Hot Rod Week to Wicked, Day 4

We knocked out a big chunk of work today, the fourth day of HOT ROD’s Week to Wicked build presented by Duralast. Our 1969 Chevelle is that much closer to running with a new drivetrain: an LS3 from Gandrud Chevrolet, a 4L60E from Gearstar, and a Strange Engineering S60 with an Eaton Posi differential- a definite improvement over the high-mileage 350 and 8.2-inch 10-bolt the car drove in here with.

Today, we finished plumbing the brake system, ran all the fuel lines, and wired the engine. We’re using Holley’s new Terminator X Max engine management system, an affordable, yet comprehensive stand-alone system. The harness is easy to install, and basically just needs a power source and ground to get the engine running. The ECM will also control the transmission, so we won’t need a separate box for that. After tightening the torque converter, we assembled Hooker stainless-steel three-inch exhaust system, which includes an x-pipe and Hooker’s welded VR304 mufflers. We can’t wait to hear this thing running tomorrow. Our driveshaft from OC Driveline and American Racing wheels arrived today, so we’re optimistic that the build will finish on time.

We’re running through the checklist of things to do tomorrow, and that list isn’t terribly long. We will be adding all the fluids, greasing all the suspension joints, installing the new Dakota Digital gauge cluster, and doing a final check of all the wiring, plumbing, and fasteners.

































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