So here's where I'm at so far
I bought this old girl from Naracoorte SA, about mid way thru July 2011..
It was all stock, sitting unregistered in a farm shed. It has a 318 in it, and 727 Torqueflight Column shift auto trans.
The first thing i pretty much did to her, was add remote controlled 4 door central locking, great for when its pouring down, or you have handfuls or shopping, or kids!! lol
She also has pretty dark tint all round, so that help's keep things cooler, and keeps the sun off my 2 girls in the back.
Below ill list the things I've done in rough order so far..
Well, my old hubcaps, although in good nic, were looking pretty average. They were dull and the black paint in-between the chrome was faded and coming off, and they just looked crap
So i completely stripped them back, removing all black paint, and hand polished them all using auto-sol
what do you think ??
Before and after photos below
When i got her, she had the original 2 barrel carter carby, mounted on the original 2 barrel chrysler manifold, and then ontop of that it had a impco 300A ugly ass old LPG setup. The old manifold weighed a frikken ton, the carter carb was pretty well worn out. It had chrome valve/rocker covers, but these were old and not in the best shape either. And as for the dogleg old skool LPG setup, and impco 300A, that HAD to go..
Time for some new goodies...
Heres the engine with all that old crap stripped off
So here we have all my brand new parts i ordered, sitting here waiting to be installed..
Heres what we have...
Mopar Performance M1 Single PLane Hi-rise 4bbl Manifold
Mopar Performance black wrinkle finish valve covers
Mopar performance Air cleaner
Procomp 850 double-pumper billet baseplate (to mount the Impco carby, Yes Im running dedicated/straight LPG)
Brand new Impco 425-ctm2 Gas only Carby (newest tamper proof version)
Bp6ES NGK plugs (altho the plugs in her seemed new, I've never been a fan of champion plugs, so i switched to my favourite NKG ones)
I figured replacing all this gear, no point putting old oil pressure and water temp senders in a brand new manifold, so these were replaced too.
I also decided with all this new gear, It was time for a new Radiator as well. I had a quote to re-core the original brass tank radiator, and they wanted $850!!! scrap that idea, time for a nice new 3 row Alloy unit. I'll get to that in a sec...
As i said before, I figured with all the new alloy intake, etc, i Didn't wanna run the risk of contaminating the new gear with any crud that had accumulated in the cooling system over the past 40 odd years.
Even though the original Brass tanked chrysler radiator cooled her adequately, It developed a pin hold on one of the welds, and i wasn't going to shell out $850 for a recore when for about half that price, i could order a custom made to fit 3 core alloy Unit from the US.
At the same time, i decided to ditch the original steel crank driven fan, and opted for a nice pair of 10 inch Flexolite thermo's. I also replaced the thermostat, and temp senders and everything when doing the manifold, and added an overflow bottle.
The one thing i like all my vehicles to have, is reliability. So i decided it was time for the old original points distributor, and associated ballast resisters, and old skool coil n leads and all to go. Time to get replaced with some modern technology.
Heres what i bought ad some pix
MSD PRO BILLET distributor
MSD SS Blaster 3 Coil
MSD Digital 6AL Ignition system
MSD lead separators
MSD super conductor Spark plug leads
ok, Time for more upgrades...
Heres what i upgraded next..
New Tuff Stuff gear reduction Starter motor - Hi torque
New Tuff Stuff Chrome 60Amp Alternator - There was nothing wrong with the old one, but everything else got upgraded, so why not do everything ?
New Full rebuilt Cardone Power steering pump, with March performance Billet alloy pulley.
I also added a new Battery (big 560 cranking amp bugger), new Heavy duty terminals, and also replaced all the Battery leads, leads to starter etc etc with new wiring and bigger thicker cable.
Just a few extras here...
added Spectre performance Billet handle'd Engine oil dipstick,
and also bought Lokar Billet Handle'd Trans Fluid dipstick ( yet to install )
Mr Gasket full braided stainless hose cover kit (still in packet, yet to install)
New k&n oil filter for next oil change, not due for 2500km
Mopar emblem Mopar Performance Oil breathers
Brand New Sanden air conditioning compressor ( for full air con system i plan to install )
So the interior is next i guess..
All gauges are auto meter Pro Comp Ultra-lite Silver face
5" in dash Tacho
5" in dash Speedo
Autometer analoge pro comp clock
Fuel Guage (adjustable)
New Grant Black n Chrome steering wheel (period look)
Lokar Billet column dress up kit
I haven't had a chance to really install all these yet, I've got the steering wheel on, and the tacho sitting in there (just needs the wiring to it done), the rest of the auto meter gauges are brand new still factory sealed in boxes
half way there,
got two 15x6's ready for the front,
hopefully some 15x8.5s for the rear soon