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Username Post: 1961 Impala mild custom build        (Topic#332208)
gofastwclass 
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04-09-17 09:17 PM - Post#2685808    
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  • Brian64SS Said:
Kind of amazing, what you're doing there, especially for a guy with an unrelated day job. You must not sleep much. Great sheet metal work, a lot of talent and patience there. I'd have to look at it for a while but you seem to know just what to do.




Thanks a lot. I'm told there is time to sleep when you're dead. Hahaha!

I work a lot, but I have no kids and at the moment I don't have a woman. I've never been a TV guy and I don't do sports. While some friends are watching their favourite show or team I'm working on my car.

Paintman is right, working on the car and fabricating stuff is somewhat therapeutic. Solving mechanical puzzles comes naturally to me and I've never had something I wasn't able to disassemble or reassemble without instructions. After spending all day peering into and tinkering with the virtual world it's nice to get my hands dirty for a bit and see physical progress on something.

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gofastwclass 
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04-09-17 09:19 PM - Post#2685809    
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Speaking of physical progress...


Another mockup of the last trunk panel, this time with the 1961 fillers temporarily held in place. It’s settled, this is the look I’m after. Now I get to pull the trunk pan out yet again, trim the excess metal and weld in the 1961 quarter extensions.

Quick fit:








Overall view:





All parts mocked up:






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04-10-17 05:19 AM - Post#2685837    
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That's exactly what I'm talking about!

I keep thinking if just maybe....what if we all lived closer to each other and could pool all our individual strengths/skill sets and assist each other with his/her individual restoration projects.

Just imagine how quickly and easily we could complete our restoration projects!!!

Not to mention all the fun we would have!

Rich



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1964 Impala SS Coupe 327 250 Auto
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04-10-17 11:30 AM - Post#2685877    
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  • gofastwclass Said:
...I work a lot, but I have no kids and at the moment I don't have a woman. I've never been a TV guy and I don't do sports. While some friends are watching their favourite show or team I'm working on my car.

Paintman is right, working on the car and fabricating stuff is somewhat therapeutic. Solving mechanical puzzles comes naturally to me and I've never had something I wasn't able to disassemble or reassemble without instructions. After spending all day peering into and tinkering with the virtual world it's nice to get my hands dirty for a bit and see physical progress on something.



Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.



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04-19-17 03:22 PM - Post#2687354    
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  • 56_Kruiser Said:
Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.




Thanks for the compliment Roger.

Yep, I know nothing of fishing, hunting, sports or other non-car guy stuff.

I'm an introvert outside the car circle for sure. The irony is most people I know from work don't believe me when I tell them I'm shy because I'm actually very good at public speaking and teaching.

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04-19-17 03:25 PM - Post#2687355    
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I have a lot of progress pictures to sort through but the weather is fantastic and I’m trying to take advantage of the excellent weather and get things accomplished which takes time from posting.

This session’s task wasn’t metalwork.

Over the winter I purchased a new wideband oxygen sensor to replace my failing previous sensor / controller. This is part of a series of engine calibration tools I use when I do an engine swap or update. This tool allows me to monitor and data log the air fuel ratio of the engine in real time. Since I prefer a cleaner looking dash and I own several LSx powered vehicles, I don’t want the wideband permanently installed in any of them. As such, I needed a housing to mount the gauge / controller when I move it from vehicle to vehicle for tuning and logging sessions. My old portable setup was a fragile bundle of wires that got really annoying to deal with – especially if I had a passenger. It also used the 0 to 5v output until HP Tuners supported the serial connection in version 3.x.

Now I use a USB to serial converter and avoid the annoying voltage offset malarkey required with the 0 to 5v connection. Going directly serial and avoiding the voltage offset means what displays on the gauge is exactly what inputs to HP tuners scanner at all times – no additional calibration needed. If you aren’t familiar, the voltage offset is often due to ground path which can skew the sensors readings, making your calibration of the car less accurate. In short, this means each vehicle and each power location can have a different ground path which requires a mathematical offset in my log software. This takes time to calculate and plot which is a hassle when you just want to see if something you thought of made an improvement or not. Without the worry of voltage offset I was able to integrate the ability to run the wideband from the cars power port making things super portable and still keeping all the accuracy designed at the factory.

I used a Radio Shack enclosure, one XT60 connector, a dash power adapter I already owned, a bit of wire loom and the star of the show, my new AEM X series 30-0300 set to read in lambda (vs. AFR).

Anyway enough of my babble, I’ll let the camera speak. If you want to know more details about why I use lambda or other things, just ask.





Admittedly the enclosure is a bit large, but it was the smallest one in stock where I could place a 2” hole in the front without looking silly.




Showing the serial port connection.





Inside wiring connections.





Completed unit. Amazing how a bit of wire loom makes things look professional.




XT-60 quick disconnect connector close-up.


Until next time.


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04-19-17 04:00 PM - Post#2687365    
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It's always interesting and very informative to see and read of your continuing advancements in your build. Thanks so much for your continuing postings and camaraderie to this forum. I really appreciate everything you include for us to see and learn.

Chuck






 
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04-20-17 03:58 AM - Post#2687435    
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  • paintman Said:
That's exactly what I'm talking about!

I keep thinking if just maybe....what if we all lived closer to each other and could pool all our individual strengths/skill sets and assist each other with his/her individual restoration projects.

Just imagine how quickly and easily we could complete our restoration projects!!!

Not to mention all the fun we would have!




When I was younger we used to do that and it was fantastic! We literally were knocking out frame-off cars as fast as you had money to buy parts and paint. We would also travel to out of town shows with a different vehicle or set of vehicles each year.

Now everyone in that original group except myself and one other guy is married with kids. As such my other friends have family activities to fuel along with their car hobby. For me, I only have myself, vehicles and property to manage so I can still devote a lot of energy to cars.

Sadly this means I work alone 95% of the time and only get help for things like hoods, deck lids and pulling a car body from the frame.

If I could go back to having car friends with a bit of time it would be excellent. We also need to live somewhere warm, I don't do cold well. Hahaha.




You are welcome 62sedan. I'm glad it helps others, that is why I share this stuff.

This winter was a bit rocky with unexpectedly losing a close friend. I didn't get near the anticipated amount of stuff accomplished while a group of us were trying to help the family through a rough patch.

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04-20-17 07:48 PM - Post#2687545    
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Your thread is an inspiration. Great information.

  • gofastwclass Said:
  • 56_Kruiser Said:
Sounds just like me. We could be twins...albeit you are more experienced and talented.

I think I am considered an introvert...because when getting together with acquantances I often don't participate in the mens discussions very well, as I don't fish, don't play or watch sports, and don't know much about what they are talking about.

I have run into several folks here in my sub-division that work on cars. We help each other out now and then...but everyone is busy working on their own projects for the most part.




Thanks for the compliment Roger.

Yep, I know nothing of fishing, hunting, sports or other non-car guy stuff.

I'm an introvert outside the car circle for sure. The irony is most people I know from work don't believe me when I tell them I'm shy because I'm actually very good at public speaking and teaching.



I can't believe the similar paths we have been on. I was a Certified Netware Instructor (remember that product) back in 1990 for a few years until I moved out of training on computers.

Also trained on other networks of the era. Pretty much just MS around now.

Training folks on computers was rewarding. It was really interesting in 1986. You could show folks how to add 4+4 in a spreadsheet with one little formula...and see the light bulbs and awe going on Funny...there are still a few folks around that would be awed by that, I guess.

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04-20-17 09:32 PM - Post#2687558    
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  • 56_Kruiser Said:
I can't believe the similar paths we have been on. I was a Certified Netware Instructor (remember that product) back in 1990 for a few years until I moved out of training on computers.

Also trained on other networks of the era. Pretty much just MS around now.

Training folks on computers was rewarding. It was really interesting in 1986. You could show folks how to add 4+4 in a spreadsheet with one little formula...and see the light bulbs and awe going on Funny...there are still a few folks around that would be awed by that, I guess.




Wow, Novell Netware.... that is a product I haven't heard of in a while. Brings up lots of memories.

Teaching is an odd thing for me. I got officially pulled into it on this latest project but I've unofficially done it for years. Those "a-ha" moments are very rewarding when you connect with a student and they understand what you've been teaching. For me the problem with teaching is I'm still doing IT stuff and they expect me to teach for this project. I can't move servers, plan network changes, answer questions for applications I support AND teach class at the same time.

For example: Wednesday and Thursday's tasks. Support a class of students (someone else was leading the class), organize, plan and execute a short notice re-IP for a group of 10 workstations, one physical server and two virtual servers, change the previously mentioned remote users' office from a stand alone network to one that connects to our WAN, plan migrating the devices and users to the corporate domain from their local domain, create shares on one of the corporate servers, create print queues on the print server... I'm sure there is more I'm not remembering.

Oh yeah, and I had two guys assigned to me for the task looking to me for direction and answers.

I'm literally a man of many hats.

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05-13-17 04:42 PM - Post#2691119    
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This puts me around 200 miles on the CPP disc brakes in two days with a lot of city driving on the first day and mostly highway the second. The CPP dual master cylinder and 13” brake kit have been working flawlessly straight out of the box. I’m running the 2” drop spindles coupled with new springs and shocks which actually raised the ride height of the front by .75”. I’m hoping for a bit of settling after a few hundred more miles or I’ll cut off 1/16th coil at a time until I get things where I want them.

Impression:
Right now my Impala stops exceptionally well. The Impala stops well enough that I’m actually feeling comfortable driving the car around other people on the road. For the first time in 23 years I finally have brakes on this car comparable to the other vehicles I own. Even better, for once the engine that is in the car can finally be contained by the braking system.





Great Information.....
I am looking at the CPP front kit #5870SWBK-D13 for my 66 Impala. Good to know somebody is pleased with it. Information and people that are using this kit is scarce . you are the only one I have found so far.





Casey



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05-13-17 08:06 PM - Post#2691148    
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  • wch Said:
Great Information.....
I am looking at the CPP front kit #5870SWBK-D13 for my 66 Impala. Good to know somebody is pleased with it. Information and people that are using this kit is scarce . you are the only one I have found so far.



Thanks. I'm glad I am able to help.

I do have an update on the CPP brakes. I've run them for just over a year and I drive this car a lot. I only have one complaint with the brake setup - the pads. The pads are fairly aggressive and create a lot of dust and noise when hot. I'll be changing to a less aggressive and low dust pad this summer. I know I will lose a little performance in the process but that is fine. I don't mind noisy brakes on a straight performance car, but the high performance cruiser needs quiet brakes.

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05-14-17 09:14 AM - Post#2691226    
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Great sir... thank you for the info. The pad thing should be an easy fix. more than likely the cheapest auto parts store pads you can find are what you are looking for.

Casey



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05-31-17 06:23 PM - Post#2693761    
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Life has been um... crazy to say the least. As such I haven't worked much on my 1961 Impala, but I have been busy. I won't bore everyone with the non-car related daily details.

For the car stuff, The wagon is finally out of interior jail and looks great. Recently I was able to finish up all the interior wiring and enough of the engine side to get it running. He is going to do mechanical stuff (transmission lines, shift linkage, driveshaft, fluids, etc.) and fire it up at his place. I'll finish wiring the items that weren't installed previously (fan and radiator), then get the tune right and he should be on the road.

I'm currently working on a 1961 F100 engine swap. You have seen this truck parked next to me at shows last year. This one is staying f-bomb powered and getting a 302 and TKO 500 to replace the inline six. There was some sort of problem with the six and I'm not sure exactly what it was as the truck came to me in pieces. The engine turned freely by hand when I removed it, but leaked like a Brit or old Harley.

*****

Last and far from least I was followed home by an old friend from 20 years ago. It's a very long and sentimental story but I'll share a single image and a few numbers. Those in the know will get it, the rest will have to wait until I have a bit more time to document things, sort, watermark and upload images.




The VERY short version of the story: 1962 927


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05-31-17 11:22 PM - Post#2693800    
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Excellent, another anniversary gold Impala for the database. This is the 93rd I now have in my database out of 16,925 produced. Still got plenty to find and document.

Cheers, Carl.

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06-01-17 08:42 PM - Post#2693931    
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We have a winner.





Interior shot shortly after arrival at it's new home. Barely visible is the 61 in the opposite garage bay. Please disregard the speakers in the kick panels. They are already gone and I will be building new kick panels and attaching them properly at some future point.



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06-02-17 12:47 AM - Post#2693949    
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Interesting it now appears to have air cond vents fitted (accept driver's side), but there's no code for it on the cowl tag. Was factory AC fitted by PO? Does it have the AC firewall or have the AC vents been added with a surefit system?

Cheers, Carl.

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06-02-17 06:35 AM - Post#2693977    
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  • Carl1962 Said:
Interesting it now appears to have air cond vents fitted (accept driver's side), but there's no code for it on the cowl tag. Was factory AC fitted by PO? Does it have the AC firewall or have the AC vents been added with a surefit system?




I was there 20 years ago when a friend purchased the car. It had all the AC bits at that time, but it didn't work. Everything (I removed and stored the non-working compressor) under the hood is there for working AC.

Options on the car I've discovered so far in no specific order:
AC
Tinted Glass
Power Steering
Day / Night mirror
AM radio
Power bench seat
327 (I can't remember if it was originally a 2 or 4 barrel)
Anniversary Gold paint
Powerglide
Power trunk release
Built in St. Louis (so was my 61)

The car has been in and out of indoor storage for most of the last 20 years and as best I can tell has less than 4,000 miles since 2012. Overall the car appears to be fairly intact and solid, but needs a lot of mechanical attention since it has been stored so much of it's life.

The bad parts are:
Basic mechanical issues due to neglect, storage and poorly chosen repair methods.
The entire electrical system is hacked together at every turn in fantastic and creative ways.
Slight rust in several areas that needs to be addressed in the future.
Typical rear body mount rust "repair" that is not up to my standards.

The immediate goal is to get the 1962 Impala mechanically sound enough to drive and have fun in. In the process, I'm removing all the things that weren't part of the car from the factory or aren't period correct.

The 1961 Impala is still the primary focus. This car with it's history was an opportunity I simply couldn't pass up.

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06-02-17 09:15 AM - Post#2693989    
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All 327's had 4 barrel carbs in 62.



 
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06-02-17 07:05 PM - Post#2694067    
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The only other one of the options you've listed that would also have had an ACC code is the power seat. But as there is no ACC code on the cowl tag for power seat, it must have been added later as well.

Cheers, Carl.

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06-04-17 05:07 AM - Post#2694270    
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My friend bought the car in 1997 with the options as it sits. Then it was in storage for many years, sold to another friend driven, sold to a different friend driven a bit, and stored again until I purchased it. I know the next two owners didn't add any factory options.

I was also surprised to see how barren the cowl tag was. Is it possible the AC and seat were dealer upgrades? Looking at the wiring for the car, all the AC and seat wiring looks old factory and not spliced in. Whoever did that work cared and had the proper bits. All of the later efforts are fairly obvious hack engineering with crimp connectors, incorrect wire gauge and style, electrical tape, vampire taps, etc. Once I find time that stuff will all go in the trash for reliability sake.

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06-04-17 05:53 AM - Post#2694275    
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Looks very nice for sure.
Is it running now ????



 
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06-04-17 10:11 AM - Post#2694316    
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  • Stittville Ed Said:
Looks very nice for sure.
Is it running now ????




It runs decently. I've been fixing various mechanical and electrical issues since I got it.
I was parts chasing yesterday and took the 62. I've been about 30 to 40 miles from home and gone a maximum of about 65 MPH with one highway jaunt.

Short list of problems I've discovered and repaired:
Poor / hard startups - Edelbrock manual choke carb didn't have a choke cable connected. WTF

* General sluggishness / lack of power - HEI distributor was getting power from the ballast resistor wire.

* Intermittent bucking / lack of power - fuel line was lying against the hot engine block.

* Ran ok, but wouldn't charge - poor electrical connection to alternator.

* Intermittent power issues - poor connection (corroded terminals and damaged housing) for pass through connector at firewall.

* Keys didn't work well - had a local locksmith cut new keys from the numbers on GM blanks.

* Wandering and strange noises when hitting bumps - tightened the bolts for all the front suspension. Some were finger tight.

* Trunk doesn't go up the full way and catches on the way down - Replaced pins and rebuilt the trunk hinges.



On the growing to do list :

* The car still needs a full suspension bushing rebuild.

* I'll likely replace all the springs with the bushings

* Needs shocks

* Needs body mounts

* I would like to replace bits of the floor

* wiring harness

* Electric choke for the Edelbrock carburetor

* Hood springs are weak

Etc, etc.


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06-04-17 05:05 PM - Post#2694382    
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Great that it is running and will go down the road.
Looks like you have figured out all/most of your problem areas.
Some people never can even come close to figuring out what is the cause of a problem.

Long story short, in the fall of 1961 late on a Friday night I was with a buddy with a 56 Ford.
We ran into another guy we both new who also had a 56 Ford.
He told us he had just ordered a 1962 Impala SS 409 Anniversary Gold.
He built a new house in 1978 and had a door into the basement to be able to drive cars into.
He still has the 62



 
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06-04-17 11:40 PM - Post#2694441    
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It would be very difficult to determine exactly who fitted the AC and power seat, but all that is known is that it probably wasn't Fisher, because the ACC codes are missing.

However, mistakes did happen... I've seen a mis-typed VIN tag (stamped 21947... instead of 21847...) and cowl tags with mistakes that have been XXX'd over. Does the firewall look modified in any way where the AC heater box is mounted? Is there any evidence that the non-AC heater hole has been covered up? Is the power seat factory electrical loom in place above the cowl tag? detailed photos of each of these areas of the firewall would help.

Cheers, Carl.

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06-04-17 11:42 PM - Post#2694442    
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I'd love to see photos of that 1962 anniversary gold Impala with the 409 if the owner wouldn't mind me documenting his car. VIN, cowl tag, engine stamp pad, inside and outside photos would all be great.

Cheers, Carl.

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06-05-17 02:49 PM - Post#2694551    
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  • Carl1962 Said:
I'd love to see photos of that 1962 anniversary gold Impala with the 409 if the owner wouldn't mind me documenting his car. VIN, cowl tag, engine stamp pad, inside and outside photos would all be great.



If I run into him I will ask but he is a bit strange at times.
I'm a Electrician by Trade so if he needs me for something he will bend over backwards.......





 
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08-24-17 05:45 PM - Post#2705486    
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You made any progress on the car?

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08-24-17 09:01 PM - Post#2705504    
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  • 4EyedTurd Said:
You made any progress on the car?



Which one, the 61 or the 62?

I've been driving both to cruises and shows a lot. I was actually at a cruise tonight and yesterday with the 61.

I have spent a bit of time documenting and making the 62 Impala road worthy and reliable mechanically. It was poorly maintained, neglected and stored for a long time so it needs a LOT of TLC.

The remaining car time I usually have has been spent helping some friends keep their cars going with upgrades. I swapped engines for a guy with a 1961 Ford F-100. He went from inline six to V8 and 5 speed manual while trying to keep the 1960's retro vibe. Custom crossmembers (engine and transmission) custom modified shifter, updated wiring, etc. I updated the fuel system for an LSx swapped El Camino. I also replaced springs and did and a bunch of small, but significant mechanical bits on a 1963 Oldsmobile F-85 convertible. Now all three vehicles are able to drive anywhere and have fun at cruises.

That naughty word called a job is also eating into my car and social time... hahaha.

Overall, the 61 has been driven a lot but hasn't had any major or picture worthy updates. I have parts sitting on shelves for months that haven't been installed due to time (rare for me). I'm hoping to get back to work on the 61 after Ottowa (mid September). I have some ideas I may attempt to implement if I can figure out the logistics.

I need to start a topic on the 62 with what I started with on that car and where it is going.

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