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From the Welcome Aboard section I indicated I was looking for a muscle car with a bench seat and 4 speed  with little to no options. I had decided a Biscayne was in order. I keyed in on '65-'68s with a '65 being my number one choice. I quickly learned that finding a decent one might not be so easy. I looked at the few I could within driving distance and one even 5 hours from me to get a feel for condition, cost and availability. I was also fortunate to run into an old friend at a cruise night with a '66 and he had looked for 2 years before finding it. He gave me his perspective on condition and prices since our budgets were similar. I ended up locating a car in Virginia with a very fresh but mild 496, Muncie M20 and Ford 9' with 3.70 gear. After a phone call I decided to get on a plane and look at it. What I knew from the initial inspection is that it was very clean and straight. It had an acceptable interior although vinyl. It ran well but the clutch, trans and shifter were a little off. The exhaust was less than stellar and had 1 3/4 " headers that I knew had no business being on a 496 engine. The front suspension was acceptable and the rear not so acceptable with spring helpers and load leveler shocks. After careful consideration I bought it. It was the nicest one I looked at, was priced well and my most desired year being a '65 and had a color combo I have always liked. It was a good candidate for my sleeper hot rod vision.

This is exactly as I received the car.  

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Right now the car as at a fabricator getting a set of headers and 3" exhaust made. He’s also installing a panhard bar relocate kit. It's been there since late October. The guy appears to be very knowledgeable and does nice work. He's been very slow on getting the car done. He claims within days I hope so. I have quite a bit to do to it. I'll post more in the coming days of what I did to it last summer before handing it off  for the exhaust.

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Killer!

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Nice headers

Keep the pics coming.

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I like where you are going. Also good story on finding the right car!

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Very cool!
Thanks for sharing how you got the car, the pictures and how your going about getting it sorted out.
Looking forward to more as it evolves.
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A little progress on the exhaust. Hoping to get it back sometime next week. I still have some upgrades and repairs to do on the engine, transmission and rearend before it’s ready for the season. 

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Such a clean car! I love it.

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Yes, it is very clean and the reason I bought it. It supposedly spent most of its life in Nevada. Not much is known about it because the prior owner bought it from an auction. While the previous owner did make some improvements his work was not to my standards and he used parts he had laying around or on the cheap side. The car needs a fair amount of sorting but will make it mine and I really enjoy working on it. The best thing he did to it was take a Vortec big block out of it and put an old style block in. He removed the 10 bolt that was in it and bought a 9” housing and 31 spline axles but used a tired 3rd member he had laying around. Both the engine and reared need some work to get them where I’d like them. You can add the transmission to that list as well. More on that in a future post.

Within a week of getting the car I had it up and jack stand and replaced the entire suspension. I went with a full Global West suspension and a steering gear box with a little quicker ratio. At the same time I had the wheels powder coated since the previous owner had bought new rear wheels and tires but just left the factory black primer on the wheels. The front wheels were poorly painted at some point as well. I also picked up a correct set of poverty caps for the car and a set of front tires. Hopefully over next winter I can put 4 wheel disc brakes on it and make it a manual brake car.

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So clean! What a joy it must be to work on!

Do you have a shot of the new sized rubber on the front, side view?



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So clean! What a joy it must be to work on!

Do you have a shot of the new sized rubber on the front, side view?


 I don’t have a nice close up. I can take one when I get the car back from the exhaust guy. The front tire size is 245/60/15 and rear is 275/60/25. 



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Definitely diggin this car - and the thoughtful execution! NICE!

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