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John A

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want input on project
« on: December 16, 2009, 04:57:52 PM »
I have a 65 coupe in good condition with the original 289.  It runs but needs engine work.  It has been 10+ years since anyone really looked at the motor.  It needs repainting and some cosmetic adjustments. 

I am going to have the motor really worked over.  I am considering upgrading the carburator and put headers on.  Is this a mistake? 

If not, are there some more minor upgrades I could make to the motor?   

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 07:48:31 PM »
Get a new 4V intake manifold and a rebuilt Motorcraft 4100 carburetor.  (assuming the carb you now have is a 2V)  That will make it an "A" code motor if your desire is to keep it sorta' original.  Now, if you want to go crazy with hotrod updates, let us know.  There are a ton of things you can add that will make it a "go fast" car, but a lot of the other drivetrain things will have to  be updated to aftermarket equipment, which will cost  big  bux. 

Welcome to the site.  Glad to have you here.   Where in south Texas are you?  I'm in the hill country near Austin. 

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 08:47:23 PM »
I agree with Soaring but I would also like to add that if you do go with a 4v carbruator I would suggest "TRI-Y" headers, these will compliment your setup. I would also run 2-1/2" I.D. pipes with a cross or H-pipe to egualize the pressure (not to mention helping your low end torq). I use "Flomaster" mufflers which generate a wonderful sound!    :)

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 09:23:21 PM »
sweet input.  I'll look into those options. 

Also, I'm in the RGV.  Harlingen, to be specific.  Really close to South Padre Island,

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 09:35:53 PM »
I have camped on South Padre a few times, and really enjoyed it.  Regarding the Tri-Y's, the Steeda is what I would recommend.  The Borla mufflers are also the ones I would recommend.  The 40 series are good sounding mufflers, but not up to par with the Borlas.  Others will disagree.   ;D
http://www.borla.com/home.aspx?gclid=COja8Pe33J4CFQwdswodTA8RIQ

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2009, 09:18:00 AM »
OK.  Carb, Headers, new exhaust.

Do I have mechanic disassemble motor to inspect each part and change all gaskets?  Replace all hoses and belts?  What else

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2009, 05:40:18 PM »
There's an old saying that still holds true today.  "Don't fix it if it ain't broke,"  Now, if that engine is burning oil you may want to overhaul it, but if it isn't, then drive it like it was stolen.  When it breaks, then fix it. 

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 02:59:41 PM »
 ;D

Took her in on Saturday, 1/30/10.  Time to get it started.  Engine pulled this week!

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, 11:18:05 PM »
I think that's a good first step, easy mods too.  After headers I'd get a nice custom catback exhaust.

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 11:45:38 PM »
please just make sure you keep all original parts for when it comes time to sell it you can get more for the car, certain upgrades are ok like putting an ac in, or an electric fan disk breaks power breaks power steering ect. they are called modern upgrades

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Re: want input on project
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2010, 06:47:51 PM »
I'm not too much in agreement with "modern" upgrades on these old dinosaurs except to upgrade the safety factor.  I have replaced the jelly jar with a dual MC  from a 1967 master cylinder, and the Monte Carlo bar and the export brace.  Hotrod items I am not in agreement with on these old classics.  Now, that's just me.  It's your car, do with it as you wish. 

 

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