AM
BTW Saw this car on youtube...is that your Catera?

Looks like it may have Steinmetz wheels and yours is the only one I can think of at the moment..

YouTube - SCION VS CADILLAC CATERA

MyOpel
03-20-09, 09:59 PM
No, looks like it's a 97-99

funkyskier74070
06-01-09, 08:16 AM
This appears to be the most up to date thread on the Catera V-8 conversion projects, so I will try to keep people up to speed who are interested in my conversion project. I have purchased the last kit from Jason at Lingenfelter and have begun converting my 2001 Catera over to a V-8. This car was my wifes daily driver and the engine took a crap at just over 100k miles. Very disappointing to say the least. The engine and transmission has been removed and we are waiting on the parts from Jason. Hopefully, with the car gods on our side this conversion will move along quickly. Fortunately, my father is retired and an LS engine freak. He is looking forward to the project and its challenges. I will throw together a crappy little website to document the project, check back for the URL. Thanks to everyone who has posted to these conversion threads, they are very informative.

elvin315
06-01-09, 12:36 PM
I want to hear more about your project but You really should start your own thread. It's considered rude to hijack another's. It's great that you have your father to help you. Seeing that he's an LS1 lover he probably has a well equipped garage. I always wanted to build a car with my son but it never happened. Good luck to you both.

MyOpel
07-31-09, 09:11 PM
It has begun....

MyOpel
08-04-09, 05:13 PM
Some more parts and my flywheel resurfaced
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_15001.jpg
engine removed!
zUtmJAdUoTs

elvin315
08-04-09, 06:56 PM
Loved the vid. Watched it at least 3 times. I can spot the ball joints and rear/vertical bushings for the front lower control arm. I also see some black bushings I can't ID. What are they? I see fancy colored polyurethane bushings too. The rear trailing arm bushings I know about, but are those red poly anti-sway bar bushings I see? Where did you find them? Are they front or rear? Are those grease fittings on them? Sorry for all the questions but I'd love to add them to my Suspension Upgrades file. Those and any other bushings you have, poly or rubber. You know what a nut I am for bushings.

R-Caddy
08-04-09, 08:03 PM
Man, I can't wait for this mechanic to finish my buddy's 83 Malibu Wagon build. I'm next :)

MyOpel
08-04-09, 11:09 PM
Thanks

The big black ones just under the blue ones are GTO subframe bushings from energy suspensions they have 2 versions street and race the ones you see are race. not sure if they work yet, will let you know.

Prothane front universal greaseable poly 26mm sway bar bushings. You can buy them at jegs.

the ones in the bottom of the pic are for the horizontal front control arm. i accidently ordered the wrong M5 bushings and when i saw the price for the right ones i figured i'd try to make the wrong ones fit. thats a metal band around them to compensate for the low spot.

MyOpel
08-08-09, 10:59 PM
the width of the bushings are fine the center diameter is nice and tight, i just had to cut down the shoulders and press them in place. used a vice and lots of grease.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_1507.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_1509.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_1512.jpg

Jea3cd
10-24-09, 11:39 AM
I'm new here, and been watching your build. Wanted to know how its going? I'm looking at a 2000 Cattera, that might need an engine. So I was watching your build to see if its something I wanted 2 do.

R-Caddy
10-24-09, 12:39 PM
I believe there is another LS1 build topic. Also check out my "Project CATERROR" thread. Don't mean to jack up yours, MyOpel, but 2 or 3 heads are going to be better than 1 ;) We will have to share our knowledge. And then a track... :D

MyOpel
10-29-09, 12:02 AM
been busy and didn't have good weather on my free days so progress is slow.

v8 front subframe is in and the front suspension is mounted.
rear subframe is out right now-poly gto rear forward bushings fit!
all v8 brake lines are mounted
slave cylinder and clutch pedal is mounted to the car
custom ac bracket worked over and installed on the engine

Jea3cd
save your money and buy a v8 car. When I committed to this project the price of an lsx car was much higher and we were not able to import the gto to Canada.
Consider:
98-02 Camaro/firebird
04-06 GTO
04-08 CTS-V
You can even find some great deals on 97-04 corvettes
Not trying to discourage a conversion but keep in mind there will be a lot of customizing time and effort to convert. Also there are no longer any conversion kits available.

R-Caddy
no problem, hope to have some fun at the track next spring.

CateraMV6
02-11-10, 11:39 PM
How is the project coming along?

yomincarr
03-14-10, 11:53 PM
no problem, hope to have some fun at the track next spring.


ok its almost spring show us some pics lol :-) also if youd like to add a how to with pics, theres another forum :
http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/forum.htm

omega v8 norway
10-23-10, 01:31 PM
hello

i have buyed a omega/catera v8 kit and my kit is missing the front subframe.
does any one have Ś subframe an can make some measuring for me??

i need the dimension on the engin mounts and its location measured fron holes in the subframe

HandsomeManDiscount
10-24-10, 03:52 PM
That thing is gonna be so bad ass!

BattleCAT
04-30-11, 09:12 AM
Any news on this swap? How's it going? Seemed to be fairly far along. Planning to start this swap in a few days and this has been the most helpfull thread.

MyOpel
04-30-11, 03:41 PM
Hey guys! sorry i havenít updated this tread in a while. I have put the project on the back burner over the past year because of job changes and i bought a house. now that i have all the parts and car in one place i can get back to it. Changes since my last posting:
-Diff is mounted in rear sub frame and back in the car
-slp gto rear sway bar is mounted to the sub frame, still need to make custom end links because the sway bar ends are slightly offset to the mounts on the control arm.
-abs module is mounted in the new location
-custom hydraulic clutch line with factory camaro disconnect has been fabricated and installed.

here is where the fun starts *sarcasm* i had the engine in the engine bay. Unfortunately using the prototype engine mounts there is not enough room in the transmission tunnel for the massive t56. Right now i have beat the trans tunnel to provide more clearance, cut the sheet metal by the cabin air filter to give the valve cover clearance and am working on custom engine mounts to lower the engine and transmission about 3/4"

as you can see the front of the engine is too high because the trans cant come up all the way.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4976.jpg

removed the insulation, green=where i beat the trans tunnel, red where i ground down studs that held the heatshields
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4999-2.jpg

where i cut a hole, cardboard template for new sheet metal:
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4996-2.jpg

diff comparison:
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_1595.jpg

BattleCAT
05-01-11, 01:27 AM
Everything looks great. The ultimate sleeper if you ask me. Nice attention to detail. I hope mine turns out half as nice as this. I will be doing full F-body everything. You know since its there. I just need a day off to get the motor out of the Catera and begin fabbing.

I do have one question: Wouldn't it have been better to located the ABS module where the battery resides and relocate the battery to the trunk? That's probably what I will have to do so I can use the bigger factory F-body accessories.

It seems as though the kit is not really as simple as it seems. Keep up the great work and thanks for showing what it takes to make this happen.

elvin315
05-02-11, 05:59 PM
It seems as though the kit is not really as simple as it seems.

The parts aquired from Lingenfelter are in no way a kit. They are the Omega V8 factory parts made to fit a redesigned Omega B chassis, altered to accept the V8 engine and ancillary parts.

BattleCAT
05-03-11, 11:51 AM
Got it. So what you are saying is after you get your engine and trans mounted. Lingenfelter supplies the parts to make it resemble a factory installation.

CateraMV6
05-03-11, 08:19 PM
Good project but its shocking to see so much mods required to use the V8 Kit... now I wonder what engine and trans combo the V8 Omega was going to use... 5.7L with a 5spd auto?

MyOpel
05-04-11, 08:38 PM
I do have one question: Wouldn't it have been better to located the ABS module where the battery resides and relocate the battery to the trunk? That's probably what I will have to do so I can use the bigger factory F-body accessories.

The Opel/Lingenfelter parts came with all the brake lines and brackets to move it to that location. it basically moved it up about 6" so it's not directly beside the exhaust manifold.

Good project but its shocking to see so much mods required to use the V8 Kit... now I wonder what engine and trans combo the V8 Omega was going to use... 5.7L with a 5spd auto?
LS1 with 4L60E (4 speed auto) rated at 315HP was supposed to go in. the panel i cut is about 1square foot and just bonded in with sealer, in production they would have just put in a different one.
red arrows are the areas i have clearance issues with in the transmission tunnel, as you see the 4l60e beside it is smaller in all these areas.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/transcomp.png

CateraMV6
05-04-11, 08:41 PM
So I take it the V8 was going to be AUTO only, which is probably why it was going to be an easier fit...

Either way a little fabrication wont hurt no one... I think soon we will have two black V8 Cateras!

elvin315
05-05-11, 07:25 PM
Re: the LSD. Omega LSDs pop up occasionally on Ebay/UK. They're usually off Police versions and are a direct fit. I don't know their HP limit so that might be a problem but a quick question to any UK Omega forum will yield that answer.

BattleCAT
05-06-11, 01:59 AM
As far as the LSD goes. GTO diffs ($300 ebay) and axles ($40 ebay) seem to be relatively cheap and can be sourced stateside with a better 3.46 ratio and LSD already installed. I think Catera V installed one but is only saying it is difficult. Maybe he will chime in and shed some light on that one. I would like to know more on that.

IvoryWhiteCatera
05-06-11, 02:58 AM
Someone should try this on a 1997-1998 Catera.:cool2:

elvin315
05-07-11, 01:29 PM
Someone should try this on a 1997-1998 Catera.:cool2:

It's already been done. No details on it. Found it posted for sale last year I think.
http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/4274/2385739460048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

Notice the clutch pedal.
http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/46466/2563528190048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

LS1
http://inlinethumb28.webshots.com/48475/2017378940048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

MyOpel
05-07-11, 02:56 PM
As far as the LSD goes. GTO diffs ($300 ebay) and axles ($40 ebay) seem to be relatively cheap and can be sourced stateside with a better 3.46 ratio and LSD already installed. I think Catera V installed one but is only saying it is difficult. Maybe he will chime in and shed some light on that one. I would like to know more on that.

omega lsd diffs are the same as stock just with the lsd in them, so strength is the same. probably good to about an absolute max of 300hp depending on how sticky you tires are. gto diff wil NOT work unless you custom cast a new diff cover and make some brackets to mount it into the subframe. 90% sure catera V has the same pre production diff that i have. the hard part about installing this diff is we need custom cv shafts.

CateraMV6
05-08-11, 07:35 PM
I bet the OEM will last quite a bit, after all its always venting through one or the other tires.. .and with normal sized tires it will probably be fine. Now if you go to the drag strip and you try to launch it hard on a sticky surface you may snap an axle or the diff itself but usually things like this are over designed to take the abuse of any possible conditions. Normal engineering standards, or I should say minimum ones are SF3.0 which is 3 times more then the maximum operating loads... so if the OEM was designed to handle 200hp engine, roughly 150rwhp that would apply through it I think it will take 400-450 at which point it will start to give problems.

Seen quite a few cars run double or triple the amounts of hp without any issues on the drive train side especially the rear diff... Not sure the GTO rear diff is mountable to the catera chassis, but someone has to confirm on that. From what I remember on pictures comparisons they are different.

MyOpel
05-08-11, 10:30 PM
lol it all depends on how you drive. if you don't ever hit full throttle from a dig... hell you could have 700hp+ and be fine but just ask gto, c5/c6 corvette, and cts-v owners how their factory diffs (all larger then the cats) faired with 350-450hp.

BattleCAT
05-09-11, 03:34 AM
Check this out http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/228281-pics-your-modded-cat.html

Read post #8. I am pretty sure the Catera V sports the GTO diff now. The owner seems to be taunting me.:canttalk:

Catera V any input.:suspense:

IvoryWhiteCatera
05-09-11, 05:19 AM
Check this out http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/228281-pics-your-modded-cat.html

Read post #8. I am pretty sure the Catera V sports the GTO diff now. The owner seems to be taunting me.:canttalk:

Catera V any input.:suspense:


It's already been done. No details on it. Found it posted for sale last year I think.
http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/4274/2385739460048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

Notice the clutch pedal.
http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/46466/2563528190048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

LS1
http://inlinethumb28.webshots.com/48475/2017378940048927869S500x500Q85.jpg

i wonder how much it went for.

Swap doesn't look too bad either.

It's starting to make me drool right now, in fact.

MyOpel
05-09-11, 10:37 AM
Check this out http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/228281-pics-your-modded-cat.html

Read post #8. I am pretty sure the Catera V sports the GTO diff now. The owner seems to be taunting me.:canttalk:

Catera V any input.:suspense:

He has the same BTR (omega V8) diff as i have. Post 21
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/173956-catera-v-2.html#post1935378

BattleCAT
05-10-11, 01:16 AM
That was two years ago. His 2011 post says he has a GTO diff. A lot an happen in two years. I vote he has it. Making it even more awesome and 6th gear more usable. Considering the car and the owner I would say highly likely. Only he knows for sure so until he replies we can both be correct.

MyOpel
06-24-11, 12:29 PM
I made some wood motor mounts that are 3/4" shorter than the omega v8 mounts and now the engine fits! now to make the mounts out of aluminum.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00077-20110610-2212.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/265144_10150208281682443_508657442_7470485_4027523 _n.jpg

MoistCabbage
06-25-11, 12:32 AM
Sorry for leaving you guys hanging haha. I would have thought some of you might have seen the Y57XE in my avatar by now.
I bought the kit from Lingenfelter several months ago
In January I picked up this LS1+T56(6 speed) from a 2000 Trans AM WS6 with only 18k on it. This motor was rated at 320hp
Base Camaroís and Firebirds are rated at 305 and the corvette is rated at 350. Essentially the ls1 long block is the same the only differences that effect performance are the intake and exhaust.
I still have plenty to do before I can put this motor in. Iím in the process of removing all the firebird accessories then I plan on mounting the engine on an engine stand so it is simpler to install the GTO oil pan and a little something to help performance :)
I hope to remove the v6 in the summer but seeing as this is my daily driver there may be delays. As with all custom projects I will probably hit a few speed bumps along the way. Iím trying to figure everything out before starting the swap in hopes to minimize delays.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_0136.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4830.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG_4829.jpg

Yup, looks like an average day in my living room.

BattleCAT
07-10-11, 02:18 AM
Glad to see you got it to fit. Great fabrication skills. I started a new job and have had no time to work on my Cat.:crying2:

MyOpel
11-13-11, 02:34 AM
alu motor mounts
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00109-20110928-2143.jpg
trans cross member and exhaust hanger test fit
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00100-20110826-0100.jpg
modded GTO shifter
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00095-20110711-1549.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00116-20111106-1654.jpg

BattleCAT
11-14-11, 08:12 AM
Thats what I'm talking about! Looks great. And those motor mounts are Awesome. I am nursing a semi right now. Fans, radiator, coolant bottle, covers in place, shifter mounted. Looks like you're almost ready to ride.
Again, great information on a stellar build.
Just one question. The GTO shifter came up there naturally or did you have to bend it a little?

MyOpel
11-19-11, 09:14 PM
Just one question. The GTO shifter came up there naturally or did you have to bend it a little?
Thanks. The shifter (part attached to trany) is a factory f-body Hurst, the stick and knob is from a gto and fits the shifter but the knob is on an angle so i had to pop the knob off the shaft and grind a new grove into the shaft. in the picture the shifter is actually in 2nd gear and if i were to put it in first my knuckles would hit the ashtray. i still need to make a plate to relocate it about 2.5" back.

Catera V
11-26-11, 01:00 AM
Check this out http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/228281-pics-your-modded-cat.html

Read post #8. I am pretty sure the Catera V sports the GTO diff now. The owner seems to be taunting me.:canttalk:

Catera V any input.:suspense: Hi, I have not been on for awhile. As you have stated it is not a kit just a place to start. The parts came from GM. We got them to convert some development Catera's to LS1 configuration from Opel. Other mods will be required. The GTO diff is a good installation. The rear covers will exchange but the front mounting is completely different and changes to the front of the diff must be made. I think the GTO guts will fit in the 3.07 from the kit but I did not confirm it. Another alternative might be the GTO subframe into the Catera but I do not know about width, investigation would be required. You only have to shorten the Lh drive axle. The extra diff width is all on that side. T1

BattleCAT
11-26-11, 02:43 PM
Catera V,
Do you still have the 3.08 from the kit? Very interested if you do. Seems like the easy way to get the GTO diff in a Catera. Im sure if the cover fits the internals fit. Also is there a part number for the cover? Thanks

vziggs
12-08-11, 09:05 AM
I have one of the few kits from Lingenfelter for sale. Was all set up to do the swap and unfortunately had some expenses come up. Was forced to sell the Catera and now the kit.
There is a bunch of stuff here- I would like to sell it all together as I purchased it.

If anyone has any interest and wants to make an offer, please pm or call me at 6o3-2o4-745o.

Thanks, Jim

BattleCAT
12-09-11, 12:54 PM
Very interested. What all does it include? How much to ship to TX 77541? Not sure how to PM.

vziggs
12-09-11, 02:21 PM
Very interested. What all does it include? How much to ship to TX 77541? Not sure how to PM.

I don't want to tie up the thread. Please shoot me an email and I can give you the details. Here is my address (J.traffie@live.com)
If you would like, feel free to call my cell which is posted on the previous reply.

Thanks!

MyOpel
08-20-12, 02:32 PM
Hey guys! I haven't given up on this project.. Just movingalong very slowly. I've got a lot done but still have lots to do.
Things i've done:
-made a cv shaft from 2 catera shafts
-revised custom transmission mount
-fabricated a cover for the hole i had to cut into the HVACair filter area
-reinstalled HVAC air filter, cowl, and wipers
-hooked up the vacuum lines
-All AC lines connected and secured
-power steering lines connected and fluid filled
-made a custom line for the evap system
-most of the cooling lines hooked up and fabricated 3 ofthem
-made custom mount for ECU
Currently working on a custom 4" intake
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/cvshaft.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e294/75Stingray/My%20Catera/IMG00005-20120209-0203.jpg

BattleCAT
03-08-13, 11:41 PM
Its been 6 months. I figured I would check to see how this project is going. It seems like you are much further along than I pretend to be.

I am up to the wiring but in no way have I addressed the HVAC system. Wanna here the LS1 run first.

Get us up to speed. Have you been secretly terrorizing Toronto? Keep up the good work.