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06-10-2013 03:23 PM
AutoGear GM Part # 10108425 for the distributor cover
06-10-2013 02:14 PM
AutoGear Roger;

Love your work! The only addition Id make to your plan for the truck, if I may, GM used a cast aluminum distributor cover on the corvettes from the same year instead of the grey plastic one common to the f-bodies. It doesn't sound like much but side by side they make a difference.

Heres Dads 55 in 1969 with him upon returning from Kansas (drove the car from Syracuse NY to Pittsburg KS for college) And; again after a 30yr hiatus.

Its a 2 piece frame, factory V8 3spd OD car. He put a 307 in it to go to college and a '65 327/365hp and 65 Muncie M21 in it (both out of the same 'vette)
06-10-2013 09:23 AM
Hogg
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
Hogg,

Cool cars!

Sorry you just lost your Dad. That's cool you are keeping t he '57 up for your mom to continue going to shows in it.

There's kind of a story about my '55 too. The reason that's what I had to have is that I was born that year and my Dad bought a new 2 door 210 with a 265 that year too. He loved that car and always talked about it and how it would "skid" the tires (leave rubber). It's long gone though. He got hit hard in the quarter panel in '57 and chose to give it up and get a new '57 sitting on the lot. It was a 4 door Bel Air with a 6 cylinder and he just didn't like that car as well as the '55.

I wish he was around to see my '55. I know he would love it.
thanks, since we are sharing stories, I have quite the "personal" connection with the 57 in primer above. That was the car I was conceived in, so the story goes. Not sure if I beleive it though, since we all know our parents, never actually copulated, right? There must be a WHOLE LOT of immaculate conception going on in the world, lol.
My parents got married, bought property and built a house had my Brother and myself, car was sold. I still have the advertisment from the newspaper. It reads "1957 2-Door hardtop, Corvette 327, 4-speed, 4.11 gears, Stewart Warner gauges, bucket seats, $2200 OBO.
It sold for $1500 and that money went towards his new garage that he built on the same property that his house is on.

I really like the 55's as well. I think they are supposed to be a bit lighter than the 57's. Which is why they are the more popular "shoebox" for drag racing.
I really like the "Belair" floor mats in your '55. Where did you get those, if you dont mind me asking?

It's funny how our parents influence us. I'm a GM guy through and through, just like Dad was. He was a great guy and I miss him. Thanks for the condolences. I guarentee that your Dad is smiling that you have such a beautiful '55.

peace
Hog
06-09-2013 11:52 AM
roger1 Hogg,

Cool cars!

Sorry you just lost your Dad. That's cool you are keeping t he '57 up for your mom to continue going to shows in it.

There's kind of a story about my '55 too. The reason that's what I had to have is that I was born that year and my Dad bought a new 2 door 210 with a 265 that year too. He loved that car and always talked about it and how it would "skid" the tires (leave rubber). It's long gone though. He got hit hard in the quarter panel in '57 and chose to give it up and get a new '57 sitting on the lot. It was a 4 door Bel Air with a 6 cylinder and he just didn't like that car as well as the '55.

I wish he was around to see my '55. I know he would love it.
06-09-2013 10:04 AM
Hogg
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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
Thanks. It was a bunch of work.

Here's the day I brought it home in Sept. of '09: It was much more rough than the pickup is.





Same shot now:

Very nice shoebox, hopefully my Diamondback, will turn heads, but wont be as pretty as yours. I do have a pretty Belair though.
The diamondback was Dad's old "gasser/daily driver" which was well known back in the 60's with its 50 truck straight front axle and 365hp 327 crate engine.

This is my new, Dad's old car. Back in our family after a 30 year hiatus. Dad would have been proud that I got her back.



And the "pretty car".She was in a 1996 Chev Cavalier Superbowl commercial. And on the 1997 Snap On Calenday, March 1997. Snap On once lifted this car on top of 4 of their Tropical Turquoise tool boxes at a car show. It scored 994 out of 1000 points once and has scored its Platinum Certificate(970+ points) multiple times. One time Mom and Dad found a boat launch, 1 on the PAcific side and they dunked the back tires in the water, then drove cross-counbtry to teh Atlantic side and repeated the process. This was teh 1st Canadian Classic Chevrolet Club car to do this.

Dad bought the car back in 1991 down in Arizona. He trailered it back with the engine in the front seat, cast iron powerglide in the back seat. It arrived at our place in many different colours or primer/paint. Dad did a frame off resto doing ALL work except paint and the actual triple chroming, he polished all his own stainless. I remember wet sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper. My shoulder still hurts LOL. It's a driver and regularly beat trailered Belairs. Even the other "driven cars" that would stay at a hotel 25 miles from the show, then UNLOAD their DRIVEN CLASS CARS off of their TRAILERS and then DRIVE 25 MILES TO THE SHOW. This car would still win the class over them after being driven 500miles, 1000, 1500 miles one way. Mom and Dad regularly won the "Long Distance" awards in the car. Once I get all of their pictures converted to ZERO's and ONES (digital) I will post them for all to enjoy.




We just got her polished up as Mom is taking her to a show in the States at the end of June. She is taking another friedn of hers who also has recently lost her Husband. So the 2 girls are taking the car to the show, the both used to LOVE doing the shows in their old cars.

This is a "seamless" 1957 2 door hardtop frame that Dad didnt get to use. It's in great shape and was used in 5% of Chevs that year, its "supposed to be 80 lbs lighter than teh 2 pice frames and was used in the 1957 strippo 150 series Black Widow NASCAR's that used the Ramjet 283/283 hp engine with dual shocks at each corner, 6 lug hubs. I was going to sell it, but everyone that sees this frame, says I shoudl use it on the Diamondback. I may just do that. Its in great shape.





Roger 1, you have a beautiful car and that truck is an awesome platform. I wont comment on your family's appearance(we are ALL beautiful), but it's really nice to see that you and your Wife appear to love cars/trucks and each other very much, and that type of love IS beautiful. I remember my Mom and Dad posing for shots with their cars. I really miss that they cant do that anymore.

Take care!

peace
Hog
06-08-2013 04:22 PM
roger1
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Beautiful! I've GOT to meet you sometime.
Bill, I gave that same message to Kate Upton but she ignored me!
06-08-2013 03:44 PM
ssimpala Beautiful! I've GOT to meet you sometime.
06-08-2013 01:44 PM
vinniekq2
album

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It's a T56 Magnum 6-speed.

Yes, I have an album with a boatload of pics. They aren't sorted that great but you can get the idea.

roger1 Gallery - Hotrodders Photo Gallery
looking at the pictures,job well done and nice choice of colours. Probably looks nicer now than when it was new.
Thanks for sharing,,,
06-08-2013 01:32 PM
roger1 It's a T56 Magnum 6-speed.

Yes, I have an album with a boatload of pics. They aren't sorted that great but you can get the idea.

roger1 Gallery - Hotrodders Photo Gallery
06-08-2013 01:22 PM
vinniekq2 manually operated gear shift selector,very nice.If you have an album?post some build pics,,,
06-08-2013 01:16 PM
roger1 Thanks. It was a bunch of work.

Here's the day I brought it home in Sept. of '09: It was much more rough than the pickup is.





Same shot now:

06-08-2013 12:46 PM
vinniekq2 that is a fine looking shoe box.I hope the boss enjoys the truck,,,
06-08-2013 09:57 AM
roger1 Thanks Hog.

I'm building this truck for my wife to do errands with. I want it to be a good smooth running truck for her and I thought the 305 TPI would be perfect for that. I found the engine/700R4 transmission on craigslist. It was in a creampuff '91 Z28 with 63K miles and I got to hear it run before it was removed.
My wife has no interest in hotrodding the truck. She just wants it to run well and be dependable. It had the original 3 on the tree and a 235 6 cylinder in it but she would just not drive it without power steering and A/C.

You can see the new power steering box I got in that photo. It is a CPP 400 series box. I've got the Ididit shift steering column too. I'm also going to put in power disc brakes (front only). I've already bought the Vintage Air A/C for it too.

Btw, here's the air filter that I'm going to use for it. It will fit inside the fender well behind the headlight really easy.





Here's the truck right after we got it for her:





Also just for interest, here's my Bel Air that I just completed last year. This one is my car so we're doing the truck to call hers. I'll try to make her truck just about as pretty.



06-08-2013 09:16 AM
Hogg You will need a higher shift point than 4800rpm.

A cross over, balance or H-pipe will give you a mellower, quieter sound and will only bolsgter low rpm torque with no power improvements. The TPI engines are not short on torque.

2 1/4" is more than big enough, esp. for a stock 305. The IROC TPI exhauist manifolds had 2 1/4" exhaust manifold exits which were larger than other Fbody manifolds. The 2 1/2" Ramshorns are overkill.

The TPI 305 all else equal will have a higher power/torque band than a 350. All depends on which stock cam your 305 cam with. The auto cams were wheezy, the 305 manual would run with the 350's.
The 1985 IROCZ TPI 305 would cetainly be limited with 4800rpm WOT shiftpoints.

The TPI 305 will work excellently in your application. Your truck wouuld look pretty cool with a TPI/dual filter air intake system that the Chev's used. WHat yoiu are using is just fine though, plus you are running SPeed density that dont run those horribly restrictive 85-90 MAF's.

I had a manual trans TPI 305 installed in my 1984 reg cab longbox GMC truck. With 3.08 gears and 315/70/15(33") tires it woudl run low 17's trapping in only 2nd gear, but running 84mph. Same trap speed as the stock 454 SS trucks.
Stock 1985 IROC Z auto would run 15.3@88mph.

peace
Hog
06-08-2013 08:39 AM
vinniekq2
post a video

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Originally Posted by roger1 View Post
Wow! Thanks for all the feedback here.
I'll go with an H pipe.
look forward to seeing/hearing your ride,,,
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