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post #106 of 148 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 4:09 PM Thread Starter
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I was just trying to figure out what I should've bought instead, but at the time I pulled the trigger on this didn't have enough knowledge to have made that decision.

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post #107 of 148 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 20, 9:20 AM Thread Starter
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Custom driveshaft arrived a few days ago so I got it installed last night. Its from the Driveshaft Shop, it has a CV joint on the trans end to allow for bad driveline angle that a lot of A body swap cars end up with. The best working angle I could get was 4.5 degrees at the trans end, due to the low rear stance and the T56. It was almost double the cost of a U-joint aluminum custom driveshaft, but I didn't want to raise the rear of the car or fight clearance in the driveshaft tunnel so I guess/hope its worth it.

More wiring tonight, hoping to have it completely wired by next weekend.
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post #108 of 148 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 20, 6:19 PM
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Well, I'm a wee bit envious. TC member andrewb70 has nothing but praise for their CV joint driveshafts. You've made a wise choice I think and there is one in my El Camino's future also!
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Driveshaft looks great. How much was it? I may be needing one someday.
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Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Well, I'm a wee bit envious. TC member andrewb70 has nothing but praise for their CV joint driveshafts. You've made a wise choice I think and there is one in my El Camino's future also!
Dave, Andrew's posts were how I found out about this product as well. I was disappointed after using the whole Holley/Blackheart kit components for a LS swap 64-67 A-Body to find that I still had around 5 degrees working angle on the front joint. I don't think the cars they used were as low as mine in the rear. I could have moved the tail shaft up some.... maybe 1/4" - 3/8" but that still wasn't enough to be able to use a standard joint plus I would have been very close to rubbing in the driveshaft tunnel. I think if I were building from scratch and had used a 9" Ford rear end rather than a 12 bolt it may have changed the front working angle enough to work. The pinion location on a 9" is much lower on the case vs. a 12 bolt.

Maybe my wise choice happened to be my only choice in the end!

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Driveshaft looks great. How much was it? I may be needing one someday.
Are you ready for this?...... North of $1100!

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Vintage Air wiring completed last night. Onto radio and speaker wiring next. Then route A/C hoses under dash.... there's not a lot of room left under there!

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Are you ready for this?...... North of $1100!
Holy [email protected]#k! Ok, I'll work on getting mine dialed in.
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Vintage Air wiring completed last night. Onto radio and speaker wiring next. Then route A/C hoses under dash.... there's not a lot of room left under there!
I know what you mean, had to do mine twice to get custom lengths right.

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Great build! I put a Vintage Air in my '65 El Camino. To avoid two kinks in one of the heater hoses, I bent a coat hanger , went to O'Reilly's, and picked out a pre-formed heater hose that had a section in it that worked. Also had to cut a larger hole in the plastic kick panel to avoid a kink in one of the A/C hoses. (And don't forget the drain line thru the firewall. I nearly did.)

Thanks for posting the CV joint info. I struggled to get the pinion angle set and will have to check after I get some miles on the car. The Tremec ap on my iPhone shows 3.5 degrees (LS3 - TKO-600) after installing spacers on the cross-member.

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Great build! I put a Vintage Air in my '65 El Camino. To avoid two kinks in one of the heater hoses, I bent a coat hanger , went to O'Reilly's, and picked out a pre-formed heater hose that had a section in it that worked. Also had to cut a larger hole in the plastic kick panel to avoid a kink in one of the A/C hoses. (And don't forget the drain line thru the firewall. I nearly did.)

Thanks for posting the CV joint info. I struggled to get the pinion angle set and will have to check after I get some miles on the car. The Tremec ap on my iPhone shows 3.5 degrees (LS3 - TKO-600) after installing spacers on the cross-member.

Keeping going!
I also bought a molded heater hose with a couple of 90 degree bends to get the upper heater hose out thru the kick panel without kinking. But I cheated, my friend had put vintage air in his 65 last summer and he had the part number of the hose!

I still need to run the drain hose, thinking about going thru the kickpanel rather than thru the firewall. I believe there are drain holes in the outer cowl where the kickpanel vents plug into.
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Some more pieces of the puzzle arrived yesterday.....

TMI seats!

Also got rear seat cover with matching pleat pattern.

Headliner, visors and sail panels will be black to match the 2 tone exterior. Package tray, dash and tops of doors will be red. Should closely resemble the exterior when completed.

I already have newer door panels, plan to find a SEM dye color that closely matches the TMI Red vinyl and spray those.
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I also bought a molded heater hose with a couple of 90 degree bends to get the upper heater hose out thru the kick panel without kinking. But I cheated, my friend had put vintage air in his 65 last summer and he had the part number of the hose!

I still need to run the drain hose, thinking about going thru the kickpanel rather than thru the firewall. I believe there are drain holes in the outer cowl where the kickpanel vents plug into.
And that part number/supplier would be . . . . . . . . . . Inquiring minds want to know!

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Some more pieces of the puzzle arrived yesterday.....



TMI seats!



Also got rear seat cover with matching pleat pattern.



Headliner, visors and sail panels will be black to match the 2 tone exterior. Package tray, dash and tops of doors will be red. Should closely resemble the exterior when completed.



I already have newer door panels, plan to find a SEM dye color that closely matches the TMI Red vinyl and spray those.
I go back and forth on these seats, some parts of them I like, some I don't.

I wish they could dial down that logo. Looks like they offer pretty good support, which really helps you enjoy the drive.

Either way, they'll look good in your car.

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