Perhaps we spoke too soon in the Feb. ’11 issue when we stated that the wiring side of the E-Rod installation was the part that most rodders fear. It may, in fact, be what we’re taking on now: the fuel and foul/fresh air requirements for the sealed emissions system.

Either way, this is probably the most important step to pay attention to in the whole LS3 swap, and unfortunately also the easiest to do improperly. And to be perfectly honest, we won’t know exactly how well we did until we roll into the referee station and have a trained expert look over our handiwork. We promise we’ll be honest. After all, that was the point of choosing a ’76 Nova; this baby has to pass inspection!

Part of the uncertainty is because we’ve spent most of our lives removing this stuff rather than paying attention to its function and layout. Our research? We scanned a few new SS Camaro engine bays and took photos of GM Performance Parts’ (GMPP) own ’55 Chevy E-Rod install to double-check ourselves.

It’s mostly a bunch of minutia without much glamour, and we’d go so far as to say a tad boring, but it’s vital save-this-issue info for anyone looking to swap in their own E-Rod. GMPP’s E-Rod instruction sheet will give you the dry specs, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it on an engine, so we’re going to break it down into the stuff that you need to be aware of before you head to the referee station.

SOURCE
Aeromotive
7805 Barton Street
Lenexa
KS  66214
913-647-7300
http://www.aeromotiveinc.com
Spectre Performance
1720 South Carlos Avenue
Ontario
CA  90761
909-673-9800
www.spectreperformance.com
Bodie Stroud Industries
818-768-7600
www.BodieStroud.com
Bent Custom & Performance
818-701-6147
www.BentCustomAndPerformance.com
Chevrolet Performance Parts
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit
MI  48232
800-577-6888
http://www.gmperformanceparts.co
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