I've put a little thought into this off and on over the years. One of these days I hope to actually do something like this
I had a 66 Caprice with the 327 and Powerglide. No doubt, by today's standards, that transmission is short a couple gears
I have envisioned replacing it with something like the 700R4, but cannot tell you what all is involved in that. Nonetheless, having four forward gears instead of two will surely improve your dollar mileage
As for the engine, there are several recent vintage motors - all small blocks - that should physically fit without great difficulty. The 5.3 (not the LS4) and 6.2 - both truck/SUV engines - I would expect to fit anywhere a 283 would (but double check that - I've been wrong before). The upside to these motors is fuel injection and computer control - they'll go 100k miles between tune-ups versus 10k for the 283. And get much better gas mileage.
The one nagging issue for me is how to make the engine computer work stand-alone with no BCM to talk to. I'm sure there's a way to re-program it for that, but would need to do some more research into it.
And, if you wanted to get more bleeding edge, there are recent vintage LT-1's with beaucoup horsepower and the 6-speed 6L80 transmission. But that may be stretching the budget.
hey guys looking to lower my 1960 belair 4 door ,has 18 inch torque thruster wheels, has anybody got a combination that works? i see the drop spindles! dont have alot of room on the upper a frames to adjust for lowering springs . my car has original springsin the back so when i get people...
Is it possible to alter the post windows of a 1967 Chevy Impala Bel Air 4-door to non-post? I see that the post runs all the way from the roof to the bottom of the car. Can the top be cut away for a non-post functional use? Simply buying non-post doors would not help, would it, since the post...
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Got a 62' bel air with a 235 (and keeping it that way) and i just put a set of those cheap stainless ebay headers on it. its a three on the tree and theres a shift linkage bracket bolted to the side of the block that is directly in the way of where the rearward header...
Hello everyone. I have a 61 belair that still has the original 6cyl with 3 speed on the column. I am looking to swap to a 350 small block. I am told it will mate up to the 3speed trans. Im assuming ill need a new flywheel to make this work. Any info on this will be greatly appreciated! Thanks