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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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61 with a 62 front clip.

New guy on the block, first post. Great information here. Nice crazy people. Well, there I was, minding my own dang bidness, and all of a sudden, I have a 61 impala needing a new frame and front clip, interior and motor; a 61 brookwood wagon; a 61 4-door belair, almost perfect front end; a very nice 62 belair 4-door with air and a perfect dash, and another 62 4-door with a very nice front end. I have immediate access to a '63 409 and a 4-speed. I simply love the 62 nose and I'm thinking of making this a 61-62-63 bubbletop. ( Didn't Johnny Cash do this already...?) 61 impala, 62 nose and a 63 motor. What does anybody think of that lash-up? Alaska has a bunch of good old minimal rust sheet metal hiding in the weeds. Thanks, Steve.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 09:12 AM
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Welcome to the Team Steve!

Well I think t will blend right in with your Alaskan environment as every one spends more time flying than driving to get around the state. I think your 409 powered '61 with a '62 dog house will do just that; Fly! Go for it.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks Dave....time will tell, and I'll post some before, during and after pics sometime. Best, Steve.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 10:52 AM
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Is that 409 based upon a truck block? Those are about the only ones I would trust as the bottom end is the weak link on W motors. You can replace the rod bolts with ARP fasteners but then again you can buy 4340 forged rods from off shore for about the same price as remachining your stock rods. The cranks share the same cylinder bore centers as modern Mark IV and Gen V-VI blocks so you can swap the cranks but you have to turn the newer cranks down as they have a smaller main journal size. This is alright if you want to stroke the motor, but the 348 and 409 were famous for their high RPM operation based upon their extremely short stroke. (same as 283 for the 348 and a 327 for the 409)

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 11:19 AM
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when I lived in California, my neighbor had a 64 SS with a 63 nose, looked okay, but then who really cares, it's your hot rod..have fun and show us some pics.....
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