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Biscayne came off the truck from Minnesota last night, I spent the morning giving it a bath and looking it over.  Actually the first thing I did was adjust the choke and cold idle so it would stay running when I started it.  I am very pleased with the car, it is incredibly straight and I did not find even a nick in the paint.  Interior is also pretty nice.  One of the first things to do is figure out exactly what I have.  By the VIN it is an original V8 car, the stamp code on the 12 bolt rear end is DM 0513G1 and then an E underneath which if I have decoded it correctly a 3.73 Eaton posi made on May 13 but not sure what year.  So I don't know if it is original to the car.  The Muncie 4 speed transmission is not original. Date code is POP 68 and the Casting number is 3925661 which makes it built in September 1970.  I am putting baseline photos up on my flickr account here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9729183@N02/sets/72157650608681670/

I will add engine and trunk photos soon.  The car has interesting stuff which indicate it has a track history.  There are tow tabs on it and the rear upper control ares are massive boxed units.  The shifter linkage is very heavy duty, though I plan to get rid of the straight shift lever, it also has a fuel cell, which I am also going to replace. And the battery is in the trunk. All those things point to race car, but then I see no evidence of a roll bar, there is no catch can for the radiator, and no line lock or tach.  So who knows?  At any rate I like it.  I will also make a walk around video of it running.

 



-- Edited by Pat Dilling on Wednesday 25th of February 2015 01:20:32 AM



-- Edited by Pat Dilling on Sunday 1st of March 2015 02:10:43 PM

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That's a beaut! I can surely understand why you are smiling!


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A real STUNNER!

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Looking forward to more pics and details.
BIG Congrats!!!
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Looks great!

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Pat,

I like the direction you are going with this new Biscayne.....Love the color and combo Just Beautiful

Are you going to change the exhaust and change the rear package tray with the Bowtie Logo? Are you going to replace the trunk center section where the hole is for what is the fuel cell now?

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nice pat, your smile says it all

that's a hurst super shifter smile the 1-2 rod is reversed in the shift arm confuse



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Wow very nice. So clean.

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OK, I have posted the rest of the pictures to my flickr album along with a little walk around video. Here's the link to that:

www.flickr.com/photos/9729183@N02/16452952439/in/album-72157650608681670/lightbox/

Dan, Yes I plan to put a full exhaust system on it, probably one from Pypes, just have to decide which of their mufflers. What is on there now is 3 inch with Flowmasters. I don't think I really need 3". I also plan to put a conventional gas tank back underneath and I will weld metal in where the trunk floor was cut. I plan to leave the battery in the trunk. I will probably do a more stock looking package tray at some point. I also discovered that the front seat is electric, though it does not work. It is also pretty worn out under the upholstery so I may look for a decent bench seat that I can rebuild and transfer this upholstery to it. And get rid of the chrome trim from the seat. Dave I'll take a look at the 1-2 shift rod, I noticed they are right against each other.

I just ordered some stuff from Summit to get started, valve cover gaskets, the good ones from Moroso, a Sun Tach, and a longer shift lever with a T-handle. Just like my old one had.

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Excellent Choices with your Build. I agree 3" is just too big.

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Nice video - well done

I would also replace the steering wheel just saying

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Nice video - well done

I would also replace the steering wheel just saying

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 Thanks, a stock steering wheel and 3 on the tree column came with the car.  I already found a nice Biscayne horn button from EBay.  I just need to research how to refinish a steering wheel.  The one I have has just one tiny crack which I think I can fix or live with.  Any suggestions or how to links on that would be appreciated.



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Pat,

Tons of video's on Youtube.... You can learn a new technique from a few of them. I like the pedestal the restorer uses on this video as he primes and paints the steering wheel. Very clever.

m.youtube.com/watch

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Beautiful car.  I'd be smiling too.



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There is a mile of smiles to be had there the car looks great. I agree with Dan a full exhaust and steering wheel will be great on your car and you will probably find it's poking the oil out the gaskets because it has no pcv valve fitted and the pressure is to great. Again congrats you have a very cool ride there and I look forward to seeing the pictures of it blowing the tyres of.

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Had a productive day today. Picked up everything I needed to install a PCV valve and new valve cover gaskets. I discovered that not only did it not have a PCV valve, the large vacuum fitting at the base of the carb was open, no cover on it at all. So it had a huge vacuum leak, and now I know why it did not like to idle! Once I installed the PCV valve and hose, I started it up and it immediately settled right down as it should. Still has that nice lopey idle though. I have to tell you how impressed I am with Summit Racing Equipment. I got off the phone with them about 3:45 yesterday afternoon ordering gaskets, tach and shifter lever. Today the Fedex truck rolls in at at 12:15 with all my parts! Also I found the shift lever $20 cheaper at Amazon and Summit beat their price as promised, and they had sent me a gift card for $25 so I really saved about $45. Since this motor has solid lifters and I know I will need to pull the valve covers from time to time I replaced the bolts with studs and locking nuts. Stud kits were $40 plus from ARP and others. I spent less than $5 on a piece of 1/4 x 20 all-thread and 14 lock nuts. I cut the all-thread with a hack saw and dressed the ends with a file, should last a long time. I also installed the cowl screen I got from one of the members over at Chevytalk.org  I am documenting all fixes, changes and upgrades in a separate album on flickr called Biscayne My Way. A link to it is in my signature.  But here it is now.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/9729183@N02/sets/72157650578618747/

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Well done Pat....productive day

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Great car Pat!! It has some similarities to my L72 car. Mine also has a DM 3.73 rear, someone added front fender corner lights to mine also, and mine had a bowtie (backwards) on the rear package tray done with black and red carpet.

The date on your rear is pretty close to your car's build date and may be original. 

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What engines might have come with a 3.73 12 bolt, other than the obvious L72?  Any suggestions to trace further history of the car would be appreciated.  The owner I bought it from purchased it from an estate sale.  He was a dealer and has not shared the previous owners name, and may not know it.  He said the car came from Ohio and previous to that possibly from Georgia.  Here are a couple pictures of what it looked like when he got it.  He was working to return it to a more original configuration. Somewhere he found what looks to me to be a brand new hood to replace the cowl hood on the car and got a new Biscayne bumper from Bumper Boyz to replace the Impala bumper that was on the car.

 



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OMG......I am so glad the car is getting back a normal state and in good hands. Some car guys have no business being car guys

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