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    Posted: 17-January-2015 at 12:26PM
Well I think its time I made a thread on here for you guys to look through.


In September 2014 I bought myself my first American car and drove it 330 miles home after a 5 hour trip to get to where it was in the first place! 

The vehicle came to me as a matching numbers vehicle with a 351c and C4 auto, Brougham interior and horrid little steel wheels with hub caps. 















New rear wheels (which will now become the fronts as I'm getting some MT alloys for the rear)

















The rears are 255/60/16s but they'll be finding their way onto the front when the rear alloys and 285/65/17s arrive 



Following on from the wheel and tyre upgrade I made a start on the engine and exhaust









Oh and you cant have new engine parts without one of these Cool













The exhaust is a twin system, X pipe, 2.5" stainless system, Flowmaster 10 mufflers and slash cut swept vertical side exits 

































Quick vid of the system










So heres the newest lot, I've gone for some Aussie 4V heads featuring the pro stock 2.25" valves! They're monsters, aluminium high port conversions and fully ported inlet and exhaust sides, Torker manifold, Comp Cams triple springs, Cam, ARP studs, 74 front end to give mine a face lift, sports mirrors and soon to be purchased some Harland Sharp roller rockers

























Future plans include a new 4.86:1 Strange rear end with 31 spline Strange shafts, TKO 600 transmission, interior overhaul, roll cage, full engine tear down and build with forged pistons, under seal, rear Wilwood brakes, front Wilwood brakes or SSBC upgraded pads and rotors, H4 upgrade, spotlights behind the grille, rear LED reverse lights and much more.


Stay tuned for progress pics. I'll be swapping out the cam and heads before making up some custom stainless headers or matching a 4V set to the BBC size ports on these heads 
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Liking the progress so far. 
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wow incredible, LOVE the single zoomie style pipe!
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same cam & springs a I ran back when, should like the 4.86 Big smile
 
in one pic I see an X-cellerator, then lower down I see a Torker?
 
not sure why you're calling those Aussie heads, do they have an ARD prefix on the cast code?
 
they look to be US 4V Closed Chambers with exhaust plates fitted. Australia never produced any 4V large port heads, they used 2V small port heads with several versions of a 2V ported 4bbl intake. any large port heads Down Under were produced in the US, imported on assembled complete engines & installed in their cars on their assy lines. then at some date they began their own production  
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Originally posted by Regul8r Regul8r wrote:

wow incredible, LOVE the single zoomie style pipe!


Thanks, they sound excellent at high RPMs!

Oh and if I've left the car sitting for a while the first few minutes of running involve it shooting plumes of steam in to the air every time I rev! 
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The 4.86 should also help combat the 32" tyres! I'm tempted to actually drop the TKO idea and just throw in a 4 speed, this cams designed for 3200-3400rpm cruising so I'd just be sitting in 4th at 70 anyway or 3rd at 60 if I was using the TKO! But we'll see......

Ahh yes the Xcellerator was bought along with those Hedmans and its whats currently on the vehicle but these new heads wont accept them! So its getting that modified Torker fitted with the new heads

In all honesty I'm not sure if they're Aussie or US, in fact I have a feeling they could be proper Boss 302 heads given that they've got water holes in the heads for the inlet manifold (hence the modified Torker to cover them!)

These heads are from a Prostock/NASCAR engine and thats as much as I can tell you as they feature the largest valves ever fitted to a Cleveland head at 2.25" on the inlet side 



Anyway my plan is to drop the cam and heads into the car with a new chain and run it for a bit until I can afford some new I beams and forged lightweight flat top pistons from Probe. Will be running the 3/16th ring pack version and I'll drop a new Mildon sump on it at the same time as mines dented and abused! 

Next on the shopping list are the roller rockers, Autometer GPS speedo and rear end Big smile should be able to afford them both in a couple of months I hope. Until then I'll be wiring up the headlights and making a new loom, fitting an air horn, HID spotlights behind the grille and the Autometer Tacho and of course the sports mirrors as I'd like to be able to see what I've just passed! 


I may even give it a rough rattle can makeover (the new front end is orange as you can see, one mirror is green and the other is black but they're both remote style!)
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i wondered about that grill in the pic, so you're going with a 74-76 grill? Thumbs Up are you keeping the 73 bumper? my 74 had a 73 bumper on it when i got the car, i liked the flatter look so i kept it that way!
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Yep! Smile 74 front end, 73 front bumper and with a 72 rear end is probably the perfect combo for this car! 

Plus the extended front means my HID spots will fit behind the grille Wink just there incase the four 150% bright H4 units I'm fitting aren't enough! 

I'll be running all four lights as dip and main beam just due to hating unused lights. All four will also have an LED side light in them
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Gonna follow this build, where are you located in the UK?
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I'm up in the lakes, build will be mainly mechanical stuff to begin with. No point in having a pretty car that gets beaten by a prius! Beaten up, faded and mean!
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I'll be around London in May, is it near by?
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No I'm up near the Scottish border! Quite a bit north
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Decided if I've got Nascar heads I may as well have a Nascar exhaust......Flowmasters are going up for sale and I'll buy some of these!

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About two hours ago this was a fully furnished and presentable Gran Torino with a bit of a mouldy smell inside. 

Now its stripped and I've found the cause of the water ingress as well as the reason it never dries out! 

Old furry insulation holding moisture, few holes in the roof (which I am not happy about! as some bellend before me....probably the importer obviously just though some body filler and paint would fix the holes left by the vinyl) and the rear windscreen seal seems to be leaking a bit 

Rust is only surface corrosion thankfully (in most places) 

So my plan....strip out the interior crosses for the head lining which are just held in with seam sealer from the looks of things. Sand down, prime with zinc rich primer, strip the paint off with a 120grit flap disc, weld in some panels from below and then blend them in flush with the old roof before seam sealing. 

The roof will then be primed from the outside and painted matte black. As good a time as any to do so really......Inside of the roof will get lined with closed cell dodo matt and I wont bother with a roof liner. Will just mould the dodo as tight as I can and leave it looking industrial seeing as I'm fitting a cage 

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Dodo matt???
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Its a closed cell foam adhesive insulation, wont retain water and helps deaden sound inside as well as insulate 
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Judging by your pictures, you could probably fix the roof holes with a jeweler's torch and brazing rod.
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I probably could do some brazing but for what its a lot easier with a mig really, been a while since I did any brazing or oxy welding so I'd be a bit wary 
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Oh update from the weekend.....

I decided I may as well gut the entire car after finding a damp carpet and I'm so glad I did! Found plenty of surface rust but very manageable at this point in time. 
Plan is to remove the rust when I'm back next, as per the roof prime the sh*t out of it and then dodo matt this fat boy up! Might even use the thicker venom matt for the floor. Anyway 5 hours of work in total to do this

Oh and mods.....we need a better photo uploading system! Bulk uploader would be lovely and a redesign to make it easier to work with 


First port of call today was to remove the front bench seat as it needs replacing anyway




Following this I made a start on stripping out the rear seats and 1/4 panel trim cards, dead easy when you've got all the right Snap-On gear to play with! I love my new trim removal tool










yeah.......thats ash! 







Carpet up time! 








This is what I found :( Oh and that little green Snap-On tough scraper is the perfect tool for removing that bitumen based sound deadening and old seam sealer! 









Found the build sheet too, stuck to the bitumen on the floor side so it had gotten nice and wet.....







The general mess




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I do also need a seal for the window (rear) and the little corner door piece seals....you know the ones that sit under the sliding rear window on the upper part of the striker area? Held on by four screws if anyone knows the part number or has some good ones! 



Should add.....my plan is to make a marine grade plywood rear panel between the seat and trunk as it'll be far better than the damp cardboard one, coat that in dodo and the same goes for the parcel shelf. My speakers look decent so I think I'll keep them unless I get a good deal on some 


And does anyone know the following because I'm stumped



One: Why did my passenger side of the bench have a live and earth connected to it?

Two: What are the red and black wiring connectors that were also there? I'm assuming these may have had heated or electric seat options?

Three: Why was there an electrical connector and wire to the seatbelt?

Four: What was the other loom with the big earth cable (can be seen on drivers side) for? 

Thanks in advance guys


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