- YouTuber Rich Benoit is recognized for restoring as well as taking care of Teslas.
- For his most current production, he developed a Model S with the engine from a Chevy Camaro.
- Mounting a V-8 engine, he developed an exhaust system, a hand-operated transmission, and also extra.
Rich Benoit: My name’s Rich, and also I run a YouTube network called Rich Rebuilds. As well as on that particular YouTube network, we simply make a great deal of actually unusual, enjoyable things. We began out with primarily doing EVs. We switched over to gas, and also currently we do both gas as well as EVs as well as simply have an actually amusing time.It’s amusing, due to the fact that when you construct and also fix a Tesla, you type of repair it, and also you go from there. There’s no actual upgrades for it. Several points are online managed, it does not make it as enjoyable for the hot-rodders out there. I claimed to myself, “You understand what, exactly how do we blend the 2 points? Exactly how do we have, you recognize, a truly attractive auto as well as incorporating it with the tunability of a timeless V8 engine?” We made a decision simply to integrate the two.A whole lot of individuals believe that, “Oh, you took a brand name brand-new Tesla and also tore it apart.” It’s like, no, no, it remained in a flooding. As well as Tesla will not offer you electric motors and also batteries to fix it. I stated, “You recognize what, if Tesla will not, after that General Motors will.” There was a Camaro SS that was entirely damaged, as well as the engine was readily available, and also chose to place it in the Tesla. For me, it’s one of those points where it relates to recycling. They were both simply like, damaged automobiles resting in an area, and also I stated, “Why have them both simply resting there? Why not integrate both as well as make something that really operates as well as runs?”
So I invested the initial couple of months really removing it down, securing every one of the indoor elements, pressure-washing every little thing, and also obtaining every one of like, the stink and also like, the sewer out of the automobile. I took both electric motors out, both electric motors were salute. Due to the fact that it was undersea for so long, the battery pack was rather much salute. You recognize, anything except light weight aluminum was removed out of the car.So I assume a great deal of determining and also preparation was the hardest component, making certain the engine rests real and also straight in the automobile. Due to the fact that do not neglect, not just do you have to make certain the engine rests well in the cars and truck, however there’s likewise a transmission that includes an additional couple of feet, as well as there’s additionally an actually lengthy driveshaft that rotates thousands upon thousands of RPM that are actually resting best in between your legs that has to be directly. Like, a great deal of various angles and also points need to be straight in order for the cars and truck to also roll down the road.Believe it or otherwise, it nearly makes good sense that the V8 fits so well. There’s so much space in there as soon as you take out the front electric motor. And also the LS3 is in fact so slim, it really suit there rather well. What we observed was that when we brought the automobile to SEMA, we had the hood open, every person would certainly simply stroll by it since the mount was so tidy. It was just till they saw the Tesla logo design that every person simply type of rubbernecked, quit, as well as went in the direction of the car.The exhaust manufacture procedure was intriguing, since the battery pack for Tesla Model S evaluates around, I would certainly state, in between 1,100 and also 1,200 extra pounds. Since the old battery was, you understand, concerning 4 inches so hefty and also thick, and also it put in so well below the vehicle, as soon as we eliminated it and also we made the exhaust system, we made a decision to go with oblong tubes. Due to the fact that when you opt for oblong tubes, sort of like NASCARs make use of, you in fact conserve a great deal of room going entirely round versus oblong. If you discover, we have a side-exit exhaust system. The majority of automobiles have a rear-exit exhaust, where it really comes right under the back bumper. We could not do that since the independent back suspension was so big, the exhaust really could not pass by it. We simply ended the exhaust system right to the sides, right prior to the back wheels.One of the greatest obstacles was the manufacture of the transmission passage. You recognize, in the Teslas, among minority cars and trucks that are made, it has a totally level flooring. You recognize, many autos nowadays that are rear-wheel drive, there’s a passage going from the front completely to the back. This really did not have that, so we needed to make our very own, and also it was absolutely tough. We have a wonderful maker, Joshua, that in fact was able to reduce the vehicle in half down the center as well as in fact develop a transmission tunnel.One of the various other tough problems we went via with this automobile was the circuitry. We totally removed the cars and truck down to the bare framework. It was essentially simply a covering. And also we needed to re-wire the whole cars and truck throughout once again. And also we really eliminated concerning 50 %to 60 %of the auto’s whole circuitry harness. If the battery pack’s not there, that’s one collection of circuitry high-voltage cable televisions. There was electrical wiring to the back electric motors, the front electric motors, those are both gone. You understand, we conserved a substantial quantity of weight going from the older lithium-powered battery pack to the interior burning engine. The automobile still has the touch display. It still has the tool collection. And also all the features function. The navigating functions, the< period course=" part rich-tooltip
Bluetooth jobs. When you rest in the automobile, you could, you recognize, press switches as well as play with various features of the car, as well as it does work.I am extremely pleased with exactly how it runs, yeah. We still require to do some fine-tuning to it. At the end of the day, when you rest in it as well as you drive it, you practically fail to remember that it’s a Tesla. Like, you’re simply believing that you’re driving a routine, you recognize, effective V8-engine vehicle. As well as it’s actually odd, since if you do not consider it, you’re like, “OK, this is rather great. It has a handbook. I’m doing my point.” You actually have to take an action back as well as claim to on your own, “This auto never ever had any of this.”
You understand, anything brief of light weight aluminum was removed out of the car.So I assume a whole lot of determining as well as preparation was the hardest component, making certain the engine rests real and also straight in the automobile. Since the old battery was, you recognize, regarding 4 inches so hefty as well as thick, as well as it put in so well below the vehicle, when we eliminated it and also we made the exhaust system, we made a decision to go with oblong tubes. You recognize, the majority of cars and trucks nowadays that are rear-wheel drive, there’s a passage going from the front all the method to the back. We have a terrific maker, Joshua, that really was able to reduce the auto in half down the center and also really construct a transmission tunnel.One of the various other challenging concerns we went via with this vehicle was the electrical wiring. Like, you’re simply believing that you’re driving a routine, you understand, effective V8-engine automobile.