My 61 Restore Erath County Texas - Page 4 - Impala Tech
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post #76 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2019, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Turns out the WilWood e-brake cable is long enough to include the distance of the intermediate cable so I didn’t need this after-all ... only the front cable. Ordered at Ecklers. Cancelled the Impala Bob order.

Now ... the tie rod end assemblies from Impala Bob are outstanding.

Have the frame on rollers! Wahoo! Next week hope to get the engine and tranny mounted. I bought a 168 tooth flex plate and hi torque starter from Summit. I wasn’t thrilled about getting a starter motor which is going to sound like a Toyota, (had one of these in a ‘97 Tahoe), but clearance for the headers sold me. I’ll just have to be happy with the greater contrast between the wimpy sounding starter motor ... and the 383’s cherry bombs!

And look ... the body rolled-in behind the frame!

(Hmm, may have to return to this post, can’t figure out how to drag/drop in an iOS platform! SMH)


Well shoot, I guess I need training .. but here’s a link to my public FB album on this project. Perhaps that’ll work???


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post #77 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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hopefully this is the front pax floor pan replacement pict.
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post #78 of 90 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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fenders/doors installed.
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post #79 of 90 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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383 Stroker installed. Getting dressed.
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Body getting blocked
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Engine looks great man!

You block-sanding while standing on your head? Looks challenging.

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Lol. Naw. Though sometimes I feel like it. Getting great help.

Yeah the engine should be a good un. Time will tell of course. Thanks BA.

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I ordered headers from Summit but the shop said they couldn't make 'em fit ... they had these. So I returned the headers which were "called-for" in the book ...

but now looking at these headers, running the exhaust pipe is gonna be a real challenge because the collectors run aft.

Who has installed headers on a SBC and our X-Frame? What'd you get/have a reference?

THanks!
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Engine looks great man!

You block-sanding while standing on your head? Looks challenging.

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I just realized that photo is inverted! LOL .... now I know what you mean!
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Gettin more color done!
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For the first time in over a year, Polly's Body and Frame are together!

Getting closer!
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OK ... how do I rotate that photo?

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A few of the shop's photos ...
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FINALLY ... a set of headers. Doug's.

After discussion with the certified tech, I think the first set (Hookers) full length probably would have worked, but needed to "attack" from below. IOW, put her on the lift. The Sanders block huggers were fine, except they interfered with the spark plug install/remove. IDK why, but they did. So ... here's full length Doug's for a 61 Impala.

They fit. Have yet to run the engine though.

December '19 is a bit optimistic. Now hoping for March '20.
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