My Pro Touring conversion

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This is a pretty hideous job. The electrical was a disaster. I must have created 5 circuits out of thin air and they were poor too. Once the crap I installed was removed I can actually see the original harness. Not much too it.









 

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The dash cap is not an easy installation. However, if you are willing to heat it until it behaves like a fabric then anything is possible. I dont mind the distorted look. It adds to the cars personality. Chaotic...like me.





Some trimming is required.








I would rather have some distortion from heat then large gaps.
 

TURNA

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Those harbor freight clamps like to come loose on there own.

Make sure you keep checking that they are tight.
 

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The dash is a PITA. Slow going. None of it is going to be perfect. But it makes me happy. Im not sold on those brass washers. I need to put black ones on and see that.





 

malibu795

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Got the part number for the painless harness? My wagon needs rewired bad!

Like what you did with the dash cluster. Did you have the vent to the imediate left?

Any info on the iron head you swapped out? I'm still running stock might be interested
What did you go with for camshaft FT or HR?
 

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malibu795 said:
Got the part number for the painless harness? My wagon needs rewired bad!

Like what you did with the dash cluster. Did you have the vent to the imediate left?

Any info on the iron head you swapped out? I'm still running stock might be interested
What did you go with for camshaft FT or HR?
I used the painless GM keyed 21 circuit harness part 10101. I do have a vent dead center. 2 More gauges will be there. Vacuum and nitrous pressure. The iron heads that are getting removed are the Merlin Oval port w/269cc intake runners. They were bowl blended. I think the springs are 180/420 and good to .650 lift. I never revved the car past 6200 so springs are light. Heads are HEAVY!!!

The cam is a HR I had custom ground 231/238 @ .50 w/.600 lift on a 111 LSA. I run solid lifters on a tight lash. Its quiet and smooth.
 

malibu795

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I got an iron headed 468 BBC with 049 in my wagon.. im familiar with their weight lol.
Honestly been looking at buying said set. You be interested in selling them?

How'd the harness fit the factory firewall hole?
 

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malibu795 said:
I got an iron headed 468 BBC with 049 in my wagon.. im familiar with their weight lol.
Honestly been looking at buying said set. You be interested in selling them?

How'd the harness fit the factory firewall hole?
I have not done anything with the Painless harness yet other than lay it out. And the fit against the factory firewall hole is a good question. I am not certain how I want to deal with that. Thought about using the original pass through and rewiring it.

I am willing to part with the heads. They will be tough to ship. That's gotta be every bit of 150# or more in shipping weight.
 

malibu795

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I've a 75 K20 and the whole looks "similar" if not the same both need rewired. Haven't done any test fitting but eye balling looks promising

Id like them but don't need them yet.
 

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Continuing to pick at it. Trans on one day engine on another. I spun the #7 rod bearing. They were stuck togther.









 

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I see the problem! :lol:
I've never heard good things about those plain orange Fram filters, but the heavier duty ones are supposedly ok. I've always used Wix or AC on mine... not saying 100% that was your problem though, it's more they just don't filter as well and the internal bypass used to be a poor design.
 

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More interior work. The headliner is 1/2" too long. Not the easiest install alone either.





 

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What carb will you be using since you sold the 850?
 

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TURNA said:
What carb will you be using since you sold the 850?
I am going to put a Fitech EFI system on it. I bought the Mean Street version. Something new to learn.
 

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I will probably run something like the EBL from DynamicEFI.com... it's a steeper learning curve, but I like to tinker, and it uses basically all the factory EFI parts (aside from a wideband O2), so I could keep it looking like a basically stock TBI SBC, or it'll run port injection should I choose that route. I'm not sure how flexible the aftermarket stuff is, but since I've already put the setup on my '92 pickup (454 TBI on a 383 with Vortec heads, mild cam) I'm confident I could get it to run whatever I have in the Malibu.
 
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