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kwhizz
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11-20-15 03:22 PM - Post#2590322    

A little history on this car.........The first Power Tour we went on was in 2005.....Started in Milwaukee and ended in Orlando.....There was a group of guy's that flew in from Australia to do the tour.....They flew into L.A. and bought this car and drove to Milwaukee....We got to meet them at a Party in Milwaukee before the Tour started.......LOL.....Wild group and a lot of fun........So......while in Milwaukee, the owner of the car met and got a girlfriend ......So.....After the Tour he drove the car back to the Milwaukee area to be with her..........He sold the car to a friend of mine in July of 05......Floyd had the car 10 years and kept it in a heated climate controlled environment........Labor Day weekend we were at a car show and noticed Floyd had the Car for Sale.......The rest is history......The car is a perfect California rust free piece that was gone thru in the early 2000's and built to what was normal back then.........LOL.....Just a couple weird things about the build back then......obviously the builder didn't want the A/C condenser in front of the polished radiator......so .....it was mounted parallel to the road behind the front bumper with an Electric fan blowing air thru it when required........except mounted in that position while driving down the highway it didn't work too good.....LOL........the other thing is with the Condenser mounted in that position ......there wasn't any room for the front sway bar........so......the car was a little wishy washy going down the road......all soon to be corrected along with a LSA drivetrain transplant..........So......Here we go again.........


Picture of when we picked up the car from Floyd





Pic's of the car























More pic's to follow later


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11-20-15 06:26 PM - Post#2590359    

A little more info and Pic's..........The car has 4 wheel power Disc brakes and a 9" Ford rear axle assy with all new parts in it.......3:55 Posi......So....That part of the build is already completed.......Parts are starting to show up for the conversion.....new Nomad Gas tank to be modified for the GM ZL1 Fuel Pump.....Holley 302-1 Pan and gasket showed up.....also received a repro original looking Wonderbar Radio all set-up for Satelite etc........and I ordered a new LSA / 4l85E connect and cruise drivetrain from GM today.......That should arrive next week......Here are some pic's from under the car to show the rust free condition......




























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11-20-15 08:01 PM - Post#2590371    

Looks like you got a winner there! Congrats.
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11-21-15 09:49 AM - Post#2590472    

Here's a picture of the front suspension.........Maybe adding some good shocks, but that's about all





Here's how the A/C condenser was mounted behind the front bumper....








Even though the trans fluid went thru the Radiator cooler....it was still run into this air cooler mounted behind the bumper with minimum air flow.......Gone......








Gone..........





There is now room for a sway bar............








Ken

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11-21-15 12:39 PM - Post#2590522    

Didn't take you long on moving forward with the transplant. I will be following this closely as I have a 56 that I will be help doing in the near future.

Nice Nomad!

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11-21-15 01:03 PM - Post#2590530    

Holy cow, Ken ... awesome Nomad with a cool history behind it. Congratulations!


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11-22-15 10:21 AM - Post#2590737    

Did some more dis-assembly ......getting ready for the new drivetrain that will be arriving next week.......and parts are starting to arrive (I like to plan in advance so when I start .....I can keep going).........as you can see, when it was built, it was built with all the good stuff !!!





















Holley #302-1 Oil Pan arrived








Heat Exchanger




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11-22-15 01:06 PM - Post#2590779    

I also received my new Wonder Bar Radio.......AM/FM Stereo /Sirius/Bluetooth...........Modern stuff to keep up with the drivetrain......LOL









But.......This car just amazes me.....can't wait to get the "Old" drivetrain and clean this old "Beater" up..........Just happened to spray some cleaner on the frame and wipe it off.............."WOWZA".........Look at this.......




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11-23-15 11:10 AM - Post#2590999    

Great story, looking forward to watching the build...

First time I've seen an ac condenser mounted under the splash pan !
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11-24-15 06:57 PM - Post#2591322    

A couple of neat things about this car..........whoever built the car in California originally did a great job with the install of the engine/trans..........the frame engine mounts are a work of Art.......and the trans has a tubular trans mount and frame mounts installed very professionally.........Gonna save a lot of fabrication and installation time getting the new drivetrain in..........Ended up very carefully taking the core support out........Pulled the headers off (Glad I never had to change the Spark Plugs on this puppy)..........dropped the trans out and then pulled the engine..........Now I can get the engine compartment Sparkling again.......






















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11-25-15 04:24 PM - Post#2591518    

Got a few more parts today.......The new A/C condenser arrived along with the LSA fuel pump......The Pump and Nomad tank will be a little project from the other pumps I have modified, .....I had to make them shorter to match the depth of the Tanks.......This one I have to make it longer to work in the Nomad tank which is approx. 12" deep.........And....since the Engine is out I did a quick clean-up of the engine compartment...........Again.....Great Job by the person who originally built this car.....The new engine didn't make it to the shop today.........Gonna have to wait till next Monday now........I can do some serious cleaning now .................Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!!!










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11-27-15 07:19 PM - Post#2591913    

While waiting for the drivetrain to show up.........I have just been cleaning things.......Again.....What a car.....Just gonna make it LSA "Better"........Before and after on the rims .....then a shot of the engine compartment again......A couple of things that will be changed is I realized that the 9" Ford rear end in the car is an open rear end.......Posi-unit on the To Do List.........And since this car was built roughly 15 years ago......I think I am going to update the A/C system in the Dash to a newer version with the Electronic controls.......Gonna order a Kwik Performance Alternator/Power Steering Pump unit and get that part put to bed.....As you can see in the pic's also......Floyd just recently installed the Wilwood Brake system all around.......The Drivetrain should be delivered next Monday............









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11-30-15 06:32 PM - Post#2592542    

So..........I called today to check on the delivery of the drivetrain.......It hadn't been shipped from GM yet.....It seems they are out of stock of the Engine controller kits.......So we asked to ship everything less the controller as that's the last thing I to install......So it will be shipped tomorrow......I also ordered a new Electronic controlled Vintage Air Evaporator Kit.......Also got a bunch of Dakota Digital stuff ordered..........VHX Gauges.....Clock.....Fan Controller.......GPS Speedometer module.......Got a little more dis-assembly accomplished........

Look at the detail that the original builder put into the car.....Firewall pad....



Old Radio coming out...............



Old A/C unit out..............





Sitting a little high in the front ............LOL


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12-03-15 03:50 PM - Post#2593138    

Still waiting for the Drivetrain to show up.......In anticipation of the new A/C set-up showing up.....I removed the Heater controls as they will be converted over to electronic controls.......I also removed the Gauge housing as I ordered all Dakota Digital gauges.......the gauge housing was chrome plated at some time in it's past and the chrome sort of faded away in some area's.......so....I'm going to paint it back to original.....sent the housing and the lower steering column cover out to the plater to get the chrome stripped off......then off to the paint shop for paint.....All the Dakota Digital stuff showed up today.......With the cluster out that gives me access to get the wiring all straightened out..........

























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12-04-15 10:30 AM - Post#2593293    

Nice gauge set up...
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12-10-15 06:45 PM - Post#2594731    

Been gone for a week.....But..... When we got back a lot of "Stuff" showed up.......The new Vintage Air unit showed up....and the Drivetrain got here also......I ordered the GM "LSA Connect and Cruise " set-up.....As I was going thru the boxes with all the new parts........I noticed that the Torque Converter was a reconditioned unit..........WTF...... Anyhow.......Things will start to move again......Here are a bunch of Pic's ...........





















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12-13-15 02:42 PM - Post#2595258    

I finally got the engine home (Thanks Gary !!).........So, the first thing I did was to swap out the stock oil pan for the Holley 302-1 pan.........Gotta love the new gasketing systems........a heck of a lot better than the old cork and rubber leakers......LOL...While changing the Pan I noticed that GM left out a plug in the block that was meant for the Integral Oil pan Oil Cooler .......The engine didn't come with that cooler so I don't understand why they didn't put it in.....not a big deal, but I had to order one and it mounts behind the motor mount adaptor plate and the motor mounts....so...If I install the engine and it just happens to work out that everything fits......I would have to take back out again to put that stupid plug in.......So....I started getting the new A/C system ready for install....then in looking at the original wiring and fuse panel under the dash, I decided to basically rewire the car and get away from the Glass Fuse system.........I was amazed at how simple the original fuse panel is with limited fusing and circuits.........I will leave the rear body harness alone and rewire the rest using an American Autowire Classic update system.........Oh Well........I have to do it correctly......with the dual fan set-up for cooling and the Intercooler pump,Fuel Pump and everything else that go's with the new drivetrain.......it just makes sense.......Also....I sent the dash cluster out for stripping of the Chrome.....It's stripped, now I need to get it painted for the Dakota Digital Gauge install.......



















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12-15-15 07:02 PM - Post#2595731    

While waiting for the new wiring kit to arrive I converted the stock heater controls over to the Vintage Air electronic set-up......I could have installed the A/C unit but I figured it would have gotten in the way while rewiring....also while the engine was out.....I noticed that the frame mounts that were welded in by the original builder were not parallel to each other......and I noticed that the rubber engine mounts had taken a set to the angle being out of position........I figured that since it worked before...........LOL.......As you can see in the pictures the engine fits in the 57 perfectly with the stock Camaro exhaust manifolds .........got Lucky.....Till I went to put the motor mount bolts in...........Close but no cigar.........Gonna pull the engine back out and cut the mounts out and do it correctly..........Just can't put it together in that "Bind" condition.........


Stock Heater controller





with the Electronic conversion



























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12-17-15 05:31 PM - Post#2596194    

Things are moving from the waiting for "Stuff" mode to the Get'r Done mode.......... Thanks to Donny Bock at American Autowire I now have the right stuff to upgrade the Nomad......


We are going to replace the "Old" with the "New"











Then........It's kind of hard to see how far out the frame mounts are......I made the Aluminum Jig to the 16.5" centerline as required and the mounts are way out.......I cut them out and will modify them correctly......








Also.....after test fitting the engine in the car.......It became apparent that my plan to mount the A/C compressor down low like I did in the Chevelle just wasn't going to work.......Darn......Mounting the compressor up high on a LSA engine is not that simple.........so.........I decided to bite the Bullet and buy a Concept 1 front drive system.........and with this system I had to remove the front snout assy from the engine so I can send it to Lingenfelter to get a new Hub installed on the Supercharger shaft for the Concept 1 Pulley......











Here we go............

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12-25-15 12:00 PM - Post#2597618    

I finally got the motor mount situation corrected.......Lets just say the old engine fit.......but it wasn't correct....I cut out the mounts and basically raised the mount position 1/4" to give me a little more pan clearance and made the mounts the same height relative to the frame (there was 3/16 difference)........I welded the spacer plate to the cut off mount......used my Jig and bolted the mounts in ......after everything checked out I welded them in......Side story........I have a good 110 volt Miller wire welder and got an education about extension cords......LOL.......I now have a new 12 Gauge wire one in the garage.........."I are Smart" now.........








Cleaned and painted the mounts and put the engine back in.......Fits "Perfect".......Still waiting for the Supercharger "snout" to come back from Lingenfelter with the pulley mod for the Concept 1 Front Drive set-up......So...I started the wiring process with American Autowire Classic update kit ....Here are some pic's






















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12-28-15 06:18 PM - Post#2598279    

In retrospect..........I can't even imagine trying to get all the electrical power required for this conversion thru the stock fuse panel.....Thanks to Donny Bock at AAW for pushing me into the rewire....In the mean time I have a good portion of all the wires run ......the mass of wires in earlier pictures are now in place and just need to be zip tied in place after getting the Dakota Digital modules wired and in place........I also have the new A/C unit installed under the dash and everything wired......the Supercharger snout should be coming back from Lingenfelter next week and the new front drive should be showing up also.....I also did some checking on Transmission dimensions and it looks like I have to move the trans mount back 3 1/2" on the frame from where the 700R4 was........Time to move the car's around and get the 57 up on the lift ........






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12-30-15 11:12 AM - Post#2598703    

Good choice, the AAW kit is a great upgrade.

The old wire & panel aren't worth the aggravation.
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12-30-15 09:32 PM - Post#2598854    

A little update......Still waiting for the new Front Drive to show up,...The Supercharger snout is still at Lingenfelter Performance for mod's....and the stock dash gauge housing was sent out for stripping to get the chrome off and ready for paint.....that will be painted and ready for final assy in the Dash next week ....so.....After finishing up the basic wiring under the dash.......the next big wiring issue is getting the Dakota Digital modules in and wired........there are three modules....the main VHX module......the Fan Control module.........and the GPS Speedometer module........Got everything hooked up and decided to take the Speedometer module out of the box and plug it in........ The Voltmeter guy does it again....Got Lucky (so Far) as the basic functions even work........LOL












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12-31-15 12:03 PM - Post#2598995    

Got a few things buttoned up today.........Got the modern Wonder Bar radio installed.....am/fm stereo, Sirius, Bluetooth........Neet !!!.....Also go some neat Speakers and Tweeters that are matched to the system.....I also got all the OEM converted Heat/ AC controls in and finished all the internal wiring....dash lights are all hooked up also......Time for a Nap!!!







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01-02-16 03:36 PM - Post#2599541    

I finished off a lot of little details on the inside of the car that take time, but don't show well with pictures.........I have all of the wiring for the A/C unit completed........also got the front and rear speakers all wired up and installed.......I bought some custom autosound kick panels that were set up for speakers.........I ordered them without the speakers as I already bought my own.....Killer sound system.......Now I'm back into the waiting mode for more parts to show up....But...The break in the action was good because I had the time to get all the wiring details wrapped up.......also got additional courtesy lighting under the dash installed and finished.......


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01-04-16 06:42 AM - Post#2599861    

Wow,you are really crankin it out!Looks great!
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01-05-16 11:42 AM - Post#2600135    

Lookin Good!

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01-06-16 04:47 PM - Post#2600390    

Just to get everything up to date...........I ordered a Concept 1 Front Drive set-up, and with this set-up........I had to take the snout off the supercharger and send it off to Lingenfelter Performance for modifications that are required for the new Pulley set-up.........So......I have been waiting for these items to arrive.........the Snout arrived today so I put the unit back together.....Hopefully the front drive itself will show up later this week..........













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01-09-16 05:19 AM - Post#2600798    

Here's a picture trail on the progress on the dash cluster.........When I got the car is had faded chrome on the cluster and the lower column cover......I sent them out and had the chrome stripped, then along with the cluster and cover I also sent the ash tray and glove box door to Puleras for painting...........the guy's at Puleras hit a home run again as far as matching the paint and the quality of the work done.........picked up the parts yesterday and installed the Dakota Digital VHX Gauges.....











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01-09-16 06:29 AM - Post#2600804    

Now we get to the part I have been worried about..........Getting the 4L85E transmission into the car.....Get the car up on the lift and the moment of truth.......5 minutes later the trans is bolted in place with no issues at all.......plenty of clearance all around.......the 57 has an extremely large trans tunnel.........the Trans mount even bolted in place with two of the existing bolt holes.....But....After looking at the relation between the engine and the firewall, I may move the engine forward 1/2" to give the engine harness a little more room.........gonna check it out a little closer today...........












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01-11-16 06:02 PM - Post#2601453    

I got another package today so I can move forward with getting the dash area finished up.........I just couldn't see putting the Vintage Air plastic swivel balls in the dash....... Found these ..........Gotta cut the openings and get the Duct work finished ......then I can get the gauge cluster back in.......Soon.......




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01-14-16 06:03 PM - Post#2602131    

After installing the Transmission for the trial fit and seeing how much room there really was around the trans.....I decided to remove it and put in the Converter for the final install.....this is actually going too easy, the cross member bolted in with two of the existing holes (just have to drill 2 to suit )......and today I took the driveshaft to get a new transmission yoke put on match the 4L85E trans........and the driveshaft fit's as is........Here are some pic's.......I also received the Concept 1 Front Drive system.......I'll get that installed over the weekend.....Pic's to follow









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01-15-16 06:45 PM - Post#2602384    

Took the time today to get the Concept 1 Front Drive on the car today.......During the install process, I was very "Impressed" with the quality and design features built into the unit.......Anyhow.....Here are the install pic's






















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01-16-16 03:33 PM - Post#2602541    

Easy project for today........Get the new (OEM) A/C vents in the Dash....Hole Saw, Carbide Burr to elongate the hole to fit , add the screw mounting holes ..........and get the "Tweeters" installed in Kick Panels......Easy day.....Now....Time for a Nap and some Football..........














Kick panels roughly stuck in place







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01-21-16 06:08 PM - Post#2603721    

Haven't posted for a while.......Been very busy on the car but it's all wiring related....so....Not much to see.....We are gaining on it......LOL


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01-23-16 06:47 AM - Post#2603971    

Very impressive!
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01-23-16 11:28 PM - Post#2604129    

Looking good. Keep the pictures coming.

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01-26-16 09:11 PM - Post#2604711    


ZOWIE! That is really something extra! cool
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01-28-16 06:38 PM - Post#2605105    

Christmas in January.......Came home to a bunch of boxes today.......



The small white box has the Vaporworx Fuel pressure control system in it.........The other three boxes had the AutoRad aluminum Core Support, aluminum Radiator that is all set up for the LS configuration, A/C Condenser and they built in the mounting for the Intercooler also..........A work of Art........Nice to get something that is better than expected........doesn't happen too often anymore...........


















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01-30-16 06:10 PM - Post#2605530    

So........I needed room to hide the ECM and the TCM along with the additional fuse panel.......The existing set-up in the car had the passenger side fresh air vent zip tied closed........As I was looking at getting that working again.........I thought how that area under the fender would make a nice out of the way mounting area for the modules if the vent tubes weren't there........So.....Guess what.......They are now gone (had to sawzall them in half)......I took out both sides as I will now use the drivers side for the Inlet air and a cold air set-up.........Perfect.....hated to cut up the perfect rust free vent tubes........But....I'll make up some block off plates to seal off the openings to keep the hot air out..Here are a couple of pic's






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01-31-16 07:04 PM - Post#2605749    

I also got a Gas Strut kit from Mike at Madmooks...........Took out the old and in with the new......




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02-16-16 07:04 PM - Post#2609366    

O.K.........Back at it..........Made a simple mounting plate for the control modules out of 1/4" plastic........Then I got it mounted in the fender well area so it is basically out of the way......Gonna make a mounting bracket for the GM supplied engine compartment fuse box.......I also got the trans cross member bolted in and got the engine drivetrain angle set......Need to make a couple 2 degree angle blocks to change the pinion angle to match the engine.......I also spun the engine over today to get some oil pressure......after getting all the wiring finished up next week I still need to deal with the fuel system......among other things....but...we are getting closer




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02-18-16 07:51 PM - Post#2609841    

Before I could finish up the engine compartment wiring......I had to close up the fresh air vent openings in the Firewall after removing the vent tubes for mounting space for the control modules......So....I made a couple plates to seal the holes today......Got the passenger side installed (LOL...No room to get at the upper screw as it is right behind the A/C unit.....Took awhile)......And........While I was at it.....I had another issue that was making me crazy.....After getting the basic engine wires hooked up, I turned the key to start and expected the engine to crank over......Nothing.......Humm!!.....Checked the wires at the neutral safety switch.......Power there.......Solenoid wire at the starter.....no power.....Call the Tech Line at American Autowire and explain the situation.....I was told to check the plug where the wire goes thru the firewall......I forgot about that....and it's tucked up behind the A/C unit......(Damm that thing)....finally get it to where I can see it and noticed that the power terminal wasn't snapped into the plug body all the way and when I plugged it in it pushed the spade out.......Duhhhh!!!! Starter now works correctly....also got the GM supplied engine compartment fuse panel installed .......and Time for a Nap!!








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02-21-16 02:05 PM - Post#2610437    

Got the drivers side fresh air vent cover plate installed.......I added a slotted area for the harnesses that needed to go inside the car......worked out perfect, after proving everything out I will seal it up with urethane........I also got the Dakota Digital gear sensor installed and hooked up inside the car along with a couple loose ends.....so.....all the wiring is completed inside the car......I just have to get the drive by wire pedal installed........so I decided to get the A/C and Defroster vents installed and put the gauge cluster back in.......everything works......even the check engine light (MAF) sensor not installed along with the gas pedal plug)........Getting Closer......Here are a bunch of Pic's




























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02-24-16 06:32 PM - Post#2611296    

So......Been an Interesting last couple of days........After getting the gauge cluster in and getting the starter solenoid issue resolved.......I spun the engine over and noticed I wasn't getting any oil pressure........Hummm!!!......Must have lost it's prime........So......I borrow a pressure oiler to prime the system.......it has an adapter that screws on in place of the oil filter that connects to the canister with a hose.......Add oil to the canister ......pressurize the canister with 100lbs air pressure and open the valve.......the pressure pushes the oil thru out the entire oiling system in the car........open the valve and turn the key on 40lbs oil pressure........Humm....That was easy......Take all the pressure stuff off and put the oil filter back on...(still filled with oil)......Spin the engine over........"0" oil pressure....,,.WTF !!!.........Put all the pressure stuff back on......40 lbs.........Spun the engine over with the 40 lbs pressure..........Take it off ......."0" again......Talk about getting depressed........So.......I spend a day thinking this thru......It seems that the only place this problem can be coming from is when I changed the Oil Pan and changed the oil pick-up tube.........the mounting of the pick-up tube to the pump is critical to get the "O" ring seated correctly ...........I was very careful in putting in the new tube and "O" ring, so.......I was not convinced that was were the problem was.......So......I get a hold of my friend Gordon who works at GM Tech Center and explain what's going on.......He did some research and sends me a link that shows some past similar issues with the wrong size "O" ring installed.........Humm !!!.........I just took the supplied "O" that came in the kit installed it and never gave it a second thought.......But....It was the only answer that made any sense........So.......Other that the fuel system the car is a day away from running and now I have to take it apart to check a stupid "O" Ring.......Spent the day today taking the car apart.........Ha!!..........The tube was seated perfectly.......pulled the tube down and the "O" ring was in perfect condition........then I checked it with the old one that was on the GM pickup tube......... Basically 1 mm difference in size......the "O" ring supplied with the pan was smaller..........Darn !!!!........All this work for a stupid "O" ring.......But....I get it back together ........Put the pressure oil primer on .....take it off...put the Filter on and spin the engine over........Bingo.......Oil Pressure..........Some times the littlest things cause the biggest problems.............




















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02-28-16 11:41 AM - Post#2611978    

After getting the Oil issue resolved........Time to move forward again.............Put the core support back in, hopefully for the last time........Got the intercooler pump mounted......mounted the Radiator, A/C condenser, and the heat exchanger (again....Hopefully for the last time).....I also got the transmission cooler lines made and installed to the Radiator.....And.......I can only give praise to AutoRad producing a "Super" Quality product.........Glad Donny at Frame-up convinced me I can't afford "Cheap" stuff !!!!!.....Here are some Pic's of the car moving forward.......















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02-29-16 06:59 PM - Post#2612318    

Well !!!!..........I got another education today..........Got a call this morning at the shop from Coy........an Engineer from Holley........He wanted to know what and how everything transpired in my Dilemma...So.....I explained everything to him and how I felt the "O" ring was the cause of the issue.........O.K...He said !!.......I explained how I measured the tube and it was the same size as the Holley tube and since they were the same size I concluded that the smaller "O" was the issue.........He then asked if I still had the GM pick-up tube and was it tapered.........In my mind I was thinking a lead in style taper, .....And I measured the end and it measured .875 the same as the Holley tube........So....I told him I had it at home and I could measure it again and send him the info..........Humm!!!........When I get home I figured this was a waste of time, but.....I get it out and look at it a little closer.....



Wow.......Look at this .....When I looked at it originally the "O" Ring was on and I didn't notice the recessed taper area that the "O" ring sat in.........Hummm!!!!.........I called Coy back and explained what I found and what he already knew.........





When you measure the minor diameter and add the size of the larger "O" Ring vs the .875 dia of the Holley straight tube and the smaller ring.....The compression for the seal is exactly the same.........So.....My conclusion that the "O" ring was the problem was not correct........Holley had it figured out dimensionally correct........Sheesh !!!.......All that work for nothing.......but.......I still don't understand exactly what the issue was......So......Right now I have the larger "O" compressed into a space it really wasn't designed for......and......when I was talking to Coy I spun the engine over........"0" oil pressure.......Spun it over for about 20 seconds and Boom 50 lbs pressure.........So......If you have installed one of these pans.....don't worry about it.........Man.....what an Idiot .........This car stuff is hard............

And...........Congrat's to Holley for the follow up to bring that part of the issue to a logical conclusion...
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03-01-16 05:00 PM - Post#2612492    

Got a lot of little stuff finished up.......Got the Air inlet tube finished up and got the Mass Air Flow sensor installed......Finished up the forward Light harness.......(Everything works)...........Just about finished the Fan Relays before having to go in and take a Nap..........






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03-02-16 07:37 AM - Post#2612589    

I’ve been following your build ever since you started posting your work, which looks great by the way. But I’m having difficulty following the issue with the O-ring and if I understand correctly what happened, I think you still maybe correct that it is an O-ring problem.
When measuring O-rings there are three dimensions you are interested in the, the inside diameter, outside diameter and the cross section diameter. It looks like the Holley O-ring was the black one that measured .136 in cross section, .035” smaller than the original.
Holley’s explanation of the combination of the smaller O-ring combined with their larger tube diameter made the overall outside diameter the same as the original isn’t correct, it is still .033” smaller. But where I think Holley lead you astray is with the cross section of the O-rings, it is the .035” larger cross section of the original O-ring is what is needed to take up the space in the recess machined into the block that their smaller O-ring couldn’t and overall diameter had nothing to do with it.
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03-04-16 09:47 PM - Post#2613121    

Moving along.........Got the heater hoses installed and on to the part that is a real pain in the rear.....piecing together radiator hoses.........So.....I made some adaptors today matching the different upper hose sizes and then went to the auto parts store trying to visualize cutting sections out of hoses to get then to suit my application.......ended up being simpler than I expected.....I ordered a bunch of heat shrink hose clamps that will be here Monday so I can get them finished....Supercharger intercooler hoses are next........Getting closer......the adaptors are Aluminum Glass Beaded








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03-05-16 06:16 AM - Post#2613148    

On to the last major piece of the puzzle......Fuel System.......The Nomad has a major difference from the standard 55-57 Chevrolets........The Gas Tank........Because of the spare tire well in the Nomad.....the standard Gas Tank couldn't be used......so...GM used the space available and pretty much form fit a tank to fit........the easy option would have been to cut out the well and use a stock tank........I couldn't take the easy way out....LOL.......So......With the Nomad tank being much deeper than a stock tank, and using a stock GM LSA Fuel Pump.........some major issues popped up.......In my other conversions I had to shorten the overall length of the pumps to fit.......on this application I have to go the other way and lengthen the Pump and modify the tank to accept the new pump.........Stay Tuned......LOL






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03-07-16 06:00 PM - Post#2613778    

Got all the radiator hoses installed and sealed........also got all the intercooler lines run and sealed up then filled both the Radiator and Intercooler........Almost time to put the Hood back on........so.....I have to make a mount for the throttle pedal and get the fuel system mod's completed and the exhaust system made.......But...other than that.....Engine compartment sure filled up....LOL












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03-16-16 02:37 PM - Post#2615799    

Well........The last big hurdle is the Fuel system......Two issues here.......#1....The Nomad gas tank is nothing like a stock 57 tank......with the spare tire well in the rear floor....there wasn't too much room left for a gas tank.....so GM pretty much form fit a tank in the space that was available......as you can see........





And a new tank I bought for Modifications.............



I'm using a GM LSA Fuel pump which is 7 1/2" high and the Nomad tank is 12" deep.....So......two problems....the GM pump needs to be spring loaded against the bottom of the tank......so...I need to build a recessed mounting system for the GM pump......and I need to lengthen the stock LSA pump to replicate the stock compressed GM specs......Here are some pic's of the Tank Modifications.......Should be finished later this week........










More to come
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03-16-16 02:52 PM - Post#2615801    

Also..........To get the old Nomad tank out of the car I basically had to just about take the rear axle assy out........I disassembled everything and slid the housing forward on the springs to get enough room for the tank to come out.......And....as long as I am ripping the rear of the car apart, I had an Axle oil seal leak on the passenger side, so....pulled the axle out to get that fixed.......then I checked and found out the rear was an open rear......so....pull it all apart and took the third member to get a Posi unit installed.........used a couple cans of Brake clean to get the oil out of the parking brake assy and to get the pads and rotors cleaned up......should have the rear ready for reassembly when the tank is finished.....




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03-16-16 03:17 PM - Post#2615803    

And........The Fuel pump.........A couple of concerns here.......The GM pump has exposed wires that are submersed in the gasoline........So....I found out by asking the experts on LS1tech how to extend the wires while lengthening the pump......I was told to use PTFE wire and shrink tubing only.......took a while to locate the Teflon insulated wire and shrink tubing......finally got everything and got the wires fixed.........next was the flexible "Soda Straw" feed line from the pump to the outlet port on top of the assy........couldn't figure out a good way to lengthen the corrugated plastic tube without crushing or restricting the line........so.....I ended up getting some -8 braided stainless fuel hose and it worked out perfectly......I cut off the plastic tube and left the stock GM RF sealed tube ends on the fittings.....the -8 hose fit over these tube ends perfectly and will be held on with stainless hose clamps.....then I made some stainless rod extenders and longer springs to make the pump to the new length.........all finished, just need to wire tie the wires to neaten then up.......
















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03-25-16 12:49 PM - Post#2617698    

Been busy at the shop so not a lot of time for Car parts......I finally got the fuel pump situation put to bed........I ordered a set-up from Ricks that has a dual filtered in tank pick ups for supplying the fuel pump......there are a couple of brackets that the pick-ups snap into that needed to be tack welded in the Tank to hold them in position......Got that finished today........Now I can finish welding the Pump plate into the tank.........Getting real close !!!!!!!


















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04-06-16 05:05 PM - Post#2619955    

Got home from Vacation and I was hoping the Elves would have the car back together.....No Luck......Gas Tank is not finished yet either........But !!!......Got a box in UPS with new shocks in it........Can't do anything till the Tank gets finished.......Darn !!!!




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04-15-16 04:43 AM - Post#2621760    

Look what is finally finished..........I'll get it installed........finish up the fuel line.......install the Vaporworx fuel pressure control system........then off to the Exhaust shop........





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04-16-16 03:25 PM - Post#2622153    

Got everything finished except for the Exhaust system........all the wiring is completed......the last wires were for the Vaporworx fuel pressure controller......got it buttoned up and turned the key on......The pump ran for a couple seconds and shut off......with out starting that's exactly what it's supposed to do..........Now I have to put some gas in the tank to start it up......then get it to the exhaust shop...........Next project coming up shortly is to take the 454 out of Gary's 65 Biscayne and swap in a LS3.........Stay Tuned........












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04-17-16 04:00 PM - Post#2622422    

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04-20-16 04:29 AM - Post#2623102    

A little update.....After starting the car it was noticed that the Alternator wasn't charging.........Ended up I had to put a ground wire from the alternator to the block.......charges fine now.....no fuel line leaks.......Added transmission fluid......everything Good......Made an appointment at the Muffler shop to get the Exhaust system installed......Then we have a problem..........Started the car and let it run for a while to check out the cooling fans.......Look under the car and coolant leaking .....Damm........Ended up being the Concept1 Billet thermostat housing leaking where they put the Hose Tube into the body.........called them and they said that they had a problem with them and changed the way they manufacture them to eliminate that problem........the "Big" problem is that the housing is buried under everything and I had to pretty much remove everything to get at it........4 hours later I got it off and waiting for a new GM one to show up............Darn........I was all done and now the car is in pieces again.......Gotta push the exhaust appointment back to next week........
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04-22-16 09:08 AM - Post#2623605    

That right there is a slice of hot rodding! Stay with it man, it's gonna be soooooo worth it.
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04-25-16 05:06 AM - Post#2624137    

Had another little issue come up......when I did the gas tank revision I didn't think it thru correctly, the stock fuel level sender had the float arm going in to the left.......LOL.....it and the new fuel pump were fighting for the same spot..........I ended up ruining the original sender in modifying it......new one showed up and was modified correctly ..........cut off the pick-up tube that the sender was mounted to and rotated it 180 degrees......and since I am not using the tube anymore we welded it up solid to eliminate any fuel leaks.......installed it and everything works perfectly....Two little issues remain (until I find more).........the intercooler pump doesn't turn on and the fittings I used to connect the intercooler lines to the Supercharger leak.........Always something.........the exhaust will go on this week and I moved the car under it's own power for the first time ........just in and out of the garage.........








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05-02-16 07:21 PM - Post#2625846    

Picked up the car today from the exhaust shop........Need to get the A/C lines made and the system charged.........Need to program the module and get the GPS Speedometer dialed in........Then.........Drive it........


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05-20-16 07:44 AM - Post#2629466    

Got the car back from Frame-up and the A/C system is now complete.......I was going to take the car up to the Dells for the Automotion car show........In checking everything out, it seems the new Intercooler Pump that came with the kit doesn't work...........A new one is coming under Warranty but won't be here in time.........Darn !!!!
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05-22-16 08:00 AM - Post#2629792    

The learning curve continues..........I didn't take the car to the Automotion show in the Dells as planned because the Intercooler wasn't working........I had the car running for a while and was checking the cooling system with my infrared heat gun........Noticed the intercooler was ambient temp.......Hummm.....Check the intercooler lines and just a gradual heat change Hummm.......I checked the plug and had Power.......Humm.......I added a Reservoir for the coolant that was higher than the Supercharger and it was full.....but there was no movement of coolant when running.........I called Pace Performance (where the system was purchased) and told them the pump wasn't working........They said they would Warranty it and send out a new one.........(paid for in advance till they got the defective one back)........So.....We get back from the Dells and the box was waiting for me.........Beautiful !!!....So......I change out the pump......fill with water again (was surprised there wasn't a lot of coolant leakage from the line from the intercooler).......started the car and the pump ran for about 10 seconds and shut off...........Darn !!!.........Check all the fuses......everything good.....
Hummm!!!!.........Come in the house and do a Internet search about the pump........Found a thread about this exact problem..........Air in the System.......When the pump sees Air it turns off......Hummm....System is full at it's highest point..........Hummm.......Go out and now Focus and this issue...........I ended up putting a "T" fitting from a Radiator flush kit in the upper Intercooler hose....I back filled the Intercooler that I thought was full wit 3/4 of a gallon of coolant.....capped it off and it now works perfectly..........Sheesh !!!.......This car stuff is Hard !!!!
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05-22-16 09:12 PM - Post#2629934    

Frustrating, but your troubleshooting methodology eventually led to you figuring out the cause of the problem. Thanks to the internet....

Remember when (back in the day) when there was no internet and you had to shade-tree all this stuff without the benefit of anyone else to ask...
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05-26-16 05:09 PM - Post#2630614    

The Hood had a bunch of stone chips on it from a couple years of Power Tours.....And ....everyone knows how that works out.......Now that the big stuff is finished and every time I looked at the car, all I saw was the stone chips.......So.......the car is at Pulera's getting the hood repainted, other little chips touched up.......then a good buffing......Then it's time to put some miles under it's belt......






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06-12-16 05:01 PM - Post#2633528    

It's been a while , update........Pulera's got the paint mixed and matched.......as long as they got it that close I decided to have them fix the passenger side wheel well area.......there was a spot (very small) where there was a paint adhesion problem (small bubble)......not a rust issue at all....But......Like everything at Pulera's......they don't do anything unless they do it correctly.....so....Before and after pic's............Should get it back next week so I can get some miles on it.......



After







They also repainted the top of the fenders that had a bunch of paint chips that I put in while installing the core support





Almost there..........
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07-05-16 05:10 AM - Post#2637849    

Update.........The car is pretty much finished and we have taken it on a couple of short trips to check it out.......A couple of things needing improvement are getting rid of the rear leaf spring choppy ride (to be replaced with a 4 link Coil Over set-up) and the front seat.........We will be getting a split bench contoured foam seat and get it re-upholstered in original material to match......the stock seat is like sitting on a Park bench......LOL........Done but not "Done"......








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07-05-16 07:56 AM - Post#2637894    

The car looks incredible! Keep up the good work
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07-06-16 08:22 PM - Post#2638227    

Sweet. All that's left to do is ship it to me.😀
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Update.........I ordered a Glide Engineering seat for the car........the stock seat is like sitting on a Park bench..........and after driving coil spring cars for a while, I forgot how bad leaf spring cars ride.........ordered a 4 link Coil-over set-up from RideTech...........which means I also had gas tank clearance issues..........a new Ricks Tank is on its way.......which means I have to remove the spare tire well...........LOL.......it never ends......but....in the end it will be a car with all the creature comforts of the other cars and the drivability to do Road Tours..........The A/C unit cools the car very well..........no Problems at all.....The lower control arm bushings on the front suspension were in pretty bad shape.....so , I bought new upper and lower tubular control arms and they will be installed next week............Never ends.........But.....I know where I want to end up........so......LOL.....
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07-20-16 07:04 PM - Post#2640943    

The Car is at Frame-Up Wheelworks getting the triangulated 4 Bar set-up installed....along with the new tank and spare Tire storage well mod's.........Here are some pic's of the start of the process....








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07-25-16 07:20 PM - Post#2641794    

Moving along.........



Spare tire well out.................



New Ricks Tank going in............




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07-25-16 09:28 PM - Post#2641808    

OMG! No spare tire!! LOL! Isn't that why they have AAA?
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07-27-16 05:48 AM - Post#2641987    

I ditched the spare tire well in mine too.
If you are going on a very long journey, then put one in the back and call it a day. Otherwise, keep your AAA towing membership paid up.
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07-29-16 10:45 AM - Post#2642399    

I'm with you on that one!

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07-30-16 05:46 AM - Post#2642541    

This thing is KILLER!I bet it's going to be tough to wipe the grin off your face.
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07-31-16 06:59 AM - Post#2642745    

Here are some pic's of the finished install.....Everything went smooth except for one issue.....I wanted to keep the ride height just as it was.......the Coil-over shocks that were shipped with the kit set the ride height when they were fully extended........so....Donnie ordered a new set that were 2" longer ........The kit was designed to work with the shocks as delivered and with the 9" Ford rear in the car, the yoke is lower than a Chevy rear........So.......With the longer Shocks the triangulated bar now hit the driveshaft yoke.......They to make a bracket to lower the bar to get it to clear........The Gas Tank is installed and the fill tube all hooked up......Here are some pic's before the wheels and tires are installed





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07-31-16 07:10 AM - Post#2642747    

Hello;
Looks nice! The only thing I saw was the coil over position. Is this car for racing? I learned a something about positioning on rear shocks (goes for coil overs) that the more vertical they are mounted the more rigid the driveability will be, and the more they are angled the smoother the ride. (true or false?)
There is always a thought in my mind that we do mods to our cars based on previous experiences or from other examples of what we have seen, not (sometime) really knowing what the end result will manifest itself to.
Thats a really good looking choice for the gas tank.
Your project is coming right along!
My car has the three steps foreward and five steps back syndrom going on! (fixing paid for work that isn't worth "SQUAT!!")

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08-01-16 05:36 PM - Post#2643068    

Donnie and the crew at Frame-up did an outstanding job on the Nomad.....Changing to the 4 link set-up made a lot of things happen.....Gas Tank change......eliminating the spare tire well......and Trashing out the brand new exhaust system that doesn't fit anymore.....Anyhow.......I haven't driven it yet, but...here are some pics of the car back on the ground.....




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08-05-16 11:16 PM - Post#2644000    

Here's a picture showing the spare tire well removed and the new gas tank installed........I'm having a new drop in pan made that will be panel bonded in place.........there is still room above the tank for the pan to be 4" deep for some storage......Also the new Glide Engineering seat frame and seat foam assy arrived today........



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08-21-16 06:23 AM - Post#2646857    

Finally got the pan to fill in the spare tire well.........It will be installed early next week and back to the exhaust shop next Thursday ............Then off to Nicky Chicago for Tuning..........


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08-22-16 02:02 PM - Post#2647053    

Any thought on including a fuel pump access door to the bottom of that new drop in panel? Just because if your fuel pump ever goes out, it's a cinch to get to it via the door (vs. having to drop the tank first).

Regardless of that, you have a fine build coming along!
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09-08-16 04:33 AM - Post#2650087    

New exhaust system is in......New Tires as the old ones although good.......were 10 years old, and the rear tires were a pain to get in as they were so wide......the rear end had to have the shocks unbolted to get them on or off......so....I went to a slightly taller and narrower tire to make the car more user friendly.........and the new storage pan is in and in use......So........The car is pretty much finished and the conversion has taken the car to a new level, the Coil-over rear suspension has improved the ride considerably........I also added new tubular upper and lower front control arms........the one thing that is not finished yet is I bought a Glide Engineering contoured foam front seat that is being upholstered to match the existing pattern ........Here are some pic's..














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03-15-17 05:00 AM - Post#2681613    

Update........A couple of things........Took the car to Nickey Chicago for tuning......during the tuning process a couple of issues popped up.........#1....I put a Concept 1 front drive set-up on the car to allow for the A/C compressor to be mounted up top ( no room in the stock low position due to cross member clearance issues)....this setup drives everything off of one 8 rib belt.........and in the Dyno tuning process when given full throttle, the belt squeal made it apparent the Belt wrap on the crank pulley was not the best along with the belt dust all over the engine..........I had a Gatorback belt on the car which has cross grooves which make the belt quieter,........But the guys at Nickey told me to get a Gates Fleet Runner Belt which doesn't have the cross grooves and will give more gripping surface..........Only made 7lbs of boost with the slippage.........New Belt installed..........2nd.......the Horsepower on the Dyno was lower than I expected..(442 RWHP).....Also in driving the car home it ran good but just didn't have the power of the LSA powered 66 Chevelle) ............After getting the car home I put it up on the lift and after looking at the exhaust system..........I now realized that I should have not used the stock cast iron manifolds........and when the exhaust was fabricated, the 90 degree bend put in the pipe coming down from the manifolds actually reduced the pipe diameter quite a bit..........so....as I looked at this set-up, I really realized the Choke point of trying to push all the exhaust at RPM thru that area of pipe........So..........Here we go again......LOL......Ordered a set of 4 tube headers........(pic's to follow).........It will be interesting to see what the numbers will be after getting everything installed and tuned again............I'm also going to install a set of Ring Bros Hood Hinges........

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03-15-17 03:32 PM - Post#2681668    

Dyno pull at Nickey Chicago



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03-16-17 07:26 AM - Post#2681761    

Are you going with Earl Williams headers?

I purchased a set for my '55 with a 427 motor, and the quality is beyond expectations!

Even though you didn't acquire the HP you wanted, the video was cool!

Nice car!

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03-24-17 01:11 PM - Post#2683104    

Headers in..........Check





Hinges in and Hood Aligned.......Check...







And since the weather is nice.........Drive it to work......Check




Gonna be interesting to get it back to Nickey Chicago and see what if any power gains were made.........Again.......I should have put the Headers on during the initial install.....

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03-24-17 01:14 PM - Post#2683105    

  • ptjsk Said:
Are you going with Earl Williams headers?

I purchased a set for my '55 with a 427 motor, and the quality is beyond expectations!

Even though you didn't acquire the HP you wanted, the video was cool!

Nice car!

Pat





The Headers came from Speedway........Had to do some light hammering for clearance around the Steering box , But, other than that they fit O.K..... .......

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01-07-18 07:15 AM - Post#2720310    

Been a while for an update.........We were going to take the Nomad on the Good-Guys Road Tour last fall........That was the plan anyway.....The tour started in Mooresville, N.C. and ended in Dallas/Ft. Worth.....We were going to drive to Mooresville and have the car shipped back home from Dallas......During the mod's to the car, we had to eliminate the stock Emergency Brake linkage and cable assy due to clearance issues......So...We ordered an E-Force electric E-Brake actuator (Need E-Brake for shipping)......While waiting for the assy to show up I noticed that the A/C system lost it's charge.....Damm!!.........Did some checking and found that the front drive compressor manifold that came with the kit had a leak in it at where the Tube was welded to plate.......Darn........Called Concept one and they said they would ship one out.......well....It came the day we were supposed to leave.......No time to get it fixed so we took the Impala instead.........Meanwhile.......I left the car at Frame-up for Donnie to fix the A/C, install the E-Force unit and replace the Shorty Headers that had some clearance and vibration issues......we ordered some "Real" headers........Hooker long tubes.... When we returned Donnie had the car all finished.........So, it is ready for this years Road-Tour........Also after the new header install and a pulley change (another long story) we got the Supercharger belt slippage resolved....It now makes 12 lbs of boost and made 520 RWHP thru the mufflers........By the way....The Impala got an overall average of 23.7 MPG over 2880 miles........









Put Dye in the system and found the leak





Ken
kwhizz
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kwhizz
09-10-18 05:56 PM - Post#2745842    

So...….The story continues...… The seat was at three different upholstery shops over the last 2 1/2 years trying to get a decent job..... Now.....This is a Glide Engineering seat ordered for a 57 Chevrolet...….The upholstery shops (all except the last one, had a issue with the stupid way that Glide designed the pivot arms for the seat backs...….They are about 4" in from the seat sides...….Normal seats the swing arms are outside the cushion (common sense)…….So.. After throwing away two sets of covers that were terrible... I went back to Dave who did the 37 Ford....So... Dave did a great job on the seat except I would have preferred a more rounded form on the top of the seat backs..... Picked it up today and wanted to get it installed right away as we are taking the Nomad on the Good-Guys Road Tour and she wanted a comfy seat in the car...… Well......I get the old seat out and get the new one in and after getting it bolted in I went to raise the seat backs and guess what...……..The seat back frames are 1" per side too wide ……..Great Job Glide.....Here we go again !!! All I want is to be a person that gets what he wanted and paid for that actually fits and works...… I guess that is asking too much...…….Glide Engineering Sucks !!!!!








wagonman100
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wagonman100
09-10-18 07:25 PM - Post#2745853    

That stinks. Nothing worse than having trouble with something, thinking the problem is solved, and finding another problem.
Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier

kwhizz
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kwhizz
09-11-18 02:04 PM - Post#2745924    

I called Glide today and explained what happened and they are going to make new seat back frames to suit and all for N/C...…….. Great customer service after the fact.....They could have told me tough luck......Not the case !!!!!!
swbatt
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swbatt
09-17-18 09:01 AM - Post#2746421    

Great news. Keep up the good work. Other than that the seat looks really nice.

"Which do I prefer? Chess or sex? It depends on the position." - Spassky

kwhizz
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kwhizz
10-06-18 06:26 AM - Post#2747978    

Since it pains me to say that the car season is basically over for the year....The refining process will now continue over the fall and winter season.....Couple things I'm not comfortable with...… Ordered a new GM Ignition switch to hopefully solve the intermittent starting issue...… #2... I'm going to bite the Bullet and change out the Concept 1 Front drive set-up(single belt for everything) for a Wegner LSA front drive ( two belt drive) ……. In the 57 the single belt C1 set-up moves everything forward to align with the Blower Belt position...… In this position everything fits, But.…..There is no clearance between the drive and the fans and radiator...… So, in driving the car like we do across the country, if anything would happen to fail …….. the only way to access the components is to basically remove the radiator and or Core support (another reason I was hesitant to take the Nomad on the Road Tour this year)...… Don't want to be in that position..... With the Wegner set-up, there will be another 1 1/2" of room to at least have room to access the Pulley's Etc... One of these things you learn as the process moves along..... Gonna make it more Gooder !!!..... LOL





Haunted
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10-21-18 08:49 AM - Post#2749186    

The work you do is incredible.
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