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Old 10-04-2019, 12:08 PM   #401
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Went out to dinner the other night, daughters wanted to ride in the Chevelle, so who was I to say no. Both had their phones out and told me to roll. Of course they were both doing snapchat videos, so enjoy 8 seconds. Got up to around 80 mph, oncoming traffic and curve ahead, so I let out of it. The way the sound of the car backs down on the bridge, damn thing sounds like Eleanor.

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Other than that, no updates. Just putting miles on it and trying to figure out a way to keep it clean without using a hose. Rust is popping up everywhere under the paint and the trunk is getting ready to shed it's skin like a damn iguana. Went and looked at another set of rims that were "guaranteed" to fit, again, didn't fit, and again, had to drive through rain to get home.

Getting pre-trip jitters thinking about driving out to Kodiak, TN. (270 miles, little over 4 hours) Knock on wood car has been extremely solid, not sure why I'm getting bent out of shape. Only problem to report was an exhaust leak from where I swapped mufflers..

Going through checking all connections, joints, bolts / nuts, etc. Doing piddly stuff that has been on the list for a long time, just hasn't been a problem. Cleaning up old buffing compound that PO left and has turned to concrete in hard to reach spots (look at hood edge in steering wheel pic), pulled PS pulley and alt pulley, blasted and painted, finally painted brake master cylinder, ground down some welds, etc. Last on the list is wash, wax, and clean what interior I have.



Even though I haven't had any truly visible tire wear the car has ALWAYS pulled to the left. Always felt like a mechanical pull more than an alignment pull if that makes sense? Pulled the pitman arm to see if I installed it off center, it's keyed in 4 places, nope. Everything in the front end is new, all tight, greased, etc. Went through the paces and saw that I had 1.25 turns to the right and 1.75 turns to the left. Guess I didn't have the steering box centered when installing the steering shaft. The shaft is solid, had to pull the steering box off the frame, center up shaft, then reinstall. Not the hardest in the world, but not a lot of fun. Now box and wheel are centered, but tires were pointing to right. Had to turn the tie rod adjusters 3 full turns to hopefully get everything centered up. So this whole time driving the car around I've been fighting the steering box trying to go back to center. Dumbazz.



Had a little time left over so I pulled the plugs to do a once over health check. Damn thing is burning cleaner than I thought, was wondering about the junkyard injectors I had in there. Looked down each insulator looking for aluminum as I was worried I was running on the edge of detonation with my tune. All of them are clean.



Only noticeable thing was "fuzz" on the electrodes, 9,700 miles on swap so far. Not sure if that's from all the fuel fragrance I've ran through it or little bit of blowby on hard RPM decel trying to scrub speed.. I'm overall happy with everything, cracked #7 plug reinstalling so will have to pick one up then take the car down the road to check alignment, after that it's packing, and heading west. If you're wondering I'm running ac delco R44LTSM plugs, platinum tips would get too hot and not allow you full timing for max hp.

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Old 10-04-2019, 12:09 PM   #402
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Forgot to mention, she may be a dirty ol ho, but she still gets me going. I'm not going to state how long I laid there and looked at all that.. :bigpimp



Sorry for the large pics!

Made it back out to TN with Rick and Adam this past weekend. Rained, was hot, but had a good time regardless. Spent time at No Limit Engineering taking pics while waiting on the crew to arrive. Rob MacGregor had opened up the shop to any autocrossers to come in and have their car checked over and scaled. I went with the hopes of getting a bunch of pics, but ended up only 1 truck was there and I helped assemble a C10 chassis I was so bored. Once everyone got there it was a pretty good storm and I didn't bring the camera in like an idiot.

Here's some of the better pics:







3 amigos back at it



Guys ran hard Friday at the autocross, I sat and took pics most of the day with a couple ride alongs. Saturday we went to the tail of the dragon, unfortunately Rick had to leave early and didn't get to roll with us. Tried to keep up with Adam but my car is sorely lacking in the suspension/tire/brakes area. I did hang for a bit in the dragon but my brakes started to get greasy, and that's the last place you want to have something fail.

Had a good time rolling through the foothills parkway but had a bunch of harley riders clogging up the roads on the way back through.



Pics from our usual photo spots



Car did great, 0 problems other than it was baking my balls and loud. Really hoping to be able to upgrade the car so I can present some kind of threat to these guys next year.
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:12 PM   #403
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Last one, you're up to date now.

Ever since I mocked up the SS wheels on the car with no tires I was turned off by the look. Thought 17s would look donkish on the car. Then my buddy with a 65 wagon put Z06 rims on for racing, THEN saw Joe's wheels and fell in love. Post: https://www.chevelles.com/forums/17-...ires-64-a.html

Started looking back through my pics and found one where I'd test fit a broken rim with tire on there. Having some rubber in place makes a SIGNIFICANT visual impact..



with tire



Moving forward with running these wheels, will roll/cut the rear fender lip and get the necessary spacers with correct hub centric pattern. The cheap ones I got for test fit off ebay have to be pried off the rear axle.

On another note, forgot to mention to ya'll I got high right before my trip to TN.





Went to a Tiremax that just opened 15 mins from the house. My napa buddy told me all his friends are working there and they'd appreciate the chevelle / do me right. He wasn't lying, he even called ahead of time to tell them I was coming. The whole shop was out there looking it over from stem to stern, pulled me out there and talked to me for a while, bunch of great guys. The one guy doing the alignment has a 69 chevelle that pulls the front tires and runs low 6's in the 1/8th.

He WORKED on the car to get it lined up correctly, even had me sitting in the driver's seat weighing it down to get it right. After correcting the steering box and this alignment, damn car is straighter than Burt Reynolds! If there's no crown I can let go of the wheel and it goes forever. He did everything in his power to get some camber dialed in since he knew how I drove the car, but unfortunately it took some caster away so admittedly it is a little twitchy. Brown Santa is on his way to help with that problem though.

Spring loaded tool they use to keep the wheel straight while it's on the lift, never seen one, thought it was cool and was pretty solid at holding the wheel.



Ol girl getting the love it needs.



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Pretty cool man, sounds like you're enjoying the car every chance you get! Keep the "upgrades" coming!
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Pretty cool man, sounds like you're enjoying the car every chance you get! Keep the "upgrades" coming!
Thanks man, I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of this one.

Got some garage time this weekend. Besides having to do a tune up on the MIL's 07 impala.. FWD v6 SUCK! Especially when they're driven to your house and expected to be fix while they wait and have a 2 hour window until they have to be somewhere.. Had a misfire, damn platinum tip fell right off the plug. Thought that was the worst of it until I got to the back plugs. Had to knock off top engine mounts and ratchet strap engine forward to gain access.

204k people, wtf. Only reason they were changed was the misfire otherwise it would have kept on going.



Changed the oil in Salty, figured I'd rotate the tires after this weekend's thrashing. While it was up I dug thru the shed and grabbed the ss wheels.

Here's the result, finally measured everything out, body, frame, and axle were pretty centered. .5" to fender lip, 1 1/8" to frame. Think they're 1.5" spacers, going to order 1.25" and call it done. I'm pretty sure this car came to me with a newer rear axle under it. Have to remember to check the stampings next time I'm under it.



Measured my old 275/40/17, it was 10.8" wide, too wide unfortunately.



Just the rim is 10" wide, add the 1.125 and.5, and you get 11 5/8" total wheel well depth.



Think I'm going to run 255/40/17, but have to play with sizes/availability/price.. The 255s are 25" tall, current setup is 25.3", not sure I want to go any shorter, have enough gear as is. Also want a little sidewall to fill in the huge wheel openings, try to balance the look out. So far I'm not having much luck finding a better size with a lot of tire mfg support. The one size I would love to have is only made by goodyear and cost $365/ea..

Stopping point

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Preciate it guys! Been pretty good so far. Hopefully will have a better update tomorrow, and have signed up for autocross at the Dixie classic fair on Sunday!
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that's cool to see someone enjoying their car! I've been to busy to make it to the dragstrip
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that's cool to see someone enjoying their car! I've been to busy to make it to the dragstrip
I understand man, this year has been flying by for me as well. Hoping to make it out to Piedmont to get some numbers before they close for the winter.

Ok, the reason for getting the 17's figured out, finally upgrading the front suspension so maybe I can turn without leaving a pucker mark in the driver's seat. This put a HUGE dent in the car fund, but will ultimately make it into the driver I've been planning for some time. This car was supposed to do everything better than the blazer and hopefully this is the ticket.

SPC fully adjustable upper control arms to dial in camber/caster as the original geometry is completely horrible. Positive camber on compression, negative on rebound, exactly opposite of how it should be. (see autox pics earlier)



SPC fully adjustable upper arms, proforged .9" taller upper ball joints, and .5" taller lower ball joints. Arms look top notch in person, couldn't get a feel for them looking at pictures. The taller upper joints will help correct the backwards camber curve it has now. Taller lower will hopefully fix bump steer.

Plan on pulling the springs and shocks, run the suspension through its full range and take measurements (angle finder on rotor face to measure camber). Then will install new components and repeat. At this point I'm unsure of how to mount the upper balljoint, above? Below? Use the included spacers? Hoping measuring it out will help me dial it in before I get an alignment. Again.

Final box came in, my gawd is this thing beefy.



Hellwig 1 5/16" sway bar, it weighs in at 27lbs, won't have any illusions of pulling a front tire once this is bolted on.

Stock bar 3/4", to put it in perspective, your thumb is most likely wider than this thing.



New bar, just a little difference



And got the ss rims scrubbed and ready for new rubber, loaded in the truck for a lunch run

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New rubber applied. Cooper Zeon RS3-A, newer version of the tires I ran on the blazer. 255/40/17



Stock 3/4" bar vs Hellwig 1 5/16" bar. No comparison, my thumb is wider than the stocker. Only downside is that bar is going to add 25lbs to the nose of the car.



While I was wrenching on the front I noticed something weird looking in the wheel well. Closer inspection, those 70 series were really digging in on the hard turns!!





Got the front end apart and ran into a couple issues last night, little stressed about lack of time and getting the car together for Sunday, but will see how it goes. Stripped the front down to the basics and ran it through it's entire sweep. Going from full droop to bump stop is 4.75" of travel. The car gains 3.5 degrees of positive caster through the sweep. Working on mounting new ball joints, upper control arms, then will repeat test. Have several mounting options of upper ball joint to hopefully get the best camber curve I can.





Money shot, working on getting front end down. Need to swap back to stock spindles, but don't have the time to do it before this weekend's autocross event. Signed up for another SCCA event, like the one I ran in the blazer 3ish years ago. Will be at Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston on Sunday if anyone is bored and wants to take a ride.
Think you will need a Snell DOT approved helmet unless you don't mind borrowing one.


With the the drop spindles think the tires will be hitting the wheel wells before hitting bump stops, need to correct that.

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Looks great so far.


gonna feel/drive like a whole new car!Are you adding a rear sway bar?
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gonna feel/drive like a whole new car!Are you adding a rear sway bar?
I can't wait to drive it!

I added a rear sway bar when I installed the solid rear lower control arms. The bars made a huge difference over stock with poly bushings, sway bar leveled the car out some on curves, but it still leaned on harder turn ins.

F'ed myself pretty good. Did a search for 64 chevelle tall lower ball joint, one of the first results was summit racing link. ok, click, add 2 to cart, next. They were the wrong ones, supposedly for 78ish chevelle. Had a hell of a time trying to install them, they kept on cocking when installing and wouldn't seat. Their base diameter was bigger, so now I'm staring at blown out hole for lower ball joint. Going to to White's Salvage in Germanton Friday morning hoping to find a replacement arm. The other fun part is not being able to get the rear control arm bolt out due to primary being smack dab in the f'ing middle of the bolt's path.

For the time being I tacked the old balljoint back in place, sent wrong ones back to Summit for exchange. Got the SPC upper arm installed and tall upper ball joint. It reversed the camber curve so now I have 3.5 degrees negative camber through the suspension travel.



Hoping to dial in this ride height when done. I couldn't stop staring at it last night. Amazing what a set of shoes can do to a ride.

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Hate when you accidentally order the wrong parts!



As for the lower control arm bolt I had the same problem with the 454SS. One header tube hangs way down and it goes right across the path of the bolt! I used a sawsall and cut the bolt to remove it... fortunately 88-98 Chevy pickups are plentiful at the junk yard so I just grabbed another bolt and put in from the other direction.











might not be quite as easy to get control arm bolts for your car...
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As for the lower control arm bolt I had the same problem with the 454SS. One header tube hangs way down and it goes right across the path of the bolt! I used a sawsall and cut the bolt to remove it... fortunately 88-98 Chevy pickups are plentiful at the junk yard so I just grabbed another bolt and put in from the other direction.

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might not be quite as easy to get control arm bolts for your car...
Thanks for the suggestion, and no, it isn't easy. The frame ramps up pretty hard from the cowl area to LCA mount, not enough room to angle the bolt in, reason I was mentioning drilling a hole or dimpling the frame to make room.
I actually scribed a line in the frame with the hex head of the bolt last time I tried to install the bolt from the other way. I'm hoping I can loosen the flange bolts and swing the primary out of the way but doubt it will be that easy. Just sucks I finally got the exhaust leak free and have to go back into it.

Called White's to see what I was in for.. They wanted $75 for an a-arm that's been sitting in the mud for years. Asked them if there was any price break if I pulled it, oh yea, it'll be $65. Unfortunately I took the dark road.

Looked around, got a set of ebay chinesium LCAs on the way. Chevelle guys have been running them for years, say the welds are good, just have to watch out for the ball joints. I'll be replacing them with tall joints, so no issues. Summit should be receiving the wrong joints back today, hopefully they'll take the one back and send the correct ones.
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Nice job with that thing, Jeff. The car looks badass with the new shoes on it!! You still gotta drive that thing down here someday and show it off. My dad wants to take a ride in it
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Thank you and absolutely man! Still have your #, will drop you a line when I get it off jackstands. Last time we spoke your dad wasn't doing so well, didn't want to disturb you guys until he was better.

I'm hoping all these new parts gives it a little more fun factor, doesn't have the power you're used to though.
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Got another email from summit, they refunded the 2 wrong ball joints and am sending the correct ones. Just waiting on shipping info. I'm grateful for their customer service.

Another note of good news, the a arms came in and don't look too bad. I'm still a little second guessing myself but think they look ok. Look exactly like all the name brand arms, found summit is selling these as their brand.. They're heavy as hell too.



Sway bar linkage is an adjustable heim joint. Will have to read up on that to make it work right. Coil spring pocket has a plastic insert that's loose. It's so you can index the spring correctly so it seats in the frame. Can cut the coil to lower the car and it'll still seat correctly in the frame. Shock mounts have nuts welded in too. Bump stop is a nut welded in the tube, can spin this one out and change it out to a better progressive rate once everything is figured out.



Looks like they're still loading them with cheap ball joints. Notice how they neck in under where the boot is. People have had the joints snap in the skinny area. You'd think it was for reducing bind in extreme angles but it isn't. I'm replacing them so not even concerned about them.



The bushings surprised me. There's a grease fitting, pressed in machined aluminum sleeve that's perforated for grease distribution, small nylon? sleeve and end caps. Not sure how long they'll last, going to take measurements and look for replacements/options so I'm not left high and dry if they fail. Going to lube it up initially with poly grease, then just pump em with my grease gun. Keep it full of the molybdenum stuff. All that for $134.50 shipped to my door..





And to keep from pulling any more sway bar mount bolts out of the frame I made these plates. Going to open up the bolt holes in the frame, slide these down inside the frame tube and bolt up the sway bar.



Getting closer! Going race car quicker than expected!
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Old 10-24-2019, 08:42 AM   #420
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Nice! Good call on replacing the ball joints. Chinese hardware still isn't very good due to material availability in that part of the world.
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Thanks man, seen them break on people, last thing I need to happen.

Alright, life lesson 58,875,453,293: don't try and make spacers to press out ball joints out of rotors. They're cast, cast doesn't like to compress. The new a-arms left little meat to use the ball joint press, had to get creative..

Needed to clear the bottom of the ball joint to press it out. Had to have a hole large enough to clear it. Obviously this didn't work. Ended up using the clutch master mounting plate I bought and didn't use.



Was having a hell of a time trying to get to the rear a-arm nut to torque it. Think I tweaked my brake lines in the process (spongy pedal now). Was about to resort to desperate measures when I realized the old speedometer cable hole in the firewall was a direct shot!



And the glory shots. This took a lot longer and more effort than I thought it would have.. Can't wait to get it aligned and see what it'll do. Can still drive it carefully but will be addressing the brake lines soon.

The cute little sway bar brackets that I made were great in theory but sucked in reality. Got pass side done up but took a minute to line it up while balancing a 25 lb bar above my head. The driver's side, not so much. The frame has a bracing plate to mount the steering gear, basically blocked the entire frame off. I'd already enlarged the hole.. Welded it up, caught whatever was inside the frame on fire, drilled, tapped, praying it holds..



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Old 10-27-2019, 06:52 AM   #422
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Think next up will be higher spring rates and better shocks.

Forgot to mention, upper arms were 10lbs, SPC upper 6.8lbs. Old sway bar and hardware 9.4 lbs, Hellwig and hardware 25.4lbs. Not sure if I mentioned the new wheel setup is 6.8 lbs heavier than the 14s (each).

So, with this update I added
Lower arms 9
Sway bar 16
Tires 13.6
- upper arms 6.4
= 32.2lbs to the nose of the car
And 45.8 lbs overall to the car. Dammit.
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damn that looks good\, bet it drives great
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Thanks man, will know for sure tomorrow, going first thing for alignment.

Another useless update, started cleaning up the garage, here's what the insides of a Chinese ball joint looks like. Puckered up pretty good when this let go in the press.



I kept on side glancing at the car, any off angle and it looked goofy. The front tires were tucked in too far. Ended up installing the spacers, looks much better. Also noticed the rim was hitting the sway bar on turn in, hopefully this will give me a little more turning radius.

When you don't want to hear *****ing but need to torque lug nuts with no tires. Use a screwdriver or punch in the rotor vanes.



Here's what I was talking about with the wheels.

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damn that looks good\, bet it drives great
Holy. Shit. Hope that answers your question!!

Man this thing is friggin awesome now! I haven't been able to take a curve since I sold the blazer. Didn't realize how much I missed that till tonight. Came home from work, picked up my daughter and we went cruising. This car is hooking and driving better than the blazer ever could. She even approved of the mods which is rare! I thought the lack of bushings would make it a clunky race car, but just the opposite, thing rides like butter!!

Alignment shop dialed in 8.1 degrees caster, 0.5 neg camber, and 1/16" toe in. Car is so straight and stable it's like driving a C5 corvette. It doesn't squirm or jump when you hit a small bump/bridge abutment, bump steer is gone! Tall lower ball joints did the trick. I do have rubbing in tight parking lot turns but haven't noticed anything while driving. Will have to check wheel wells and get the bfh out.

Really have to pay attention to the speedo, the lean used to tell me how fast I was going, now it's flat. Took some turns double the posted yellow warning speed and it just rolled through. Serious smiles now!

Did some stunting pics while we were downtown. Have to clean it up and get the good camera out.







Put 73 miles on it last night, couldn't get enough so I drove it in this morning. 7% chance of rain. 7. It's coming down here at work. Need to go buy a lottery ticket.
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