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As some of you have seen, I recently purchased and took delivery of another LTX powered vehicle to my "fleet." As I mentioned in my intro thread, I am a big fan of the LT1/LT4 engines, so much so that not only have I had many LTX powered vehicles, I also purchased the forum/website, www.************

So here is the beginning of this build... my 1996 Impala SS.
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post #2 of 343 (permalink) Old 02-09-2016, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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So lets get started. As a member of ************ I have made many friends. Well this one belonged to one of my page friends. I believe he may be a member here as well.

He had purchased the car for a great price and almost immediately took the motor out and made some modifications. LE1 heads, and a custom grind cam from LE. When he took the motor apart, he found heavy sludge build up... so he did his best cleaning out the motor. He enjoyed the car for a while, including participating in my dyno event last year. The car put down 367 rwhp through the built CPT transmission and stall.

Unfortunately he had parked the car a while ago fearing some damage in the top end. Well while it was parked, life began to happen and he began selling some parts off of the car. The heads, and other odds and ends were sold, and the car was parked away for a later day.

Well life continued to happen and the time came to sell the car. He posted it up, non running for 1500 bucks...

Well with the Imp SS being on my "bucket list" I purchased the car within 7 minutes of him posting it.

We made a deal, that I would purchase what it needed and have the parts delivered to him.

So off to ordering I went. new upgraded LE1 heads... scorpion rockers... good pushrods... ewp... etc etc etc.

Well as part of our deal, he began reassembling the car, till finally he fired it up.

He said it fired right up and he sent me a video...

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1996 Impala SS: LE1 H/C by Lloyd Elliot. CPT "race" trans. Long tube headers, with off road X pipe.
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Like music to my ears...

https://youtu.be/pdqfllMb7t0

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Well the day finally came. Ready to pick it up. The wife and I jumped in her Genesis Track and we were off to NJ from PA to pick up and drive home the Impala. Borrowed my friend's RT plate and ofd we went. Picked it up and drove her home.

It was a fun drive. My first NA big cam car (my other big cam car is a procharged ride).

Once we made it home, we both hopped in the Imp and went out to dinner.

1996 Impala SS: LE1 H/C by Lloyd Elliot. CPT "race" trans. Long tube headers, with off road X pipe.

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Since the car had been converted to obd1... i knew that emissions inspection was going to be a challenge... so I opted to register it as a "classic." That way it does not require emissions inspection. I also paid extra to get a custom vanity classic tag... which would take a long time to get, so I parked the car and waited for my plate.


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Well... about 4 weeks later, a classic plate showed up, but it was not my custom vanity plate. Oh well... it was a plate, and I wanted to put some miles on this thing.





So i said F IT and bolted it on... and I started to rack up the miles.

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So as planned... i drove the hell out of her.... it also gave me the opportunity to send my other cars out for some work.

Well one day... on my way to work... while sitting at a light, i felt the car stumble... then i saw the SES light come on. I tapped the gas, and the light went out... the i heard a horrible " crack sound".... just once. The light turned green and I could feel I was down on power... then another crack... and crack... and crack crack crack. I limped the car along until i came to a driveway where i could pull off of the shoulderless road.

The car stalled...

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Awesome pick up. Enjoy it on the roads of pa
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I reached around and started the car and i was concerned with the noise. Unsure exactly where it was coming from... whether rod knock or valve train issue... it was not good.

Watch "No Bueno..." on YouTube
https://youtu.be/FCKazXigqgU

Unfortunately the people whose driveway i was in came out and yelled at me to get off of their property. I tried explaining that my car was disabled... amd i had a tow coming... but they insisted.

So i closed the hood. Fought to fire her up and limped her home.

Waited for the tow to come get her for her trip to the shop so we could figure out what happened...



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