1960 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE BIG PROJECT

This weekends update
My buddy came over Friday and helped me.
Reminder I've never done a fuel injection swap , I've always been a carb guy, so this stuff is all foreign to me. But 5yrs ago I got a phone call from a guy I didn't know, asking me my opinion of tilt columns. We ended up becoming good friends and I offered my shop to help paint his car, which had this exact motor swap. When I saw his engine I knew I wanted one. This was in 2019. So, he knows exactly what needs to be done to get it on the road. So he came over and helped me install the wiring harness I got from swaptimeusa.com. after him going over the harness with me, I learned that the entire thing is literally plug into sensors and done. We installed the harness in about an hour. Still need to tuck some wires here and there. And do something with the engine covers. The computer is mounted under the dash. I also finished up the brake lines to the master cylinder. After that I started body working the wheel wells. I had to do some patch work on them. Then I had them powdercoated. The powdercoat job was $100 for both wheel wells. To me that is totally worth it, it would take me 2 days to prep them for epoxy. So I'm bodyworking over powdercoat then I will paint them. No pictures of those yet.

Also debating on what to do with power steering lines. I really wish the return on the reservoir could be clocked in another direction....
 

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Looks great. I am a little surprised you didn’t have to pull the TCM out of the transmission and send it for programming but these 6L80 swaps are more common since I did mine over 10 years ago.

Don
 
Looks great. I am a little surprised you didn’t have to pull the TCM out of the transmission and send it for programming but these 6L80 swaps are more common since I did mine over 10 years ago.

Don
Hopefully I don't have issues. I sent him a video of the car and told him what I needed. I did send him the computer for him to do whatever he does, he makes the harnesses from scratch. He provided the gas pedal, o2 sensors and fan controls. Price was cheaper than any big company.
 
How about snuggling a hard line around the back of the reservoir, then transition to a flex line under it, then to a 90 into the box? Just an idea.
 
Yes it's a 3/8 hardline I made as a mock up, out of some old fuel line. Debating on making one out of some stainless tubing I have.

The engine is on stock rubber mounts , that bolt up to sliding motor Mounts on the engine block. So the whole drive train can be moved forward or backwards. They are made by a company called dirty dingo.
 

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Hopefully I don't have issues. I sent him a video of the car and told him what I needed. I did send him the computer for him to do whatever he does, he makes the harnesses from scratch. He provided the gas pedal, o2 sensors and fan controls. Price was cheaper than any big company.
Just so you know, there is another computer inside the 6L80 transmission which controls the transmission. I have had to remove them and send them for programming. Maybe it’s no longer necessary depending on the tune.

Here’s instructions on how it is removed.

Don
 
Are you thinking it's a bad idea because of torque moving the engine. It just dawned on me
I think replacing the hard-line with flexible would be best. Maybe a loop or to in the hard-line tube would be beneficial, and if it were made of a material that is soft and less likely to fatigue and crack. If it fails it surely will be a PITA mess. Not to mention the regret.
 
I do have a braided line. I just don't like it the alternator hits the fitting if I try to go on the back side of the pump.
 

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Another option would be to run a remote reservoir for the pump. It would give you more room to run the lines.
 
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