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One Project Car Upgrade Can Easily Lead to a Full Overhaul

Weve all been there and well probably go there again. No, wait. Not probably , more like absolutely . And where exactly is there ? You know, the place you go when you start out to do a simple upgrade that essentially turns into a major project. At the house, it can start out as simply as swapping out that half-century-old kitchen faucet thats been there since you bought the house for something a little more modern. Before you know it, you are heading into a full-on kitchen remodel. Speaking from experience, the wife and I decided new kitchen cabinets were in order and before we knew it, we were standing in a totally gutted kitchenand smack dab in the middle of a full remodel. Then there was the one time I decided to repaint the bedroom in a more pleasing color. Well, that led to getting a new bedspread, which in turn led to all new bedroom furniture due to the wife deciding the stuff we had didnt match the walls new color.   We found an oil pan gasket leak at the Holley LS Fest West, which somehow led to a transmission upgrade. So, its no wonder that when we decided to drop the oil pan to fix a leak caused by a damaged gasket in Project Orange Krate, the Chevy High Performance 1971 Camaro, it only made sense to swap out the five-speed transmission for a T-56 Magnum six-speed. In our defense, that exercise had been on our list of upgrades for the past year or so. Well, in order to get the larger six-speed transmission to fit in the car, there needed to be some massaging done to the transmission tunnel. In order to do that, the carpet needs to come out and a good amount of sound deadener needs to be removed as well. With that said, the plan is to get on that as soon as possible so we can get that thing back on the road. Similar things are happening with the CHP 1962 Impala project. What started out as an LS swap turned into a plethora of new parts for the engine, including a new front drive system, heads, cam, intake, injection system, and, of course, new fuel tank and fuel system. And we even painted the block and heads to give it a stealthy look. So, with the engine upgrades in full swing, that led to new suspension, transmission, brakes, master cylinder, wheels and tires, rearend, steering column, and updated gauges. There are a lot of other little items that well include in future articles showing the progress being made on the car. Its coming along well, so those tech pieces will be showing up in the magazine and online soon. Needless to say, the car is going to be a great driver, so we are really looking forward to having this car hit the streets. Although the car has a paintjob that was done years ago, its definitely a 20-footer, and the little dent and chipped paint just under the passenger-side headlight gives the car some personality that we have no intentions of fixing. Addressing that issue would no doubt lead to a body-off restoration, and thats something we have no interest in doing. The Chevy High Performance 1962 Impala project started with an engine swap thats turning into a whole lot more. We find it somewhat entertaining how car guys cant leave well enough alone, and Im sure you have a story or two of your own where youve decided to do a minor upgrade on your car that led to diving in way deeper than you ever imaged. Share your story with us at chevyhighperformance@motortrend.com so we can have a good laugh at your expense and to know that we arent the only ones with this same mental issue. You in? The post One Project Car Upgrade Can Easily Lead to a Full Overhaul appeared first on Hot Rod Network .

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