BUILD Shawns 1971 Impala Donk

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Yeah, wet torque. We use them at work and essentially halve the torque value by adding the lubricant.


That'll help guide you if you decide to go that route Shawn.
So just so I’m understanding that graph correctly. If my lid specs are 44 first pass and 89 2nd pass. If I lube the threads with graphite, I’d essentially cut that in half?

Also is it the threads and bolt head that get lubed or only the head?
 

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So just so I’m understanding that graph correctly. If my lid specs are 44 first pass and 89 2nd pass. If I lube the threads with graphite, I’d essentially cut that in half?

Also is it the threads and bolt head that get lubed or only the head?
Yep, you're reading it right.
The amount that you reduce depends on the lube and the joint but we generally use 80/90 and reduce ~ half. It lets us use lighter torque tools that are easier on people.

Lube the threads and head, it'll help keep the head from digging into the paint.
I would also use a thin washer or 2 under the head, again, lubricated, that'll reduce the twisting motion of tightening the bolt from catching and balling up the paint.
 

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Got some more done today, the little tedious bullshit that keeps popping up takes sooo much time to figure out or go make a store run. Anyway the tank is in and plumbed, fuel filter and flex fuel sensor also plumbed. Lid is on, used very thin fiber washers and white grease. Torqued it down to the specs when using white grease. Got some other misc shit done. Pics are horrible but they are something haha. Yes I know the filter isn’t centered in the mount, it will be. Yes the lid is dirty.

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Man, this car is seriously one of my favorites on the forum. The cleanliness and attention to detail takes this thing to the next level.


Can’t wait to see it in person one day.
Thanks dude, by far my favorite build of mine. I'm so glad I decided to do be in on the blower build vs sending it to a shop.
I'm learning a ton of shit along the way
 

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I CANT FUCKING STAND UNORGANIZED PEOPLE.

We did pretty much nothing to my car today. This fuck was supposed to go to Home Depot yesterday and get everything we need to mount up the intercooler, plus some other things. He knew I had to stay home yesterday and wait on parts. He was going to plumb the fuel on the top side and start mounting the intercooler. I walk in this morning and he didnt do a fucking thing yesterday, and never went and got anything from the store. Then he realized I needed to order some more shit. When we pulled the motor, we went thru all the parts and I ordered what he said I needed over a month ago. I asked if he was sure and he said yes, anything else we needed we could source locally. Well since Friday I have had to order shit every day including today. This fuck does this shit for a living and as I might have mentioned before. I can 100% see why he says he doesnt make much money. Because your lazy and unorganized, you have no drive at all.
He misplaced some hardware and his response, its no big deal we can get that shit locally. No MFer, that takes me away for 2hrs to make a store run

Now I have to blow off my suspension shop appointment for Monday SMFH. I started to go in on him today but bit my tongue before it got bad.
Shoulda paid a shop, drop it off and pick it up when it was done. No fucking way in hell should we still be installing the blower and fuel.
My rant of the day!!!!
 

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WOW is officially not happening, SMFH.
Suspension guy wont be able to get me in until sometime late next month to do my rear end being I cant make it Monday.
Just got off the phone with my painter as he was supposed to get the car next week Wednesday to do some minor repair work, run a new AC line and a few other things I want done. I re-scheduled with him for March 6th and told him there is no rush, keep that MFer till April if need be lol.
 

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WOW is officially not happening, SMFH.
Suspension guy wont be able to get me in until sometime late next month to do my rear end being I cant make it Monday.
Just got off the phone with my painter as he was supposed to get the car next week Wednesday to do some minor repair work, run a new AC line and a few other things I want done. I re-scheduled with him for March 6th and told him there is no rush, keep that MFer till April if need be lol.
Damn, that sucks.

Any chance you could trailer the car to the suspension guy and then finish up the engine work after he's done with it?
 
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On a side note: if you ever get the car to Sammy’s let me know, want to check it out since I live 10 minutes from there.
Thats where its going for the rear end. He did all the suspension work and thats why he is doing the rear end. I dont want 2 different shops touching the suspension as the rear end is part of the rear suspension. Then you run the risk of finger pointing if I ever have an issue. My painter also does custom shit and mechanical. He offered to do the rear end, but I was like fuck that I'm not giving anyone the opportunity to point a finger at another shop.
I'll keep you posted
 
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Good luck I don't like it when shop guys don't try to figure out how to get us in when it was planned.

I have a very small list of shops and folks I will work with.
Not the shops fault in my case, its mine. My appointment was scheduled over 2 months ago.
He is booked solid the thru the summer as of now. But being an existing customer, he is going to find the time to squeeze me in next month.
 
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So we are basically down to the tedious little bullshit. Intercooler, remote power steering reservoir and the cooling reservoir for the blower all mounted and most of it plumbed. Throttle body and throttle body adapter thing installed. Ran a brand new throttle cable as well.

Having an issue finding a lower radiator hose. The existing one is about 1” to short with the new water pump/water neck.

Also we didn’t think about the boost reference line. We might have to pull the lid off, drill and tap it. Unless someone has another idea. I though on one of my cars we ran a T off the booster and used that