SHELBY GT 500 Member
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Hey guys, I love this thread, as many of us are constantly doing something to our classic ride. My classic ride is in a bit of a hiatus. As some of you may recall, I started a top end engine upgrade a little over a year ago. That top end engine upgrade snowballed into a complete engine build (now have a completely brand new Ford 302/306 putting out 370+ HP), then I added a brand new C4 tranny (built to handle 450 HP). You would think that should be enough....nope. I decided the 2 1/4" exhaust was not up to the task, so I then replaced the full exhaust, including ceramic coated long tube headers with a Flowmaster 2.5" exhaust (includes "H pipe", and rolled chrome tips). My latest project included swapping out the original 8" Ford rear end (non-posi, 2.79 gears, drum brakes) with a new Quick Performance Ford 9" rear end, with posi, 3.50 gears and disc brakes.
Now with all that said, the car is still sitting in an inoperative state. The engine is built and is installed in the engine bay, the transmission installed, headers are on, and I just installed the rear end. However, the engine is not operational yet, as the wiring, plumbing, cooling, and fuel lines are not hooked up yet, thus engine has not yet started or been broken in (beyond my skill level), the exhaust (other than headers) has not yet installed, the driveshaft removed and I have not yet replaced the U-joints (although I have them), and the rear shocks need to be replaced as they got damaged when I removed the old rear end.
Now I am in the process of buying a new house, so all my disposable money is going towards that adventure, thus leaving my '68 Ford Fairlane 500 in a never ending hiatus status. Once I move into the new house, I hope to finish the mechanical projects (hooking up and starting engine, installing new exhaust, installing driveshaft with new U-joints, replacing rear shocks, hooking up the brakes, hooking up the floor shift linkage and transmission cooling lines, etc). My next new mechanical projects may include upgrading to fuel injection, then upgrading the suspension including installing a 4-link with coil overs for rear and tubular control arms with coil overs for front. For sure, my next project will be to complete the bucket seat conversion (get the bucket seats reupholstered and installed, install the new center console, etc), and install the gauge cluster with factory tach and new tilt steering column. At that point, I may actually get to drive the Beast.
Last edited by mrvandermey; 03-28-2019 at 08:05 PM.