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Yep that's right, I'm a FNG from Fort Bragg.

Background. I come from the import side of the house, but I've been converted - mostly. My first build was a turbo'd 2003 Honda Civic (gasp, I know, but everyone has to start somewhere) that I took as far as I could, had too many horsepower side effects and decided to let it see the business end of my sawzall. At least I did all of the fabrication and everything else on it myself, no checkbook mechanicking here.

I don't expect you to like it, but it was my baby at the time so here are some pics. My mother-in-law did the paint job on the valve cover.






Enough of that. I took the motor too far and after rebuilding the head a total of 3 times and the motor twice within a year - this was a daily-driven street car, so that's no fun - I parted it out and cut it up.





It was time to move on to something a little more fun. Once the Honda was being melted down and most of my partout was complete I found this little gem on the Raleigh craigslist. I couldn't pass it up.

1966 Volvo Amazon is mostly stock form. I've named the car "Lucille" after my grandmother who passed away shortly after I acquired it.




My wife and daughter like this car a lot more than they did the Honda. But the stock pushrod 4-cylinder and 4-speed solenoid activated overdrive. No thanks. This baby needs an SBC.

So I start amassing parts. Edelbrock manual 600, plastic mock block, Chevy T5, Ford 8.8" 4-link rearend, Mustang II front end, so on and so forth. The car is/was a unibody so I am fabricating a new frame out of 2x4 rectangle tubing and am making a structural floor out 1" square tubing so the chassis is as rigid as I can get it. Momma wants this to be a comfortable car when it's all said and done, and I want to be able to take it to both the drag strip (no particular class, just RWYB) and maybe the road course, so it's going to take a bit to make it do both reasonably well.

Stock motor next to the SBC (at the machine shop for a bore job now).




Front end tacked in, motor mounts welded up and the mock block semi-assembled to check hood and inner fender clearance.




Frame fabrication and fitment. Still a long way to go but getting there.






I've still got quite a ways to go on the car, but it's come a long way. I went with this platform because I did not want a "me too" kind of car. I don't see very many classic Volvos out there with an SBC under the hood - there are a few, don't get me wrong, but not many - and I'm really enjoying this build. 15x10s in the rear and 15x8s up front should give it a nice stance and all the factory chrome moulding business is coming off, I want to suicide the rear doors and make this little Amazon as mean as possible. All of the work that does not require a machinist will be done right here in my little garage.

Well, like it or not, there she is. I'm off to setup a journal for the build. I've got quite a bit of stuff to put into it....
 

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Thanks folks, I'll be updating as I go along, no worries there. I may mount that frame this evening so I can start building on it and working the tranny tunnel. If the Journal function ever unscrews itself for me, I'll post up my detailed progress on it so far. Lotsa pics, witty commentary, gratuitous Volvo porn, so on and so forth.
 

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Thanks!

Hopefully I'll get a chance to work on her this weekend. I'm in the middle of doing a quick 5-day resto job on my Dad's flatbed trailer. He was nice enough to let me borrow it a couple months ago to haul a bunch of stuff from Michigan to North Carolina - he had been storing a bunch of my tools while we were stationed in Europe. As a thanks, I've disassembled it and am doing a minor de-scale and POR15 job on it then hitting it with my favorite 60/40 Acetone/Rustoleum paint job shot through my cheap HF paint gun. I love the way that stuff lays down on. It's not a good auto finish, but great for everything else.

I'm heading back up there for bow season in October, so I want to get it done in time to haul back up there.
 
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