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Old 10-08-2013, 10:37 PM   #51
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Ken, you sick in the head! But then again, so am I!

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Old 10-08-2013, 11:13 PM   #52
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OP this project completely magnificent! But I wonder, did you consider starting with a 283 powerglide car? That 396 was so cool to start with. But I suppose selling all those original 396 parts will help you fund this project.

Anyway looking forward to seeing the progress.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:14 AM   #53
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Still waiting for the rear axle assy to get finished up so I can get the rear suspension finished.......I got all new brake lines installed (exciting).....LOL.........I also bought the Kwik-Performance raised alternator kit that has the LS power steering pump built into it.........when I ordered it and talked to Wayne at Kwik and explained that it was going on a LSA engine assy out of the new Camaro......He explained that there were some issues with the alternator not clearing the Coil-Paks........I said don't worry about it I will deal with it.........So......I get the brackets installed and try to install the alternator........I can see it will hit the coils.....I open the hood on the Impala to see what the difference was and noticed right away that the alternators were different..........The new Camaro unit had a different body and shape........So....Rather try and re-invent the wheel I just bought the same unit that is on the Impala............Problem solved........I also like the way Kwik has incorporated the Power Steering pump into the brackets.........The LSA engine assy I bought didn't use a pump as the Camaro's have Electric Power steering........so....I killed two birds with one stone..........
The next issue that I'm working on is the placement of the engine mounts......The stock Chevelle engine frame mounts extend forward of the front crossmember.......and.....I need that room for my A/C compressor.......so......I'm making a set of adaptor plates for the engine and frame to center the mounts in the middle of the stock crossmember which will move the mounts back about 3 1/4" and give me the room I need.......Should have everything finished next week.........

















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Old 10-12-2013, 10:08 AM   #54
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You sir will be "Hurting some feelings" on the road. This looks like a complicated build, I feel i speak for everyone when I say "Holy Sh*t this is badass"
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #55
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:37 PM   #56
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Awesome build. I hope to do something similar with my Nova in a couple years. Keep the pics coming.
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #57
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The new Alternator showed up.......installed it and everything is good to go.....The old Belt is just a tad short of working (84.24")........gonna get the next size larger and we are good to go.......I also set the core support on and as of right now I have plenty of room........I'm making some brackets to mount the Radiator and A/C Condenser on the engine side and the Intercooler for the Supercharger on the Grille side.....Should work out .....I designed the lower A/C compressor mount today also......so.....by the end of next week all the parts should be falling into place...........I also received the Shiftworks cable assembly to retrofit the stock console shifter for the new trans........the base of the shifter assy had a lot of surface rust on it so it go dunked over night in a bucket of Evap-o-rust..........Great stuff....looks like it was just stamped out yesterday.......Lot's of action next week........the rear axle housing should be back from Powder Coating so Jimmy can put it all back together......














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Old 10-13-2013, 04:58 PM   #58
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #59
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Looks awesome. I really like that choice of ride to start with. Can't wait to see some video of the finished product cruising around.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:12 PM   #60
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The Shiftworks conversion kit showed up to change the console shifter over to a cable mechanism with the proper detent plate to match the 4L70 along with the correct neutral start and back-up light switch......Got it in and installed.........I also stopped at Chassis Service and the rear axle assy will be picked up on Thursday..........I'm still waiting for some material to come in to finish the motor mounts.......So.....I had a little time to mess with the A/C compressor mounting......I used a small front drive style compressor to keep from notching the crossmember....It ended up being so simple and the Belt even lines up........having a digital caliper around to use makes everything easy...........I just need to make a simple upper adjuster for the compressor to tension the belt.....Pretty Simple.....









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Old 10-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #61
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #62
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Thanks for sharing this with us. Great reading and pics. Keep em coming.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #63
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I picked up the rear axle assy today from Chassis Service......Powder Coated.....and everything new including axles....Jimmy installed the rear brakes at the same time..........
Saved me some time..........Brought it home and mounted the Ridetech rear Coil-over brackets and just kept going.....got it installed.......Also got the new motor mount engine adaptor plates and frame mounts finished......the adaptor plates worked perfect.....but ....I have to modify the frame mounts to fit the rubber mounts.....I should of had one at the shop to check what I was making........LOL.......




















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Old 10-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #64
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Damn nice build. I'm restoring a 67 with my old man. Been a father son project for the last year. You got a better start than us. We had paint and body work.
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We have since finished the interior and installed glass. Don't think our motor/tranny combo will be as bad ass as your. Enjoy and keep it up.


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Old 10-18-2013, 05:32 AM   #65
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Beautiful...............

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:41 AM   #66
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Hey Kwhizz, if you haven't alredy, you should put this build on LS1Tech in the conversions forum. There are alot of guys over there that would be real interested in this build. I am currently doing an LS1/T56 in my 68 Camaro but mine is progressing at turtle speed compared to your warp speed progress.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #67
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Hey Kwhizz, if you haven't alredy, you should put this build on LS1Tech in the conversions forum. There are alot of guys over there that would be real interested in this build. I am currently doing an LS1/T56 in my 68 Camaro but mine is progressing at turtle speed compared to your warp speed progress.
Interesting ^^^^^^^ I've been debating putting the LS3 I pulled out of my Camaro into the Chevelle.


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Old 10-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #68
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Got the new motor mounts finished and installed today.........As you can see in the first picture the Dirty Dingo slider mounts on the stock frame stands were up to the front of the engine.........I needed that room on the passenger side for the A/C compressor......so....the slider adaptors and the frame mounts had to go............in the following pictures you can see the new adaptor plates and frame mounts I made to shift the mount position to the center of the crossmember to give me the room for the compressor.........I made a couple of simple mounts and a RH/LH heim end tensioner to get the stock belt tight.......I also made some new brake lines at the master cylinder with the coil in them for body/Chassis flex (thanks Rick).......Getting ready to pull the engine out for the last time for a couple of loose ends then it go's in to stay.....











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Old 10-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #69
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I don't think this is Ken's first rodeo. Nice workmanship!
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:41 AM   #70
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Well done.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:14 AM   #71
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:44 PM   #72
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Got the Brake lines finished up today and bled the brakes also......Didn't do too bad.....had about 13 brake line connections and only had 12 leaks..........Another thing off the list....





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Old 10-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #73
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Well.........It seems that me and the rear brake God have some issues......Complete Wilwood system including Master Cylinder.......I bench bleed the master and had to "Work" it to get the rear system bubble free.........the front cleared up with a couple of pumps.........So.....everything installed (all new brake lines)and gravity bled till I got some help to finish the job........Bled the fronts and when opening the bleeder valve it was like a water fountain and the pedal went to the floor as it should.......Great!!......go to do the rears and I would get a couple of drops and the pedal stayed right where it was......Hummm!!!.........either side didn't make a difference.........Hummmm!!!............So....I'm thinking maybe the adjustable proportioning valve is the issue......so I crank it in to give it maximum flow........go to bleed them again......same thing ......a couple drops of fluid without any pedal drop.......So......I call Wilwood and talk to one of the tech guys.........After conversation with them I learned that even with the proportioning valve at full flow.....it only allows 57% of volume thru......so......Today I decided to remove the prop valve..........while I was making a new brake line I decided to do the bench bleed again.....after removing the brake line I put my thumb over the port and worked the pedal thru the steering column hole.....I got some pressure but not enough to blow my thumb off the port......Hummm!!!.......So.....I finish up and install the new line and again....in bleeding the rear I just get a couple of drops with no pedal drop...............Am I missing something???.......It would seem to me that the M/C even though new could be bad....

On another note.....I ordered the wheels today...........and tomorrow I should receive the balance of my Dakota Digital order so I can continue on with the wiring.........I also got all the belts installed and tensioned correctly.........And.....In checking out the pan clearance with the steering arms......It seems I not going to have any clearance issues......(But...the suspension is still unloaded).......



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Old 10-24-2013, 12:54 AM   #74
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This build is the stuff of legends! Awesome work.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #75
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Here's the wheels I ordered.........Grey centers and brushed rims..........
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