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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Punk kid with an SS

Hello Impala B Body guys! I am Colton and I purchased a 95 Impala SS in September of last year. The car is DCM (Dark Cherry Metallic) with grey leather, and 247,000 MILES! Has the 350ci LT1. I am also a part of impalassforum.com and saw this site at the Team Chevelle website (my dad has a sweet 69 SS) I figured I might as well get sucked into another forum on Impalas. So far the car has aftermarket head lights, and thrush mufflers which will be replaced soon. A hotter cam is bound to be installed later within the year as well as a T56 6 speed with 3.73 gears. Here are some pics!
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I sold the IROC wheels last week and I now have 18' Ridler 695 in Anthracite going on in the next few weeks . New exhaust set up will be replacing cats with a pipe with Dynomax bullet racing muffler dumped at the rear axle Also the car will be lowered to get a really menacing stance going with Eibach springs. The motor is bullet proof right now still. The transmission is in need of some fluid I believe. The trans also had a shift kit installed. I was 16 when I bought the car and then got my license in early January. The car breaks neck when I cruise through town. My family has a large background of hot rodding Impalas since 58. Thanks comments are appreciated!
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 09:47 AM
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Welcome to the Team Colton!

Your cam choice will be limited by finding a program to accept the reduced vacuum caused by a high performance cam. If you choose an aftermarket controller such as the one offered by F.A.S.T. you can stab a cam in and it programs itself. MSD has two different solutions to your Opti-Spark should it give you any bother. Your car was the first year to get the vented cap which makes the Opti-Spark much more reliable.

There is a hotter version of your LT-1 engine where they changed basically everything in the motor to hop it up. It was that last gasp of the Chevrolet small block and made a lot of power on pump gas back when most cars where still foundering under the most restrictive emission requirements. I would look for an LT-4 out of the bone yards. The Corvette Grand Sport is the better of the two motors (the LT-4 was also installed in the Camaro).

http://www.grandsportregistry.com/lt1vslt4.htm

It would be a bolt in and work if you took the computer as well when you pulled the motor. Your alternative is to drop $3,200 on an Edelbrock aftermarket set of raised port "fast burn" heads, hotter cam, and raised port (LT-4) intake manifold. You would still need a a chip change for your computer since it isn't programmable.

http://www.jegs.com/i/Edelbrock/350/...FQk4nAodCzgApw

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Thanks for the information!
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 12:53 PM
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1. Vented optis began in 1994 with ALL B bodies.
2. The stock PCM is flash memory, easily reprogrammed for ANY cam choice. You definitely don't need to go to aftermaket control like FAST.
3. The LT4 didn't change "basically everything in the motor". It had a different cam/heads/intake. Standard hot rodding, and there are much better choices out there than 20 year old LT4 tech.
4. There are better choices than the Edlebrock heads (if you want to swap heads).
5. This isn't the best forum for 91-96 Bodies. This is more for classic 58-76. For 91-96, head over to our sister forum, impalassforum.com

Have fun with your project, here's my 95 with T56 and 4.10s (among other mods!)


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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 02:31 PM
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Welcome Colton, I ordered a new Impala SS in 1995. One of the fastest cars I have ever owned. I still have the window sticker somewhere.
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1. Vented optis began in 1994 with ALL B bodies.
2. The stock PCM is flash memory, easily reprogrammed for ANY cam choice. You definitely don't need to go to aftermaket control like FAST.
3. The LT4 didn't change "basically everything in the motor". It had a different cam/heads/intake. Standard hot rodding, and there are much better choices out there than 20 year old LT4 tech.
4. There are better choices than the Edlebrock heads (if you want to swap heads).
5. This isn't the best forum for 91-96 Bodies. This is more for classic 58-76. For 91-96, head over to our sister forum, impalassforum.com

Have fun with your project, here's my 95 with T56 and 4.10s (among other mods!)

I am aware of the impalassforum, I am a member on there as well. A t56 will be put on soon I hope! I want one so bad along with a 3.73 rear end. Where you from? Are you a member of INC?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 11:31 AM
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I'm from Ottawa. My Impala was the first T56 car in Canada. Not an INC member.

I would only suggest 3.73s with one of the 93 F body T56s, but they are rated for 350ft-lbs. The stronger 94-97 is rated for 450ft-lbs, and has a .5 6th. 4.10s or 4.56 are a better choice. I use 4.10s because I use a shorter rear tire than stock (295 35 18). If I used a stock (or taller) rear tire, I would have chosen 4.56.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I would like a lot more torque; however I do not want my mileage killed. The trans is having problem right now, maybe an excuse to get a t56?
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 11:27 AM
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I get better mileage with my T56/4.10s than I did with my built/stalled 4L60E/3.08s.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I cant floor the car anymore. Thinking t56 is the way to go. Dad is still shaking his head though.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 03:56 PM
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It's not a cheap swap. Good used 93-97 T56s are scarce. A rebuilt will be 1500-2500. Plus flywheel/clutch/crossmember/gears/bearings/F2B adapter/hydraulics/F Body pedal set/wiring connectors. With a used trans, I got everything I needed, but put a new clutch and hydraulics (and gears/bearings) in it. Did everything myself except the gear set up. Total investment was around 3k, but I never really counted...

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