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post #2171 of 2232 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 06:20 PM
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A two tone interior is not necessarily a bad thing. It does not look bad at all, and it is still Caprice.

Did you have any trouble getting the rear seat to fit?
Thanks, and yes. I had to go back to the yard and get the seat pivot brackets and seat belts. I mocked up the seat, marked my interior panels where I thought the pivots would go, trimmed the plastic and used my nutsert tool to put threaded inserts for the brackets in the inner sheet metal in approx. the same location as they were in the later model wagon. And I missed the location by about 1/2 of an inch. The seat still lowers, but it gets caught on the bottom edge. I will eventually redrill the holes and move the pivots up a little, but not today. My old seat belts were not long enough to reach through the extra fluffy seat bottom, so I'll have to swap them out, later. Between the time I got the seats and went back to get the seat belts, someone took all the push buttons from all the seat belts. Kind of a strange thing to take, but I guess they really wanted those little GM Chiclets.
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post #2172 of 2232 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 06:56 PM
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I agree - the two tone interior is nice. The blue and gray work well together I think.

Longroof in the Driveway-- 1993 RMW:
SS Rims, Billsteins, CC625s, airlift 1000s, LT1 fans, air pump delete.

with a little company:
a '16 HRV and a Tundra
Gone: '96 Black SS & '95 RMW
Location--way down south
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You could have an upholstery shop make new belts for the back seats. You could even get the ones on the car, and have the buckles replaced with yours.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html
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I agree - the two tone interior is nice. The blue and gray work well together I think.
I like the grey/blue two tone - looks sharp!
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I got the 1996/2012 A/C system working with only one minor issue remaining.

The 1996 HVAC A/C request signal from the dash module (originally) goes to the low side switch on the accumulator and then to the PCM as an A/C request signal. The PCM then grounds the relay which then powers the clutch on the compressor.

2012 Duramax has a similar thing, but of course a bit different - BCM has a 12v sourcing input that goes to the low side switch and then the dash module, when it wants A/C, it grounds the input, the BCM sees this and tells the ECM over GMLAN to energize the relay and pull in the A/C clutch.

No problem - Same idea in both systems, just inverted logic. So I run the 1996 HVAC A/C request wire to a relay which inverts the logic so it will tell 2012 "turn on the A/C, It's hot in here!". All wired up, tucked away, etc - it doesn't work

Turns out the +12v signal from the 1996 HVAC module does not have enough power behind it to actuate a 109 ohm relay coil. Drops to ~1v across the coil when activated.

Otherwise the system works great - power the coil of the relay with a jumper and the A/C turns on, low pressure switch cycles the clutch, etc. Awesome! Just need to find a solid state relay to work with the very low power signal from the HVAC module. For now I put a simple toggle switch in the dash to run the relay so I can have A/C until I find a solution.

Didn't find any green dye leaking out anywhere, so not sure where my leak is yet. Maybe the dye sealed it up
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post #2176 of 2232 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 10:09 PM
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I have not been following your posts, so I do not understand why you have to work with a 2012 and 96 AC system.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html
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post #2177 of 2232 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 07:08 AM
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I have not been following your posts, so I do not understand why you have to work with a 2012 and 96 AC system.
It's a swap project - 1996 RMW with a 2012 Duramax/6L90E swapped in.

Here's a summary post from this thread...

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...l#post12102836
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post #2178 of 2232 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 10:13 PM
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The Starship (now with warp drive) was at the trans shop for a couple of days to have second gear beefed up a little. It was missing the 1-2 shift at about 5000 RPMs. I can miss a 1-2 shift manually, I do not need an automatic to do it for me. So, I now have a stronger 1-2 shift, and my wallet is substantially lighter at the same time, so the car should go faster.

I also have one newly reupholstered seat, and the second will be in on Friday. Again the wallet gets lighter.

I attacked the grille mount for a couple of hours today, but did not get it finished. It seems that I measured the distance for my top mounts about 1/8 inch short. There goes another couple of pieces. of scrap aluminum.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html
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I got the front Recaro seats reupholstered in tweed. They look really nice, and even match the rest of the interior. Probably make the car 10 MPH faster.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html
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With school back in session, my car time is limited to pretty much just Saturday, so not much is happening. I picked up a roll of 'diamond plate' rubber floor mat from Amazon and it fits the cargo area very nicely. I've got to get some of that industrial strength velcro to attach the mat to the back of the seat. I like that it hides the rear storage compartment.
Oh, and I found a way to use a Crown Vic aluminum driveshaft with off the shelf parts without extended trailing arms. I'll start another thread about that project....
Here it is-
https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...em-solved.html
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