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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2015, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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dirty's 62 wagon

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I'm new to the impala craze.....I have a 62 impala wagon project.....looking for advice, help, assistance, praise, parts...etc..... I had a 72 body dropped suburban,,,,saw one some 10 years ago at the del mar good guys show and had to have one....sold it because i saw the cleanest white 62 wagon ever in san diego, ca....i gotta have one...so i got one......now i need help...tell me what you think so far//////it's a rebulit 283/hei dist...bagged on 20"s, all 4 corner cross drilled and slotted disc's, all new steering, brakes,spindles, etc.....needs work...oh and new wire harnesses front and back
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2015, 07:29 PM
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Welcome to the Team Dave!

Probably going to need some white paint. ...

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Love the car, love the updates you mentioned. I'm not feelin' the rims reflect the same vibe though.

Welcome aboard though, keep us appraised of whats goin' on!

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 06:55 AM
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I am not into flat paint or air bags but I think yours looks pretty good.
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I'm not a huge fan of the flats either....it's just a primer right now....when i bought it , it was 3 different colors....just had tiny lil dents fixed and primered one color......I have a lot of ideas floating in my head on paint/color directions, but i think it should run/stop first.....I DO LOVEEEE BAGS THOU






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thx for the welcome.....probably not gonna go white....longgggg ways away...but probably in the greenish/silver tones.......needing parts and help to put her back together first.....





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Probably going to need some white paint. ...

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 11:33 AM
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Looks complete to me (Sorry I though that was charcoal grey primer paint at first, forgot about the current fad in painting flat black). What are you missing? A roof rack with chromed spears on the roof? Bigger motor? Looks like a driver now.

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needs both wire harnesses hooked up, hei dist done and tuned, alternator bracket doesnt line up right.....brakes feed n bleed....rear brake calipers figured out,,(wont roll freely..)....and with no brake pressure, brakes lines not hooked up





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Looks complete to me (Sorry I though that was charcoal grey primer paint at first, forgot about the current fad in painting flat black). What are you missing? A roof rack with chromed spears on the roof? Bigger motor? Looks like a driver now.

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needs both wire harnesses hooked up, hei dist done and tuned, alternator bracket doesnt line up right.....brakes feed n bleed....rear brake calipers figured out,,(wont roll freely..)....and with no brake pressure, brakes lines not hooked up
As to your wiring needs; I recommend an OEM replacement wiring harness from American Auto Wire (AAW). They can build a direct replacement wiring harness that has a HEI distributor and the terminals on the wire to use a newer one wire alternator to get rid of your mechanical points voltage regulator you have now.

As to your current alternator not lining up with the other V-belt pulleys you have then as you suspect you have the wrong alternator mounts (wrong year, wrong side, wrong water pump: Chevy made a bunch of brackets). Or you have the wrong pulleys mis-matched off of various year vehicles that had different pulleys to line up with different length water pumps. You can attempt to chase down reproduction or original parts to match one specific year (I think in 1962 Chevy still used a generator instead of the more efficient alternator, but they may have changed over in '61; I just can't remember exactly when). Another solution is a matched set of aftermarket brackets and pulleys converting over to a serpentine belt.

Brakes are a major issue. If you have rear disc brakes on the car now; news flash they are not original equipment. What they are; only "the Shadow" knows, and he isn't telling. I would take the car to a reputable mechanic and pay him to sort out that mess or replace everything with known sources of parts. This something you can not mess around with.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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yeah, the wir harnesses i bought,,,,just need an electrical guy...im dumb with this stuff.....the disc's i bought from cpp.....i think the pads are to thick or something.....and the hei and harness to match is good, has the adaptor just installing and tuning needed the alternator is a problem...been a while since i even looked at it so.....i think it sjust a bracket issue like u said thx BIG DAVE.....appreciate it







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As to your wiring needs; I recommend an OEM replacement wiring harness from American Auto Wire (AAW). They can build a direct replacement wiring harness that has a HEI distributor and the terminals on the wire to use a newer one wire alternator to get rid of your mechanical points voltage regulator you have now.

As to your current alternator not lining up with the other V-belt pulleys you have then as you suspect you have the wrong alternator mounts (wrong year, wrong side, wrong water pump: Chevy made a bunch of brackets). Or you have the wrong pulleys mis-matched off of various year vehicles that had different pulleys to line up with different length water pumps. You can attempt to chase down reproduction or original parts to match one specific year (I think in 1962 Chevy still used a generator instead of the more efficient alternator, but they may have changed over in '61; I just can't remember exactly when). Another solution is a matched set of aftermarket brackets and pulleys converting over to a serpentine belt.

Brakes are a major issue. If you have rear disc brakes on the car now; news flash they are not original equipment. What they are; only "the Shadow" knows, and he isn't telling. I would take the car to a reputable mechanic and pay him to sort out that mess or replace everything with known sources of parts. This something you can not mess around with.

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