83 longroof wheelie build

Blmpkn

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Bought the car 4 or 5 years ago for 900$. 305/700r4 combo. Motor leaked, trans made noise, interior kinda smelled like mice. SWEET car to drive around in for the summer.

I decided it would be more fun turbo. So I parked it and started amassing turbo sbc things, until I found the gospel that is the LS.. so I sold off the sbc turbo stuff.. aquired a 4.8 and started amassing LS turbo things.

4 years later I'm pulling it out of storage and getting started. No shortage of work ahead of me!

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Towed it from where it was to my new shop with my 2021 ford ranger (with tow package) truck did awesome. The 10 speed tranny makes towing a piece of cake.

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Hauled out someone's new boat anchor last weekend.

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Car turned unto a mouse mansion during its slumber. Interior is trrraasssshhheedddd.

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43 pounds of acorns, 37 pounds of feces lol.

Stay tuned. I'll upload pictures of parts later on.
 

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My ultimate goal is to get the car to pull at least one front tire off the ground. When it's "done" it'll be a twin turbo 4.8 LS mated to a trans brake th400 and a ford 9" rear.

I'm still in the process of getting parts, but I have everything I need to start the swap.

-HAVE-

Motor, Intake, headers, oil pan, e-carb, conversion plates, stall converter, trans, a/o seperator and a breather tank, front wheels.. gotta be forgetting something


-NEED-

Pcv hose&fittings
New fuel system
Trans cooler, hose&fittings
Ignition controller
Turbos, oiling for turbos
Assorted intake things
Custom driveshaft
Ford 9" axle once this one breaks..
Probably more I'm forgetting.
 
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GoodOldsGuy

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Bought the car 4 or 5 years ago for 900$. 305/700r4 combo. Motor leaked, trans made noise, interior kinda smelled like mice. SWEET car to drive around in for the summer.

I decided it would be more fun turbo. So I parked it and started amassing turbo sbc things, until I found the gospel that is the LS.. so I sold off the sbc turbo stuff.. aquired a 4.8 and started amassing LS turbo things.

4 years later I'm pulling it out of storage and getting started. No shortage of work ahead of me!

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Towed it from where it was to my new shop with my 2021 ford ranger (with tow package) truck did awesome. The 10 speed tranny makes towing a piece of cake.

View attachment 242

Hauled out someone's new boat anchor last weekend.

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Car turned unto a mouse mansion during its slumber. Interior is trrraasssshhheedddd.

View attachment 244

43 pounds of acorns, 37 pounds of feces lol.

Stay tuned. I'll upload pictures of parts later on.
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Bought the car 4 or 5 years ago for 900$. 305/700r4 combo. Motor leaked, trans made noise, interior kinda smelled like mice. SWEET car to drive around in for the summer.

I decided it would be more fun turbo. So I parked it and started amassing turbo sbc things, until I found the gospel that is the LS.. so I sold off the sbc turbo stuff.. aquired a 4.8 and started amassing LS turbo things.

4 years later I'm pulling it out of storage and getting started. No shortage of work ahead of me!

View attachment 241

Towed it from where it was to my new shop with my 2021 ford ranger (with tow package) truck did awesome. The 10 speed tranny makes towing a piece of cake.

View attachment 242

Hauled out someone's new boat anchor last weekend.

View attachment 243

Car turned unto a mouse mansion during its slumber. Interior is trrraasssshhheedddd.

View attachment 244

43 pounds of acorns, 37 pounds of feces lol.

Stay tuned. I'll upload pictures of parts later on.
I don’t know where you are, but in Texas, that would be an awesome snake habitat too. Lol
 
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I have an 82 Impala that has seen many engine and trany combos over the years. One thing I have found with these cars and will be even more true with the wagon is you will need to strenghten the frame. You will probably soon find out that your headers may interfere with the front crossmember braces so get ready to fab those up. I also recocommend replacing all the rubber suspension bushing with poly components while you have the engine and trans out. Repalc the body mounts as well because your new setup will twist it big time. Gio ahead and invest in new rear adjustable control arms Southside machine makes some nice ones. if you are not planning on installing a adjustable four link this will be nessesary to get the traction you will need. Also remember these are heavy cars so do not focus on horsepower alone make sure you build in some torque as well since that is what will get the front wheels off the ground. It is very doable. As I can lift the left front on mine all day and it is a SBC not an LS.
 

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I have an 82 Impala that has seen many engine and trany combos over the years. One thing I have found with these cars and will be even more true with the wagon is you will need to strenghten the frame. You will probably soon find out that your headers may interfere with the front crossmember braces so get ready to fab those up. I also recocommend replacing all the rubber suspension bushing with poly components while you have the engine and trans out. Repalc the body mounts as well because your new setup will twist it big time. Gio ahead and invest in new rear adjustable control arms Southside machine makes some nice ones. if you are not planning on installing a adjustable four link this will be nessesary to get the traction you will need. Also remember these are heavy cars so do not focus on horsepower alone make sure you build in some torque as well since that is what will get the front wheels off the ground. It is very doable. As I can lift the left front on mine all day and it is a SBC not an LS.

The headers I'm using are up&forward so I should have no troubles with clearance.

Adjustable arms are definitely on the list, but I probably won't bother until I put the 9" axle in.

Strengthening the frame has definitely crossed my mind, shouldn't be too difficult I would imagine. I'm somewhat handy with steel & a welder.

How much power are you making to lift that one wheel?
 

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I'd rather the car be full of snakes than mice! Would probably smell better lol.
 

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The headers I'm using are up&forward so I should have no troubles with clearance.

Adjustable arms are definitely on the list, but I probably won't bother until I put the 9" axle in.

Strengthening the frame has definitely crossed my mind, shouldn't be too difficult I would imagine. I'm somewhat handy with steel & a welder.

How much power are you making to lift that one wheel?
I wish I could tell you. The previous motor would do it and it made 503 hp at 4600rpm and 568ftlbs of torque at 2900rpm. The motor that is in it now is much stronger but I have not gotten it tested. Your biggest issue is going to be getting it to hook up. I fought wheel spin for a long time and it is still an issue. The cars are so heavy they do not like to start rolling so they just break the wheels loose. I had to put my car on a major diet. If it didn't need it to start, stop, turn or keep the rain out it went. There is no heat or a/c, no power anything except the trunk release, even the wiper motor is gone.
 
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I wish I could tell you. The previous motor would do it and it made 503 hp at 4600rpm and 568ftlbs of torque at 2900rpm. The motor that is in it now is much stronger but I have not gotten it tested. Your biggest issue is going to be getting it to hook up. I fought wheel spin for a long time and it is still an issue. The cars are so heavy they do not like to start rolling so they just break the wheels loose. I had to put my car on a major diet. If it didn't need it to start, stop, turn or keep the rain out it went. There is no heat or a/c, no power anything except the trunk release, even the wiper motor is gone.

Lol.. My wiper motor is gone as well! On the right track then.

I'm going to take as much weight off the front end as I can.

I saw awhile back that there's a fiberglass front bumper available for the later models, I was planning on converting to that front end arrangement so I could run that.

I would like to try my hand at making some fender skins and a hood out of carbon fiber.. removing the inner fenders.. already have skinnies for the front.

When it comes time to actually BUILD a motor and not just beat on cheap junkyard take-outs, id definitely go for an aluminum block.

Any idea what your rig weighs all stripped out?
 

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I have no idea what it weighs, I guess I should run down to the scrap yard and ride across their scales. Aluminum is the way to go with the LS blocks. A few hundred pounds makes a lot of difference. Frick carbon fibres in the skin if you have ever gotten into some fiber glass and itches carbon is even worse. I would love to have some glass parts but I cant find any.
 
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I have no idea what it weighs, I guess I should run down to the scrap yard and ride across their scales. Aluminum is the way to go with the LS blocks. A few hundred pounds makes a lot of difference. Frick carbon fibres in the skin if you have ever gotten into some fiber glass and itches carbon is even worse. I would love to have some glass parts but I cant find any.

You have a build thread? I'd like to read it if you do. Definitely interested in hearing about the details
 

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No, no thread. This is my baby and have been constantly changing and modifying her for for over 25 years , the work never stops.
 
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No, no thread. This is my baby and have been constantly changing and modifying her for for over 25 years , the work never stops.

Right on. I really appreciate the dedication, care to share a little bit about your baby?
 

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I'd rather the car be full of snakes than mice! Would probably smell better lol.
Hmm, “smell better” is just not a term I would associate with snakes lol Around here, if it’s full of mice it will shortly fill up with snakes as well, so mice must smell pretty good to snakes :)