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31 Jul 2017 14:47 #3823 by oestek
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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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17 Sep 2017 19:25 #3864 by oestek
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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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17 Sep 2017 19:30 #3865 by oestek
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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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25 Sep 2017 12:27 #3890 by oestek
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Finishing up the transmission crossmember



These holes are good for ½ 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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25 Sep 2017 12:34 #3891 by oestek
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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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18 May 2018 14:12 #4118 by oestek
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This is a fuel-injected car, so we used a reproduction stock fuel tank from Tanks, Inc., and installed one of their in-tank fuel modules for the pump.



The module allows for an in-tank EFI pump to be mounted in nearly any kind of tank, as the depth is adjustable to the tank.



Here, the pump module and level sender are sealed to the tank and bolted tight. One fitting is pressure, the middle is for the fuel vent, and the other is a return.



Meanwhile, the Vintage Air hoses, condenser, and other items are installed as wiring begins.



Much of the plumbing and wiring will be hidden, but the goal was more to make the underhood area clean and not to hide absolutely everything.



Vintage Air Gen IV evaporator unit being installed under the dash.



An American Autowire Classic Update harness replaces all the old wiring.


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