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Recap of the trying transformation of my 66 Biscayne
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It was a longer process than I ever anticipated.  The 66 went to "American Gasser & Hot Rod Shop" in June as a grocery getter 283 V-8, PG all original, Aztec Bronze/fawn interior.  Drivetrain was removed and a 454 BBC, turbo 400 was installed.  Be Cool Radiator, MSD system and Hooker Headers were test fit.  Headers were sent out for coating in black.  All new front assy was ordered, alternator, water pump, PS pump and all pulleys and brackets.  Everything was painted black and installed. While the engine bay was empty, the front brake assy was removed and new disc brakes and power brake booster were installed.  Motor was reinstalled and test fired.

I bought a 65 SS 12 bolt assy near Cincinnati and drove down to bring it home.  This housing was blasted, painted and new posi, brakes and control arm bushings were installed.  I choose a 4:10 ration ring and pinion.  The turbo 400 had been installed with a new 3500 converter.    Finally, a running driving car was driven home to test and brake in runs.

This was the dark time for me as 3 miles into the first break in run, the motor started to tighten up, lost power and I had to shut it down.  Called the wife and went home to get the trailer.  As luck would have it I discovered the winch battery was dead in the trailer.  Now the width of the Biscayne doesn't allow me to drive it into the trailer.  Once in I can't open the door or crawl out the window (just too old).  The wife and I pushed and hand winched the car into the trailer.  Once loaded it was back to the shop.  A couple days later I was informed the cam took a crap so the entire motor was contaminated and my attempt at a budget build was gone.  I had bought the motor as a fresh build complete assy with some very good parts but I was not entirely happy with the 10.9 to 1 comp ratio.

I will complete the story in the next post.

  



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