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New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:05 am

So here is my new Project 1963 Skylark. The plan is SBC 350 LT1 with a 4L60E trans.  I have already purchased the engine/trans combo with a stand alone harness.  Yes, I know it will be tons of work to make it fit.  I will be on a budget so this will take awhile.


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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by regal81455 on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:23 am

That's gonna be one quick Sky!! Very kewl project -- keep us posted!!

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:26 am

How do I post pictures?

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Post by regal81455 on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:34 am

Hit the host images button ( Fourth panel to the right, just above the text pane, 1st icon ).

Hit select files and select your pics from your device.

After selecting all your pics you want to share, hit the send all button.

You can then choose the size of the pics, by default it's 800 ( which is good for the forum ).

Next hit the insert all button.

Then finally hit the send button on the bottom of text pane.  Viola pics!

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:46 am

Thank you I will try.

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:18 pm



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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:21 pm



This is the engine/trans. combo and the stand alone harness

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Post by sheerider on Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:22 pm

Still trying to figure out the picture posting thing..

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by StageCat on Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:56 am

Welcome to the group, keep us posted as you make progress...

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Post by regal81455 on Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:37 am

That looks like a nice start to HOT street machine! Likewise on the updates! And it seems you got the photo thing for the most part figured out. If you unsure how things will look and want to just play around with the image hosting you can always hit the preview button to see what it would look like before actually posting -- just a thought! Smile

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Well this weekend I cut a huge hole in the car for the 4L60E transmission.  I got the engine mounts made but I have to admit it took two tries.  The problem was the oil pan height (the Lt1 oil pan is 8 inches deep).  The steering linkage is right below the oil pan and this stops the engine from going any lower in the chassis.  The first set of mounts I made had the engine above the stock height steering linkage (I wanted/needed the engine and trans. lower so I wouldn't have to cut out the whole trans tunnel all the way down under the rear seat.  My solution was to heat the pitman arm and idler arm and bend them down to lower all of the linkage.  This gave me 1.5 more inches I could lower the eng/trans so I had to make the mounts again and grind out the ones I had already made.  That was a pita I really welded those in good. I didn't get a good picture of the engine mounts after I added gussets.



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Post by sheerider on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:41 pm

Up next I need to make a transmission crossmember and see I cant get the orginal heater box to fit behind the engine. The LT1 distributor is not in the rear on this engine so the heater may fit (crossed fingers).

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Post by woody1640 on Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:01 pm

Wow you really cut that firewall and tranny tunnel. Thats a lot more than I cut out to fit my T5 in, but then I'm running an original motor so I'm sure everything fits differently. Looks like progress is being made though cheers


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Post by regal81455 on Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:57 am

Lookin good Shee!!

Excuse my ignorance because I've no experience in this but is are there any concerns for geometry, steering capability, etc.. from bending the pitman and idler arm? Is this a common practice when doing a transplant?

Either way -- looks like you've been motivated! Wish we had Cali weather here lol -- I'd be out doing more myself -- still need to get that darn Reznor hung and hooked up in the garage -- that's goin on two years now lol

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:48 am

Well I am not sure about bending the pitman/idler arm. I know hot rodders have been doing it for years. If it drives badly I will have to figure that out later (maybe rack and pinion). But I will tell you I needed to drop the engine/trans down because the transmission was taking up to much space in the cabin. I also had to think about driveline and u-joint angles. I don't want vibrations in the driveline later.

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Post by sheerider on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:52 am

Regal....I lived in Crystal Lake IL for a few years so I understand the weather. I will never again live anywhere it snows!

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Post by regal81455 on Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:40 am

sheerider wrote:Regal....I lived in Crystal Lake IL for a few years so I understand the weather.  I will never again live anywhere it snows!

LOL -- yeah most of us on this board currently are living in the midwest ( aka Permafrost ) -- keep telling myself I'm moving away to warmer lands but a good paying job is hard to come by and even harder to leave...

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Post by sheerider on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:12 pm

So I got the transmission crossmember designed and welded up. I took a picture of the oil pan clearance from the steering linkage (it's close about half of an inch).  I also included a picture of the bent pitman arm.



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Post by regal81455 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:32 am

Looks good Shee! Your fab skills appear to be on point!

Hard to tell from the pics the amount of bend on the pitman and idler due to the fact the pics are sideways -- anyway you can rotate them before posting? Should be able to do that either from your phone or comp thru windows picture viewer.

Additionally, I think with your blessing we should move this to the projects forum. Thoughts?

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Re: New Project 1963 Skylark

Post by sheerider on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:15 am

yes if you can move it that would be great thanks

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Post by regal81455 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:25 am

Done! Thank you sir! Smile

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