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Pooge



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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:29 pm

ITS ALIVE!

It sounds awesome, I'll try to post a vid tomorrow.

Tranny is not shifting, pretty sure is the neutral safety switch on the side of the trans, gonna mess with that this weekend.

I am SO pumped!

All of a sudden I could care less about how much money I have spent

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:29 pm

Arrow cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:35 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
Arrow cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

Couldn't have said it better myself!

Congrats Doug, can't wait to see it! Arrow
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:04 pm

PHUCKIN' AYE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Very Happy

That's awesome! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:13 am

Doug, congrats on the major hurdle. cheers
cant wait to see it in person.

hood looks great also. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:52 pm

Thanks for the comments guys. I am so pumped, lots of little things needed to get it on the road, but with the exception of the exhaust I believe everything is little to no money needed, just another couple weeks of little stuff and hopefully get her on the road.

Can't get the video to embed, but here is the link, this is the first startup...NSFW due to some celebratory F-bombs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxdIvNsi5M

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:20 pm

Yaaah.........eF Yaaah........ Razz

Spring has officially sprung.
Congrats!!!
Not bad at all....
10 months (including a couple of complete direction changes & returns to the original idea)
and a bunch of planned periods of inactivity.
Cant wait to see it pull up.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:01 pm

Sounds killer, man! Smile

I love how the open headers always blot out the mic on the camera! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 2:20 pm

Update:

Did a little troubleshooting with the trannsmission and ended up looking like a broken pump. I pulled that bish and brought it to the resident BADASS tranny guy (See what I did there?). Just got the word that it was the pump, so we are throwing one in and hoping for the best.

FYI on tranny installs; Be sure you have the TC in all the way. I was very careful the last time I installed it, but I installed it a couple times in before when I was in a rush and more than likely broke it then... Don't make the same mistake.

More news to come after I get it back in...

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 2:51 pm

From what I've heard, you want to hear 2 seating clunks when installing.

We have a BADASS Tranny? Same 1 that does rearends?
You need to find better ways of describing that talented member.
If this keeps up he'll have to buy a Subaru lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 3:24 pm

sdstick wrote:
From what I've heard, you want to hear 2 seating clunks when installing.

We have a BADASS Tranny? Same 1 that does rearends?
You need to find better ways of describing that talented member.
If this keeps up he'll have to buy a Subaru lol!

Haha, yes, the same one who does rear ends...LOL...He knows his ish for sure, why else would I drive two hours when I have a couple tranny guys 20 minutes away!

Yah, sadly I know how to seat it correctly, and I'm SURE I did twice, but with all the trouble I had with the conversion I had to install it 3 times and who knows that other time, I was pretty aggravated when I installed it.

And just to keep up with the new SASS of NE traditions, the transmission was delivered in the wife's 2006 Subaru Legacy.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 3:40 pm

ScoobASS?

I saw that tranny. Lotsa broken bits! YAH!

(boo)

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 5:03 pm

sdstick wrote:
From what I've heard, you want to hear 2 seating clunks when installing.

We have a BADASS Tranny? Same 1 that does rearends?
You need to find better ways of describing that talented member.
If this keeps up he'll have to buy a Subaru lol!

Ummm.....you said member Shocked Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 6:36 pm

V8Killer wrote:
sdstick wrote:
From what I've heard, you want to hear 2 seating clunks when installing.

We have a BADASS Tranny? Same 1 that does rearends?
You need to find better ways of describing that talented member.
If this keeps up he'll have to buy a Subaru lol!

Ummm.....you said member Shocked Laughing Laughing

Why yes....yes I did....a talented member at that...

Your welcome Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 05, 2011 11:24 pm

Huh...huh-huh-huh-huh...tranny...huhhhh-huh-huh...

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 10:42 am

Well, transmission is almost done, just waiting on a little funding after the next paycheck. Nothing too much done lately, but I did get the battery tray and hood latch system from Glen, so I put those and the hood, grill, and bumper on this past weekend....She actually looks like a complete car! (Still need to align the hood)

Just need to finish the tranny and some exhaust...





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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 10:50 am

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Arrow
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 3:03 pm

I want a ride! I want a ride!
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 4:05 pm

Careful, that car might get a sunburn.
Hasnt seen sunny daylight in ......??? Embarassed

Looks good....without parts stacked on it & ....you know....assembled & all
Waiting patiently for the video.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 6:33 pm

Whats with the hood? ..... whats that bump in the middle for? clearance im guessing but why?
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 6:40 pm

bowtiepimp wrote:
Whats with the hood? ..... whats that bump in the middle for? clearance im guessing but why?

The alternator.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 6:42 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
bowtiepimp wrote:
Whats with the hood? ..... whats that bump in the middle for? clearance im guessing but why?

The alternator.


....... til I see it in person....GAYYYYYYY!......... that car looks so sexy , that bump messes the lines up.....
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 6:43 pm

Idk, I like it, it flows with the rest of the car. It's as if to hint that maybe there is something amazing under that hood.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 7:48 pm

Way to come in a few months after the explaination and ass the thread up, Chris! Smile We assed it up on that months ago!!!! Very Happy

Awesome news Doug. Almost there!

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed May 25, 2011 9:37 pm

bowtiepimp wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
bowtiepimp wrote:
Whats with the hood? ..... whats that bump in the middle for? clearance im guessing but why?

The alternator.


....... til I see it in person....GAYYYYYYY!......... that car looks so sexy , that bump messes the lines up.....

Haha, Were the hell have you been? We went over this before, I knew going into it that it would be a love it or hate it mod, but I try my best to do something different when I do a build, so it is unique to me. Plus I'm only into it for $40 and paint, so if I decide I don't like it later it won't be a huge loss.

Personally I think a bubble in the hood of a bubble Impala is pretty fitting...lol

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 12:48 am

FINALLY out of the garage! Can't wait to see it all done in person....and maybe a bit lower too?
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 5:19 am

lookin good. Arrow

hope everything else goes smooth for you.
youll be tearin up the streets before you know it.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 9:53 am

1984twodoor wrote:
FINALLY out of the garage! Can't wait to see it all done in person....and maybe a bit lower too?

Not sure about lowering it. The oil pan hangs a little low and, as any of the guys who have been to the house know, my driveway is not the most conducive to lowered vehicle access. I think if I put the air damns on it, it will get rid of a bit of the lifted look it has right now...LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 10:58 am

does this swap require any welding or is it all bolt in?
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 11:09 am

chapel wrote:
does this swap require any welding or is it all bolt in?

Once the company got me the correct oil pan it was weld free.

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 11:14 am

so all the tranny and engine mounts bolt in and then it's just a matter of a proper oil pan to clear everything?

If so... sign my ass up.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 11:26 am

chapel wrote:
so all the tranny and engine mounts bolt in and then it's just a matter of a proper oil pan to clear everything?

If so... sign my ass up.

Go to PG 1 & start reading....then ask, it'll keep you from assing up the thread

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 11:40 am

sdstick wrote:
chapel wrote:
so all the tranny and engine mounts bolt in and then it's just a matter of a proper oil pan to clear everything?

If so... sign my ass up.

Go to PG 1 & start reading....then ask, it'll keep you from assing up the thread

yeah, I did, that's why I'm just asking for clarification.

these were the points that I was curious about:
Quote :
All in all, if I had known about the little notch on the oil pan needing to come off, this would have been a bolt up swap so far.
and

Quote :
If you want to do this swap on a car that you need the heater in...you're going to have to get creative...

the only follow up on that was

Quote :
installed heater hose (Al talked me into keeping heat)

I didn't see how he got 'creative' or if any creativity was actually required

My other question was about the alternator. I actually kinda like the hood bulge as it's different, but for someone who isn't as talented as you in terms of making a custom hood, is there a way to relocate it so it would fit properly?

The thread makes it look easy though.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 12:46 pm

chapel wrote:


these were the points that I was curious about:
Quote :
All in all, if I had known about the little notch on the oil pan needing to come off, this would have been a bolt up swap so far.
and


Originally they sent me the wrong oil pan, so i notched the frame, and once that did not work I brought it to their attention and they sent me the correct oil pan. With that oil pan and their mount kit it would be been a bolt in install with no welding.


chapel wrote:

Quote :
If you want to do this swap on a car that you need the heater in...you're going to have to get creative...

the only follow up on that was

Quote :
installed heater hose (Al talked me into keeping heat)

I didn't see how he got 'creative' or if any creativity was actually required

Originally without the tranny in, the motor tilted forward more, so the heater hose holes in the firewall were blocked. Once I installed the tranns it pulled the motor back and down a bit, so I was able to hook one hose into the firewall just fine and the other I have to use a 90 degree adapter, not too much creativity needed.

chapel wrote:

My other question was about the alternator. I actually kinda like the hood bulge as it's different, but for someone who isn't as talented as you in terms of making a custom hood, is there a way to relocate it so it would fit properly?

A cowl hood would take care of it also btw... Otherwise you would have to swap to one of the car accessory setups, which mount the alternator in a different spot, but everything is offset off the crank different, so you would have to change it all...Or just use a car motor...LOL

chapel wrote:

The thread makes it look easy though.


Honestly, it have been a very easy swap, hardest parts were piecing little things together and making things like power steering and tranny cooling lines work.

By far the biggest hold up on the car has been money. I figure I have somewhere around $4000-$5000 into the swap and I'm not done yet. It could be done cheaper if you did your own wiring and made your own headers, mounts and crossmember, but boy was it nice to just bolt stuff in...



Hope that helps, feel free to PM me if you have any more specific questions. At this point I am pretty much only exhaust away from done.

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 1:28 pm

Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. I really appreciate that!
Would love a ride in it. I'll let you rip on my S6 if you want Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Thu May 26, 2011 2:23 pm

chapel wrote:
Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. I really appreciate that!
Would love a ride in it. I'll let you rip on my S6 if you want Very Happy

I'd love a ride in it too, just have to finish it! I figure I'm about $500 away from being "done" for now. I assure you that as soon as it is done I'll make it to the next club meet.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:41 pm

A little update...

Got bored today and decided to install the 96 console in my 96 Impala, against my better judgement. To my surprise, it does not look too bad and functions well, but how am I supposed to live without a cup holder?

This has given me a renewed urge to work on the car, as soon as I sell the motor of my current parts car I'm going to grab another 4l60 to throw in the car to get it on the road.

Oh ya, and I just ordered a tranny jack Arrow

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:39 pm

Pooge wrote:


Oh ya, and I just ordered a tranny jack Arrow

Doug

About freakin' time! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:40 pm

Pooge wrote:
A little update...

Got bored today and decided to install the 96 console in my 96 Impala, against my better judgement. To my surprise, it does not look too bad and functions well, but how am I supposed to live without a cup holder?

This has given me a renewed urge to work on the car, as soon as I sell the motor of my current parts car I'm going to grab another 4l60 to throw in the car to get it on the road.

Oh ya, and I just ordered a tranny jack Arrow

Doug

Are you still planning on making this one handle like its on rails or is that going to be another car completely. I think two LS imps would be friggen sweet! One auto and one manual just so you have freedom of choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:23 am

1984twodoor wrote:
Are you still planning on making this one handle like its on rails or is that going to be another car completely. I think two LS imps would be friggen sweet! One auto and one manual just so you have freedom of choice.

I wish I could afford another one...I will be putting everything into this one. I already have tubular rear lower control arms and front Bilstein shocks (New in box). Gotta get the rear Bilstein shocks, sway bars, and springs. If all goes well and it handles within my goals I will scrap the idea for another LS vehicle project and T56 this one when I jump up to a cammed 6.0, but that is hardly set in stone. I am pessimistic about just how well I can make this big boat handle. I hope I surprise myself.

If nothing else, I will have a very fun summer DD, but I hope I can make it handle and therefore not feel the need to ALWAYS have a project going on.

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:52 am

Friggin Drive-ah! I bet you will be more than happy with the handling. I mean how fast do you really want to go around corners on a public road? lol
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:00 am

Pooge wrote:
1984twodoor wrote:
Are you still planning on making this one handle like its on rails or is that going to be another car completely. I think two LS imps would be friggen sweet! One auto and one manual just so you have freedom of choice.

I wish I could afford another one...I will be putting everything into this one. I already have tubular rear lower control arms and front Bilstein shocks (New in box). Gotta get the rear Bilstein shocks, sway bars, and springs. If all goes well and it handles within my goals I will scrap the idea for another LS vehicle project and T56 this one when I jump up to a cammed 6.0, but that is hardly set in stone. I am pessimistic about just how well I can make this big boat handle. I hope I surprise myself.

If nothing else, I will have a very fun summer DD, but I hope I can make it handle and therefore not feel the need to ALWAYS have a project going on.

Doug

The badass summer driver is a plus for sure and the engine can always change now that you've gotten one in. Maybe try the LSA from the ZR1 LOL!

I'm going to do a little bit of a copy cat project with your build and some things Glen (machine De-zine) did and try to box my frame as well as well as some better suspension pieces so I hope that your project turns out to handle pretty darn well! I want a driver more than anything but I want to make it worth my time rebuilding it, I want to be able to spank a few imports and such. I am looking forward to your completion as much as you are to see how she goes!

Hope you can get some work done this winter to have it by the summer!
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:28 am

1984twodoor wrote:
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Hope you can get some work done this winter to have it by the summer!

Deja Vu......

Seems like I've heard this before.......maybe.....LAST WINTER??? Razz

yada..yada...glass houses....I know tongue

As far as the handling goes. I can attest to the fact that you'll be able to throw it into anything & go as far as 4 wheel slides.

Problem is, 4 wheel sliding a 5K lb car with sticky tires can be intimidating (read as pretty efin scary).

Not Scary

If you break it free on purpose.

Wide open spaces.

Scary

That instant you go from "the edge" to "here we go"

Fast approaching curbings, trees, etc.

THAT'S when non-buffable results flash thru you head.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:23 am

Umm,there is nothing better than leaning over the raged edge. DUH.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:01 pm

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These cars are only a few hundred pounds heavier than NASCAR racers, closer to 4k, not 5k, unless the driver weighs 900 lbs!
Always LOVED to watch them race on the road courses, turning left & right.

With really good tires and proper suspension tuning, these cars can handle way better than most people here seem to think.

But, things really don't happen as fast or scary with an abrupt loss of tire-grip as compared to a 3k f-body, or lightweight fox body Mustang.
Our big cars also have a much higher polar moment of inertia than the older pony cars.
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:13 pm

sdstick wrote:
1984twodoor wrote:
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Hope you can get some work done this winter to have it by the summer!

Deja Vu......

Seems like I've heard this before.......maybe.....LAST WINTER??? Razz

yada..yada...glass houses....I know tongue

No doubt I've said it before Smile But now I have the cats, the mufflers, and most of the parts needed, so I really have no excuse for not coming up with the last few parts needed!

This has turned into a long-term project, which drives me nuts, but as anyone who has done a long term project knows, unless you are made of money and have plenty of time, they always take longer than you wanted them to. Buying a business, and pretty much starting over financially because of it, also plays a big role.

I'm just hoping the reward is worth the wait! I'm sure it will be.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:22 pm

Machine-De-Zine wrote:
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These cars are only a few hundred pounds heavier than NASCAR racers, closer to 4k, not 5k, unless the driver weighs 900 lbs!
Always LOVED to watch them race on the road courses, turning left & right.

With really good tires and proper suspension tuning, these cars can handle way better than most people here seem to think.

But, things really don't happen as fast or scary with an abrupt loss of tire-grip as compared to a 3k f-body, or lightweight fox body Mustang.
Our big cars also have a much higher polar moment of inertia than the older pony cars.
- - - (The effort required to rotate them on their vertical "Z-axis" is much greater) - - -
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Not to mention, weight=downforce. These cars are pretty damn predictable at speeds "above the posted limit" Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:43 pm

Very nice mod! I hope to see some videos from first drive. What exhaust will you have?
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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:27 am

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Very nice mod! I hope to see some videos from first drive. What exhaust will you have?

Exhaust is going to be a bit of a Frankenstein setup. I have a set of 2.5" spun high flow cats (brand new) and a set of Dynomax mufflers off a parts car, all stainless. I plan to grab a stick or two of stainless 2.5" Exhaust and make something up myself with as few bends and clamps as I can. I am not 100 sold on this setup, it is just what I was able to come across for very little money, so I don't want to throw a lot into it in case I go a different route motor-wise later.

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PostSubject: Re: Doug's Official LS Build thread   Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:41 pm

After 2 VERY long nights of work we have the impala moving under it's own power.

Pulled the pump out of a parts truck I have, swapped it over to the Impala tranny...a VERY scary job I have never done before, and I got lucky and it worked!

Tomorrow I'm doing a rear end flush and fixing the rear shock bolts that are a little elephanted from my rugged masculinity. After that I'm going to try for a couple hot laps around town.

Tomorrow evening I'm hoping to start mocking up exhaust.

Very exciting stuff!

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