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Old 05-20-2019, 08:54 AM
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Yea, and he's the reason the impala exists in my life. About a year ago I had planned on completely redoing my '55. Sat with him for a few hours, we had spec'd out a whole new chassis (we've got a mutual friend that's a big chassis builder.... www.artmorrison.com) and all.....and at the end he looked at me and said, look i'll do this work in a heart beat.....but it runs good, drives fine......keep it as is and buy another car......

But yea, he does little day jobs as well as usually has 1-2 long term projects he's working on. Dudes solid, worked for Moal Coachbuilders for 9 years out of high school. Car drives completely differently, only one thing that popped up once i got it home is that the lower control arm bushings squeek like a mother fucker.
Can't argue with the idea of adding another ride to the fleet instead of redoing one. Sounds like a real cool guy.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:45 AM
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Yeah.. that vato is a spirit guide
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Or just cut the exhaust off 😂
But your chrome tips
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:36 PM
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I've been MIA for a while...holy crap that is sweet.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:30 AM
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about to make a suicide trip....driving the impala and my 2 year old down to LA tomorrow morning. Zero confidence it's going to make it all the way down without blowing up. The radiator needs replacing, the coolant is full of rust, but I don't want to drain and refill as in my head the rust is plugging up some holes. The car also cruises at 65 doing about 4000 RPM. I changed the oil about 4 months ago, and refilled it with 3 qts last night (it takes 5 quarts on a refill, lol). Sooooo.......let's see how this goes....one of those "fuck it, let's roll" moments.
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What's the reason for the trip?
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Some time of show/event going on that way? Seems like a crazy trip if you are that concerned of it stranding you. Could be a really fun memory though if all goes smoothly.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:41 PM
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Fathers day...and LA Roadster show....probably won't enter it though. Not a big car show guy. I just have a long trip, and figured fuck it, let's work this thing out (porsche is in the shop getting ceramic coated and new full frontal clear bra.....truck is boring.....the '55 i've done this drive a few times already and I know it'll make it .......so that left the impala). You guys know, i don't let my cars sit.....and only one way to figure out how reliable they are.
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I fully approve the not letting cars sit and putting all sorts of miles on them when I know they are mostly reliable. The picture you painted though makes it not sound all that reliable at this point for such a trip. I hope it goes well for you and proves you wrong.
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Tundra + car trailer?
4k RPM at 65 concerns me
Cooling prob not an issue
Is it burning oil or is it leaking?
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With the little one.. not sure I'd take such a big road trip in a mechanically questionable and attention grabbing ride like that
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Definitely sounds like an awesome adventure though
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:32 PM
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I fully approve the not letting cars sit and putting all sorts of miles on them when I know they are mostly reliable. The picture you painted though makes it not sound all that reliable at this point for such a trip. I hope it goes well for you and proves you wrong.

well, in it's defense, it hasn't let me down yet
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:35 PM
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Tundra + car trailer?
4k RPM at 65 concerns me
Cooling prob not an issue
Is it burning oil or is it leaking?
I thought about a trailer, but that's no fun. Burning.....and leaking

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With the little one.. not sure I'd take such a big road trip in a mechanically questionable and attention grabbing ride like that
fuckkkk it......gonna cruise


worst comes to worse....the radiator fails....i replace it.......the motor blows....I put in an LS.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:03 PM
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........and a blower
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LS conversion kit for Impala is pretty reasonable..

Cheers to you mang! Hope it's a great adventure and story for years to come!!
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:07 PM
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........and a blower

turbo's.....
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Turbos > S/C
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Was trying to make it a reliable car here
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by CCColtsicehockey
Was trying to make it a reliable car here
Twin turbos with 175/65r14's sounds totally reliable 😂
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We're off I went and did something...-photo584.jpgI went and did something...-photo80.jpg
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That SS at the end too was no joke
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We made it!

I went and did something...-photo643.jpg
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Made it down and back. Covered 900 miles total. Need to get radiator relaxed for sure. But never overheated. Also, need to finally put a new driveshaft in with slip yoke (telescoping shaft). Car gets down bad vibrations but you can generally pedal out of it. Thing ran well. Cruised home between 75-80 at about 4K rpm 😂

I went and did something...-photo811.jpg
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Awesome! Glad to hear you mad it there and back with no issues to strand you. I bet it was an awesome trip for your son and some great memories for sure. Love the black and white shot of him and the car.
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Cruised home between 75-80 at about 4K rpm 😂
How many gallons per mile did it get?
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low and slow holmes
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You definitely need an LS swap
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How many gallons per mile did it get?
About 17 somehow 😂
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Originally Posted by CCColtsicehockey
I think I put this in the '55 and move that drivetrain into the impala 😂
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Too much..

Buy the conversion kit, pan, accessory components as needed, etc
MuscleRods 58-64 Impala LS Conversion Kit

Builder can probably do fuel tank / pump conversion, radiator, intake and headers / exhaust on the low

Best bang for your buck.. LS3 w/ trans can be had for $5k
Super stout, reliable, takes to FI no problemo

Then do a 12 bolt rear swap.. refurb with solid parts and seals
Custom shaft.. and you're off.. can be done for ~7k in parts (half the price, more monies for turbo).
You'll put money on top depending on how much you farm out, custom work etc, but that's a given with any swap
I'm pretty sure engine / fuel mgmt is plug and play / no brainer.. so tuning ain't no thang


Might want to do some wilwoods or custom brakes too



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This / Bel-air / El Camino

One day..

C10 SWB stepside in the meantime

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About 17 somehow 😂
Fuel line must be clogged
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I think I put this in the '55 and move that drivetrain into the impala 😂
There is always that option
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You guys are fantastic influences!
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