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My Detroit Speed suspension upgrade and my Vintage Air A/C install. This has been a father son project with my Dad. We restored this car together when I was 15 for my first car. We built a different engine, repainted the car and installed a 9” rearend about 16 years ago. We are now replacing the front clip together. The memories with my Dad and this car are priceless. Hope you all enjoy the pics as much as I have enjoyed the time and work.
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your should be proud to drive that well built 66 SS.
 

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Super clean work! Looks great... both on the inside and outside!
Thanks for posting all of the project progression photos.
 

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That Detroit Speed front end has a good look. You will have to let us know how well it drives.
 

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Took it for the maiden voyage today. Handled better than I expected. And the brakes were awesome. The steering was surprisingly very easy. I expected more feedback but it steers very nicely. I have been pleasantly surprised with all aspects of this project.
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that had to be an exciting first drive after all that work. did you use that original power glide floor shifter ?
 

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Do you have subframe connectors? If not, put that on your to do list. It makes quite a difference on how these cars handle.
 

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How did you shim the front end tks
First thing I did was make sure the car was level front to back and side to side. I installed the front subframe, inner fenders, core support and fenders. I shimmed the down bars for the fenders gaps to match back up to the what they were before it was disassembled. Had to set the hood in place after to make sure everything was back in place. I ended up with less shims than the factory front end had.
 

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that had to be an exciting first drive after all that work. did you use that original power glide floor shifter ?
I still have the original floor shifter in the car. I modified the "gate" plate to stop me from being able to shift from low to neutral without pushing the button on the shifter. I built a powerglide with a manual valve body for the car.
 

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Do you have subframe connectors? If not, put that on your to do list. It makes quite a difference on how these cars handle.
I installed subframe connectors years ago when I was drag racing the car some. They made a huge difference even at that time. Keeps the doors closing good. LOL
 

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Cleaned up the seats, repainted all the seat trim parts along with the console, installed new carpet and installed a battery disconnect switch.
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