That’s Whats Up! (This week at the Vorshlag shop)

We started another form of this blog, mostly by taking daily posts from Terry’s FB page and Instagram and copying them onto a new forum thread. Why? Some people hate social media, and this gives them a chance to catch up with what we’re doing in the Vorshlag shop. You can read the “daily-ish” entries in this thread.

We show a variety of things there – cars we are working on, CNC parts being machined, new parts being developed, even tools we are trying out.

One of the recent projects we tackled in October 2020 was borrowing this widebody C5 Corvette (below) and doing some maintenance, repairs, and a few upgrades.

This has turned into several new products which we will release for the C5 soon. We also autocrossed this car at a local event in preparation for a shot at the $25K payout autocross at COTA on November 1st! This is part of the Optima Expo, which is being held in Austin since SEMA was cancelled.

We have a build thread on this C5 (here) which we will update soon, catching up on the 4 years since we last touched this car as well as to show our recent updates, events, and product development. For now, you can catch up on the daily posts here. #ThatsWhatsUp

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BMW E46 LS Endurance Build Update – Blog Post #263

This blog post links to our latest Forum Build Thread update that summarizes the last 6 months of work on our #TeamVorshlag after-hours employee built E46 endurance road race car. This is an LS swapped E46 chassis we are building for our own use – that the employees that volunteer to work on will get to race in W2W action.

Lots of work on the roll cage was completed, along with a lot of modifications and upgrades to the Hanksville cage kit we bought for this E46 coupe chassis. Our team also gutted the dash, modified the OEM dash bar, and began fitting two different electric assist steering columns from two generations of Toyota Prius. Removing hydraulic power assist steering reduces the parasitic drag on the engine as well as lowers the chances for high pressure, flammable fluids leaking onto the hot engine.

Our crew installed a seat, the EPAS steering column, and de-powered the E46 steering rack. New tie rods, lower control arms, LCA bushings, and other front end suspension was wrapped up.

A lot of time was spent reinforcing the rear of the chassis, then our reinforced E46 M3 subframe went in along with the 210mm LSD diff, new poly mount bushings, new spherical RTAB and suspension bushings, then we fought with a number of bent or broken rear trailing arms – which we finally got sorted out. You can read about all of this and more starting here. This post didn’t quite catch us up to real time – but another entry will soon.

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GMT800 Shop Truck Forum Build Thread Update

The latest forum build thread update covering GMT800 chassis development shows work done in the past 5 months on our shop 2000 Silverado 1/2 ton, including changes to the custom EFI tune, rear “helper” air bags that fixed a ride height issue, new wider wheels and tires were added, we did follow-up 0-60 testing after installing the hot-rodded 5.7L LS engine, and more.

We show details of all of these steps and more, as you have come to expect from Vorshlag Forum Build threads. The latest 2-part update begins here.

The mother nature user her powers to drop a tree right onto the roof. Welcome to 2020! This little bit of bad luck has led this project down an all new path, which you can read about here. Thanks for reading!

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LS550 Swap Parts + Project Progress

A lot of ground is covered in our latest Forum Build Thread update on the S550 Mustang LS V8 swap / race car project we’re calling #Trigger. The final engine and T56 Magnum XL are installed, the 2018 front conversion is complete, and much more.

We have used this salvage chassis 2015 GT to develop our 10th unique chassis LS swap. The #LS550 kit joins many different BMWs, 86/FRS/BRZ, 1st gen Mustang, 1st gen Camaro, and Miata LS swaps we have performed. We have been in the LS swap game since 2002 and have sold many hundreds of kits – triggering some purists from each model we have “saved”. But that’s ok, sometimes you have to break the rules to fix all the problems on a given chassis.

We weighed so many items in this Forum Build Thread update the International Bureau of Weights and Measures called us and said “slow down, you’re making us all look bad!” But that won’t stop us from sharing the tech and spreading the gospel that LIGHTER IS BETTER!

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Frankenstein 1995/2007 Subaru STI Swap – Updated After 6 Year Hiatus!

Long time readers of the Vorshlag forum will remember this FrankenSubie project, which we started documenting in 2009. A friend of the shop Paul bought this 1995 Impreza “L” FWD 2 door automatic back then. It was merged with a wrecked 2007 STI’s full AWD drivetrain swap. Then a built 2004 STi 2.5L turbo motor, custom flares, remote reservoir monotubes, big tires, custom interior mods (2007 dash, 1999 RS doors), and more.

Our last update on this Forum Build Thread was in 2014, when the car left Vorshlag’s North Plano shop (3 shops ago!) after we had fabricated some items and installed the coolers and oil plumbing to this GC. The latest update covers the work after it went to COBB Tuning Plano, then back to Vorshlag, then to Paul’s home garage for the next steps. It was “finished” enough to run at a few autocross / Pro Solo events in 2016-17, then went back under the knife for some updates before it would be finished enough for paint…

Some time passed and “life got in the way”, but in 2020 with the help of some friends, was resumed again, and we have documented the latest updates to the suspension (drop spindles and custom rear subframe), gutted the doors (partially), and more in this forum post. We will continue to push to make sure this lightweight, 2 door GC Subaru gets back on track and to an autocross course soon. Stay tuned for more, but you can read the “6 year catch up post” starting here.

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Project Update for 2016 Mustang #LS550 Swap

We have a huge forum build thread update (starting here) on our 2015 Mustang GT project we have dubbed #Trigger. This car is being built to develop an LS V8 + T56 Magnum XL swap kit as well as to continue testing we started 3 years ago on our 2018 GT “S550” chassis Mustang.

In this round of work we spend time removing items (and weighing them), replacing bent or broken items (and weighing them), and installing more race-worthy parts (and weighing them). Did we mention this build thread update has a lot of pictures of parts being weighed??

As we build up this gutted salvage titled wreck into a proper race car once again we are uncovering little tidbits of tech, tricks and tips we share along the way. We cover a subjects including: OEM vs full chassis rewire; all aspects of the braking system; lightening the interior and doors, subframes, & bumper beams; GT350 axles vs GT axles; S550 carbon fiber hood, trunk and doors; pedals, steering rack, firewall plates, and steering columns; and the roll bar and seat installs.

Last up is the most controversial subject of all – the BM LS V8 swap into a Ford chassis. We cover the development steps for the engine mounts, transmission crossmember, long tube headers, and driveshaft. You can read all of this with 100+ pictures starting here. Thanks for reading!

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’67 Mustang 427″ Track Rat Updates

We have made major progress on our customer’s 1967 Mustang coupe. It was already a track car, but now it is becoming a much faster, higher grip, and safer track weapon. We have updated the car to modern S197 Mustang front suspension and brakes, added 18×11″ wheels / 315mm tires, and more.

The addition of an FIA fuel cell adds safety, as does a full roll cage. The 427″ dry sump LS7 crate engine fits nicely underhood with the AJE tubular crossmember. All of this is shown in detail on the forum thread.

There is so much more that you can read in the latest 3 part forum build thread update – lots of pictures of the disassembly, mockup, design, and fabrication that is going into this 1967 Mustang. The same build thread is cross-posted on Vorshlag, Track Mustangs Online, Lateral-G, and S197forums. Enjoy!

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’69 Camaro Track Car Update

It has been a while since we updated the Forum Build Thread on this tube framed ’69 Camaro, but now that it is driving under its own power, it was time for a big “catch-up” update, which you can read here.

Wiring, plumbing, EFI harness and computer, interior panels, and the false floor panels were discussed in this round of updates – most of which happened in 2019.

If you have been following this build please take a chance and catch up with work starting here. We have much more work completed to share next time. Thanks for reading!

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New Project: Cadillac CTS-V Endurance Racer!

We brought a new customer project into the shop in late March and have already dug into a number of punch list items on this 2004 CTS-V endurance road race car. You can read all about it in this new Forum Build Thread.

We didn’t waste any time and yanked the worn out aluminum 5.3L LS V8 to be rebuilt and upgraded heavily at HorsePower Research, down the road from Vorshlag. The replacement engine will be bigger displacement, more reliable, and hopefully around double the output of the 5.3L.

We have also created a new tubular bumper beam, rolled radiator, and other custom work that should help make this more reliable, run cooler, and crash through crowds better! Read more about this Caddy starting here.

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Two Project Updates – AKA: New Reading Material!

As a large chunk of the planet is stuck in isolation, we decided to publish two forum build thread updates on two of our in-house projects – our #TeamVorshlag BMW E46 LS V8 swap project we are building for Endurance racing events -and- our GMT800 shop truck development thread.

These two projects couldn’t seem more different. One is a dedicated wheel to wheel race car build that will be run in 8-12-24 hour races. The other is our work horse truck that we use to haul parts around town. Complete opposites!

They do have a lot of things in common, however. They both: are around 20 years old, utilize custom 4 wheel disc brake brake setups, both have upgraded rear axles with limited slip differentials, are equipped with remote reservoir monotube dampers, and both have long tube headers making beautiful noises from their LS V8 engines!

Both forum posts have a lot of step-by-step pictures on dozens of projects within each build. Many challenges and solutions, like we always share.

So check these two build thread updates out, especially if you need something to keep your mind off other matters. We are writing more updates for a number of other project build threads – stay tuned, and stay safe!

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