chevelle 1  My 1969 Chevelle SS 396, photo taken in early 1990s. This car had a factory 3 speed, console shift, complete with the three speed shift pattern emblem on the console. Had, I put a four speed into it (kept the three speed stuff, of course).
chevelle 2  Another view, this photo taken January 1999. Note the UV damage on the rear deck, roof and hood, this paint job is 12 years old. The body is gun metal gray, the rockers, blisters and rear view mirrors are silver.
el camino 1  A 1973 factory 454 El Camino, this photo taken sometime between 1990 and 1993. I replaced the 454 with a pre-1971 Olds 455, it runs much better now.
corset  A 1968 Dodge Coronet 500. It has all the options but the R/T emblems, it is a someday project. It came with a 383 but has a 440 under the hood now.
corvette 1  My first view of the 1981 Corvette I had purchased more than a year before, this photo taken in January 1999. Someone had replaced the factory motor with a built 427, replaced the automatic tranny with a four speed. Hell, they even replaced the 85 mph speedo with one that reads to 175 mph (I can say with authority that it works up to 155, heh heh heh).
corvette 2  The back half of the car. The motor (and a heavy footed driver) had caused damage to the small, automatic variety u-joints and yokes. Here is a mid-process view of upgrading these to the larger, heavier manual tranny parts. Note the swingarm still attached to a rotor in vicinity of the two hydraulic jacks.
corvette 3  The motor. Yes, that's a 425 hp, 427 cu. in. emblem on the air cleaner, if it didn't provide 425 hp before, I'm sure it does now (more on that further down).
  The morning I left, to report to my next duty station. Idaho just couldn't bear to see me leave w/out dumping some snow on me.
corvette 8  Remember the swing arm? Well, it's a long story, but the two of them became the subject of a running practical joke. A friend pulled the motor out of the vette in July, broke it down and took most of it to a machine shop because I wanted to rebuild the motor. Here, the swing arms have moved from where I left them, in the trunk of my friends sons car, to be impromptu motor mounts for the Briggs & Straton 5 hp motor that the son placed in the otherwise empty engine compartment of the vette. The caption written on the one swingarm reads "Hi Po Motor".;
corvette 9  Another view, note the power steering pump. The belt is actually a chunk of vacuum line with both ends jammed onto a short stick.
corvette 7  A third view, note the heater hose connecting the transmission input shaft to the B & S crankshaft, I'm gonna get that kid! Those are side-pipe headers with 2 1/4 inch; primary tubes.
corvette 11  After several delays, we finally got the parts back from the machine shop and started the assembly. Note the studs for the main caps, unfortunately it's only a 2 bolt.
corvette 13  Another view, another stage of assembly. Note the polished valley and the Pete JacksonTM gear drive.
corvette 12  Another view, note the windage tray.
corvette 14  Upside down. I normally disdain chrome on a go-faster, but the ErsonTM timing chain cover was made from heavier material than the OEM stock cover we had onhand. Why did I paint the oil pan black while the rest of the motor is ChevroletTM Orange? Good question!
corvette 16  Running the motor in, many thanks to Dave Hendricks for use of the run stand, may he rest in peace. ; (
When he built the run stand, he didn't have side-pipe headers in mind, so I had to install them pointing the wrong direction.