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Cars > Challenges > “LILCBRA” Vs “The Fantasy”


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Marietta, Georgia
United States

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Portland, Oregon
United States


1977 Ford Mustang II Cobra II


1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau

“The Fantasy”

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I have had this car for about 15 years now. It has been totally torn down and re-assembled. I still need to get the interior done, but I am having too much fun driving it.

About “The Fantasy”

I am the proud owner of a 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau. This car has been in my family since 1978 when my grandfather purchased it used with 27K miles on the odometer. When he purchased it, it came with the stock 145-horse 350 2-barrel, TH-350 transmission, 2.73 non-posi rear and single exhaust. In 1987 he had the car repainted and a new vinyl top put on the car. The stock 15x7 Turbines were replaced with 15x7 chrome American Racing wire-basket wheels. In June, 2000, he handed over the keys to me for my high school graduation present. Currently under restoration.


Specs for “LILCBRA”

1968 302 shortblock with flat tops. Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads. Melling 290/300 duration, 214/224 @ .050, with .507/.533 lift with the 1.7 roller rockers. Offy 360 intake, metallic ceramic coated headers, and a holley 650 double pump carb. I recently replaced the 4 speed with a T5 from a 95 Mustang GT and it has an 8" 3:55 rear. Built using Desktop Dyno, the program says the engine has 370 HP @6000 and 355 ftlb @4500.

Specs for “The Fantasy”


Type: Golen Engine Service Chevrolet 350 cubic inch OHV V-8
Block: Thermally cleaned and stainless-steel shot. Inspected by MPI process. Bored, honed with torque-plates and pressure washed. Four-bolt main caps
Oiling: New factory 5-quart pan. Melling high volume pump, pickup tube and HD Drive
Crankshaft: Performance ground factory crankshaft, micro polished and oil holes Chamfered
Connecting Rods: GM forged steel rods, shot peened for strength, resized with new performance rod bolts
Pistons: Speed Pro Hypereutectic, 9.5:1 compression ratio
Cylinder Heads: GM factory cast iron, 70cc combustion chamber, 150cc intake runner
Valves: SBI stainless steel 1.94/1.50-inch
Camshaft: Comp Cams XE268H Extreme Energy cam, .477/.480-inch lift intake/exhaust, 224/230 degrees duration intake/exhaust
Timing Set: Cloyes True-Roller
Valvetrain: Factory stamped steel rocker arms, Comp Cams hydraulic lifters and pushrods
Induction: Edelbrock 600-cfm Performer electric choke carburetor, Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake, Air Industries fiberglass ram air box with dual snorkel intakes and K&N filter
Ignition: MSD Ignition Street Fire HEI distributor, Taylor 8mm red wires, Accel spark plugs, Optima red top battery, Power Master XS Torque starter, Power Master 100-amp alternator
Exhaust: Dynomax shorty headers, catalytic converters deleted, Pypes Performance dual 2.5-inch Tru-X system with Street Pro mufflers
Cooling: Summit aluminum radiator, polished Edelbrock Victor aluminum water pump, Flex-A-Lite flex fan, stainless steel heater hose, OEM radiator hose, 180 degree thermostat

Transmission: Rebuilt 3-speed Turbo 350 automatic, Hughs 2500-stall Converter, B&M cooler, Summit aluminum pan
Rear axle: GM 10-bolt with an Eaton posi, OEM 3.73 gears and an aluminum Trick-Flow differential cover

Frame: Factory
Front suspension: PST Polygraphite super front end kit, PST center link, Ground Zero coil springs, OEM gas shocks, Monroe steering shock absorber, 78 Camaro 1.25-inch sway bar
Rear suspension: Monroe air shocks, OEM springs, OEM trailing arms, stock 1-inch sway bar
Steering: Quick ratio power steering box and OEM power steering pump
Brakes: 11-inch front disc/11-inch rear drum

Wheels and Tires
Wheels: Silver painted Chevy Rally
Tires: Grand Prix 245/60-15 Performance GT

Body and Paint
Body: Stock; 11T - White Vinyl Top (currently removed for rust repair); white pin stripes, re-chromed front bumper and bumper grills
Paint: 36L - Firethorn Metallic

Stock; 08V - White Vinyl Interior with Dark Mahogany Trim; Equus in-dash mechanical oil pressure gauge; dash and package tray mat; dummy light cluster converted to gauge cluster; Auto Gauge 2-inch Smoke series tachometer; Clarion 200 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, rear Jensen 6x9 speakers and factory under dash speaker

Weights & Measures
Wheelbase: 116-inches
Overall Length: 213.3-inches
Overall Width: 77.6-inches
Overall Height: 52.8-inches
Curb Weight: 3919 pounds

0-60 mph: 5.71 seconds
1/4 mile time: 14.45 seconds @ 94.37 mph


Factory Options for “LILCBRA”

Originally a 302 4 speed car with air and power steering, both of which have been removed, and rear window defog.

Factory Options for “The Fantasy”

Original Options: A02 – Tinted Windshield; A52 – Bench Seat; C60 – Air Conditioning; D34 – Mirror Visor Vanity; GU2 – Axel 2.73; J50 – Power Brakes; K76 – 61 AMP Generator; L65 – 350 2B V8 Engine; M38 – Automatic Transmission; N33 – Tilt Steering Wheel; N41 – Hydraulic Steering; PE2 – Polycast Turbine Wheels; U05 – Dual Horns; U35 – Electric Clock; Z03 – Landau Package


Mods for “LILCBRA”

Besides the other mods listed under specs, I have installed Southside Machine lift bars and one of this winters projects is to install the Southside Machine subframe connectors. I have also cut about 1 1/4 coils from each of the front springs to lower it a bit and swapped a manual rack and pinion for the power steering rack.

*Update 6/18/10*: Just bought 15's for front and rear, new rear tires (265/50-15's), new Detroit Locker and new 4.62's. Should be even more fun!!! :-)

*Update 7/21/10* Everything is installed and working great!!

Mods for “The Fantasy”

Engine swap, new carb, ram air box, gear ratio change, dual exhaust, headers, A/C delete, posi... Please see "Specs" for a complete detailed list of modifications.


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