First things first; I had the ultimate pleasure of getting connected with Andy Herbert up near the CFW area and this man got me and this boat back on the right track. Somebody had installed a Powerglide in this boat at some point (and not very well either) and Andy got it all straightened out after adding a new Casale box with a whirlaway all fresh and rebuilt by another great man of many talents; Steve Patterson, all getting rid of the old Algon prop release that had been jammed on so tight we had to cut it off the prop shaft. The motor rails were just about toast and he made some adaptors for them until new ones could be furnished and also re-fabricated the rudder cross brace that had been lagged into the stringer tops. Without the help of these two guys I would have been way up the creek... without the paddle!
And then the old 461 engine finally let go after being swamped and never actually clean out by the prior owner(s), it was time to give this old boat some new lifes blood. I got together with Brian Johnson Racing Engines and he finished a brand new engine for the boat. I decided to go with a 496 cubic inch motor this time mostly because he had one ready to go with a bottom end that was originally planned for a blown injected customer. It has a steel Scat crank, Crower built/balanced rod assemblies and now with JE pistons for a 10.2:1 compression ratio to basically run pump gas. My original 990 rectangular port heads have been completely reworked with new valves, springs, retainers, hardware and put back together with Crane Gold roller rockers and Comp Cams Xtreme pushrods to finish out the valvetrian to the new cam; a Comp Cam solid flat tappet with .629 Intake/.605 Exhaust Lift @ 108 Degree.
|New Block, Bottom End Installed|
|New Motor Rails Installed, Strut Plate, Crossmembers|
|Dropped Engine Into Place|
|Engine together with New Carbs|
|All Fired Up!!!|
Shakedown runs at Camp Far West with "The Bandit" along for a ride
All ready for show and GO! - JUST ADD WATER!