During my Jersey Shore musician days, I drove around in a 1964 Plymouth Valiant drop-top. I loved that car. It wasn’t much to look at, with its faded turquoise paint, Slant Six heart, and torn bench-seat interior.
You may recall I had swapped out an old Hydromatic for a new Phoenix Transmission TH400 in the ’60 Catalina I’m working on. Not long after the swap I decided to go a step further and switch the car from it’s rather worn-out original column shift to a floor shift configuration as well.
Installing solid rivets requires careful measurement and layout, and setting takes practice to maintain the proper shape of the heads and make the buck tails even, but the results will be worth it.
It’s simple enough, if you can start a race up front you can often stay out of the bad stuff
Now things are getting exciting. We have a car that moves under its own power and we’re nearing the final stages of completion. It’s almost cruising time in our ’51 for $15,000.
This saga began actually decades ago when Brian Brennan, Chris Shelton, and the author rescued a Flathead Ford V-8 from the roof of a former psychiatric hospital—a fitting place for any activity the trio was involved with.
The small-block Chevrolet has been the most popular V-8 engine since it was introduced in 1955 as a truly small displacement V-8 of just 265 ci.
As a serial freelancer, yours truly tends to favor tech over features. Lately I’ve been thinkin’ it’d be good fun to write a detailed and intriguing tech article about—nothing.
I, along with most of you I’m sure, simply don’t have the disposable income for high-end builds, even allowing for doing the majority of the work myself.
Chrysler Corp. upstaged GM, Ford, and AMC with the unveiling of the U.S. auto industry’s first mass-produced, magnetic-trigger, breaker-less electronic ignition system in 1972, a full three model years ahead of the nearest competitor.