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Old 03-23-2013, 12:19 PM
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And by the way Jester, if you intended for this to be an all W motor thread sorry about the Stovebolt I thought you wanted general fun drag racing too.

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:45 PM
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Another 409 equipped 55 Chevy.

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409/425

When I got out of the service, I went car shopping, went to the local Chev. dealer and they had just taken in a Chev. S/S 409/425 with a 4 speed. I was all over that car. The car was fast but it liked it's gas, 4 MPG on the highway.

I would race a guy with a Plymouth wedge car, I don't know how many times we raced but I would EEK out a win every time. That was one fast and fun car, but I had to trade it in for a new 68 charger "HEMI", that one would go a little also.

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And by the way Jester, if you intended for this to be an all W motor thread sorry about the Stovebolt I thought you wanted general fun drag racing too.

Brian
This thread is for all Nostalgia stories, Im a Mopar, Ford & Chevy ETC guy You can make em all run and years ago they all ran good, during the HP wars take the AMC REBEL LOL I love the 426 max wedge I ran a max wedge in a 64 Chevelle LOL And would put one in my Vette If I found a good deal on one LOL I ran the stove bolts in "J" Gas class GREAT ENGINES!!!!! AND PURDY! when dressed up!!! I ran a RED RAM in the 57 Ford before I found the 406 It was a real street sleeper!! It looked like a piece of junk till you opened the engine compartment or I uncaped the dumps LOL

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Great stuff guys, Jester, great story there! I didn't do anything like that, running my 235. But it was my dream and I loved it. I didn't make the intake my brother and his friend did (the previous owner) but I made the headers (the new white ones) from cut up headers I got from a friends 340 Duster.

Wish I had some photos of it at Fremont Dragstrip with the six, got a few of it later with the 401 Buick but nothing with the six darn it.

I remember going one time and they booted me at tech because the front tires were to worn. I wasn't going to let that $8 entry to go waste and I drove it all the way home (about 10 miles) and put on a pair of black steel wheels and tires off my 64 Nova and went back to race. I really burned up the track with a best of 16:42 at 85 mph.

My Dad ran his car there! It was a great place to grow up!

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That is great fab work I love to see that kind of thing! Even today people can do that but don't! Years ago (50s) my dad was at Chrysler's Desoto R&D and Test track and that's exactly the way they fabbed & tested intakes and exhaust before designing and casting and they were crushed after! he snuck a couple of intakes out and they were so cool some were just flanges & plenum boxes with hoses clamped to em in different lengths others were welded tubes, just like we did in our home garages LOL I used a couple on my Red Ram! I lived blocks away from Detroit Dragway when a boy and could smell the rubber and fuel in my back yard when the wind blew the right way and the sound you could feel in your chest!

The Green Monster went off the end of Detroit Drag way and crashed.They just left it damaged in the field and it layed there in a pile for many years. We crossed the fields and actually touched it when it was still hot after the crash!! That was cool! Hell it may still be there LOL

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Awesome stuff, I wonder what those intakes he brought home would be worth today? You could probably buy my truck with the one!

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Has anyone priced a survivor 409 for a swap into a street rod? It appears that cost combined with the popularity with the baby boomers has created a market niche.


A tad bit more power, 509 hp @ 5200 and 525 lb/ft @ 4000, so it keeps the grunt factor at the lower rpm band just like the real 409.
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My friend has over 20 409's and one he made into full blown 509. he also has 2 63 impala's with 409's.
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Here's mine...my folks ordered it brand new. It's just a 409/340HP with a glide and 66,000 miles.
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Awesome stuff, I wonder what those intakes he brought home would be worth today? You could probably buy my truck with the one!

Brian
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I wish I held on to those! Just to put on a shelf in my living room LOL! They were sold or traded and given to friends who wanted them over the years, Who new what things we had years ago would be wanted today? Too bad we didn't have the patience to hang on to the things we took as valueless gathering dust on the garage floor then My Dad built a 273 with home made intakes and the carbs on the exhaust ports and exhaust out the intake ports and put it in a Dodge dart it looked cool but didn't perform that well he got burned out on it (frustrated) and he traded it off

If it wasn't for my Dad getting me involved as a small child I would have probably never got into the car culture, and missed the best part of my life experiences The son or daughter of a Mechanic that only sees their father who busts his but ,grease under the nails and busted knuckles usually hates the trade but the child that grows up involved with seeing the worst along with the best of it seeing race & drag , in the pits, car shows the gear banging and whining street racing and cruising, aspect grows up loving it!!!!! I was a very lucky boy

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