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post #26 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-15-2015, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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The front suspension parts bolted to the frame. These are obviously not torqued to spec for driving, but in place to mock-up the build.



Quick-ratio steering gear.



The body was placed back on the frame, and the whole rig was supported on jackstands. It was time to finish fitting the 6.0 LS and T56 transmission in the car.



The transmission tunnel would need completion, but there’s only one way to know if something really fits, and that is to put it together and measure.



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The floor opening was increased for the transmission and Quicktime bellhousing.



A loose cardboard mock-up was made to get an idea of the shape of the tunnel. This car will be running a stock 1965 Impala console, so a mounting surface was required for that as well.



The new tunnel was made and welded in place.



A few ribs were added to strengthen the firewall at the tunnel.



Now we had plenty of clearance for the transmission.

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Looking good Mate!

When you cut a new tranny tunnel like that, do you expect to have to somehow modify a stock-sized carpet to fit properly, or do you buy a roll of uncut carpet and custom-cut and fit it?

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Could be mistaken; but at some point, I suspect you are going to need to cut a hole in your new trans tunnel to shift the tranny. I generally try out the hole first with a Muncie. Though I think your tranny (looks to be a T-56 unless I am mistaken) offers at least two alternate mounting locations for the shifter. I like to be able to set the seat where the shifter is comfortably in my grasp.

Since I push the motors as far back as I can legally under NHRA rules the seat often was set back as well, which considering my size was just as well as I have driven cars from the back seat before.

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Looking good Mate!

When you cut a new tranny tunnel like that, do you expect to have to somehow modify a stock-sized carpet to fit properly, or do you buy a roll of uncut carpet and custom-cut and fit it?
Great question, as it is challenging to get a new carpet to fit a floor it was designed for! We plan to use most of a molded carpet with a modified section for the new tunnel. Our upholstery guy does this for us often.

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Could be mistaken; but at some point, I suspect you are going to need to cut a hole in your new trans tunnel to shift the tranny. I generally try out the hole first with a Muncie. Though I think your tranny (looks to be a T-56 unless I am mistaken) offers at least two alternate mounting locations for the shifter. I like to be able to set the seat where the shifter is comfortably in my grasp.

Since I push the motors as far back as I can legally under NHRA rules the seat often was set back as well, which considering my size was just as well as I have driven cars from the back seat before.

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Yes sir Big Dave. At this point, we were still working on getting the shifter situation nailed down. This is a Viper-spec T-56, and the owner provided several shifters for various options, but we wanted to make sure the shifter and console worked together happily.
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Next, the new transmission tunnel was fit to the original SS floor console.





After the new console mounting brackets were made and installed, a considerable gap existed between the side of the console and the transmission tunnel, so a new base was made out of fiberglass to fill the void.





Wire framing was used to form the shape.



Fiberglass matting and resin was used to make the structure.



With the seats in place, and the new base sanded and primed, the gap is now filled.



This will be covered with carpet when finished.
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The sheet metal work continued, as our team addressed rust holes in the fenders. Our goal was to use as much of the original GM panels as possible.



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Next, the crew worked on fitting the quarter panel extensions and rear decklid to achieve a better fit.



A little cutting, welding, and grinding were all needed to achieve consistent panel gaps.



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Body work is fantastic!


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Looking great!

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Oh man... great work, guys! Gonna keep an eye on this build.
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great lines guys.

I should have spend a little more time on my trunk-lid and those damn corner pieces.

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Meanwhile, a notch was cut in the lower front crossmember for the alternator and air conditioning compressor clearance.















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The A/C compressor mounts low on an LS engine, and it is not adjustable as it mounts solidly to the block. We needed space for ours.









The inside structure was reinforced while the cutout was opened.





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Next, we had to make a bracket to keep the A/C compressor and belt happy.





We’ve changed the compressor to a Sanden unit and made the belt tension adjustable.









Now it all fist tightly to the block and still in the down-low position.



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Alternator fit on the other side.



We moved the passenger side motor plate back a scoshe to make room for the compressor as well.







This will be reinforced to handle the load.
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Love this post, can't wait to see more!
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This post is incredible. As I have a 65 SS as well and am about 2 weeks away from sending her off to the Paint/Body shop to have this done as well. Except I'm sticking with the 396 after it's been done over with Cam, Heads, Bored Over, Shift Kit, Stall Converter, New Carb, etc...

Loving every bit of this thread.

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Next, attention was turned to the look of the 6.0 V8 engine. The goal was to have it “resemble” a Gen 1 small block, without going over the top trying to camouflage the late-model engine.



The mock-up block was used with the Edelbrock intake and EFI fuel rails. We wanted to move the ignition coils off the valve covers, but wanted to so something a bit different to help the illusion.

The result is this “fake” distributor, made from GM truck ignition coils mounted in a circular arrangement to resemble a distributor cap. The truck coils are the smallest bodied versions of LS coils, and the bracket will hold them in the back of the intake manifold behind the throttle body to resemble a distributor.





A rounded “hat” adds to the look.



This way, traditional spark plug wires will route to the spark plugs much like a old Chevy small block.
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I love the fact you are trying to keep the traditional look of a small block chevy, even with a mordern powerplant. I am big fan of the sleeper look!
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I love the fact you are trying to keep the traditional look of a small block chevy, even with a mordern powerplant. I am big fan of the sleeper look!
Thanks! It's not a complete disguise, but it helps a bit!
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Next, the attention focused on the side mirrors. These are GM “G” body side mirrors, and a small steel adapter shim plate makes them mount cleanly on the doors, rather than tip inward.





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Next, the attention focused on the side mirrors. These are GM “G” body side mirrors, and a small steel adapter shim plate makes them mount cleanly on the doors, rather than tip inward.





Neat trick with the mirrors. And a welcome upgrade for sure. I suppose you could optionally do power mirrors if the client was inclined.
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We've done many of these as power conversions, they come out pretty cool.
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