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.
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!
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.
Finally got Polly to the interior shop this week. COVID has been a catastrophe for getting final assembly parts ... still need rear window channel. Just took it to the interior guy "this is the best we can do and have it to ya before y'all go on vacay" Let's git r done!
my interior shop guys should be back from their gulf coast fishing trip. Hoping to get a call at the end of the week that ... "she's ready" ... which will be a return to the Restoration Shop for "make ready" ... still have some moldings to install ... the rear door windows ... the new wheel/tire assemblies. But we are CLOSE!
Two years' running now, this week.
Paying insurance on a car I can't yet drive on the road!