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Well - after almost 40 years of hunting for another 67 Beaumont I could afford and was decent enough to drag home I finally found one in Quebec

'I owned half a dozen different year Beaumont's back in the day - but they were a dime a dozen back when lol

So anyway - this one is getting the full update for the pro touring type deal - very wide tires low to the ground, twin turbo LS 6L and 4l80E

was a bench seat car but I have already sourced and dragged home the proper buckets and console for it

Will probably install all new wiring via the Update series from American Autowire - just love their plug and play vehicle specific harnesses

Car is a running driving - could pass a safety check deal but the tear down will start next weekend - so there will be lots of unwanted parts to be sold to help fund this project

So as the title says - Madness - but what better madness than auto motive mad

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congrats. i grew up driving a 67 beaumont wagon that my parents owned and now have a 63 beaumont wagon, but of the chevy II body style.

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 the wiring harness is almost completed and rerouted so I can mount the pcm on the rad support where it and the main harness will be hidden

upside down corvette manifolds for the twin turbo setup soon to be fabbed up

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I had two Beaumont SD396 cars back in high school. First was a blue '67. Sold that one to buy a '69 SD396. Wish I had them both today.
I'll be following your build.......

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Interesting build. Keep us informed.



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I know a guy that bought one new, and gave it to his son. SD396 ragtop 3 speed standard.

They (son) still have it. Awesome car. I remember him pulling the bumpers off and paying me $5 to tremclad by brush the insides of the bumpers when I was young and pimply. It was brown with white top and innerds.

Years later, knowing what a real one was, I saw an ad for one. It was advertised with a photo as an original (with the door decals on the car in the pic) as a 396SD. Not kidding.

Kinda reminds me of Leo's in Seaforth way way back. Ha !







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got some done over the weekend

got the old motor and tranny out and down the road to its new home

swapped out the old power steering box with 4.2 turns lock to lock for a 3.1 high ratio box out of a jeep grand Cherokee - direct bolt in as the new metric fittings work with my 2003 pump

next on the agenda was swapping out the old booster for a hydrostat system for the upcoming four wheel discs that are on their way from the US

the hydrostat was out of the same vehicle as the motor so everything just bolts up from lines to fittings - still have to change the end of the push rod for length and attachment - so just have to cut the rod off and thread it so the old clevis fits on

its going to be far more work just cleaning everything up and painting than it was fabricating

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hmm lets see - over the last two weeks - I ordered in 4 wheel disc brakes, got the new Holley Ls swap oil pan, sold a ton of un-needed parts, and stripped the front of the car to the bare frame, ready for cleaning and paint
took two hours today to cut through two bolts on one control arm - and only five more to go - at 15 blades per arm it works out to about $25 per bolt to remove
Doug sold me a 3:73, 12 bolt posi, so the rear of the car is looked after
more to come - pics to follow

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Where did you get the Holley LS swap pan from, I will need one soon. I am hoping the dollar gets better before I buy it.

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Lightspeed Mike wrote:

Where did you get the Holley LS swap pan from, I will need one soon. I am hoping the dollar gets better before I buy it.


 I suspect that you will grow a full head of hair faster then the dollar going back to par... 



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DOURO, ONT

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Ebay was the cheapest and shipped to the door was about $500
what are you building Mike? there my be cheaper options out there - I did a lot of research

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Slim, I don't expect a dollar on par, just hoping for better, hair well that's another story..

Seeker, I am putting a 5.3 Vortec out of a 2004 pickup in my 38 Chev. I need the ground clearance, I have a build thread going on here.

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car is now stripped to the bare frame, and body shell
all old suspension now out, and the frame cleaned and painted semi gloss black even though body is still on the frame
all new tubular control arms, front and rear, and 4 wheel discs on 2" drop spindles should be installed by next weekend
new extreme duty sway bars ordered so I can do some parking lot slalom racing
new 3:73 posi 12 bolt here, cleaned, painted and ready to install
old gas tank is out and new TANKS INC efi tank with Wallbro 400 lph pump ready to install
the new hydrostat brake booster is now modified for brackets and installed

I am kinda stuck on what kinda black paint to do the firewall in - flat, semi, gloss or? suggestions?

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ken,
Paint it body colour

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semi.



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car will be totally blacked out - some form of Hotrod black or semigloss with trim black on all of the trim, bumpers, wheels etc
motor will be candy green, springs shocks sway bars will be silver/grey

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more progress

anyone contemplating the LS install, and needs a wiring harness - it isnt hard to do  - just time consuming.

For sure those guys in the US offering rewire services are not making a dime at $250, and if you dont have the time thos e $750 US harnesses are pretty good value

so I completely redid my engine harness from the van, and made it so 90% of the wires are hidden under the fuel rails rather than running over the top of the motor everywhere

Its crazy how much wire is removed - easily as much as I left in the harness

so the layout now will allow me to place the pcm in the front corner of the passenger fender out of sight for a very clean install

all connections to the pcm will run inside the frame out of sight to the firewall and starter, etc

so the first two pics are where I started - of the complete stock motor

and the last pic are where it is now

the injectors were turned 180 degrees so the wiring can stay on the underside of the fuel rails

because of the reversed manifolds for the twin turbos - the coils will sit under the manifolds and just behind the motor mounts so the harness for them has been moved there - so at some point there will be new valve covers with no coil mounts

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Honest question ...... are you eliminating certain components and their wiring or are you retaining everything and just relocating and shortening the existing wires?

If you are eliminating components, what is getting eliminated? (I have no experience with EFI).



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On the LS truck/van motors they ran everything through the engine harness - heater controls, a/c, fuel tank senders, and of course all of the old gauge senders, that are not used anymore, purge solenoid, oil level, 2 of the four 02 sensors etc etc etc
yes - to relocating everything to make it more suitable to my hot rod installation.
I had to shorten most wires, and lengthen a couple - there were some wires that went entirely around the engine for no reason - I took almost 4' out of those three wires, and many were like 3' longer than necessary.
contrary to many of these rewires - I kept the starter relay, tach, speedometer, and all of the transmission controls so instead of a four wire hookup I have 8 wires
I thought about but did not keep a/c pcm control as it is unlikely this car will ever see a/c and if I decide to add a/c and need pcm control it is only 3 wires to easily add to the pcm plugs

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last weekends work - couldnt post sooner as site was down for maintenance

 

got the new high ratio steering box cleaned up, painted and mounted, the firewall cleaned sanded and painted low gloss black, and the motor set in for trial fit of the motor mounts and tranny mount.

Motor mounts will be moved back one hole for a better rearward weight bias, and the tranny mount will need minor tweaks.

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doesnt look like much - but I got the steering column rebuilt, switched over from column shift to floor shift and painted Hot Rod black and the new tubular upper and lower control arms and big disc brakes installed

couldnt get the springs installed in the new arms as the spring pocket is too deep - so on the hunt for a spring compressor to borrow

its crazy how much time little things take to do like cleaning and painting

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I have spring compressors I can lend you. They're at the cottage though. If you still need them next time I go up I'll bring em back for you.

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lots of work this week that you don't see when done, so no pics this week

had to rebuild/repair four body mount locations on the top of the frame with 1/8" plate, and four of the body mount supports on the body with 22 gauge , none of them in the same locations and installed all new body mounts- not much fun when the body was only 4" or so up off the frame - by the way - does four inches up count as body off, for my restoration??? lolololololololol

rear axle is now stripped, new axle seals installed, and disc brake brackets installed.

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another week without much visible progress - hydrostat lines figured out for placement and fabbed up for the most part

turbos mounted ready to fab exhaust and wastegate hookups

new remote mount coil brackets figured out and almost finished fabbed - forgot t otake a pic hough

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nice job ken. nice clean install on the plumbing.



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COURTICE, ONT

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Nice Ken!

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all I have to say is...WOW! Nicely done sir.

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Looking good Ken. Keep the updates coming.


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ken, are you still on schedule for armdrop in may ?



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not sure the Beaumont will make it as money is tight right now - but the 61 C10 should be easily ready by then as we are concentrating on that build right now

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this weekends work:

new wheels n tires mounted to check fitment and ride height - there is 1/2" clearance on the rears, and tons on the fronts - not too shabby for 295/50/15s and and 265/50/15s. It is very likely this is as big a tire as you could ever fit without tubbing the car and I wont do that to a car ever again. Sitting on the ground  - forgot to take a pic - it is just about perfect stance - may need to lower the rear an inch but will wait till all the front end is back together as the bits and pieces add up to about 250 pounds and may drop the front another inch which would then require 2" out of the rear to make the stance right

spent a lot of time rethinking the rear disks as the factory kit wont work with a 6.5" back set 15" rim the calipers hit everywhere  - found some stock car rotors with a 3" back set that will work - hopefully be here next week

fabbed up the drivers side turbo exhaust - did it first as it is the hardest to get around everything - and quite happy with the results - just need to grind out my mig tacks and then tig over those spots so it looks good - was a lot of around , down, up and over lol and 17 pieces of 22 degree wedges, one 11 degree wedge, and a few straights  later - now just have to mirror image the passenger side  biggrin

all in all a good weekend

 

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NICE Plumbing! ! !



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good job ken, nice clean work.



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been a few weeks - not a lot to see , as much goes on behind the scenes to get a finished product

I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures - for some reason my camera was having fits yesterday

like the rear disc brakes - two kits later and neither would work due to the custom 6.5" backspacing on the 15" corvette rally rims I want on this car. If money was no object I could have purchased the new 17" versions but they are $2900 US

wound up making my own setup using willwood stock car rotors with a 3" hat, and Cadillac calipers on Speedway bracketry - and I now have like 30 hours in the rear brakes not including running lines and emerg cables

got the bake lines plumbed -  and again because i wanted them mirror image from side to side, and the master cylinder to be tucked under and also the mirror same - I have like 5 hours in the lines alone - and now just need to clamp and tie them up as necessary

new efi fuel tank is now all plumbed ready to be installed - upgraded to 3/8" supply and return lines to suit the 400 lph Walbro in tank race pump to keep up with the 80# injectors

started on the passenger side exhaust down pipe

working on the turbo intake piping as well - its roughed in but have yet to decide on BOV placement and Turbo supply pipe tie ins - whether to make it all one piece or to make two individual pieces to go from turbos to centre intake

also finished up the new fully adjustable rear suspension install and air bags - they claim .8 G capable in the corners with the new front and rear suspension - all this so I might be able to do some parking lot slalom racing

levelled up the car on the stands so i can set pinion angle, and trans output angle,  so I can check final driveshaft length and get it ordered

 

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well a little bit of work last weekend and this weekend too

got the new to me front bucket seats that were green dyed black, and all of the seat hardware and plastics done in semi gloss black

worst part was getting rid of the huge mouse nests in each seat back and dousing them liberally 5 different times in hydrogen peroxide and vinegar to get rid of the smell - so far so good

this week I got the gas tank installed and ready for fuel lines

spent a good part of the week on the 61 actually so will post over on that one shortly

 spent about 5 hours today teaching myself to tig weld - turned put pretty decent for my first efforts - using filler rod however is much harder and will take a LOT of practise

 

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well  - this weeks work saw the last of the engine and turbo fabrications - now IMG_1776.JPGIMG_1778.JPGIMG_1781.JPGIMG_1782.JPGIMG_1786.JPGIMG_1791.JPGjust a lot of finish welding to do  - then tear it all down for cleaning, painting and detailing

I have never had to work so hard on fab work  - but making everything identical and symetrical takes forever  - not much wonder you see so many cars with piping all over the place with nothing matching or compact 

car is down on the ground and kicked outside for a week or so so I can work on my pull truck for a bit

car sits pretty good but I think it needs to be 2" lower in the rear as the current 3" rake looks maybe a little too much

the car should look pretty mean  with all that rubber under it

 

 



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Very very very impressive....Love to see this in person

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That is going to be a very nice ride, looks good and I am sure she will go like stink.

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ghost post - you or anyone else is always welcome to drop by my shop to see the things going on

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its been almost a years since I got to work on this car - life just gets in the way.

 So working on the exhaust  - will post tomorrow  - almost 160 pieces of 3" welded to make it all upand fit the way no bender ever could make it.

 

this is my custom digital dash i am just finishing up using Intellitronics gauges - all in brillint green LEDs

 

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Very nice Ride an quality is shining through in you're work.




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pretty cool building your own dash!

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more goin on all at once

body lifted off the frame to fix some punky body mounts

quarters getting a blocking and straightening until I can afford to put quarters on it.

exhaust is all fabbed and done except for a couple tig welds on the tail pipes

man o man but chinese panels are twisty - blocked out the hood and it has more highs and lows than the Himilayas

 

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well another full weekend fabricating

Installed all the pieces to make my frame like a convertible frame - patterned loosely after the new Frame FX kit for the 68-72 chevelles.

Should increase the stiffness at least double

it also adds another set of body mounts to help stop torsional twist.

Just waiting on my buddy to come and weld it all up now  - as I have night blindness so bad I can not see to weld anymore.

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Very nice. Thanks for posting the progress.

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almost forgot the best part  - 1/4s are done and in sealer - look amazing considering how badly banged up they were

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well  - another month gone by  - life got in the way so not much progress- sure wont be making Picton on the 21st.

wire wheeled all of the floor pans and coated them in rediculously expensive POR15, then laid sound deadner everywhere.

frame is done welded, but not cleaned up and painted as yet

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Looking really good.

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