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Gearheads like YouTube personality Dave “That Dude In Blue” often warn consumers never to purchase a project car built by someone else. But when his friend Zack struck gold by landing a Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06 and an LS racing engine with a myriad of parts to play with, Dave couldn’t help but agree with his buddy landing that car. The Z06 is one of the most coveted muscle cars around that with some tweaking, various incarnations can take on such formidable opposition as the Camaro ZL1, a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and a Dodge Viper in a quarter-mile drag race. As for what it took for this engine to be outfitted into the Z06, a video released Wednesday got down to the nitty-gritty.

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LS Engine Revs To 8,000 RPM

One of Dave’s mechanic pals, Justin, took particular interest in wanting to work on the LS and no wonder. What he had to play around with was a 447 cubic-inch, 7.3-liter motor boasting a 13:5:1 compression ratio. This solid roller motor with Darton-sleeved cylinders and gapped for a 300-shot of nitrous fuel has the ability to rev up to 8,000 rpm.

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Also piquing Justin’s curiosity was that this Z06 also boasted an RPM level five transmission with a McLeod RXT 1200 twin-disc clutch set as well as a level four differential. Once everything’s put together, both Zack and Justin can’t wait to see how this Corvette registers on the dyno.

Wiring Problems With The Starter And Clutch

Mechanic struggles with wiring on a C6 Corvette Z06

That Dude In Blue

Getting the motor ready seemed like a breeze according to the time-lapse video, although Zack experienced a number of wiring issues. He replaced the starter and monitored its progress until he discovered issues with the clutch wiring. Tracing the wiring through all the relays, Zack discovered a number of wires spliced into the touchscreen.

He wound up pulling out all those wires and replacing them in a frustrating six weeks to ensure that all the problems were taken care of. In the end, the Corvette started on the first attempt. Now, Zack is hoping for some decent numbers when he puts the pedal to the metal on the dyno at JMM Motorsports.

Z06 Hits 699 HP On The Dyno

Black Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06 performs on the dyno

That Dude In Blue

The session doesn’t take very long, but it’s enough to see how the Z06 does. And it performs well, delivering 699 horsepower and 536 pound-feet of torque using regular gas. “When you add the nitrous,” said Dave, “that is going to be an absolute animal.” And one superlative exception to the rule about buying another person’s work in progress.

Source: That Dude In Blue

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