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Post by thepossumface on Thu May 02, 2013 11:33 pm

Hey guys after searching and searching for a good Fourm for a Laguna I think I finally found one haha and there dosent seem to be many out there lol,
But I just purchased a 1975 Chevelle Laguna S3 with a 350 that was swaped from a 400, th350 3 speed , posi rear end, needs some body work here and there but its a good driving car I got it to be my daily driver.




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Post by Pontichev327 on Fri May 03, 2013 1:05 am

Welcome to the sie fellow 'Guna-man! Make sure to register it on the National Laguna S-3 registry.Look in the forum for the thread to check out. We are trying to find out how many are left and it could also help to increase awareness and possibly value. It's cool, anyway!
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Post by dynchel on Fri May 03, 2013 6:49 am

Welcome. Try sending limey a pm about Laguna nose parts. He was trying to sell a complete one very recently, and has ( I think) resorted to parting it out. Beer I always did like lagunas. Very Happy


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Post by driveit on Fri May 03, 2013 7:51 am

That's a good look'in ride man. A lot of potential. Welcome to the site!
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Post by thatfnthing on Fri May 03, 2013 8:59 am

dynchel wrote:Welcome. Try sending limey a pm about Laguna nose parts. He was trying to sell a complete one very recently, and has ( I think) resorted to parting it out.

Ditto. Just last week he was threatening to junk it 'cuz he didn't have any takers. Looked to be in decent shape, too.
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Post by Limey SE on Fri May 03, 2013 10:58 am

thatfnthing wrote:
dynchel wrote:Welcome. Try sending limey a pm about Laguna nose parts. He was trying to sell a complete one very recently, and has ( I think) resorted to parting it out.

Ditto. Just last week he was threatening to junk it 'cuz he didn't have any takers. Looked to be in decent shape, too.

Sorry Boss I offered it to you on Facebook and said it was to far Its been sold for parts, But Welcome Aboard My friend Glad to see you found us a lot of Great people here
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Post by Tom77 on Fri May 03, 2013 11:13 am

Welcome gonna make one heck of a daily driver!
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Post by thepossumface on Fri May 03, 2013 9:02 pm

thanks guys, yeah I saw his one facebook and if it wasnt for the freakin shippin I would have got it in a heartbeat, but it will come one day. what kinda HP/tourqe are you guys looking at on yours? I think i read that mine has like 160hp and its kinda slow, but im working on finishing up my HEI swap with a edelbrock intake. figured that may help some.
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Post by dynchel on Fri May 03, 2013 9:47 pm

Dont you already have a hei? 1975 it became standard on all gm vehicles (along with catalytic converters) Question
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Post by thepossumface on Fri May 03, 2013 11:10 pm

negative Boss, im not sure which motor this came out of, because its "suppose" to be the 3rd egnine in this car it had a 400 in it before this, and this motor had the points disturbtor in it and it started acting all wierd so instead of fixing it i wanted to upgrade to the HEI dizzy. so who knows what this car has been through.
But does anyone have a wiring diagram? I need to know which wire to hook up to the Hei so i can start it and time it correctly.

But would a el camino front fit? I came across a few there parting out it looks a little different than mine but its a 70's model
or will just a laguna front fit? this may just be a temp fix till I get a solid stock one, one day....
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Post by Limey SE on Sat May 04, 2013 12:10 am

El Caminos will fit till you find the right nose, just make sure to get the core support as well if a dual stacked headlight it might be different and better to be safe then sorry and stuck, and let me dig out my diagram for you if I can remember what folder I put it in

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sat May 04, 2013 2:08 pm

welcome aboard

good starting point you got there.
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Post by 1973montec on Sat May 04, 2013 4:10 pm

welcome

like the wheels Thumbs up
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Post by thepossumface on Sat May 04, 2013 5:38 pm

thanks! Its got bigger tires on the back with crager rims and deep dish in the rear I realllly like that lol, but better news Is i found that wire for my 12v to run to HEI and cranked up and runs 200% better with the new intake on it..
now I gotta get me some headers and a new edelbrock carb GoFast
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Post by thepossumface on Sun May 05, 2013 10:43 pm

but now looks like im having a issue sense I put the new valve covers on it started leaking oil alll over so i went to change the oil and saw it leaking out the back side went to remove the bolts and one broke off on the head Mad , but i tighten the others and seem to work, but I drove it across town before knowing it and i guess it leaked out all the oil (no oil light came on at that)
and now It wont crank after I tighten the bolts and put a little oil in it, i didnt hear any knocking but it did smoke from the rear and I see were oil was on it, yall think the motor is done? I reallly hope not..
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Post by Limey SE on Sun May 05, 2013 10:51 pm

thepossumface wrote:now I gotta get me some headers and a new edelbrock carb GoFast

I have access to some headers if you figure out if you smoked the motor ( NO PUN INTENDED ) Pretty cheap also
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Post by thepossumface on Mon May 06, 2013 8:12 pm

my motor is good the 12v to my Hei fell out LOL, but ill need new valve gaskets they leak but its running great, thank god i wont have to get a new motor,
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Post by thepossumface on Tue May 07, 2013 8:17 pm

ok guys so i put on new valve cover gaskets and the right side on the back is still leaking, i tried rubber ones and the pass side leaked so i switched to cork and now only driver side leaks on the back any idea's? im stumped.
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Post by dynchel on Tue May 07, 2013 8:21 pm

Valve cover may be warped. Do you hav e spreader bars to more evenly distribute the force of the valve cover bolts? They do help.
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Post by thepossumface on Tue May 07, 2013 8:30 pm

i do not what are they?
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Post by dynchel on Tue May 07, 2013 8:46 pm

Long washers (for lack of another term) that go on the cover, under the bolt, that spread the load. If a steel valve cover gets over tightened it pulls down under the bolts and lifts her in other areas causing leaks. If you take the cover off and look at the flange it has to all be flat, if around the bolt holes is peened you found the problem. Hope this helps. Beer
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Post by thatfnthing on Tue May 07, 2013 8:48 pm

They're these: valve cover load spreaders

They effectively give you eight points of pressure along the rail instead of four, and are more evenly spread out.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 07, 2013 8:52 pm

thatfnthing wrote:They're these: valve cover load spreaders

They effectively give you eight points of pressure along the rail instead of four, and are more evenly spread out.


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Post by Pontichev327 on Tue May 07, 2013 8:52 pm

Be sure to staighten the valve cover sealing edges first, all the holes have to be flat with the rest of the rim, and careful not to slide the gasket when installing. Come down FLAT on the heads. AND DON"T OVER tighten them.
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Post by dynchel on Tue May 07, 2013 8:59 pm

Just as a side note, general motors switched to center bolt valve covers (1987) to help prevent valve cover leaks.
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