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Username Post: Keith's 65 Impala Upgrade        (Topic#337580)
kwhizz 
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07-18-16 04:27 PM - Post#2640488    

A little background on Keith and his car.........In June I took the Impala Convert and went to a car show in Union Grove........when I parked I was met by some friends and we talked for a 1/2 hour......I noticed a guy standing behind my car waiting for us to finish talking.......when they left he came over and asked me if I was Ken......LOL........Ended up that Keith followed every build that is posted on this site.....We had just finished Gary's car and he knew everything about the build and knew everything about the Impala Convert also........Holy Cow.......We talked about the transformation of Gary's car and how he was in Awe of the new drivetrain over the old Big Block.......We talked about the Yenko site for about a 1/2 hour..........Fast forward about two weeks and I got to a little car show in Milwaukee and end up parking next to Keith.....He had a 65 Impala wagon at the Union Grove show but brought his 65 Impala hardtop to this show.......We got to talking and he told me he would love to duplicate the drivetrain in Gary's car in this car........Due to some Physical Limitations he was unable to complete this process himself........
To make a long story short.......Some of his friends removed the old drivetrain and parts not required and I gave him a list of parts to order and the car showed up today with the parts.........So.....Put the Pop corn on as it will be an Honor to help Keith out.......

Here is the car arriving today.....













 
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kwhizz 
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07-18-16 04:34 PM - Post#2640490    
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In addition to the LS3 480 H.P. engine and 4L70E trans.......we will be adding A/C.......new aluminum radiator....Dakota Digital VHX Gauges.......Here's a shot of the new drivetrain...........




New Holley 302-1 Pan installed








Stay Tuned........



 
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07-18-16 10:32 PM - Post#2640568    
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Can't wait to see where this thread goes. By the way was that yellow 66 on a semi car hauler trailer sometime this spring? At the time I was driving a truck and had to bother the driver at the pump to get a closer gander of it at the Loves Travel center in Denton TX.



 
kwhizz 
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07-19-16 04:14 AM - Post#2640578    
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  • chip8541 Said:
Can't wait to see where this thread goes. By the way was that yellow 66 on a semi car hauler trailer sometime this spring? At the time I was driving a truck and had to bother the driver at the pump to get a closer gander of it at the Loves Travel center in Denton TX.




Nope !!!......Not mine.........But we will be in Texas in early October for the Good-Guys Road Tour........



 
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07-19-16 08:02 AM - Post#2640599    
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Ken, Well done. I can hardly wait to see this build unfold. VERY clean platform to start with.

Is this build also being posted on yenko.net?

Nitrous is like a hot girl with STD's…You know you wanna hit it, but you’re afraid of the consequences!
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1970 Chevelle Malibu: 53 on 753.
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07-19-16 09:11 AM - Post#2640611    
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  • BowtieGent Said:
Ken, Well done. I can hardly wait to see this build unfold. VERY clean platform to start with.

Is this build also being posted on yenko.net?




Yes ..............




 
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07-19-16 09:33 AM - Post#2640614    
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Subscribed!

Nitrous is like a hot girl with STD's…You know you wanna hit it, but you’re afraid of the consequences!
1965 Biscayne 2 Door Post: 350,PG,373-posi,C3-DB, PS,PB.
1970 Chevelle Malibu: 53 on 753.
Brian Daniel McClure: 1970-2015. R.I.P. Brother.


 
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07-19-16 05:11 PM - Post#2640688    
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The gears started turning today......Decided to get the old heater assy out and start to get the new A/C unit installed......Had to pull the inner fender panel out and heaven forbid........I found Dust on the inner panel,.........Sheesh !!!........Had to stop and clean it before reassembly.......Got the old unit out and added a new switch to the controller along with new cables........Then I got the new unit bolted into place and decided it was time to come in from the heat and take a Nap !!!!



















 
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07-20-16 08:40 AM - Post#2640818    
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MAN, That is one super clean car.

Nitrous is like a hot girl with STD's…You know you wanna hit it, but you’re afraid of the consequences!
1965 Biscayne 2 Door Post: 350,PG,373-posi,C3-DB, PS,PB.
1970 Chevelle Malibu: 53 on 753.
Brian Daniel McClure: 1970-2015. R.I.P. Brother.


 
kwhizz 
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07-20-16 06:42 PM - Post#2640939    
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Today was fuel Tank day.............Got the Fuel level sender set to spec along with the fuel pump.....Got the fuel lines made......Vent lines in ........and got the wires hooked up then got the tank and fuel pressure regulator installed.......When the time comes I just need to run the fuel line up to the engine........Moving along













 
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07-21-16 02:04 PM - Post#2641087    
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nice to see the corvette regulator next to the tank.



 
kwhizz 
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07-23-16 01:55 PM - Post#2641403    
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Still very Hot and Humid here.......Got the firewall plate for the A/C installed......Got to get some more insulation wrap to finish it off.........then I decided to get the dash out so I could take it into the house (A/C) and get the Dakota Digital gauges installed.......I'll leave the dash out till I finish all the internal A/C hook ups and get the Dakota Digital control modules wired and installed.......Working room......



Sheesh.........Look at all the Dust........






Don't worry Keith, I'll clean it...............LOL















 
nicke 
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07-23-16 07:06 PM - Post#2641432    
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Looks great Ken!
What color backlight did Keith go with on the VHX setup?

I love the black version of these gauges.

-Nick

My 65' Impala SS LS Swap
My Impala Videos
6.2L LS ,4L80E, 3.73 gears, disc brakes


 
kwhizz 
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07-24-16 06:09 AM - Post#2641477    
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White backlight...............



 
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07-24-16 03:56 PM - Post#2641590    
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Was in the Garage today for only about a 1/2 hour.........put a header on to see if the stock oil dipstick was going to work........Fits perfect... :bigthumbup:..........Then put the adaptor plates on that the "B" body cars need........should have the engine in Tuesday/ Wednesday....







 
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07-25-16 06:58 PM - Post#2641792    
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Getting closer........But........I found more "Dirt" !!!........Sheesh.......Does it ever end...In these "B" body LS swap's......the rear trans cross member needs to get moved back 2 1/4".....so.....I cut the frame mounts out and will re-weld them in position as required upon install..........Got the engine mounts installed and also the engine and transmission harnesses........Next......Get the drivetrain in the Car......Here are some Pic's















The Radiator showed up also





 
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07-26-16 05:47 AM - Post#2641837    
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very cool. Were did you source the LS and trans? What are the gear ratios for the trans? Any changes required for the rear end yoke and gears for this install?



 
kwhizz 
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07-26-16 09:44 AM - Post#2641864    
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Connect and Cruise set-up thru GM Performance.....3.06 first gear and a .75 overdrive......don't remember if the yoke has to be changed....I'll check it out later

Ken



 
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07-27-16 05:23 PM - Post#2642101    
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Moved a couple steps forward today........Got the trans cross member frame mounts cut off the frame and the frame cleaned up and ready for welding them in their new position.....and Dave and Gary stopped over to help get the engine in the car.........Got it in and installed the trans cross member , then got everything in position and Brent was there to weld the frame mounts in their new position......started to separate out all the wires and got the Headers installed........Moving along..........























 
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07-27-16 06:50 PM - Post#2642124    
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Ken,
That is one fine looking '65! When you guys finish come on down to NM and help me work on mine. Keep up the good work, Bill



 
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07-30-16 07:16 PM - Post#2642677    
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The new Alternator showed up today.....so...I decided to get the accessory drive system installed today....Got the Alternator side finished.....started on the Compressor side and realized we didn't order the belt tensioner........Ordered one (Be here Monday).........so.....I decided to get the A/C condenser and Radiator installed.......Moving right along















 
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07-31-16 06:22 PM - Post#2642892    
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Had a little spare time today.........Got the Starter in........got the Fuel line installed up to the fuel filter on the firewall (one fitting short of finishing of course).......and believe it or not .....the Tensioner assy for the belt drive I ordered from Amazon was delivered today (Sunday).......So...I put it on and installed the compressor.....Just need to get the proper belt.......A little bit every day





 
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08-01-16 05:01 PM - Post#2643056    
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I was going to take a Break for a day and get other stuff done today........Walked into the garage and as I looked at the firewall........(LOL.....can't leave stuff alone ya' Know).......I was unhappy with one of the screws that was holding the A/C firewall plate in position.......Darn !!!........Went in the house and that dam screw was haunting me.......went back out and removed the inner fender panel again and got it fixed correctly..........and I also got all the A/C lines fit and made ........get them crimped tomorrow......



 
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08-02-16 03:07 PM - Post#2643285    
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Got the Front drive set-up finished today........Put the crimped A/C lines on and evacuated the system.....Held 30 lbs vacuum.......dug thru the box of Radiator hose pieces and was able to get a bottom hose pieced together......need to do the Auto store torture for the upper one.......the Driveshaft was finished, went and picked it up and installed it.......The old driveshaft couldn't be shortened because of the reduced diameters..........picked up heater hose parts and started on the air intake......
















Moving along............



 
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08-05-16 02:59 PM - Post#2643940    
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O.k.........Update......Got the fuel line completed......new spark plug wires to clear the headers.....upper and lower Radiator hoses pieced together and installed.....and the air inlet system is completed and installed.......Steam line and heater hoses will be completed today........PCV system and Power Steering hose are about all that's left to do in the engine compartment other than wiring.....Here are some pic's

















 
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08-05-16 04:19 PM - Post#2643953    
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I have been asked by a few people to compile a list of parts required to to a "B" body LS swap.......I'll try...............LOL.....

GM Connect and Cruise assy or equivalent ........The GM set-up consists of mostly everything needed (engine , trans, torque converter, sensors, harnesses, engine and trans controllers, O2 sensors and Bungs, Etc)

Motor Mount adaptor plates that raise the engine 5/8" to clear the cross member (made by me.....If interested PM me) generic plates won't work

Holley 302-1 Pan

Kwik Performance front drive set-up

GM starter

I like to use a 2006 GTO 140Amp alternator (jumper cable 4 pin to 2 pin) from Speartech

Classic Auto Air heat and A/C retro kit

Recommended to get a Aluminum LS Radiator assy with dual fans (your choice)

Dakota Digital VHX gauges

Dakota Digital Fan Controller

Dakota Digital OBD module to feed the gauges directly from the ECM

you will need to move your Trans Cross member frame mounts back to suit

your drive shaft will need to be shortened or made new

A new fuel system will be needed......Tanks makes an economical set-up including Tank, Fuel Pump, Fuel level sender, and filter regulator....or you can go with advanced technology using a Ricks tank set-up with a Vaporworx pump controller

New fuel lines and fittings

Probably forgot a lot but I will update as I remember



 
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08-08-16 06:29 PM - Post#2644584    
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So........We did a lot of driving back and fort to the hydraulic hose shop......first to find the correct fittings.....(11/16-18 flared at the box and 16MM "O" ring on the pump) then fit the line and then Crimped....Got the pressure side installed then installed the reservoir and return lines.....added fluid and again......no leaks.....











Then I made a mount for the GM fuse panel and got it mounted...........then installed the modules.......the mess of wires is starting to disappear.....







 
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08-13-16 01:50 PM - Post#2645467    
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Getting near the end.......Got all the Dakota Digital modules in and wired....the GM connect and cruise set-up takes about 30 minutes to hook up......LOL.....I have to install the dash assy and wire in the cooling fan relays and get the console and shifter installed......that's about it........Here's a video and it should be going for exhaust next week



http://vid13.photobucket.com/albums/a251/kwhizz/65 ...



 
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08-14-16 05:27 PM - Post#2645681    
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Got pretty much all the Dakota Digital inside wiring finished today.......The car had a 4 speed and console in it.....Prior to bringing it over Keith covered up the hole for the shifter and bought a Shiftworks cable operated shifter assy........so....It was time to get it installed, but......it seems there are some adjustments needed to get the neutral safety switch adjusted correctly.......I'll get that set tomorrow along with getting the Gas Pedal installed..........then one step back.....found a leaky fuel line fitting at the gas tank.......and the lower dash A/C vents don't fit the under dash mounts......need to call them tomorrow and get the correct parts.........Going for the exhaust next Monday..............







 
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08-15-16 12:57 PM - Post#2645817    
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OMG!!!
I can't wait till my 66 baby is as clean and painted like yours. Gorgeous!



 
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