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Old 02-11-2018, 07:06 AM
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Good morning all,
I replaced column yesterday, mind you the 85 monte carlo column was no fun changing all the crap out to make it work.
But, its all in and working!!!
Today I am hoping to swap out the steering box over to the fast ratio unit.
Discovered the plastic timing chain cover of the vortec variety is leaking, again (POS).
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:08 AM
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that is amazing, nice work
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:04 PM
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Gluing the plastic to the inside of the dash behind the E Brake handle wasn't going to work. I finally figured out a way to stop the handle from pulling through the dash. I used a 1/64 body shim. I bent the top down to an L shape. Then trimmed 1/8 inch off each leg. This made a tight fit and the handle doesn't pull through the dash.
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:48 PM
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Getting the brakes taken care of and collecting some estimates on paint and body work.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:06 AM
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When I installed the dash cap I couldn't get the four screws to line up with the holes on the firewall. So while I had it loose I drilled the holes out from the under side of the dashboard. It is now secured and only 2 holes to fix in the defroster vent.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:45 PM
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The same thing as yesterday, more quotes on paint and body.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:29 PM
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I broke the plastic studs for the speedometer, in my gauge cluster. So I am working on a replacement cluster housing. Am painting it with SEM light oak.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:14 PM
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Front Disc Brake Conversion.

Eckler's and others sell a disc brake conversion kit for the 59 Impala. They do not say it but it also works on any full size 59 Chevy. It took me a bit to get all the parts and then some additional time to tear everything down, clean everything up and install the kit.

Here is the good the bad and the ugly of the kit and the process. One great thing is that the kit comes with everything you need and step by step instructions. First time conversion pitfalls do happen and some of the instruction were misleading. The kit sets each front disc on a separate line and there is a coupler included to patch into the rear line. You do have to bend each of the lines and that is a bit complicated if the engine is in place. I had to remove the old front cross line and bend the new one in the middle to match the old line then feed the line into place and finish by bending the two ends to match. Otherwise there are to many bends to wrap it under and around the frame and engine.

The Disc brakes and brackets mounted in minutes with no issues. The instructions indicate that the toe will need to be adjusted in 3/8" on each side which was an easy adjustment to make.

The only issue with the kit is that it works fine as long as you do not have a generator and PS pump in tandem, like my 59 does. with this factory set up, I could not use the power booster. That was disappointing since I was hoping to have power disc brakes.

After everything was set up I made a newbie mistake and did not change the master push rod to the lower setting on the brake pedal. This caused the travel to be excessive and gave me a false sense that the master was bad. Once I moved the push rod to the lower pedal position, the brake pedal gave instance response.

Why add disc brakes in the first place on a vehicle that was not designed to have them? Safety. Drum brakes tend to fade when they get hot and increase the stopping distance. Discs, on the other hand retain effectiveness under the same conditions. So for all of you that had been thinking, "I sure would like to upgrade my Elky to disc brakes." go for it. This was my first attempt and for the most part, it bolted right up with minimal stress.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:13 AM
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Put the battery charger on battery #2.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:10 AM
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Mine went back on full-time daily driver duty. (My '10 Chally decided she didn't like the oil ring in cylinder #2)
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:05 PM
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Started reinstalling my refurbished gauge cluster today.
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:14 PM
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Finished installing the refurbished gauge cluster. Next step checking out the steering column.
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:35 AM
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Quick Ratio Steering Box is in (YEAH).
Larger sway bar installed, Rear Sway Bar re-Installed, and should get the Gabriel Coil over shocks installed today. Everything seems to be moving and working properly.
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Old 02-18-2018, 01:58 PM
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I found another Buick steering column in my collection of parts. I'm trying to clean up and repaint it. Then plan to install it.

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Old 02-20-2018, 10:27 AM
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I installed the steering column yesterday.
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