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Old 09-14-2022, 08:16 AM   #851
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Good news everyone! It's a spinal infection and I'm going to be in the hospital for a while :(.
Oh damn, I'm sorry to hear that. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Old 09-14-2022, 09:41 AM   #852
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Is a spinal infection good news?

If you were closer I would lend you hand!
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Old 09-14-2022, 12:05 PM   #853
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Good news everyone! It's a spinal infection and I'm going to be in the hospital for a while :(.
Good grief! Hoping for a speedy recovery. Much better to have a diagnosis and a plan than doing the American thing and trying to live with it until the day you croak.


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Old 09-14-2022, 05:11 PM   #854
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Geez well that was an unexpected diagnosis! I know not car related but I'm curious how they determined it? Did you get a spinal tap? What is the prognosis? Any idea how that happens (so I can avoid)? So many questions. Hope the recovery is quick and not as painful as the pain you've been enduring.
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Old 09-14-2022, 06:25 PM   #855
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Geez well that was an unexpected diagnosis! I know not car related but I'm curious how they determined it? Did you get a spinal tap? What is the prognosis? Any idea how that happens (so I can avoid)? So many questions. Hope the recovery is quick and not as painful as the pain you've been enduring.
A CT scan showed a lot of fluid and inflammation around my spine in the mid-back area. The hospital will be sending me for an MRI to confirm. I've had a fever and chills on top of the spasming/clenched muscles, and the pain radiates around to the front of my torso as well. It's absolutely the worst pain I've ever experienced, and it's going on three weeks. Intravenus dilaudid is the only reason I'm lucid at times.

Basically, bacteria enters your system somehow and settles in the spinal column. The medical term seems to be "disc-itis".
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Old 09-15-2022, 06:28 AM   #856
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Hopefully antibiotics will work quickly, at least they know what it is and know what to do now. Any idea on when they can start treatment?
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Old 09-15-2022, 12:38 PM   #857
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Hopefully antibiotics will work quickly, at least they know what it is and know what to do now. Any idea on when they can start treatment?
I'm getting IV antibiotics twice daily, so fingers crossed it works fast. Laying around in a hospital bed, in pain, really sucks :(.
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Old 09-15-2022, 08:05 PM   #858
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Good news again, everybody! The docs are now thinking it's a blood clot in one of my lungs. Recovery time is measured in months...sigh.
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Old 09-16-2022, 04:54 PM   #859
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Praise Jeebus...it's just a staph infection in my spine. No clots . I'll be on 2-months of in-home nurse care though. 3 IV bags of antibiotics a day for 6 weeks, starting at the end of next week.

I have been able to stand for short periods as of today, so that's a win .
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Old 09-16-2022, 05:12 PM   #860
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Old 09-16-2022, 05:46 PM   #861
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Glad it isn't a clot! But the anti-biotic treatment sounds intense!

I hope you get a nice nurse!

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Old 09-16-2022, 06:41 PM   #862
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My stress level dropped immensely when they gave me the diagnosis . It's still serious, and rare, but the treatment path is clear. I'm getting an ultrasound of my heart to ensure the infection hasn't damaged it, but the docs are confident it's fine.

I'm glad my work gives me unlimited sick leave too (Civilian Member of the RCMP), so I don't have to worry about my income.
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Old 09-17-2022, 11:48 AM   #863
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Dang man, that sounds like one heck of a roller coaster!!! Glad they got it all sorted, and that you’ve got an awesome employer with a great medical leave policy! That’s huge!
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Old 09-17-2022, 12:18 PM   #864
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Glad you are on the recovery side of the diagnosis. A bad back is one of the things that disabled me. Be happy you aren't allergic to the antibiotics like myself. I can't take any of them nowadays. Hope you have a fast recovery and make the best of healing up.
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Old 09-17-2022, 01:30 PM   #865
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I really hope you feel better soon. I can't wait to see how the 4.8 + T5 combo behaves.
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Old 09-17-2022, 03:26 PM   #866
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Holy moly. Get well soon!
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Old 09-17-2022, 06:04 PM   #867
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Good to hear it's improving! Get well soon!
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Old 10-08-2022, 06:26 PM   #868
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Going on a month and a half of discitis and week 3 of thrice-daily IV antibiotics. 3-5 weeks to go! This spine infection is no joke, as I'm learning. I saw my family doctor yesterday and he said in his entire career (probably 40+ years) he's NEVER seen it. I have an appointment on the 20th of October to see the infectious disease unit and they'll be making the call on how much longer I have to have antibiotics. I am beginning to feel a bit better, finally, and can almost pretend everything is fine for at least an hour or two .

Before all this nonsense happened, I was set to install the LS into the bay and the car was on jackstands in the driveway. Obviously it isn't going to happen before winter now, so I enlisted the help of my dad and my wife and got it back down on the ground and pushed into the garage for winter. It was a sad day, but it was a good day...as far as pain levels go.



It's not really that cluttered, the angle of the shot just makes it look horrible. The wife's car has to stay outside this year due to the cancellation of the shed construction (for all the junk on her side of the garage), but she's ok with it. Now that she works from home she doesn't need a warm car every morning, lol.

I really hope this winter goes fast...
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Old 10-29-2022, 05:31 PM   #869
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F**k spine infections.
I had a buddy come over and we slotted the engine in. Took 1.5 hours, including compensating for my crippled self. There are some...tweaks required. The T5 is a bit too far forward but I could possibly slip the engine back enough to compensate if I could clear the steering shaft (STS one). As it is right now it's touching, which prevents movement. I may need to remove the manifold to get the engine in the right place and 'make it fit' later.

I think I might actually be able to get away with the current one-piece driveshaft (from the redblock-t5 setup) but if not, it only needs to be lengthened a couple of inches if I can't move the engine back.



The engine is not set in the bay properly yet, as evidenced by the slight driver's side angle. I'll get to that at some point, lol.

Oh, if anyone is interested: There is NO firewall or tunnel clearancing required with the T5/LS install. It went in like butter, no prybar needed. It slipped right over the crossmember and dropped into place (302-2 clone pan). I'm even using the same crossmember I used with the 4 cylinder setup.
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Old 10-29-2022, 08:13 PM   #870
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I am curious about the alignment of the shifter in the tunnel opening in the current state. Is it too far forward as in a couple inches and the shifter would be into the console?
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Old 10-30-2022, 02:05 PM   #871
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The last bolt is in, and it was a fight, ugh. Poly bushings are tough to deform, lol. Steering shaft clearance (STS slim one) is approx 1/8", which is apparently fine.

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I am curious about the alignment of the shifter in the tunnel opening in the current state. Is it too far forward as in a couple inches and the shifter would be into the console?
The shifter is right at the very front of the stock shifter hole. I'm probably going to have to add 1/2"-1" to the hole, but that will still hide under the stock boot I think. A bent shifter arm will be required, but honestly, I think it's an acceptable fit. The third-gen Camaro T5 tailhousing would put the shifter further back an inch...but I'm not going to bother with that. There's a TON of space at the firewall so I could actually mount the engine an inch further back if I wanted to. I've got a bit of space left on the STS mounts so I might be able to slide it all back a bit, but I'm too beat to try today.

Apparently I've pushed myself too hard this weekend, because my body has just shut down. It's 2pm in the afternoon and it's bedtime, lol.
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Old 10-31-2022, 09:12 AM   #872
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This picture is awful, but it shows where the shifter sits. It will be a bit lower once the mount bolts slip into the holes in the crossmember, but very little clearancing will be required .

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Old 10-31-2022, 11:15 AM   #873
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Wow yea that’s not bad. Thanks for the picture.
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Old 10-31-2022, 11:57 AM   #874
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Been a bit since I've checked up on this thread.

I see you've traded one 16v for another! I was thinking about jumping on that 2.5 when you had it up on Facebook, but too far, too broke and too unmotivated for a swap right now, honestly a bummer I had to pass on it.

I'm apparently slightly illiterate, but I believe before there was some talk of you throwing carbs on the LS? What were you going for, just a single four-barrel, or something more exotic?

Good to hear you're getting better though, always a pleasure to open up this thread and see what the new engine du jour is!
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Wow yea that’s not bad. Thanks for the picture.
UPDATE!
I moved the engine as far back as possible...and this is the new shifter position.




No clearancing is going to be required now. I have to shift one coil a bit since it hits the booster, but there's still about an inch and a half between the back of the heads and the firewall. I was able to use the same crossmember I had for the T5 swap on a redblock, but had to drill new holes about 3/4"-1" away (and add a bit of metal) from the original ones. This means I MIGHT be able to use my T5 redblock one-piece driveshaft, and if it's just a bit too short I can get a spacer for the rear flange .

The manifold to steering shaft clearance got a bit tighter though, so I took the flap wheel and added a bit of clearance. Not too sure it'll be enough, but I'll find out later, lol.
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