Originally posted by MLariviere:
Sounds like a cool car,Allen! Welcome to the site. It's good to keep these old cars alive. I think it's a preservation of our automotive heritage.
Sounds like you are going to have one nice car when you're done with it. How are you going to set it up? Are you going to drag race it,or will you make it like a stocker or cruiser?
I'm a firm believer in preserving the past too..regardless if it's cars, airplanes or historical items.
My plans for this car are not modest..but I have no present intent to race it. I nice Blvd. Brawler..without acting it out literally will be just fine with me.
I really want the 351C to be built to it's potential..as I'm aquiring parts to make it beefy yet more reliable than a BOSS or CJ. I'm going for strength items of those engines..but it will be all about Roller technology to void endless valve adjustments.
I will be beefing up the 9" rearend with lower gearing..as the 351C is not noted for low end torque. One must compensate in that area.
Right now it's all abut buying parts..and formulating the master plans route of progression.
The car as it sits is a nice 20 footer..any closer and a few flaws shine through..along with the warts of redneck having owned it before me.
Without trying to insult others tastes..the car has been plagued with stupid things like Glass Pack Mufflers..if you can call them that?..not to mention the blacking out of certain chrome items , tha just shouldn't be done that way...as in the Ford lettering and mirrors.
The cars Rake has also been ruined with Keystone Mags that are shot and rusty..and small in the front , plus oversized in the rear. All of this will be done away with...and 15X7 Magnum 500's with era correct looking radials placed on it. The current tires are some off the wall brand with obscene looking raise white letters , that just don't fit the car at all.
Lastly , the car has been painted the loudest shade of yellow to ever damage a cornia and retna..so this will require a complete sanding , prep work and re-paint to either Black or "Richard Petty Blue" ..just like his 1969 Torino Cobra's and Talledega's that he ran that one and only year with Ford.
I can't thank you enough for making me feel welcome here..as I too have been a Moderator on another Ford Vehicle site..so I know how demanding it can be...and thankless at times.
Thanks for putting up such a great site..as it has already provided food for thought..and pointed out some things to avoid.
My expierience is with the 351W..so the C is a new beast to master..Dan's Tech page here , gave me something to think about...and confirmed a great deal of what I already assumed from other readings.
Thanks much for everything you guys are doing here.