Figured I would start a topic in the Project forum to keep everything in one area. My car is a 1969 Coupe with a 302, automatic, power steering, power disc brakes, and a 2.79 open 8". I got the car when I was 13 for $400. It was quite the basket case at the time but it did run and drive. It started life as Lime Gold. Over the next 6 years my step-dad and myself, mostly him, did a garage resto on the car and painted it black. At the time we did not do anything to the engine or transmission. The only thing besides body work that we did was put on dual exhaust and different wheels and tires.
I drove the car during my senior year of high school but of course I was not easy on it and the engine started knocking. The car got parked and I went to college. When I came home I did start it and move it around but not much. I think it was during my second year of college I started working at the Ford dealership in the Quick Lube. After starting to save up some money and getting an apartment with a garage I brought the car up. I had a mechanic at the dealership help build the engine and the trans. We put an Edelbrock performer intake and cam package in the engine and Hedman headers, Holley 600 carb, Griffin aluminum radiator, and a DUI distributor. Probably some more stuff I am forgetting.
After that I drove it every summer for a few years and put a lot of miles on it. I also put on a full stock suspension package from Laurel Mountain Mustangs and a front splitter (the car was too floaty over 100mph). Don't know if they are still in business or not. One spring I swapped the original heads for another set of '69 302 heads that I got cheap from a guy that had screw in rocker studs and some unknown K-motion springs. I put on Harland Sharp roller rockers and continued to drive the car quite a bit.
Winter of '06 I parked the car in the storage unit, still running and driving. Spring of '07 my fiance and I bought our house and it was time to move the car there. I decided to do a once over on the engine before moving it and checked all the rockers since the valvetrain was a little noisy. I found one was loose so I tightened it down a bit, me not being that knowledgeable and not realizing that a lifter had bled down over winter. While driving the car the 30 minutes to our house, all of a sudden the lifter pumped up and wiped a lobe on the cam.
Fast forward 12 years and 3 kids later. I am finally getting to work on the car again. Over the years I have made attempts at getting a different engine together with different goals. Right now I have a 302 that is going to be the temp engine. The temp engine came out of a '89 Lincoln Town Car with 80k miles that ran great. I also pulled the transmission that I might use. I have the engine on the stand and down to the short block. I am in the process of cleaning it up and laying out parts to figure out what I have and what I need. I also have an 8.8" rear end out of an Explorer that I would like to use.
I am trying to figure out if I should keep the timing cover that is on this engine and running an electric fuel pump; or do I run the older timing cover and plug the dipstick hole in the block?? Some things I need/want for this summer are a distributor and a Performer RPM intake to replace the Performer. I could still run the Performer if I decide I don't want to spend the money on the other intake at this time.
I also need to decide if I want to try and install the AOD and the 8.8" this summer or just use the old C4 for now just to get the car running and driving. Anyways this has gotten quite long so here are a couple of pics.
Laying out parts:
My car back when it was running and driving:
Where it sits now and for the last 12 years: