What parts should I use for tune up & maintenance on possibly high mile engine? - Chevy Impala Forums
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
impala20's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What parts should I use for tune up & maintenance on possibly high mile engine?

Hi I had the previous post of Need help picking the right parts for performance or crate engine, so now since the car has been sitting since the day I bought it last year and I still don’t know if the engine has 80,000 or 200,000 on it & I know it wasn’t running on all cylinders I’m going to have a mechanic tune it up and maintain everything so I could see if its running right so I could do heads & cam.

What should I do because the mechanic I’m going to have work on the car is pretty good but his English is not so good so I would like to tell him or give him what parts need to be changed besides what he suggests or I think he’s saying?

I was thinking E3 spark plugs at $6.00 a piece, MSD wires at $125.00 and the auto parts guy suggested doing a Cardone water pump at $100.00 & ACDelco Cap & Rotor $190.00 since I would be taking apart that area already. If my Optispark is bad does the eBay one come with a cap & rotor?

When I changed the rear axle to an Impala since the car had a Caprice drum rear end it started leaking so it needs to be fixed and I’m also going to put 22” wheels on & try to improve horse so I was wondering what gear ratio I should change to? I was thinking 3.73 because it’s going to be a summer street driver and that’s what was in my Mustang and is $600-$650 a good price for parts and labor lifetime warranty at a highly respected rear end shop?

Please list any suggestion on what I should do and actual parts because I’m trying to get this done this week and I like to buy quality parts to do it once or until it’s time to change the part again thanks.

P.S. I’m going to post this in multiple LT1 forums for fast responses and different opinions in case nobody responds.
impala20 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 08:37 PM
Senior Member
BAD IMP's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
If it is stock (I assume it is) all you need is the stock AC Delco spark plugs, the MSD wires are a good idea, but again with a stock setup not a requirement. If you can get them for a good price then go ahead. A new water pump is not a bad idea (change the seal too) and the Opti. I have heard bad things about the ones on ebay, like they are cheap subs for the real AC Delco ones.

3.73's is a good setup (make sure you get the reluctor changed too), I loved it when I put them in my car. $600-$650 for parts and labor is not a bad deal.

1996 Impala SS DCM, Powerdyne Supercharger 6 psi, 3.73s, Snow Performance Water/Meth injection, Borla catback system, Grotyohann long tube headers, Magnaflow high flow cats, Hotchkis springs, front and rear sway bars, Bilstein shocks, Vigilante 3000 stall TC.

BAD IMP is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Impala Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Engine boggs down at high RPM's dyanisis2 Mechanical and Electrical Problems 3 09-14-2008 12:27 PM
94 LT1 intake and possibly heads on a 80 some 350? it8eazy Automotive Discussion 1 07-09-2008 11:52 PM
Tune up Parts for Chevy Caprice 1987? W A Chevy Caprice 2 05-19-2008 04:59 AM
2000 Chevrolet Impala heat/vent/ac runs on high with the engine off? Rob D Chevy Impala Discussion 1 12-11-2007 01:03 PM
How do you make a connecting rod knock less noticable in a high millage engine.? Rob D Automotive Discussion 3 09-05-2007 04:15 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome