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02-10-2020 07:59 AM
shaark92 the plug boots are ceramic.

I didn't even know those existed ... and the loom should keep the wires off/away from the headers which is a concern for any wire installation, header or manifold I'd expect. headers are ceramic coated, so they shouldn't be as hot on the outside either.

I'll report back next year, how about that?

Thx Big Dave.
02-05-2020 07:42 PM
Big Dave Angle plug heads also cause installation issues and burnt plug wires with headers. They are not worth the one possibly two horsepower difference in engine performance.

Big Dave
02-05-2020 05:01 PM
shaark92 Well, the Doug's didn't work out either ... the output was too far forward. So returned to block huggers. Turns out the BPE heads have the exhaust port higher and the plug hole lower than standard, so had to get smaller spark plugs (so to speak)

But here is a few pix from today ... incl blue dot tail lights (gotta clean the original bezels though and add the ring trim) getting closer!
11-22-2019 06:08 PM
shaark92 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.
10-03-2019 02:53 PM
shaark92 A few of the shop's photos ...
09-18-2019 06:05 AM
shaark92 OK ... how do I rotate that photo?
09-18-2019 06:04 AM
shaark92 For the first time in over a year, Polly's Body and Frame are together!

Getting closer!
08-23-2019 05:35 PM
shaark92 Gettin more color done!
06-26-2019 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by BA. View Post
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!
06-26-2019 10:32 PM
shaark92 oops.
06-26-2019 10:30 PM
shaark92 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?

05-20-2019 07:40 AM
shaark92 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.
05-14-2019 07:58 PM
BA. Engine looks great man!

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

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05-14-2019 08:23 AM
shaark92 Body getting blocked
05-14-2019 08:11 AM
shaark92 383 Stroker installed. Getting dressed.
03-24-2019 10:39 AM
shaark92 fenders/doors installed.
02-28-2019 06:45 PM
shaark92 hopefully this is the front pax floor pan replacement pict.
02-16-2019 09:24 AM
shaark92 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???
02-08-2019 05:34 PM
shaark92 Evidently I failed to note the Eckler's cable was designed only for their disc brakes. So ... went to Summit and got a WilWood cable.

NOW ... I have an order of tie rod assemblies ("G PLUS") at Impala Bob ... it's been sitting in the till for a week with no progress on the order status. So I called today. "dude" finally answers after I hear him yelling at someone ... and then questions why I want these? (shop said they were good) ...

Impala Bob's Lieutenant says he'll call me on Monday. ???!!!! ...

This is the second of TWO items I've tried to order from Impala Bob and this one isn't looking good. I found "R Joints?" by ride tech. Looks like these would work with an assembly sleeve. They cost more ... but I've been impressed with Ride Tech's product and processing.

Any other thoughts (on Impala Bob?)
02-04-2019 06:55 PM
shaark92 So the emergency brake cable kit for disc brakes ... doesn't really ...

I've messaged Ecklers to inquire ... but it appears we'll have to cut the end off thread the clip, then put a set-screw type faster on the cable. Just one of the hazards of the resto-mod world, huh?
01-21-2019 09:52 PM
shaark92 Here are a couple (if I figured out this mobile os posting deal)
01-20-2019 10:41 PM
shaark92 Start Mock-up this week! Hope to have a few pix of the painted frame, too.
12-27-2018 12:24 PM
Originally Posted by BA. View Post
It's there.

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yeah, I just don't understand how it became an attachment vice thumbnail. Loaded all 4 in one event. Oh well.

Yeah, completely stripped/sandblasted ... now primered. Start reassembly next month (year? LOL)
12-26-2018 09:22 PM
BA. Talk about starting with the barebones!

Good luck!

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12-26-2018 09:20 PM
Originally Posted by shaark92 View Post
IDK what happened to the pict of the frame. Sorry.
It's there.

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