Today i swapped out my air shocks ( because my Small block murdered one of them...) and started to put the big block shocks up front ( cause my 396 is about to go in there!) and i noticed a massive crack in my frame on the front driver side as i was replace that shock... guessing either my hot rodding with my crate engine did that or my car at one point and time has some serious ponies under the hood. But luckily half the guys in my family are welders (me included) and it won't be much of a big deal to fix. But as an extra irritation one of my shock did come with the washers, rubbbers or the nut, so i had to make an unscheduled trip to town. Must of been a monday shock cause the package was un-opened, Thanks Monroe! Oh back story to my 396, When i got my first chevelle me and my cousin were talkign about making serious power and the fact that he had all kinds of go fast parts laying around the shop. So we were gunna build it up and he'd sell it to me at a family rate. But as you all know my first one was crippled after an encounter with my Future father in law and a ditch going fast. But Fast forward a year or so and i've found a 177 Wieand polished pro street supercharger on criagslist for a "SBC" so i trade a hand full of guns for it and freshened up my small block for it. When it came time to plop it on top i noticed that something was definately wrong, and as i sat it onto it i noticed it was for a BBC!!! needless to say i wasn't happy but i wanted a BBC anyways so i kept it. Mean while my cousin builds the 396 with all the parts laying around and churns out and NASTY mother of a motor. He had it in his 79ish Chevy SWB truck and could murder all four tires instantly and with out stop until he lifted his foot. But decided it was too much for a jacked up truck and built as very nice roller small block for it and set the BBC back in the shop. After so debate and miscommunications we decided to trade BBC for the blower and he got a intake, smaller pulley and belt so he could slap the blower in his truck and i got the 396, a th400 and another driveshaft! So now i am going to be able to make my 70 a little closer to the SS clone i want it to be!
Ok so after i plopped the GM Crate engine in my Chevelle (because the engine i have just cammed and painted up was acting up) i had the same problems with the new engine, figured it was maybe a grounding issue, vacuum leak, or maybe time. After much tinkering i gave up and i decided to take it to a shop. Turns out it was all the above. But was told the carb that came on the Crate engine needed rebuild ( i got the crate 350 out of a farm truck) but atleast it ran decent once it was out of idling range. Since i had my mom ride with me to pick it up i had her follow me home in my Mustang. But since i never fixed my Gas Gauge i ran out half way home, luckily i usually keep 5 gallons of gas in the trunk just in case some runs out (me or some one on the side of the road) So i put some gas in her and fired it up and revved the it up so the pump could push the gas through. Then i put it in drive and decided to see if i could get a bark out of the engine with my big tires on. Boy did it ever! It planted real hard and then broke loose round about the same time it blew out the passenger air shock, but i gave it hell to see how far she'd lay rubber. After about 60 feet or so she grab and tore out of there like a scaulled dog. I let off a bit and then really smashed the gas and it bit real hard again , so i let off and did it again, bit down hard again but this time i felt like an earthquake was going on. knowing that this couldn't be be good i tried to limp her home, all the while my car is shuttering and shaking violently. I made it on to dirt and was half way up a hill when heard a loud bang and then it free revved like i was in park. I looked up in my rearview mirror and saw my driveshaft rolling down the hill... So i let it coast backwards to my poor driveshaft and used it as a wheel chock. Once my Mom caught up, we went to my house and got Kayleigh's Truck and pulled it home. After dropping the drive shaft to my first Chevelle i learned that not all 70 Chevelles use the same drive shaft. So i looked around a bit more and found that my 68 Chevelle had the same Drive shaft. So after running to town and buying a ujoint, i got the "pleasure" of driving 45 year old u joints out with a baby sledge hammer, a breaker bar's handle and using a John henry sized sledge hammer as my anvil and a cut off wheel, i bolted it on and was back on the road! only took like 6 hours of crawling around in the mud, swinging a hammer and throwing sparks with my cut off to get it all done... LOL
Decided that since i am never going to put a Vinyl top back on my car i needed to get rid of the studs for the chrome trim! So i clipped em down a bit with hoof clippers, the filed em down a bit more with a hand file, then sanded em down with some sand paper and finally smoothed it out with steel wool! I think when i go to put a good paint job on her i will need some body filler because the studs had a small indention all the way around each of them. Mu guess is it is from what ever process they used to install the studs.... Then i got to feeling spunky and gruffed her up and shot her satin black! It looks oh so much better!