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Old 10-06-2019, 07:27 PM   #831
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Got some garage time today. 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. Mitch you were right about the spacer, didn't have a flapper bit (tore it up trying to make a slip on pinion bearing for testing) but put a cut off disc in my cordless drill and hacked it to fit.

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.



Measured habanero's busted rim 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.

Tonight's stopping point

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Old 10-06-2019, 07:50 PM   #832
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:35 AM   #833
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:19 AM   #834
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:12 PM   #835
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SPC fully adjustable upper arms, proforged .9" taller upper ball joints, and .5" taller lower ball joints above. 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. Then will install new components and repeat. While springs are out I plan on cutting them to get the ride height right.

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



New bar, just a little difference



And got the ss rims scrubbed and ready for new rubber

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Old 10-11-2019, 01:46 PM   #836
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SPC fully adjustable upper arms, proforged .9" taller upper ball joints, and .5" taller lower ball joints above.

While springs are out I plan on cutting them to get the ride height right.

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Taking into account that .5 lower is giving you 1/2" drop....

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Old 10-14-2019, 07:27 AM   #837
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Greg thanks for the heads up!

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. 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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Old 10-16-2019, 08:32 PM   #838
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The Chevelle looks great with the new wheels and tires. I'm jealous I can't go for test drive with the new suspension setup.
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:34 AM   #839
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The Chevelle looks great with the new wheels and tires. I'm jealous I can't go for test drive with the new suspension setup.
I honestly can't wait either! Might be like owning a whole new car, lol, hopefully for the better!!

Work has come to a stop on the ol girl for the minute. Was fighting getting tall lower ball joint pressed in to driver's side (first side I'm working on). Thought it was my cheap tools, rented a press from vatozone, still no love. Got to looking, I have the wrong $%()*&#!@)(*&#!@)(& ball joints. They're for 78+ A/G bodies, too big for my car. I'd googled 64 chevelle tall lower ball joint, summit racing came up, hit the link, added 2 to cart, didn't think about it. Have those going back to summit, hoping to exchange for the correct part, and a f*cked up driver's side lower a-arm. Old ball joint just wallers around in the hole like throwing a hot dog down a hallway. Taking tomorrow off and going to the old junkyard near me to hopefully procure a decent replacement. Will have to clean it up, paint, and swap over poly bushings, really not looking forward to the work. Besides the fact that the primary tube is smack dab in the middle of the rear bolt's exit, so have to pull exhaust too. You can see how the primary runs right in the path here, wtf were they thinking..





I've thought about putting the bolt in through the rear but the rise of the frame is right there and you cannot get the bolt to line up with the holes. Thought about heating the frame up and tinking it in to clearance it or drilling a hole, but the frame is so weak as it is, don't want to compromise it any further.

With all this said, I've retracted my entry into the autocross this weekend, frigging bummed about it.

To try and carry on I Stevie Wondered the old ball joint back in place and did a mock up with SPC upper and tall ball joint. It reversed the camber curve, now I gain 3.6 degrees of negative camber on compression, exactly what it needed to do. I even tried mounting the upper joint under the arm to see if I'd gain any more negative, it just started to cancel out the good curve so I left it on top.



Realized that I don't need to run a 1.25" spacer up front, but might have some scrubbing so will have to work on that. Hoping this is ride height when I'm done.

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Old 10-21-2019, 07:27 AM   #840
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Called White's Salvage 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. Thinking about paying that, bringing it home, disassembling, cleaning, sand blasting, painting, reassembling just irritated the hell out of me.
Unfortunately I took the dark road.

Looked around, got a set of ebay tubular 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. Arms will be here Thursday. It was cold and drizzling here yesterday so I would have missed the autocross event anyway.
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