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09-13-2019 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by 04palaSS View Post
You're defiantly there lol
Thanks bro! Means a lot coming from you. I remember when you redid your car a few years back, made me want to take the time to do mine right. Finally got around to doing it lol
09-13-2019 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by RYD SLO View Post
Thank you! Trying to get on your level man!
You're defiantly there lol
09-11-2019 05:45 PM
RYD SLO Thank you! Trying to get on your level man!
09-11-2019 11:08 AM
04palaSS Dude that looks so amazing!
09-07-2019 07:49 PM
Originally Posted by RobHazmat View Post
Looks sick man!
Thank you. Took quite a bit of work but I have so much more pride in the car now for having done it.

On to fixing the engine
09-07-2019 06:27 PM
RobHazmat Looks sick man!
09-07-2019 02:58 PM

09-07-2019 02:51 PM

09-07-2019 02:42 PM
RYD SLO Pic dump incoming:

09-07-2019 09:01 AM
RYD SLO Well, haven't updated here in a while.

I did end up changing over to the BCs after some bad experiences with the ebay coilovers that left me with some minor body damage. Bought the BCs and installed them along with new engine/trans mounts, the mount spacers, and fresh ZZP axles. Stance is excellent now, however I had to address the rubbing-on-the-rear-quarterpanel issue.

Started by rolling the quarters, however the double-walled design didn't allow for much movement. With the other body issues, including the aforementioned damage from the ebay coilover incident, some other minor damage from before I owned the car, and the rusty rockers, I decided it was time for a full refresh from a paint/body point of view.

Spent a few months taking my time, fixing the rust in the rockers, cutting the quarter panels for maximum tire clearance, and straightening all dings, dents, scrapes and scratches. Finished it off with a fresh coat of Galaxy Silver Metallic, and gloss black for the pillars, tail lights, and c pillar emblems.

I have some pictures of that process that I may post up later, however a few weeks after finishing the project, I was on my way home from a car show a few hours away, and while doing a quick pull on the highway, the CEL started flashing and the engine started missing on cyl 3. Pulled the plug, and the gap had closed to 0. Went in with a borescope and determined that something (unknown what at this time) came apart in the top end, and bounced around inside cyl 3, chewing up the piston and valves, scoring the cyl wall, and closing the spark plug gap before being ejected. I replaced the spark plug for shits and giggles, and she actually runs great, but there is a tapping coming from the top end, and I'm sure the scored walls are allowing for a decent amount of blow-by.

In any case, haven't pulled the car apart yet to determine exactly what happened, but I DID go out and purchase another 2000 Impala LS for $500 that has an 85k engine and 90k transmission in it. Drove it the 2 hours home, runs like a top. Will be pulling the driveline out of that car, going through it and refreshing it as necessary, before dropping it into mine.
05-07-2018 08:32 PM
RYD SLO No, I wish I had gone with the BCs. I went with the eBay coilovers just to see how they were. For $220 I didn't expect much, and while they do have their shortcomings (mainly the rear height adjustment and the lack of a pillow ball front mount or bearings to keep the springs from making noise as you turn), they are actually not bad.

That being said, the ebay coilovers would be good for someone who wants to slam their car to the ground for cheap. My aggressive offset means that I'd scrape if I were to have them adjusted to anywhere but all the way up, but on higher offset wheels and removal of the fender liners, they'd certainly allow you to go very low. Just don't expect the performance or adjustability of the BCs.
05-07-2018 04:32 AM
The transformation of my RYD

Happy to hear about the coilovers @RYD SLO !
BC Racing? And how does it ride/handle?
Canít wait for pics too [emoji4]
05-02-2018 08:13 PM
RYD SLO No. Never calibrated it with the taller tires on the SS wheels either. It's close enough.

As for the ride, well, you definitely feel bumps more. and being lowered doesn't help. But on good roads the handling is far better. Probably has more to do with the summer compound than anything else.

Yeah, I was looking and my tires were getting pretty worn. They were just to the wear bars and starting to crack. I probably could have gotten another summer out of them, but it was time.
05-02-2018 07:40 PM
04Imp38 Did you calibrate the speedometer?
And how does it ride with the thinner tires on it?
I have some time left with my tires and Iím thinking about wheel stuff. IDK as of yet. It takes $$$ thatís for sure
05-02-2018 07:29 PM
RYD SLO The fact of the matter is, I wanted the car to stand out a little bit more than what it did. And the car DOES do that now. But there were other reasons for wanting them at this point, including the need for new tires on the SS rims, and my desire to change to a slightly larger wheel. I was aiming for a set of 19s, but came across a great deal online for these brand new 20s with brand new tires that was only slightly more than my budget for a used set of 19s, so I bit the bullet.

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