1969 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 T56 6-Speed Swap at V8 Speed & Resto Shop Photo Gallery

This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop in need of some serious power, performance, and reliability upgrades. This C3 Corvette was powered by a non-original and well worn 350 cubic inch V8 backed by a Muncie 4 speed manual transmission. The goal was a Corvette LS Swap to add modern power to this C3 Corvette. A C3 Corvette LS Swap seems to be a simple job at first glance, but the more you investigate, you’ll see that a C3 Corvette LS Swap isn’t quite so simple.

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team addresses the fitment issue of the LS3 V8 swap, as well as the steps needed to perform a Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed manual transmission swap into the C3 Corvette. The challenges included fitting the off-center LS3 engine under the hood, as well as fitting the Tremec 6 speed manual transmission into the C3 Corvette chassis. We sourced our LS swap engine from GM Performance Parts, and a Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed manual transmission, clutch, bellhousing, and shifter from Modern Driveline.

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Two V8 Speed & Resto Shop Built 1969 Camaros Included in Summer Of '69 Camaro Display at 2019 Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH

We are all very excited here at V8TV and the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, as we’ve received the high honor of being chosen to restore the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to COMP Cams! They’ve had the car for many years, and 2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of COMP Cams, so they wanted the car freshened up for the milestone year.  We’ll be documenting the restoration of the car along the way, both in photos and video.  

Plans for the car include a FAST EFI equipped LS engine mated to a TCI 6X 6-speed automatic transmission, a Heidt’s suspension system, updated wheels, tires, and brakes, and a fresh paint job… among many other details. Although the car will retain it’s black-and-white theme, it will have a red pinstripe on the SS stripes, updated wheels to go with the new suspension, and a few other subtle tricks here and there. It’s going to be a stunner!

Our crew is ready to make it happen, and we’re proud to work with one of the industry icons to bring this significant car up-to-date.  Follow along in the photo gallery, videos, and a build thread on this slick ’69!

Chevy Hardcore Magazine Feature: https://www.chevyhardcore.com/news/comp-cams-69-camaro-is-on-the-road-again/

Dakota Digital Feature: https://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=1101/mode=prod/prd1101.htm

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