- Dec 26, 2013
Just put up a want ad. Definitely in the Classifieds, but let's be real: it'll get more traffic in General.
There. Corrected that for you. Ain't nothin' special about a Monte SS box. I know, I know...Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. I think the head canon got started because of the increased availability of the boxes found on the "trillions" of Monte SS's made. So it would seem like every other car in the junkyard was a Monte SS.Upgrade to a
Monte SS442 steering box and possibly a Jeep steering shaft.
LS it..... it the theme this week....
If there is a 4 pin connector above the the pan on the driver's side, it is a TH250C. It should be if the original trans and drops rpm around 300 rpm on the highway.
If this a bargain basement, teach-myself kind of project, I like your initial approach. Hope you are emissions-free in your zip code.
Find a decent 305/TH350/700-R4, preferably in a car with all the accessory brackets and belts still there. The holes are already there in the front crossmember to swap in a SBC.
The 700R4, much maligned, has a steep first gear that will wake up your car and give you an overdrive. You'll need to rig up a lockup for toque converter, check my member page for a diagram and parts list.
Next, I'd do brakes and repack the wheel bearings, then steering parts, then control arm bushings. A ball joint that lets go in motion is a very bad day.
Arrest any rust that you can get to without tearing into the body too deeply. At least paint the primered body panels with rattle can touchup paint to make it look like you're trying.
Check the body bushings to see how smuushed they are these days. You can get an inexpensive dual exhaust conversion for a SBC from Jegs or Summit. Ignore their warning that it does not fit Olds bodies, and you may have to hammer a dimple in the floor pan on driver's side if the body is ridin' low.
Upgrade to a Monte SS steering box and possibly a Jeep steering shaft.
15" steelies with 235/60-15 tires are a cheap performance upgrade.
We're talking thousands here, but you can do this over time.
An Olds 455 would be way cool, but you may be sunk into some expensive machine work. The motor mount pads can be found. The holes are there for this motor as well, so you can literally change your mind any time, as long as you don't hack up the frame.
Do not remove the air conditioning box. You can make the 455 fit with some work.
Have a blast!
Welcome to the forum. You got enough ideas it looks like. Money and time are always the main concern when working on a project. It would be nice of you could get your dads car then tinker with the Olds when you had time. Working and college are definately going to impact your money and time. Good luck.
There. Corrected that for you. Ain't nothin' special about a Monte SS box. I know, I know...Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. I think the head canon got started because of the increased availability of the boxes found on the "trillions" of Monte SS's made. So it would seem like every other car in the junkyard was a Monte SS.
I know we're a group that loves to spend other people's money on projects. I'm still of the opinion, at least for now, to get what you got fixed on the cheap as best you can so you can confidently drive the car around town without too much fear of having to walk home. The upgrades everyone has talked about are great suggestions, but at your current pay rate, it would take a good while to get your car done. And to do all that, you'll probably need more skills that what you currently have, but you can build toward that. I wouldn't get in too much of a hurry, but as most should agree, progress and results are great motivators.
There's a lot of "free" stuff you can do in the meantime. Like hooking up anything that's not currently hooked up. Or figure out why it's not. Cleaning stuff. Scrounge and trade for parts. The old school way. Inspect every inch of the car looking for water leaks or unsafe things that need immediate attention. Make a list of stuff that HAS to be done and a list of things you'd LIKE to do but can wait due to lack of $$ or time/skills. PRIORITIZE. Safety first. If it needs new brakes, re-do the brakes first. It does you no good to put a bigger engine in it if you can't stop that beast unless you drive it into a tree. If it needs new tires, get new tires.
But most of all, have fun. It can be frustrating sometimes, but if it gets that way, take a break. You should never stay mad at your hobby. That's how 10mm sockets get lost, and bolts get snapped off.
Throttle return spring on an old square body Chevy truck! there's a reason they make them in coaxial sets!!!! I was using a single, it broke at 50 mph on a back road with turns coming up. Both feet on the brake pedal, downshifting the poor auto into L1, and shut that sucker off from 5000 RPM once I slowed enough to coast to a stop. Don't do that, either!As far as braking goes they all look and feel great, no problems there. Funny story tho, when I was younger my dad and I thought it smart to put a briggs Vtwin 16hp engine on a go kart, long story short, corners were cut so I ended up with a throttle jammed wide open, a useless braking system, and no kill switch. Thankfully the one thing that was working was the choke, I couldn't get it to stall but it slowed it down enough for me to "safely" crash into a tree. aside from a substantial dent in the frame, no one was hurt. In short I will not be skimping on brakes again.
Throttle return spring on an old square body Chevy truck! there's a reason they make them in coaxial sets!!!! I was using a single, it broke at 50 mph on a back road with turns coming up. Both feet on the brake pedal, downshifting the poor auto into L1, and shut that sucker off from 5000 RPM once I slowed enough to coast to a stop. Don't do that, either!
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