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Old 06-29-2017, 04:04 PM
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Graeme, don't buy any spacers; I have a complete set that should be just what the doctor ordered. I'm out of town until July 11.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:35 PM
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I tried a set of .250 and .375 spacers earlier today and neither are the answer. I need to drill the shock mount tab and relocate the shock about 1" inward if I want to use these wheels on the 68. No rush on anything here Dave.

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On the car front...things are all finished up now and the new engine and transmission are broken in nicely. Feel free to click on any of the pictures in this thread to see the larger image files in high def.

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A little update for the 68. I pulled the old motor out of it last year and put a fresh 360 solid roller motor in it for the summer. Great build that made some great power but a little too radical for long highway cruises. Being that the bulk of my cruising involves highway runs to and from neighboring towns, I've decided to go back to a hydraulic cam to put less load on the valve train.

I took the old 350 that was in there for about 30 years and freshened it with a balanced assembly using a forged 1182 crank, pink rods, and the old TRW 11:1 slugs with new rings and bearings. The old 462 heads were treated to a little port & polish work while screw in studs and guides were added with Comp Magnum rockers. I used a Crower 00471 Hydraulic Roller for this build and it's still lumpy enough for the folks who like bigger cams but responsive enough to get this little 4 gear cruiser moving along.

I ran the motor in this week and my good friend Mike Thorpe came over last night so we could adjust the adjust the valve train, tune the carb in a little bit and do a few checks during it's second run. Mike's now rebuilding the 4053DZ carb that used to top this 610 intake and that will be added to the motor once it's installed back into the car. No leaks or issues with this hot little small block, so the next move is to swap it back into the 68. This one should make an honest 425 horsepower while being a bit more forgiving on valve train parts with longer distance cruises.
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That's a really nice car.
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Fathers Day progress.

Installed the freshened 355 motor back into the 68 yesterday along with the rebuilt M22 that came out of it last year. Kept the scatter shield and Hays clutch since both were new last year. I then pulled the vacuum pump out hoping this cam won't need it but that is still to be tested since this new Crower cam is pretty healthy too. I did leave the MSD 6 Digital ignition in it since most of it was hidden and I feel the new motor will benefit from a good ignition system.

My friend Mike rebuilt the DZ carb last week and I had the 610 intake tumbled so everything looks good and clean now. Added the scripted valve covers to help clear the roller rockers and a high flow water Edelbrock pump to keep things cool. Should make a great little driver once again and now it'll be capable of some long distance hauls. Tonight I'll button up the carb, plumb the coolant and it's ready to roll once again.

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Looks great!
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Still have some tuning to do but the new motor is in and running. No leaks, no issues and it's sounds pretty darn good for a hydraulic roller setup. Shakedown runs with more video later in the week. Rocky Mountains and all.

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Changed out carbs for one I had restored by Tom Zeeman and got the car out for some mild test runs last night. I'd say the whole engine/trans swap went very well and things are now back to the way they have been with this car for the past 33 years or so. A great little driver and sooo much fun to rip around with. Next up are a few good runs in the Rocky Mountains.





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