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Cybrslider,
life is full of direction changes and distractions. Glad you are getting back to some progress on you wagon.


Dan (postsedan)
Sorry for the direction change, but I noted in the pics of the wagon you posted that it has the chrome on the tail gate at the wiper for the moving gate window. I have only seen that on Olds, Buick and Pontiac wagons, and after trying to get a strip off of a car for my 70 Concours realized it is held on with very special slots and clips and is pain to remove. Is that comething that was used on certain 1969 wagons or was it owner added?


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Tom
 

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Owner add-on.

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My car went through the same thing. I took it off the road for an engine swap, when it came out, I had the smart idea to rebuild the suspension. Then the front sheetmetal came off and then the interior. It has sat since 97 ever since. Last week my son and I cleared all the garbage from around, in and on top of it. Time to make a dent, good luck!
 

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Well, a bit of progress. Microscopic really. I had the entire front suspension removed for replacing ball joints and bushings. Got the lower bushings and ball joints out.

You all probably already know this - Easy off oven cleaner; works like a hot tank in a spray can. I doused those lower control arms in the stuff, let them soak over night and then took them to the car wash and sprayed them down. It removed the rust scale and about 90% of the grime. There were a couple of places that the crud was caked on pretty thick and it didn't get all of that off. All in all though, a great time and effort saver. The stuff is caustic though - apply in well ventilated area and use rubber gloves when working with it.

Upper control arms are next. Today was going to be their day but, was sidelined by a leaking roof :(
 

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Well, been a little over a year since I've posted. I have done some more disassembly in the past year - interior bits, wiring, dash, etc.

Also, I decided to go LS with this wagon so I sourced a 6.0L LQ4 truck engine and 4L80e trans. Used, with about 100k on them. I bought a donor vehicle and removed everything I could think of - fuel lines, ecu, tac, engine, trans, radiator. Going to clean it up and paint it. Still need oil pan, etc.

The car had been up on jack stands since I removed the front suspension. I have limited room and won't be able to install in engine in the car where it sits now. So, I've had all these boxes on my shelves for about 2 years - decided it was time to throw some parts at the car.

I need it to be a roller to get the engine in. I also need to get all the stuff back up on the firewall. So, I started with the new brake booster. And, I got the new disc brake spindles and UMI control arms installed.
 

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Also, I decided to go LS with this wagon so I sourced a 6.0L LQ4 truck engine and 4L80e trans.


Excellent choice...when all is said and done you will be very glad you went this route...



Keep us posted...



If you have any LS Q's ask away, I've had the old "Project Greenbrier" on the road for about 2500 miles now...love that LS powerplant. :D
 

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Excellent choice...when all is said and done you will be very glad you went this route...



Keep us posted...



If you have any LS Q's ask away, I've had the old "Project Greenbrier" on the road for about 2500 miles now...love that LS powerplant. :D
Mike - I've been subscribed to your build thread. Love it! I posted a few comments in that thread. Particularly interested in your fuel tank solution. I've been trying to model my solution after yours. I am leary of the electrical connections for the fuel pump though. I've never worked on the fuel system of a FI car before. Haven't seen how the fuel pump wires come out of the senders, etc. or how they are wired and how the wire and connections are kept isolated from the fuel.
 

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I love the Nomad wagons, all wagons really. I was searching for one for about six months when i came across a 64 Malibu four door, third seat, inline six for 1500 -with some extra parts. A 68-70 wagon, or Nomad, would have been nice but i got to liking my 64 real quick. It compliments our 65 Conv. and 68 coupe nicely. Once done with the 65 (in a year or so) i will start on the SW. I am going to keep the I6 nad powerglide, it's running good and should save me a few bucks to spend on something else. I will continue to follow your build, good luck.
 

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Well, 9 months later now and a bit of microscopic progress. Got the engine frame mounts installed. Wish I had done it when the lower control arms and springs weren't there but, it wasn't too bad.

Also, got the oil pan today. I went with the f-body pan. Should be getting the rocker cover gaskets and motor mount plates soon.

More progress to come in the following weeks.
 

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Hey David, great to see you back at it...slow and steady wins the race...

I actually wish I could find a 68-69 wagon for my next project.

When I was a kid, (probably about 1980-1982) I knew a fella' with a 69 that had the big wood grain on the sides he had made it into an SS clone... I still think of that wagon when I see yours...
 

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On my 70 Nomad wagon, (SS 468). I mounted a late Mdl. (after Mkt. Cruise control). The unit is not real cheep. This unit works with with Carbs or 2015 F.I. cars. ( Same as late model cars, ,resume,coast,bump up speed,) NOTE: I had to mount a relay under the dash, WHY? I have ALL L.E.D. lighting, LEDs DO NOT draw enough Amps to unloc the cruise from the Brake pedal AKA Brake lights. While testing my NEW Cruise, FRIGGEN near wrecked at 35 MPH. Hit the brake pedal and the 468 never slowed down, Get it out of gear QUICK, Change underware, And figure it out.
I mounted the Electronic servo unit "IN" the right side cowl , Just to the left of the the A/C vent/flapper. Ran the cable across and under the wiper linkage, I used one of the wiper motor bolts that extended on the inside of the cowl, " Used a rubber enclosed clamp and bolted it to wiper bolt".
Keeps it away from wiper linkage. Then ran the cable down and it came out behind the Booster. This way it looks like part of the Carb. or 700R cables.
My 468 with a Carb & 700R4 & 3:07 - 12- bolt gets 19-20 MPG on the I-State in cruise. Wagon has been on the road for 6--7--years and 34.000 miles.
Click the BLUE to C my 2...................................Bob
 

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So, I was removing the truck exhaust manifolds from the cylinder heads. The drivers side - front and rear bolts broke off in cylinder heads.

Is it easy to extract those from aluminum or, should I just heli-coil it?

Also, spark plugs looked OK. Worn but not fouled or anything. But, the intake ports on the cylinder heads - I ran my finger in one port and pulled it out as I rubbed against the port wall. A dark, moist sludge came out on my finger. Thoughts? Fuel additives? Oil? Engine wasn't smoking before I pulled it.
 

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Thanks Mike and Bryan. I was (am) inspired by Mike's work on the Greenbrier project. I appreciate the knowledge you guys share. I couldn't do this without it.
 

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Sure thing. I've gotten a lot of help from many different boards and am here to help as well. I am documenting in a little more detail on my LS1 thread. The fuel tank has more of my attention right now, but I have that narrowed down to three options really. Unfortunately my stuff didn't get here to get to the tank guy today, so I'll have to do it sometime next week.
 

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Fuel delivery system modification is my "fear" so to speak with this project. As I was obsessing over it out in the garage this evening, I came across this:

http://www.aaroncake.net/rx-7/projecttina/aug72006-1.htm

I have renewed confidence that this car is actually going to run again someday and it won't burn my house down, it won't charbroil me and, it won't cost too much money :hurray:
 

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I have been trying to find electrical bulkheads like you describe for the exact same application. I like the solution, I am surprised that no one seems to sell them or maybe we are not calling them by their proper name making it harder to find them. I haven't yet decided how I'm going to run the wires, but I did go with a tanks inc piece that is doing kind of the same thing this guy did. Except I'm going to use the sender/pick up as the return and use the tanks inc piece as the main pick up. In also having a baffle installed just past the fuel pump as more of a safeguard than anything as I don't plan on running he fuel level very low. I'll post pics in my BT once I get the tank back.


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