I purchased the car from the original owner in 1996. The car had 30,000 miles on it.
The car’s engine was originally a 318 small block. A 440 big block was swapped in the summer of 2000. The 440 motor is a replacement-coded HP motor manufactured in 1969. It is .30 over from the factory. The 440 was completely rebuilt in the summer of 2005. It is a full roller motor, with a mild purple strip cam and everything except the crank and block was replaced in the rebuild. The engine has the correct HP exhaust. An electric cooling fan and new 3 core radiator were installed. The engine has an Edelbrock Pro-Flo Fuel Injection unit currently on the car. The battery, plug wires and MSD performance electronic ignition are brand new. The exhaust system was replaced in 2003 with a 3-inch system with Flowmaster mufflers. The battery has been relocated to the trunk and the alternator was switched to a one wire GM-style modern set-up in 2007. The under-hood wiring harness was replaced in 2005 when the engine was rebuilt.
The transmission was completely rebuilt at the time of the engine swap (2000). It is a 727 3 speed automatic. It was rebuild to hemi specifications; the torque converter is brand new. Rear: 3:23 Sure Grip (489 code).
The front suspension was completely rebuilt in the fall of 2006. All of the bushings were replaced, along with the lower control arms. In addition, the rear leaf springs are less than four years old. The tires have approximately 10,000 miles of use. The KYB shocks are new. While the car was a small block, an original front sway bar was located and installed on the car. The brakes have been upgraded from the stock drum brakes to a SSBC disk brake set-up, on both the front and rear.. The car currently has police package 15x7’ rims and hubcaps. New BF Goodrich radial TAs were purchased in 2005.
In 1999, the original interior was replaced with black vinyl tuck and roll. All of the seating surfaces were covered, as well as the door panels and package shelf. The stereo is clarion 40watt per channel, am/fm/CD, with four speakers. The speakers are two jbl 6x9 in the rear package shelf, and two jbl 3x3 installed in the dash. (in the original location for the front speakers). The in-dash head unit finally died about two years ago, I have never replaced it because, frankly you could not hear it over the exhaust while to car is underway. The headliner is light gray. The car has brand new seat belts for the front seat, heat insulation and new carpet. There are no seat belts currently installed in the rear seating area.
The car was painted in 1999. The color is the original sea foam turquoise. The rear quarters had to be replaced with new quarters. The rest of the car needed only minor repairs. At the same time the roof was cleaned, primed, and sealed. A new black vinyl roof was installed. There is some surface rust on the trunk deck lid and at the base of the vinyl roof. The car has solid floors, all cleaned and repainted with POR15 in 2003. The front and rear bumpers were replated in 2005. The trunk has new wings and is fairly solid, there are two spots that rusted through and were filled and repainted with POR15. The car looks great, it has developed small rust areas, under the rear window and along the edge of the trunk. The paint is about a 7 out of 10 – please remember this car was built to drive and is driven all the time.
The only item left to do on the car is have the engine dyno-tuned. I feel that there is another 20% of power left in the engine that could be harnessed with a good dyno-tuning session.
The car is extremely reliable and very fast. I have driven the car approximately 80,000 miles over all the years that I have owned it. It is very comfortable on long trips and handles well for a car of this era. I have not raced the car at the drag strip, but based on its performance on the street I would venture that the car runs a solid low 14 second quarter mile. It gets approximately 10 miles to the gallon around town, and will make 18-20 miles to the gallon on the highway at 80mph. This car can be driven anywhere, anytime.
Call 917-406-7473 or email [email protected] for more details, or to schedule a appointment to view/drive the car.
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