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Hot-Rod Newport Progress!

Here's how I spent my summer vacation... er, the weekend after finals: building a big-block Mopar engine! Getting closer to hooking up fuel and spark and seeing if it runs. Check it out:

Here's how she looks right now. Almost time to bolt up the water pump and intake!

Here's me grinding the camshaft bolts for the 383. Every part so far has needed to be customized in this build. EVERY part. Yes, EVEN THE BOLTS. They were rubbing against the front timing cover, along with the cam button (which I also had to chop and grind down). When I get some time, I'm going to write up a fully illustrated build for this engine so others can save mountains of time and heartache when duplicating it.

I want to get back out in the garage, but this afternoon is for grading finals... well, for a while more, maybe.... This morning was mowing, chopping branches, chopping intruding fence-vines and vines creeping up trees, and so forth before today's storms begin. I think all the rain has something to do with the explosion of green growth lately.

Maybe just a few more papers, then ENGINE BUILDING HOORAY!



May. 24th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
One of my goals all along has been to build a custom hot rod on the cheap. I started with a car that's not greatly valued (4-doors aren't "cool," same for full-size cars), and that saved mucho bucks. Then I slowly gathered parts on major sale or via eBay deals. Finally, I'm doing all the work myself.

I expect my total investment, car and all parts, will end up being less than a rusty '60s muscle car shell all by itself! So it you're patient and have a spot in the garage, it's totally do-able for not a lot of bucks.
May. 24th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
And you end up with a great "sleeper" that will beat the stuffing out of all those cool cars in the 1/4 mile, as well!
(assuming you take it to the drags, that is....)
May. 24th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Exactly! That'll be half the fun. Of course, to get it to properly hook, I'll need to work on the suspension, too. Later.