We left off part four of the Chevy Impala project with me parking the car in the yard, and taking a year or two off. Sad I know… However, during that little break, I cleared my mind, and finally built myself a garage to work in. On March 15th (read: cold, snow on the ground), I started building the garage from my own plans with a borrowed nail gun. 7 months later, I gathered some friends, and pushed my Impala into its new home. By that time, it was beginning to get colder, and even though I was indoors, the non-insulated garage was too chilly to work inside. 5 more months pass, and spring 2011 has finally arrived. . . . → Read More: 1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 5
Now on the other hand, from 100 feet away, this car looks outstanding. It’s got a sweet throw-back paint job, one of the meanest hoods to ever come out of the muscle car era, enough character to make you sick, and the right price tag. Once up close, you can see the 340 emblems, and the fact that it is a very complete car (okay, minus the two drivers side wheels…you’ll replace those anyway). Lastly, it appears to be a 4-speed car. One more time in case you missed it… it “appears” a 4-speed manual transmission car. It’s definitely a manual on the floor. That means that if you buy it, you can row gears in a rare bird like you’re it’s your job. You’ll be the talk of the town. . . . → Read More: Throw Back: 1972 Roadrunner 340 Manual Edition.
This car has been many years in the making, so seeing it nearly dip into the 6′s while knocking on the door of 200mph is just plain sick. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do. . . . → Read More: What goes down the 1320 in 7.04 seconds at 190 mph?
Call me old school if you must, but I looove me some Buick woody wagon. Wagons are not for everybody though, and I’ve come to terms with that over the years. I’ve also learned that a wagon covered in woodgrain will never be able to pass a Hennessey Venom GT, nor will they float as well as an Amphicar. That’s not what they are about. They are cruisers, plain and simple. . . . → Read More: Woodgrain Roadmaster Wagons: Discuss.
When you are forcing 25 psi through your engine with a turbo at 6000 rpm, there is a fair amount of air being drawn through your Mass Airflow Sensor. If the honeycomb breaks free, it will eventually find itself lodged against the insides of the sensor, causing your vehicle to run quite poorly. I haven’t checked yet, but I don’t believe any pieces made it past the sensor and into the turbo’s compressor wheel. We’ll shall see soon enough… . . . → Read More: My Turbo Tried Eating My Mass Airflow Sensor!
A few days later, they arrived, and work commenced. If you are curious, I would imagine that at this point in the story, I must have had about 75 hours into the removal of the quarter, and the repair of the wheel house, filler neck surround, drunk drop off, and trunk floor. It is easy to see why car restorations add up fast. The labor factor is huge. . . . → Read More: 1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 4
Yesterday, over on LS1Tech.com, “Fastdriver1992″ posted up some pictures of his engine… err… what was left of it at least. When it was in one piece, it was a beautiful, all aluminum LS6. Today it is a pile of aluminum which once resembled a 5.7L Corvette / Cadillac CTS-V engine. . . . → Read More: LS6 Carnage: When It All Goes Terribly Wrong.