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Username Post: My project        (Topic#347035)
popper 
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09-07-17 07:20 PM - Post#2706977    

My 61. Owned the car for about 23 years and never been on the road. Long story. Trying to do some things to it that should have done during the build. Its a 540 cu in 630 hp pump gas motor. Coan street/strip 400 turbo with a 9" Ford rear end with all strange components, 4.11 and a locker.

popper
John Lynch

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305c1500ext 
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09-07-17 08:47 PM - Post#2706980    
    In response to popper

Nice!!

1996 c1500 305 vortec.1st truck so far!350 crate motor is in....had to rebuild the engine first!!
1986 mazda 323 turbo road race car 400hp.SOLD
598 bbc in 56 chev drag car 8.62 second 1/4 mile
1965 Chev Impala sedan 283-now 327 + turbo 350


 
DonSSDD 
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09-07-17 10:56 PM - Post#2706986    
    In response to 305c1500ext

Beauty, a red 61, and sounds like it works good. What sort of 1/4 mile times?

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Ole61 
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09-08-17 04:54 AM - Post#2706995    
    In response to DonSSDD

Very nice 61 ,is it built to race or drive on street



 
popper 
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popper
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09-08-17 05:22 AM - Post#2706996    
    In response to popper

I apologize as this probably should have been in the my ride section.
The car has never even been down the race track, I only have taken it out around the block two years ago checking somethings out.
It was built for street/strip. But after getting most of the work done on it we started drag racing a rear engine dragster and 64 Nova. Couple of years back we sold the dragster and downsized the drag operation although I still campaign the Nova from time to time as my back alows.
I wanted to get this out and try to enjoy it but have never been satisfied with the body work and some mechanicals on the car. Thats why I joined this site to try and get some insight on upgrades I would like to make. Is it fast, ya it seems to be, Lol!
Some upgrades I am considering are, power steering, power brakes, upper and lower tubular control arms, and coilover suspension.
My intended use for the car will mainly be street use but would like to put it on the strip from time to time.
So hopefully, which I have, already gained some valuable information on this site and I will be asking for more input on my considered upgrades. I started this project back in 1993 or 94 and it was a barn find basket case. I wish I knew then what I know now and would have done some things different. But it is what it is and hopefully with your help and expierience I can get it to the point I need it to be.

popper
John Lynch

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09-08-17 06:13 AM - Post#2707002    
    In response to popper

Thats one cool looking 61.

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rober 
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09-08-17 07:08 AM - Post#2707011    
    In response to popper

beatiful car but ditch the scoop dont look good on that car my opinion



 
EDR 
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09-08-17 07:58 AM - Post#2707015    
    In response to rober

The '61 body is one of my favorites!
I would have to agree on the hood scoop, it takes away from the great body lines, but it appears it's needed to clear the air cleaner? Still a great looking car.



 
rober 
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09-08-17 09:39 AM - Post#2707033    
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popper if you loose the hood with the scoop you got a beatiful car you dont need a skyscrape to get a potent car just my opinion Ronald



 
gkralik3645 
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09-08-17 11:34 AM - Post#2707049    
    In response to rober

I think it's really wrong for you guys to be so critical of someone's car. We all do our cars as we want them.

George




 
Sweed62 
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09-08-17 11:56 AM - Post#2707050    
    In response to popper

You are very welcome John.

I got a -62 Impala 2 DR HT but i just love the -61.
Outstanding design.

I do believe you get the help you need here, just ask.

Again, very welcome.

Svenne



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popper 
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09-08-17 12:59 PM - Post#2707057    
    In response to Sweed62

I signed on here for opinions and help so I will accept the critism of the hood scoop as such. Yes it is a tall deck with raised ports so I opted for the 6" cowl hood to clear the air cleaner. I personally like the look of the cowl hood although the 6" might be a little overkill! It's like I said I built this thing and now wish I had done some things different so I'll accept blame.
Keep the comments coming, I have broad shoulders and can take it.

popper
John Lynch








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raycow 
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09-08-17 04:10 PM - Post#2707081    
    In response to popper

Popper, one thing has me scratching my head. It looks like both heater hoses are connected to the suction side of the water pump. Do you actually get decent heat out of the heater with that hose hookup, or did you connect it that way on purpose so you wouldn't get much heat?

Ray

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rober 
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09-08-17 08:29 PM - Post#2707118    
    In response to gkralik3645

you got that right george it wasnt my intention to critisize



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rober 
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09-08-17 09:11 PM - Post#2707123    
    In response to gkralik3645

george i said it was my opinion no complaint what so ever



 
kingkreeton 
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09-09-17 04:23 AM - Post#2707135    
    In response to popper

Awesome car !!!

Shane
64 Impala SS: 350 4 speed

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turbo38s10 
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09-09-17 05:38 AM - Post#2707140    
    In response to kingkreeton

personally I used tio love those big teardrop air scoops.



 
popper 
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popper
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09-09-17 06:37 AM - Post#2707144    
    In response to raycow

Ray,
Lol! Your right I never even realized that about the heater until you just pointed it out. Like I said I havn't driven this car on the road to find things like this out. The plumbing was done quite a while ago and I really don't like the corrogated lines anymore either. This is why I came on this forum and I appreciate the input. You won't hurt my feelings. I have a lot of money in this car and I've made some decisions during the build that I'm not that happy with now and need to make the changes so I can drive the car safely, make sure it's dependable and enjoy it.

popper
John Lynch








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kingkreeton 
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09-09-17 07:34 AM - Post#2707149    
    In response to popper

John,

Welcome to the site. With a car that nice, I'm sure you have some advice to contribute as well for others seeking assistance.

That what is this site is all about.



Shane
64 Impala SS: 350 4 speed

"Let's go Reds"


 
Johnny468 
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09-09-17 08:49 AM - Post#2707155    
    In response to popper

This is a great looking car. You definitely chose one of the very best body styles of all time. Plus the red with Weld wheels looks super hot. You should be very proud of this fine looking build.

Dyno testing by David Vizard and others has proven that a big cube BBC really needs a tall single plane manifold and a big carb (1000 cfm or more) and a 4 or 5 inch air cleaner to reach it's full potential. When I built my 505 I copied a motor out of a Vizard book. It put out 656 hp on the dyno, but with a tall Super Victor intake and a 1050 dominator carb. I opted for a dual plane intake with an 850 carb and 3" air cleaner and I probably gave up at least 80-100 horses so I could fit it all under a flat steel hood.

So it's all what you're looking for. With the cowl hood you certainly have the potential to maximize the output of your motor on the induction end. I'd say with carefully chosen components you could top 700 hp with that set up on pump gas.

Now take it out and enjoy it!

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/3.90


 
56_Kruiser 
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09-09-17 10:36 AM - Post#2707166    
    In response to popper

Great looking car. Sounds like you have some fun work to do on it coming up.

I was attempting a Camaro type hood scoop on my Belair Bubbletop project. It had it's share of detracters. Each to their own.

I had a lot of fun while building my '61 over the past 3 years. It's 99.99% finished (but they never reach 100%). I got lots of help here, and I'm sure you will too.

Looking forward to watching your project.



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1963SBHD 
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09-09-17 05:14 PM - Post#2707204    
    In response to popper

AWESOME Car DUDE !! Howdee from South Carolina. Michael J here and welcome to the forum. I love the roll cage, the color and the MOTOR. YOUR vision is 20/20.



 
Andy4639 
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09-10-17 07:58 AM - Post#2707268    
    In response to 1963SBHD

Nicely done sir! I like the personal flare of it myself. I like doing things the way I want them done.

Just one suggestion though. Get that bad boy out and drive it!



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route55 
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09-11-17 05:41 PM - Post#2707426    
    In response to popper

Great looking car


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gofastwclass 
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09-11-17 09:23 PM - Post#2707449    
    In response to Andy4639

I agree with Andy, drive it - a lot.

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I build my own stuff...


 
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