Sounds like a pretty hot little 289. Probably very similar to what this would of been if it still had the original 289 in it. Since it turned out to be a low-compression 302, it was easy to talk Joe into going a little more serious.
The only thing I'd change on the combo would be the AFR 165cc heads to 185's, but it should still run pretty strong.
Wow, I missed this whole thread till now. Glad to see the progress man, long time no see.
Those AFRs make great torque; that engine with a Trick Flow street heat intake went just shy of 110mph at 3350lbs in Roswell. Very peppy!
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As you can see, I've got a lot of work to do still, but it's sure to be a badass little car when we're done.
The more thought I put into it, the more I think the combo is better off with the smaller 165's. That cam is fairly rowdy, so it'll probably need all the help it can get with torque through the mid-range. I'm sure it would make more HP up top with the 185's, but it's a street car that won't be driven wide open all of the time. The cam choice was to make it sound rowdy while just cruising around, and I can't wait to hear it run.
I've just been a little busy with other things in my life to progress any faster than I am, but she's coming along, slowly but surely.
So my uncle is coming back to town this weekend and we're going to finish what we started and build the panhard bar setup.
I already had the 3/4" rod ends from Ballistic Fab, but as I got to thinking over the design and the great deal I got from them on the tabs used for the traction bars, I had them fab me up some custom, laser cut tabs for the Panhard bar mount to my specs: 3/4" holes spaced 1" apart. For only $10 plus shipping, I had to go this route.
One set will go on the chassis mount and we'll modify a spring perch to add the other to.
They also thru in a cool key chain of their skull logo.
Yeah, Tio Leo has been a proffesional welder for 25 years (in fact, he's the Quality Control Manager at his work now), and is probably the main influence in my being a car guy. So, when he offered to help do some work on the car, I jumped at it and we've definitely made the most of it. In the couple of weekends he's been able to spare, we've done a lot and I have learned a lot to improve my own welding skill. This weekend he rode his Harley 10 hours (each way) just to "play" on my buddy's car.
Omar, yeah, we did our best at reinforcing everything that ties into the sheetmetal. His skills really came to life doing that and that's where I really let him have at it. He had to take his time with it, in an awkward position, and even though we cleaned the surfaces the best we could it still acted like galvanized with whatever coating/blends are on/in that sheet metal.
No plans to mini-tub yet. These mods are all in an effort make the car carve corners well.