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Old 13th-February-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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TomM's 1966 Wagon, LS1 Project.....

About Jan of 2010, I picked up an extremely clean 66 original wagon. It needed the usual floorpans, but the spare tire well was there, and not rotted. The previous owner had sanded the car, so the surface rust you see, is purely cosmetic. The more I tore in to the car, the more I found out it really was a solid as I suspected, so I have a pretty good canvas to start with....

Fast forward to Oct/Nov 2010. Finally got the old floor pans cut out, and the new ones fitted. It took me a while, as body work is definitely not my calling. In the meantime, I was slowly stripping the car, to get it ready for body work. I also built a rotisserie during that time. I finally got the car on the rotisserie today, and low and behold, it didn't break, and I was able to rotate the car easily....

The plan is of course the venerable LS1 from a 2004 GTO, 4L60E, 8.2 10 bolt, 3:55 posi, and without a doubt the full Church Boy's Racing "massage"... upper and lower arms, rack and crossmember, steering arms, sway bar, 2" dropped rear leaf springs,and the CBR/Stainlessworks headers. I am also doing the LS brake swap, front and rear 12" crossdrilled and slotted rotors, using the CBR front caliper brackets.

It's going to be a slow and steady build, as I already have a running hotrod, so no need to kill mysef on this one. Here are a few pictures of the car, and progress to date....I'll be updating as I have something to add.....

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The wagon, as she arrived.....













As she sets today.....











And last but not least...the bullet.....




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Old 13th-February-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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That is gonna be one SWEET wagon!!

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Old 13th-February-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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As a fellow Wagon owner I curious as to what you have estimated that this type of build will end up costing you?
Not trying to be nosey in any way.....
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Old 13th-February-2011, 09:58 PM   #4
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Looks like a great start! keep the pics coming
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Old 13th-February-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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Waiting and watching this one!! Great project.
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Old 13th-February-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
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looks good buddy.. i havent seen or heard from you in a while. i need to get out to the car meet one night.
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Old 13th-February-2011, 10:46 PM   #7
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welcome to the longroof soc. !

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Old 13th-February-2011, 11:14 PM   #8
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Hey Tom, Looking good can't wait to see it.
Looking at pulling the trigger on a 67 wagon also

You going to the GoodGuys 1st spring nationals at TMS in march?
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Like others had said; looking forward to following this build now that you got me pumped up on the LS swap. I see the FAST fuel rails are starting to become a signature your builds
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Old 14th-February-2011, 06:48 AM   #10
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Nice project you have going on. I am doing a 67 wagon myself. Slowly,but its getting done a little at a time. It is a hobby. Not a job. Good luck on your project.
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As a fellow Wagon owner I curious as to what you have estimated that this type of build will end up costing you?
Not trying to be nosey in any way.....
Started a spread sheet on it, but need to update. I have estimated somewhere in the 10-15K range, that's doing the paint myself.....I tend to get scope creep, and the cost usually goes up.....

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looks good buddy.. i havent seen or heard from you in a while. i need to get out to the car meet one night.
Yes you do, hasn't really been the weather for it though, I guess you can see what's been keeping me busy....

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Hey Tom, Looking good can't wait to see it.
Looking at pulling the trigger on a 67 wagon also

You going to the GoodGuys 1st spring nationals at TMS in march?
Going to try, still have the Coupe running, so hoping so.....

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Like others had said; looking forward to following this build now that you got me pumped up on the LS swap. I see the FAST fuel rails are starting to become a signature your builds
FAST builds good stuff. For this type of fuel system, it's the best around IMO...I just wished they offered different colors....

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Loving that power steering delete bracket you made. Sweet job man. You are the Chevy II LS1 guru!!!
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