Custom 500+ Horsepower LS6 1972 TVR Vixen Wide Body build

Custom 500+ Horsepower LS6 1972 TVR Vixen Wide Body build

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BadassVixen

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56 posts

58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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The TVR looks a lot different with the nose work done, and here it is back on the car. Boy does it look a lot more aggressive and a much higher price point in my opinion? There will be some sort of Front Aero and Canard System that will kind of change things up a bit with its overall appearance, so that should take some of the emphasis off of the Fish Comments others have made. LOL

The last pic is before we started and we were just joking about the What If Project at our local O'Reilly's, and there is a very dramatic difference so far..














BadassVixen

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58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Well I have the control arms all sorted and the mounting tacked together, along with the best mounting position for the Ridetech Triple Adjust coil overs giving use a base adjustable ride height of 7 inches measured from the bottom of the center frame rails, but that is fully adjustable up or down from that point.
The new control arms give us great clearance for proper steering with the 18x10in wheels now that new arms are narrower avoid contact with inner barrel of the wheel, I had to redesign them because the previous wider control arms didn't allow adequate steering due to sitting so deep in the wheel that the lower control arm made contact way too early. The Ford power rack and pinion worked out great for steering, and the full lock to lock within the rack and pinion works perfectly for this application, so there is no need to add any steering stop tabs anywhere for one less item to deal with in the grand scheme of things.
















BadassVixen

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56 posts

58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Ok it is feedback time from the guys that know, and it has to do with the sway bar mounting and link kit attachment pictured here. I see no problem using the upper control arm as the attachment point, and there is way more room if the sway bar is mounting in this higher position, so please do let me know if there are any Pro's or Con's with the way I have this setup?

It is all tacked together other than my final bar mounts pads, so I can make some adjustments of there is any insight I am not aware of? I still obviously have some finishing grinding and shaping of the sway bar arm, along with some drilling large holes in it to lighten it up and look better, but this should give an idea of the full front suspension layout.















BadassVixen

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56 posts

58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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I have the final machine work and alterations to the Yamaha R1 cantilevers I am using for the TVR rear suspension, and with a few simple alterations like replacing the factory roller bearing with a more durable and dependable greasable Brass/bronze bushing, I now have a readily available and reasonable cost replacement part if necessary
















Boosted LS1

19,469 posts

220 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Crikey, what an awesome project. Huge amounts of work. The cylinder heads, have you changed them since the start of the project? Later, they are ls6 heads but in earlier pics I wasn't sure?

BadassVixen

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56 posts

58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Boosted LS1 said:
Crikey, what an awesome project. Huge amounts of work. The cylinder heads, have you changed them since the start of the project? Later, they are ls6 heads but in earlier pics I wasn't sure?
Thanks.. They are the same heads all the way through, it is a new built LS6 with some cam and internal mods, and I have a customer tuner person who comes to the shop to road tune and dial them in once the car is done..

A10

633 posts

59 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Needs more pictures... wink

Wonderful car though. You are very talented.

irocfan

24,974 posts

150 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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WOW!! That does look awesome - be very interesting to finally see it in action (performance figures and general road manners). What colour has been decided on?

Boosted LS1

19,469 posts

220 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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BadassVixen said:
Thanks.. They are the same heads all the way through, it is a new built LS6 with some cam and internal mods, and I have a customer tuner person who comes to the shop to road tune and dial them in once the car is done..
It's going to be a blast once it's finished.

GTRene

11,815 posts

184 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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great write up, love such build, a lot of work, great tech in such 'old' car, its a monster biggrin

Jhonno

3,795 posts

101 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Er.. Hell yes! Love it.

Brummmie

5,276 posts

181 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Ace! very aggressive old skool look, not sure on the rear spoiler though, although i am sure it will add down force, love it! thumbup

Aphex

2,160 posts

160 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Wow excellent stuff thumbup

Looks a little bit like a shocked puffer fish at the front hehe what a build

Butter Face

22,287 posts

120 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Just looked right through this.

Wow. Awesome work.

That spoiler is absolutely amazing!

MPoxon

5,277 posts

133 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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That is fking awesome! Good work.

Attention to detail is great as well, love the subtle things like the classic style rocker covers for the LS engine. I bet that will sound epic with those throttle bodies.

BadassVixen

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58 months

Tuesday 9th February 2016
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Butter Face said:
Just looked right through this.

Wow. Awesome work.

That spoiler is absolutely amazing!
Thanks, and you are a minority on the Rear Wing in the internet world, but it will soon grow on everybody.. LOL

BadassVixen

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Tuesday 9th February 2016
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MPoxon said:
That is fking awesome! Good work.

Attention to detail is great as well, love the subtle things like the classic style rocker covers for the LS engine. I bet that will sound epic with those throttle bodies.
The Throttle bodies should give it a great sound, but I am more curious about the exhaust layout I built to fit within the body and chassis, because I am not familiar with that rear muffler/collector box setup I built...

I have done a quite a few of LS conversions and my goal is to always take the LS look out of it where I can and go back to some sort of retro or custom style, and that is because the LS is the perfect motor available for transplants but that doesn't mean all builds have to have the appearance of the LS under the hood.. This is an 600 horsepower LS3 conversion I did in a 1967 Volvo Amazon








Edited by BadassVixen on Tuesday 9th February 18:36

bobski1

1,191 posts

64 months

Saturday 13th February 2016
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This looks absolutely epic! cloud9

TV8

2,901 posts

135 months

Saturday 13th February 2016
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wow, love this project. The car is going to be amazing when finished!

MPoxon

5,277 posts

133 months

Saturday 13th February 2016
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BadassVixen said:
I have done a quite a few of LS conversions and my goal is to always take the LS look out of it where I can and go back to some sort of retro or custom style, and that is because the LS is the perfect motor available for transplants but that doesn't mean all builds have to have the appearance of the LS under the hood.. This is an 600 horsepower LS3 conversion I did in a 1967 Volvo Amazon

Very impressive, I have no idea what a stock 1967 Volvo Amazon looks like under the hood but that certainly doesn't look like a modern engine swap. Certainly in keeping with the car. Love the attention to detail and good work sir.