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    61 chev+LS1+turbo

    Well thought i would document my new project build and progress as time and money permits. I built and had plenty of fun with a 308 twin turbo mercedes(that some of you may have seen at powercruise), now i have 2 kids and want something i can enjoy with them so the merc has gone, as it is a bit extreme and i have been kicked off the track for no cage and cant afford to race a car competitively. So i went shopping and bought a completely original 1961 chevy belair from California in the states. The plan is to leave it looking standard and having it fully legal and street registered so i can go on cruises and actually use the car as much as possible. But when powercruise comes around every year i would like to have some fun on the track. So the plans are for a standard LS1 and a decent size turbo. I intend to make this a budget project with mainly cheap ebay parts except for some important stuff that needs to be 100% (fuel system etc). :D
    Breaking stuff once is ignorance, twice is stupidity, three times is racing

    http://www.performanceforums.com/for...chev-LS1-turbo
    http://www.performanceforums.com/for...tchback-torana
    http://performanceforums.com/forums/...ghlight=ari300
    http://performanceforums.com/forums/...Dog-Piston-rx4

    #2
    Nice one...looks clean and complete.

    Much rust? How are the floors?
    Originally posted by myliberty
    "We never get that high tech jap stuff in here, should be no problem though" lol

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      #3
      What's the original engine?
      I reckon this is a great project, LS1+turbo is very cool, great easy power to be made and relatively cheap too.
      Love the shape of the 61 chev, should be good at powercruise.
      Good work
      Originally posted by Gussy
      It's the PF way. "Put a twin turbo LS in it brah, you'll have it converted and running in 2.5 hours and make an eazy 1000rwkw, lulz" All while the same people who suggest this stuff drive around in a corolla and have a fucked VN sitting in the garage for the past 3 years as a "project car."

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        #4
        That motor should be a 283ci SBC.
        Originally posted by myliberty
        "We never get that high tech jap stuff in here, should be no problem though" lol

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          #5
          needs more BW S400 :D

          welcome to pf
          Originally posted by Turbo Yoda
          I <3 Hamster

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            #6
            Great stuff. Welcome to the forum.
            Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

            My Italian 510

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              #7
              Looks like a good starting point for an awesome cruiser. Seen the twin turbo merc at powercruise many times.
              Hr under construction

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                #8
                loved the merc and this also looks like win
                Nope

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                  #9
                  Yeah it has a 283 in it and cast iron powerglide, as far as rust it is really good. the trim hanging off the seats is actually fitted seat covers, underneath looks pretty good. Well i ripped the interior out to be done and i am going to fit a digital stereo that accepts ipod/mp3 etc but looks original and hide the speakers behind the kick panels and under the parcel shelf. cheers for the comments, i have perused this site a bit and i thought i should get involved. Also i have put a couple of pics of my mates RX4 coupe that i have been working on for him, we will have it at powercruise.
                  Breaking stuff once is ignorance, twice is stupidity, three times is racing

                  http://www.performanceforums.com/for...chev-LS1-turbo
                  http://www.performanceforums.com/for...tchback-torana
                  http://performanceforums.com/forums/...ghlight=ari300
                  http://performanceforums.com/forums/...Dog-Piston-rx4

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                    #10
                    This thing is respect!
                    CAD Automotive Paint Correction, like us on the faceballs. Discounts on all detailing and ceramic coatings for PF members

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                      #11
                      Nice car and very original. I reckon some big alloy 20" wheels at the back and some 18's on the front will set it off nicely, look forward to the build up.

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                        #12
                        In case you haven't found this thread already: http://www.impalas.net/forums/showth...?t=686&page=28
                        Originally posted by Billzilla
                        Remember - Ignorance in the true sense of the word does not equal stupidity.
                        Wilful ignorance does though.

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                          #13
                          I was thinking about 20" wires on the rear and 18" wires on the front, havent really decided yet (got plenty of time to decide). Will need to get a paint job first if i can find someone reasonably priced to do it, otherwise i may be painting another car.
                          Breaking stuff once is ignorance, twice is stupidity, three times is racing

                          http://www.performanceforums.com/for...chev-LS1-turbo
                          http://www.performanceforums.com/for...tchback-torana
                          http://performanceforums.com/forums/...ghlight=ari300
                          http://performanceforums.com/forums/...Dog-Piston-rx4

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                            #14
                            Wires are very heavy though personally I'm not a fan. Maybe some Boyd Coddington's, Show Wheels or something like that? Will be a really tough looking machine when it's finished anyway. How long do you think it will take?

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                              #15
                              I reckon keep the steelies and add some mooneyes. Sleeper look ftw.
                              "If you can make black marks on a straight from the time you turn out of a corner until the braking point of the next turn, then you have enough horsepower." - Mark Donahue Penske Porsche 917

                              "In Japan we no give fark for Subaru" - Trust Japan Technical Director
                              (TM - AVENGE)

                              "You can never have enough power. I remember when we had Group B cars... THEN we had enough power!"
                              Juha Kankkunen - Rally of Argentina '02

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