There's a new rocket in town... May 3, 2016 13:21:37 GMT -5
Post by 442rocketeer on May 3, 2016 13:21:37 GMT -5
Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and I thought I would introduce myself and my 65.
(3 pics attached)
I got this car in 1991 and it was an abondoned project with a 70 455 with a spun rod bearing (#8). I put the car together, did all the body work and paint myself in 8 months. I already had various Olds parts and some 65 parts that I collected over the years hoping someday I would find one.
I luckily found a 66 400 in a Florida junkyard with about 80,000 miles on it. I already had the tri-carb set up at home just waiting for an engine. I would have liked a 65 400 to be more original but this 66 motor came along first and there was no looking back. It had normal wear and tear on the bearings so I left it alone. Since then I put about 25,000 trouble free miles on it over 25 years, going to local shows and some OCA Nationals (NJ 1993, Greensboro 1995, Lansing 1997, NJ 2000). At the moment it has redlines on it instead of the McCreary Road Stars.
I'm not sure the shroud is correct for 442 but I wanted it mainly for safety reasons. I have no overheating problems and never did. Motor is stock 66 400, not rebuilt, but w/Engle cam. Valve covers are from early W-30 (66 or 67). PS pump is from a 70 Delta 88. I have the correct PS pump, but for now I like it the way it is. Entire exhaust system is from Gardners (no problems). Rear is original w/positraction.
The car drives like a torque monster. The center carb has larger bores than the quadrajet primaries so at loww rpm it's very punchy on the street. On the open road it's awesome. It handles like a dream, like its on rails, and sounds better the faster you go. I was travelling the PA turnpike around midnight returning home from Lansing on an August evening when the air was still. It was like I had the whole road to myself. I was easily going 80-90 mph for miles and miles, and when I descended into those valleys the exhaust resonated and reflected off the hills. It was the best concert I ever went to.
I look forward to being a part of the forum and really enjoy looking at all these 65's.