Engine bay progress!

While me and my wife’s been on vacation in NY (of course bringing back lots of fun stuff from Summit Racing), daddy’s been busy in the garage getting stuff back in the engine bay. He spent a lot of time painting and polishing stuff and it all looks really good!

  
Now that the engine bay looks great ,it would be sort of stupid not to take care of the underside of the hood. 

  
So next up is to sand it down to get rid of surface rust and old paint! Once that’s done, we’ll paint it!

New wheels ordered!

I really like the clean look of the original 14″ Mopar Rallye wheels and I´ve thought about getting new tyres for them… But in the end it would still look kinda wimpy anyway. After scouring the excellent thread E-Body Tire Combos at Cuda-Challenger.com, I decided that I had to get new wheels!

Yesterday I pulled the trigger and ordered a set (2 8×15 and 2 7×15) of “Wheel Vintiques 56 Series Chrysler Rallye Silver Wheels” from Summit and i´m pretty sure they´ll look great with some Cooper Cobra Radials on.

As shipping pretty much anything from the US cost shitloads these days, I started looking in to other options and found SMI Trading AB, a company located only an hour and a half from me. They ship containers from Vero Beach, Florida once a month. I got in touch with them and they gave me a great quote so in early April, i´ll pick up my wheels from their warehouse.

In a couple of weeks, me and my wife are off to NY so i´m gonna order some stuff from Summit that I can bring home myself, such as trim rings for the wheels as well as some stuff for the 360 engine that´s needed before we can drop it in the car.

 

Engine bay painted!

We got up early this morning in order to paint the engine bay. This is the last day of the christmas-vacation so the job had to be done today.

We started with applying the primer.

  

  
Over the next couple of hours, we painted three coats of the original blue paint.

  
  
Considering our little, or non-existing experience of handling a spray gun, I must say the end result is pretty much awesome.

It’s starting to get pretty cold up here now so I guess that I won’t spend that much time in the garage in January. Still, the engine is still not fully built so there’s plenty of stuff to take care of anyway until spring arrives.

Happy new year!

Engine bay almost ready for paint!

Lately,  I’ve been busy working and haven’t been able to spend as much time in the garage as I’ve wanted.

Daddy, on the other hand, who’s newly retired has spent A LOT of time there instead (luckily for me) and has done a huge job getting the engine bay ready for paint. 

Here are two pics taken a couple of weeks ago.


   

Today we moved the car to the shop where we’ll spray the paint and covered it up in protective plastic sheets in order to prevent paint from ending up in places it shouldn’t…

 
We’ll probably start priming it on Christmas Day and aim to have it all done by New Years!

I’ll keep updating on the progress here! In case I haven’t updated anything before Christmas, I hereby wish you a merry Christmas! 🙂

Out with the 318!

Back home in Sweden since a couple of days, still jet-lagged but I’m slowly adapting back to our time-zone.

Today we took out the 318. Daddy-O had pretty much prepared everything for lifting it out while I was in the states.

Luckily we could use workshop (located next door from my garage) where dad worked before his retirement. Having access to the traverse there made everything so much easier. 

Once the hood was off, it was time to lift the engine.


  
  
Once the engine and gearbox was on a pallet, they were separated, we decided to wash off the 40+ years of oil and dirt from the gearbox and the engine bay.

   

    

Now it’s time to finish building the 360 and to freshen up the engine bay. There plenty of time for that though, the snow should start falling any day now and the car won’t get out of the garage until early April at the earliest.

Southern roadtrip #2

So, after leaving Alexander City we headed down to Montgomery Raceway to catch some drag racing before going up to Memphis. It was a great day and a lot of cool cars

 

 
   
 
After that we drove up to Memphis through Missisippi, spent two days there and did the usual touristy things that has to be done there. We visited Graceland, Sun Studios and the Rock & Soul Museum. 

After our two days in Memphis we drove east to Nashville where we spent another two days drinking beers at Broadway, listening to great music and did some more touristy things like visiting the Ryman Auditorium.

We got a tip from someone that we should visit Floyd Garret’s Musclecar Museum in Sevierville, TN as it was pretty much on our route inbetween Nashville and Martinsville, VA (where we headed next for  Nascar). The museum had a shitload of cool cars!

 
    
    
   

    
 
 After Sevierville we went to Martinsville, VA to catch the “Goodys Headache Relief Shot 500” at Martinsville Speedway.

After buying tickets on Saturday, we went down to Greensboro, North Carolina to find a place to stay before Sunday. The motel  prices up in Martinsville were crazy so we figured we rather drove south for an hour instead of paying $225 at Econolodge.

Got up early on Sunday and had a look outside the window and the rain was pouring down and the forecast said that it was a 50% chance of rain during the day. We got in the car, drove up To Martinsville and the rain got even worse the closer we got to Martinsville. Anyway, we found a place to park the car and hoped for the best. By noon, the sky started clearing up and it looked that we’d witness a live NASCAR race anyway!

Having nothing like this in Europe, we were pretty blown away by watching the race along with 50 000 other screaming fans!

   
   
After Martinsville, we started heading down south and spent the night in Lexington, NC. It was dark, and once again the rain was pouring down so neither one of us felt like driving.

When we got up this morning, we were facing a 6-hour drive in serious bad weather. By late afternoon after a loooong drive (with a lot of accidents along the way), we finally made it to McDonough, Georgia. It was time to pick up the order at Summit Racing!

   
So, after picking up the stuff up at Summit, I realized that I might have a problem as all of the stuff wouldn’t fit in the bag I had with me..

  
After a quick trip to the local Walmart to get another bag, we’re good to go!

  
Tomorrow we’re heading back to Sweden! On Saturday, we’ll be lifting out the 318 out of the Challenger!

Southern roadtrip #1

Yesterday we flew in to Atlanta, picked up our rental Dodge Charger and drowe down to Alexander City, Alabama.

The reason for going down here was to visit The Wellborn Musclecar Museum who hosted the Aero Warriors Annual Reunion before they head up to Talladega for the Talladega 500.

We got a little surprised when when we pulled up to Super 8 last night and realized that many of the people heading for the reunion stayed at the same place as us.  The parking lot was filled with rare muscle cars!

Anyway, today we visited the Wellborn Museum, met a lot of great people and probably took a couple of hundred photos.  Here’s a couple of them!




 


  

If you ever get a chance to visit Wellborn Musclecar Museum, you simply have to! It’s well worth the ride to Alexander City.

Tomorrow we’re going to Montgomery Raceway Park to catch some drag racing before heading up to Memphis.

Which cam should I go for?

Okay, I had a talk with the guy who sold me the engine about the cam in it. Turned out it was mistake from his side and he transferred a reasonable amount of $$$ to me. Case closed.

In about a month I’ll get a chance to visit the Summit Racing store (yay!) in Georgia so I thought that’ll be a great oppurtunity to get a new cam (along with a long list of other stuff).

Still, I have no idea what to get. Since it’s a 89-91 360, I can go for a hydraulic roller cam and according to what I’ve read, that’s the way to go even though way more expensive than regular ones.

If anyone reading here has any recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated!

My setup is as follows:

  • Untouched 89-91 360 (cast no. 53006921360) w. 308 heads, About 10.5:1 compression.
  • Bad P 290 flat pistons.
  • Weiand dual-plane intake.
  • Edelbrock 750 carb.
  • Patriot headers.
  • Magnaflow dual exhaust.
  • Stock 904 gearbox with stock converter.

Any ideas?

Many people already pointed me towards Lunati’s Voodoo cams, so I’ve already contacted them to hear what they’ve got to offer based on my setup.