Not Pure Stock, but what I've been doing

Discussion in 'The "Pure" Stockers' started by Tom Miller, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    Been working on a fun throw together car that I plan on doing some bracket racing with next season.
    Probably be an ugly duckling next year, but at least it will be useable.
    The grand plan when its all done is to have an era correct appearing 60's stock class drag car, or perhaps a modified production class car complete with dealer sponsor, vintage lettering,etc.
    Car will have a .060 over 400sbc, dressed to look like a 327, Th350 auto, and the rear is an 8.5" 3.73 posi from a 1986 Olds 442, which has been a major engineering project.
    I did this for a couple reasons, I wanted to ditch the weak factory rear with single upper control arm/panhard bar combo.

    In order to do this I needed to fabricate brackets and upper control arms so I could triangulate the rear to ditch the panhard bar and have a tuneable suspension that will come down squarely to ease tire installation,etc.
     

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  2. UNDERDOG350

    UNDERDOG350 350 Buick purestock racer

  3. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    Thats a good looking decklid! I see what you mean now about the offset upper bars. no binding?
     
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  4. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    No binding.
    I can let one side hang on bottom and lift the other all the way to the suspension rubber bump stop.
    I bought the severe duty heim joints with 3/4" threads.
    Throughout the full suspension travel the Heims stay centered.
    On another note. Drove over to Northville Michigan this morning, met the previous owner, and he gave me the back seat, the door panels, and the grill.
    This was HUGE, saved me thousands.
     

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  5. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    Original 63 door panels, perfect!
     
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  6. Golden Oldie 65

    Golden Oldie 65 Well-Known Member

    Something to think about if you're going with a very stock looking engine

    https://www.trickflow.com/parts/tfs-30210002

    While I don't have these particular heads, I do have a set of Trick Flow Super 23 195 heads on my 406. I took them to a professional head porter and had them checked and he said they flowed exactly what the advertised numbers were, leading me to believe that Trick Flow was a stand up company. They were good flow numbers but I had the porter improve on mine even more.
     
  7. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    I went old school. I know I'm leaving quite a bit of power on the table using old heads, but I ran across some new service replacement LT-1 heads.
    So yes, old 2.02/1.60 screw in studs, guide plate camel hump heads.
     
  8. kent.gardner

    kent.gardner Well-Known Member

    Love it! Great work as usual Tom. Keep us posted
     
  9. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    Finished up the rear suspension pieces this week.
    Primed and painted, ready to install into the car.
    The mock up pictures I posted show the rear in a frame section from a car I parted out over the summer.

    On another note, my Dad has Alzheimers so I thought doing this mechanical/engineering type work would help get him involved and engaged into a project where he can be hands on, as opposed to having him stand or sit and watch me do bodywork where there just isn't much interaction.
    It is a fatal progressive disease, so I'm trying to spend as much quality time with him while I can.
    Kind of Ironic that the first car we worked on together was a 63 Chevy, and more than likely, a 63 Chevy will be the last.
    100% role reversal, the teacher has become the student. I can only hope I'm doing as good of a job as he did.
     

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  10. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    Looks like it will be another great car Tom!
     
  11. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    You were lucky to have a Dad who was able to instill that kind of engineering, mechanical and fabrication knowledge in you, and whether he knows it or not that knowledge lives on in the 7 million cars you two built and sold where someone somewhere says "hey, look at what somebody did here!" The man has a legacy.

    Aside from that, the interior work looks GREAT!.
     
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  12. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    Thanks guys.
    Sorry, that interior shot is not my car. I somehow accidentally loaded it. Tried to go into edit to delete it, but didn't see where to do so?

    I also picked up a used edelbrock performer rpm intake that I'm going to remove the lettering and paint orange with the engine.
    Short block is all together, just going to take the heads apart and get rid of casting flash, mismatch, open the throats below the seats,etc.
     
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  13. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    take good pics of that, a lot of people been asking me about how thats done and I'd love to give them a visual. it's simple, but tough to describe and the concept of throat to seat ratio gets lost on a lot of folks.
     
  14. Tom Miller

    Tom Miller Loch Ness Monster

    Put it all together today, started making the forward crossmember support braces, and we once again ran it through full up and down travel with no binding.
    Rear is centered in the frame, and stays there from top to bottom of travel.
    Took the 8.5" posi carrier apart today to find smoked clutches, so I either need to find a posi rebuild kit for this one, or buy a new HD aftermarket replacement to go with the Moser Axles I bought.
     

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  15. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    Talk to Ken at Everyday - he has 8.5 stuff on the shelf.

    I especially like the reinforcement of the other side of the frame where the upper arms pull, where that contraption bolts to and the shock mock up........
     
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  16. Tim Clary

    Tim Clary Well-Known Member

    spend as much time as you can with your dad... Time is something that never stops- and you never get back..
     
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