Know a lot of you have project cars..... how about sharing some pics with the rest of us?????
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Thread: Project car pics!!!!!
08-05-2010, 06:24 PM #1
Project car pics!!!!!
08-07-2010, 02:09 AM #2Senior Member
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- Mar 2009
- Corona, CA
Well don't everyone post at once.
I guess I'll lay out the one that is on the top of my list currently, I've talked about it a few times, might as well put some pictures up. I should have her running in about another month.
Its a 1970 3/4ton Chevy Longhorn.
To give you an idea how long this thing actually is (about an inch short of 20') That is a 17.5' trailer. It hung off the front, and back.
I bought it from a hot rod shop I worked at for a while, for $500, w/o a motor or transmission. Dana 60 rear end, with 4.11's, all brakes, interior, etc was there, only missing power train. Fast forward 2 years.
It is sitting in a locked storage yard, behind an ex girlfriends dads shop. (I pay rent...its safe.)
After working at jobs that lacked either pay, hours, steady employment, or a combination, I got the job I have now at an emission testing station, about 3 miles from my house. I also get a decent paycheck. This financed the following:
It was (at the time) a 454 of unknown history, that drove into the yard under its own power...but should be checked out...oil pressure was acting funny. I did a compression check, leak down of less than 7% on all slugs. Awesome. I can live with that. Pulled a main cap off...could have made smoother bearings with a chainsaw. The engine BUILDER knew what he was doing. The guy he sold it to, didn't prime it, and it had maybe 100 miles on it, is my guess. Still had good crosshatch in the cylinders.
It is now, a freshly rebuilt (and as of today about 5 hours ago) 468ci mill. I have a dyno session set up, to break in the cam, as well as figure out how much power it actually makes. That should be happening on the 23rd of this month.
I also rebuilt the transmission, and installed a TransGo re-programmer kit. Picked up a fully brazed RV converter (should be around 1400-1600 stall...which I hope will be the start of the power band) This isn't the first trans I've put together, and I think I'll be pretty happy with it. I did some adjusting, and I'll be able to hold manual low until everything else fails, if I wanted to.
Now, pictures when my hands were clean enough to grab a camera, or in most cases, my cell phone.
Test fitting the crank, pastigage clearance time:
Rotating assembly finished:
Bottom end buttoned up:
Heads ported, lapping valves:
Heads finished, assembling valve springs:
Valve adjusting, in progress:
Checking headers and valve covers:
Headers shaved (notice air injection bungs are now gone) Headers wrapped, dizzy stabbed, wires routed, accessories mounted:
Finishing up shift kit on the TH400:
.060 over 454
Factory 113cc large oval port heads (now gasket matched/ mildly ported)
Scat cast steel 4.00" crank
Factory connecting rods, w/ARP rod bolts
Comp double roller timing chain
King main and rod bearings
New cam bearings (forgot brand)
Melling high volume oil pump
Factory 8qt dually oil pan
ARP oil pump shaft
Edelbrock #7162 cam, with hydraulic lifters
Edelbrock valve springs, keepers, and retainers
3/8" Chromoly pushrods
Comp cams pushrod guide plates
Crane cams full roller rockers
Weiand water pump
Doug Thorley tri y headers (smog equipment shaved)
upgraded HEI distributor
Holley 130GPH fuel pump
MSD plug wires
ARP engine fasteners
SFI approved flexplate and harmonic balancer
I'm going to be buying the carb from the guy I'm having dyno the engine. Currently planning on an 850 Speed Demon.
As soon as the motor is in the truck, I have 2 major things left. 1, install the painless products wiring harness I bought. 2, install a new gas tank, and run new fuel lines.
Should be a pretty decent truck when I get it running. I'm hoping for around 500hp, and 500ft lbs of torque. Based on the parts I have, I should be right about that. The powerband should be right around 1500-6000 area.
I'm just happy this thing will finally be running around!Precision is only as important as the project...if you're building a rocket ship...1/64" would matter. If you're building a sledgehammer...an 1/8" probably wont.
08-07-2010, 05:55 AM #3Junior Member
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Hi buddy... I watch the pics ! They were great ... Good !
08-07-2010, 12:05 PM #4
I lived in the hot and dry areas for many years NM and CA..... now live in the Rust belt PA...... how easily spoiled I was by the availability of Rust free shells.... here a truck of that vintage would be swiss cheese.... there the interior would be sunburnt but factory paint would still look fresh on the underside...
Very cool and unusual truck.... is that a 9ft Camper special bed? keep sending pics as it progresses...
08-07-2010, 10:29 PM #5Senior Member
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- Mar 2009
- Corona, CA
Yep, it is a C20 Camper Special...8'6" on the bed. It has an 8 leaf spring pack, with a 1/2" thick helper spring on the rear axle. Its definitely got a bunch of support back there. It has independent front suspension, A arms and coil springs. Old school...but it works.
I need to do a little checking, and see if I can use a newer 3/4 ton spindle with those A arms, or if the A arms are the same dimension on the new trucks. I would love to lift it about 2 or 3 inches, and put a set of 33, or 35" tires under it...but other than fabricating my own control arms, I'm probably SOL.
There are plenty of people that said "Oh you should go short bed with that thing!"
I bought it cuz its...well...Huge. I want to be able to haul stuff around. I wanted something that not every body had. I figured this fit the bill for both.
Thanks for the kind words guys.Precision is only as important as the project...if you're building a rocket ship...1/64" would matter. If you're building a sledgehammer...an 1/8" probably wont.
08-07-2010, 10:56 PM #6
spindle upgrade kit w/Large Disk Brake upgrade probably work with your lift....
Correct me if I am wrong but if my memory serves me right,,, the easiest way to lift 2wd trucks of that vintage for larger tire clearence without messing up suspension geometry was to get a set of tall urethane body & bed mounting biscuits and longer bolts... some of the kits also had linkage extenders..
See what ya think....
hope this helps
BTW... this should make a unique as well as really useful project truck...
Last edited by H80N; 08-07-2010 at 11:17 PM. Reason: more addl info..
11-07-2010, 11:40 PM #7
11-09-2010, 03:21 AM #8Junior Member
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