The GM Ramjet 350 motor as it arrived from the USA, looks a lot more in keeping with the car than a modern LS motor.
First job Was to replace the oilpan with a more low profile unit to clear the Corvettes steering gear.
Once the new oilpan was fitted the engine was resprayed in Chevy orange.
We also gave the engine compartment a fresh coat of satin black before the new motor was installed. If you look closely you can just see the nose of the new Tremec 5 speed in there too!
The new motor installed and looking good, like it was meant to be there. We also upgraded the previously poorly fitted disc brake conversion with a dual circuit master cylinder.
Because the Ramjet 350 requires a much higher fuel pressure we needed an electric fuel pump. Having had bad experiences with some very noisy electric pumps, silent running was our main priority. We opted for a new stainless steel baffled gas tank with a built in electric pump. The tank itself was a work of art, shame it will never be seen again. At Corvette Kingdom the quality goes far beneath the surface!
A set of black crackle finish valve covers were installed, the original exhaust manifolds were sandblasted and treated, and a new clutch installed.
The engine mount brace required extensive modification to clear the timing cover and water pump.
Holy wiring looms Batman!
One of the other improvements we made was to replace the early Corvettes cable driven wiper mechanism with a modern worm gear replacement. This is a big improvement but a nightmare to install, as Ronni is discovering!
And here is the engine wired in, plumbed in, and ready to run. This was by no means an easy task.
We had to install a new electrically operated tachometer to run off the Ramjets HEI distributor. The steering wheel was replaced with a smaller version of the original wheel. The previous specialist had fitted probably the worlds worst power steering conversion, and on full lock the steering gear hit the bottom pulley and made a grinding noise that shook the whole car, truly awful.
We replaced this with a Steeroids rack and pinion system. Note the 5 speed shift indicator.
A few other odd jobs were carried out including rechroming the windshield frame and installing a new rubber, we also fitted new tyres and converted the headlights to a full Halogen setup with a relay system.
The end result of this car was exactly what Diarmuid was looking for. The car drives superbly, the engine performs very well indeed and the 5 speed transmission is a joy to use, and you know what else? The car never broke down again…..