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  • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

    Are you going to do the same to the rod from the equalizer to the clutch fork?
    If it breaks. I got other things to worry about right now.
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      It's amazing how much of a difference my cars runs on Cali's summer blend gasoline. It's harder to keep it idling when cold and it leans out and backfires occaissonally. What is strange is that it's warmer out. Hotter and drier air usually means the car should be leaned out, but my car acts differently. It needs more fuel. I'm guessing that the summer blend has much more methanol requiring a richer AFR mixture to run right.

      It backfired on throttle tip in and at first I thought I needed a larger accelerator pump nozzle. I went from a 32 to a 35. It didn't help. So I went back to see how long the gas was squirting out of the nozzle. It was emptying too fast. Some people would get a 50 cc accelerator pump setup. Thats a band aid fix. I checked out the accelerator pump cam. The carb had a green one. I took out a sheet I printed off of Holley's website that is a graph showing how each different cam moves fuel. The green shoots a lot of fuel compared to others, but it doesn't do it right away. So I chose an orange one, it moves more fuel earlier than the green cam. The engine liked that better.

      I also had a lean out when I mashed the gas. I decided to go up on the power valve from a 65 to an 85. This means the power valve opens now at 8.5 in hg of vacuum. We'll see if the car likes that better.
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      • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

        My problem with the blended fuels seems to be vapor lock. The Meth/Eth content seems to make the vapor lock happen easier.

        Would you mind posting the pump cam info up?
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          I printed this and stuck it in my Holley parts box.

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          Here's a link to a big version.

          http://www.holley.com/data/Products/...mpCamGraph.pdf
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            Worked on a couple things today.

            First, I was annoyed by the one fitting that didn't match the rest on the hydroboost install. Even though it was nearly hidden under the hydroboost unit; it bugged me. So, I fixed that.



            For you Forum Freaks who never read the front page, here is the article on how I installed the hydroboost.
            http://bangshift.com/blog/tech-how-t...-or-truck.html

            One of the other issues was the firewall grommet for the clutch rod. It ripped long ago, but with the old, and now broken, clutch rod It still kept the hot engine out. But, now with the new clutch rod I was getting blasted with air from the engine compartment. I bought this cool looking grommet from Earls that is for a -10 braided line, but it's the same size as the hole and the new rod. Works much better.



            The new grommet was pricey, but it looks good too. No one would notice it anyways, they'd be in shock from the wiring mess under there.


            Oh yeah, I painted the clutch rod while was out.
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              It's the small things in life that make it good.
              Escaped on a technicality.

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                I'm not done yet. The clutch rod is dragging on the clutch pedal. I will be annoying the neighbors making wonderful music with my grinder tomorrow.
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                • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                  I printed this and stuck it in my Holley parts box.



                  Here's a link to a big version.

                  http://www.holley.com/data/Products/...mpCamGraph.pdf
                  Thanks Scott ...
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                  • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                    If they give you grief, just wait until they grind on their clutch pedals! If they can't take a joke the hll with them.
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                    • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                      the new grommet looks great Scott. Some of the fuzes and fuze holders in the upper fuze box starting to look a little rusty. Hope it doesn't bite you down the road.

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                        That's where the windshield leaks end up.
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                          I got a before test on the handling of the Impala today. On the way back from Morro Bay on CC's Anti Tour, I followed McGann's P71 Crown Vic off Hwy 101 and into the canyons between the Valley and Malibu. McG's CV has gotten lowered on custom springs and shocks, and sits on widened 17 cop car wheels and 40 series rubber. My car still runs Energy Suspension poly bushings, old KYB shocks, stock springs, and old, hard BFG's. Decker Rd, aka state route 23 got real noisy.

                          At first I thought the quiet John would take it easy, WRONG!. He hammered it and I had to play catch up. It didn't take long, but I did catch up. Then I stayed on his ass. The BFG's were howling, brakes were heating, and engine revving. The trunk had 200 lbs of tools and shit, the cooler sliding around behind the front passenger seat and my heavy backpack riding happily in the passenger side Scat Procar bucket. Those did great to keep me planted, the hydroboost did great.

                          The long grade down to the PCH really worked the brakes and I had little left when got to the stop sign at the PCH. They were definitely hot, smelly and not happy.
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                            Sounds like a great time !

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                              Control arms are in, finally. YAY!! I will be ripping into the suspension as soon as the Caprice is up and running again.
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                                Sweet!
                                There's always something new to learn.

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                                  I've been putting this off for some time. I had some repairs to do on my other car and lack of time. Although, I had planned to upgrade the suspension at Sire Custom Performance because I was planning on some fabricating. But, Yannick has been busy and I wasn't going to have my take up space that could be used for paying customers. So, I decided to the majority of the work right in my own driveway.

                                  I always loved and was envious of those magazine articles where they take a picture of the car with all the goodies they are about install. Since my car is filthy from sitting untouched for six weeks, I decided just to take a pic of the goodies. The A arms came from Classic Performance Products, the coils from Performance Online, the front sway bar is from POL as well, the rear sway bar is from UMI, and the shocks are Koni adjustables. They were the most expensive.


                                  This is what I've been driving since Febuary '99. Energy Suspension poly bushings in the A arms and strut rods; and KYB Gas-A-Just shocks on what is otherwise stock suspension. I did cut 1 1/2 coils out of the original front springs and added CPP disc brakes up front.



                                  The first thing to do is unbolt the sway bar end links; then I decided to hang the upper A arm first. That way I wouldn't have the spindle/brake dangling there. It worked pretty good. Compare the old and the new. These are so stupidily cheap these days that modifying the originals wasn't worth the time. CPP adds Del-a-lum bushings and a new ball joint.


                                  After getting the A arm hung I noticed that new A arm came with a snubber to keep it from bottoming out on the frame. The old snubber got yanked and tossed.



                                  Before yanking the lower arm, I loosened the big nut on the end of the strut rod first. Then I unbolted it's other end from the lower A arm.


                                  I rented a coil spring compressor from Autozone. I have to say I've never had an issue with their rental tools. Once I knocked the lower ball joint loose the coil just fell out.


                                  Compare the stock lower arm with the new one. Talk about beefy. The new one also weighs twice as much. These have solid type bushings, new ball joints, and a spring pad.


                                  The POL coils are 1 1/2" dropped and much thicker than the stockers.


                                  Compare the new front sway bar to the old one and the old looks like a #2 pencil. When it comes to front sway bars, the solid ones are the best. There are thicker ones out there but they all hollow tube. This damn thing weighs 30 lbs. Should help keep the nose flat in the turns.


                                  This is where I stopped tonight. Just the left side done.....well...almost done. Look closely and you'll see part of the spring compressor tool still in the coil. That's because the hole in the lower A arm is too small. I will have to do some grinding to get it out. So much for the powder coating.



                                  More to come.....
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                                  • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                                    Nearly got everything up front finished today. Just have to grease the fittings and put the tires back on. I'm also going to fix the rubber brake line on side. It's a bit twisted. I set the Koni's on back breaker to start. Hell, this is a heavy car.


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                                    • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                                      I set the Koni's on back breaker to start. Hell, this is a heavy car.
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                                      If they are anything like the adjustable KYB's I put on my '99 Camaro you'll be softening them up big time...... I have 8 positions I figured I'd start at 7, ended up at 4 and even that seems a bit stiff, but I'm good with it there.....


                                      And looks good!!!!!!!
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                                      • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                                        We'll see. I won't put up with an annoying ride. It's not a big deal to remove and adjust them if I have to for track days.
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                                        • Re: Rebeldryver's '65 Impala SS Black Betty

                                          track days in an Impala, that's just so awesome
                                          It only takes one aweshit to erase a dozen attaboys

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