My car was originally an A/C car. I didn't get it with all the stuff to make the A/C work, and 30 years ago it was hard to come by and not a priority. I saved the A/C box for the firewall for at least 10 years, never with any intent to put it back in. I did pick up a couple of regular non A/C boxes as well, but there was no way they were going to work with my firewall configuration. And the early A/C firewall units are HUGE. Basically, there's no way it was going to work with the big block. Yes, 65 Z16 cars had big blocks, but they were not offered with A/C to my knowledge, and used a special heater box that moved the hose location further away from the engine.Any particular reason you did'nt use a factory set-up?
Today, unless I was doing a pure restoration, I too would not use the factory A/C parts... BUT... The '66/67 firewall, etc is the same, and they offered A/C with the factory 396... the heater core and hose locations were the same as small block cars.. The Camaros used different cores for BB cars...... the early A/C firewall units are HUGE. Basically, there's no way it was going to work with the big block. Yes, 65 Z16 cars had big blocks, but they were not offered with A/C to my knowledge, and used a special heater box that moved the hose location further away from the engine.
I love the early cars, but they do make some things more difficult.
I don't know for sure, I suppose it's possible. It was the right place about the time the car was started. There weren't many dragstrips in SoCal then, and Carlsbad, where those pics were taken is gone now too. I don't remember any hoopla surrounding the car, just another guy making passes, same as me. He was much faster that I was at the time.what a cool thread and story! in the first few pages theres a yellow blown 67 camaro is that the crusher from hot rod or CC mag?
Funny you should ask....I pulled it out of the box today.Nice progress! :thumbsup:
Any picture of the repro intake?
Well I spent some time today, didn't get as much visible progress as I'd like, but got some things figured out.
I got an intake from a buddy a few years ago, it was going to get tossed, so he invited me to drop by his shop and grab it before the trash truck came. It was a rectangle port aluminum intake that had been ground smooth and painted with orange sparkle. I grabbed it at the time because, duh, it was big block stuff for free.
Today I threw it on my motor, and to my amazement, it fit well, and even with a carb and air cleaner it cleared my hood. Looking at it I would swear it is a 3933163 intake, which I bought one of years ago and it wouldn't clear, but this one does. I've cahnged from Moroso solid motor mounts to Energy Suspension poly mounts, and I think it sits the engine lower. It seems my fan is not as high as I remember it either, but it's been 4 years.
This is mocked up with typical Holley 4150 and the '68 Corvette drop base air cleaner I've run since I got it from my buddy's dad in high school. The clay on top measures about an inch, maybe a hair more.
I had been hoping to run a q-jet on this deal, but I don't think it's going to work out. There's just no room for an adapter. However, I just picked up a Demon 750 Vac Sec from a coworker that had no clue how to tune it and didn't want to learn so I will bolt that on and dial it in. I have a vacuum gauge and a wideband.
In addition to that I spent some time looking at parking brake cables. Why, you may ask? Because it's never been right in the nearly 30 years I've owned this thing and it wants to rub on the driveshaft, which is not ok. And I have the time right now. It turns out that there's supposed to be a hook coming off the transmission crossmember to direct the passenger side cable under the tailshaft of the trans that I've never had. I'll get one of those coming for both my car and my son's as well.
I was also looking at heater concerns. I took out the original heater many moons ago, but bought a heater from Summit a couple of years ago. One of the issues I had though, is that the hoses for the heater core come straight up with it mounted on the firewall. I remembered recently I had bought a bulkhead connector for the firewall and dug it out, at least 15 years deep.
At first I looked at it and said WTF?? how am I supposed to put hoses on the threaded side, but I did some research and found out it was a Billet Specialties piece, and takes -10AN fittings on that side. I can work with that. I'd prefer not to have rubber hoses on the inside of the firewall, but I'll put up with it to have heat in a car that hasn't had it for nearly 30 years. And I want to drive this thing, a lot.
As a side note, my son was over the other evening and I invited him to sit in it and run it through the gears with the new shift arm. He's driven it before, and his 65 is very similar. His comment after that was that it was Power Tour ready. Not that I'd ever mentioned or planned to run it. His stamp of approval for a driver.