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Old 23-05-2016, 09:50 PM
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OMG, very nice work, will be a stunner when finished!
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Old 30-09-2016, 04:18 AM
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Meanwhile, a notch was cut in the lower front crossmember for the alternator and air conditioning compressor clearance.

















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The A/C compressor mounts low on an LS engine, and it is not adjustable as it mounts solidly to the block. We needed space for ours.









The inside structure was reinforced while the cutout was opened.





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Old 30-09-2016, 05:28 PM
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Not sure if I missed something but haven't you removed the engine mount location on the cross member to get the AC compressor to fit?
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Old 30-09-2016, 07:33 PM
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Not sure if I missed something but haven't you removed the engine mount location on the cross member to get the AC compressor to fit?

Edit: my mistake. I was looking at the alternator side.

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Old 22-03-2017, 03:15 AM
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Next, we had to make a bracket to keep the A/C compressor and belt happy.





We’ve changed the compressor to a Sanden unit and made the belt tension adjustable.









Now it all fist tightly to the block and still in the down-low position.





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Alternator fit on the other side.



We moved the passenger side motor plate back a scoshe to make room for the compressor as well.







This will be reinforced to handle the load.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:20 PM
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Next, attention was turned to the look of the 6.0 V8 engine. The goal was to have it “resemble” a Gen 1 small block, without going over the top trying to camouflage the late-model engine.



The mock-up block was used with the Edelbrock intake and EFI fuel rails. We wanted to move the ignition coils off the valve covers, but wanted to so something a bit different to help the illusion.

The result is this “fake” distributor, made from GM truck ignition coils mounted in a circular arrangement to resemble a distributor cap. The truck coils are the smallest bodied versions of LS coils, and the bracket will hold them in the back of the intake manifold behind the throttle body to resemble a distributor.





A rounded “hat” adds to the look.



This way, traditional spark plug wires will route to the spark plugs much like a old Chevy small block.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:11 AM
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Next, the attention focused on the side mirrors. These are GM “G” body side mirrors, and a small steel adapter shim plate makes them mount cleanly on the doors, rather than tip inward.





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Old 01-08-2017, 05:51 AM
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Many have asked, the mirror base is wedge-shaped to pitch the mirror properly.



The Impala originally had large, flat-topped rib starting on the header panel and running up the hood. We are building a custom hood for this car, and the customer didn’t want that flattened rib, so we reshaped the header to come to a peak to match the new hood design.





After some cutting and reshaping, the header now has the pointy peak.

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Old 18-09-2017, 10:31 AM
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Allright, it was time to address some of the Impala’s wobbly chassis issues. This car had a bit of rust that needed repairing, and we took some time to install some .120” wall tubing to brace up the chassis.


First up was the custom transmission cross member.





The pin-bolt design is strong and also allows for a quick removal if needed.



MagnaFlow exhaust will have to make it’s way around the bottom of the car.



These cars are tricky with the multi-link rear suspension, and we wanted to run full-length exhaust all the way to the back, so everything needed to be built with all the pieces in mind.



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Clearance issue on the panhard (track) bar and the preload caps on the 12-bolt rear end cover…





Solution: Extend the panhard mount, but make sure the geometry is correct and that it is strong enough.



There you go!



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Old 26-09-2017, 03:35 AM
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Finishing up the transmission crossmember



These holes are good for second faster times in the quarter mile.



Some additional bracing was added from the transmission cross member to the frame.



Big mounting feet for bolt-in installation.



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Driveshaft loop



These parts will become a removable “kicker” from the transmission crossmember to the frame.






Notching the tube with an HTP tubing notch tool.







The transmission crossmember fully welded



And the whole rig fitted up in the car with the exhaust.



Planning the rear tube exit over the axle.

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