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ClassicsExploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard

21:55  12 september  2019
21:55  12 september  2019 Source:   hotrod.com

Tom Of Barn Find Hunter Restores A Junkyard Country Sedan

Tom Of Barn Find Hunter Restores A Junkyard Country Sedan Left for dead, this wagon has a new lease on life. Just about every gearhead has dreamed of finding a dusty old classic car they lovingly bring back from the dead. It’s a great fantasy of bringing out the value of something someone else has essentially thrown away. Even the first Fast & Furious movie plays off this emotion. Tom Cotter of Barn Find Hunter gets to do a lot of amazing things, and in Episode 60 he restores a car he found back in Episode 34 rotting in a Texas junkyard. The car in question is a two-door 1960 Ford Country Sedan.

348/four-speed 1960 Impala discovered in Idaho junkyard

Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard © Hot Rod Network Staff 08-1960-chevy-impala-1.jpg

In this month’s column, we’re in Wendell, Idaho, at L&L Classic Auto (208.536.6607). In business since 1967, L&L has over 10,000 vintage cars of virtually every description. The arid Idaho climate keeps corrosion to a minimum. If you want the best in rust-free sheetmetal or project cars, give this place a call (ask for Jesse). Here, let’s examine a pair of classic 348-powered Chevys.

Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard © Hot Rod Network Staff When I walk up on something like this 1960 Impala, I say to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great if it was a 348 car with a four-speed?” Then I gather clues until the truth is revealed. More often than not, they turn out to be six bangers or two-barrel small-blocks with Powerglides. But you gotta keep hunting and don’t get jaded or you miss the good ones. That’s what happened here.

If you didn't know, the 348 and its more famous big brother—the 409—are members of the W-series engine family. Introduced in 1958 and offered in fullsize passenger cars through 1961 (the 409 went from 1961-'65), the 348 is the only GM engine family never to be offered with a single two-barrel carburetor. That's right, every 348 was built with a four-barrel carburetor or optional triple two-barrel induction. Advertised horsepower never dipped below 250 (or 280 with the triple carbs), giving every 348 a high-performance vibe. For true high performance, check out one of the solid lifter "police" models with an aluminum 3x2 intake manifold, 11.25:1 compression, a solid cam, and as much as 350 horses if you can find one.

1953 Chevy Corvette Tribute Pays Homage To A Legend

1953 Chevy Corvette Tribute Pays Homage To A Legend The donor car provides some solid power for a great driving experience. Of all the classic American cars on the market, one that consistently fetches high prices is literally any 1953 C1 Corvette. For that reason alone, considering this 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Tribute isn’t a bad idea. It’s a far more affordable way to get the look of the car, but without taking out a third mortgage. This replica car is being offered for sale through AutoBarn Classic Cars.

Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard © Hot Rod Network Staff The drivetrain is long gone … and the body ain’t talking. The manual brakes and steering and lack of A/C are high-performance indicators. Then again, low-option buyers also tended to scrimp on power accessories. As sporty as it looks, the 1960 Impala came standard with the 135-horsepower, 235-cube six-banger. The base V-8 was the 170-horsepower “Economy Turbo Fire” 283 two-barrel small-block, which added $107 to the party.

What makes the 348/409 stand apart from other Chevy V-8s are its Heron-style combustion chambers. When you pull a head, the valves aren't nestled in the usual cup of the combustion chamber. Rather, the underside of the W-motor head is flat with the valve heads situated inside small circular reliefs. These protect the valve heads from rough handling during manufacture, transportation, storage, and assembly. Otherwise, the cylinder head faces are absolutely flat.

This massive vintage car yard sale is your museum (or junkyard) starter kit

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Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard © Hot Rod Network Staff Chevy VIN hunters don’t have it as good as Ford, Mopar, or even AMC fans. The cowl tag’s “style” line tells us this is a 1960 (60) V-8 Impala two-door sport coupe (1837), but there’s no critical code telling which V-8 the factory installed. The “body” line tells us it was built in St. Louis, Missouri, (SL) and the “trim” line signifies a red and white interior (873). The fairly rare Tuxedo Black exterior paint is proven by “paint” code 900A. As for the rest of the codes, I’m out of steam but hope a reader can shed more light by contacting me at [email protected]

As for the combustion chambers, they're found at the tops of the cylinder bores where the usual 90-degree relationship between the deck and cylinder wall is changed to 74-degrees. The resulting wedge-shaped voids created when the pistons reach TDC become the combustion chambers. The Chevy 348/409 isn't Detroit's only V-8 to use the Heron-style combustion chamber layout; it's also found in the Lincoln/Mercury 430/462 and the heavy-duty International Harvester 266/304/345/392 V-8 series.

This 1966 Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe Is An Unrestored Time Capsule

This 1966 Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe Is An Unrestored Time Capsule An all-original gem with only 16,000 actual miles Tom Mack Classics is excited to offer this unrestored 1966 Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe with no reserve to their online auction lineup for Friday, September 27th. According to the listing, this beautiful all-original Nova II was supposedly stored and left untouched for over 30 years in Virginia. To top it off, this classic Nova has a mere 16,000 actual miles on the clock. Painted in original Mist Blue factory paint, the trunk compartment still has the original splatter paint., and it comes with a spare tire and tools.

Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard © Hot Rod Network Staff In 1960, all transmissions except the BorgWarner T-10 four-speed ($184) were column-shifted. But here, the column’s upper jacket lacks the shift handle and mounting nubs associated with the three-speed manual, two-speed Powerglide, and Buick-esque Turboglide transmissions. If this is a factory four-on-the-floor, it’s an incredibly rare find!

Let's dig into this amazing pair of first-generation Chevy big-blockpowered machines and see what else they can teach us.

Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
Exploring Chevy’s First Big-Block in an Idaho Junkyard
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Drive Off Into The Sunset In This 1972 Chevy El Camino.
A multipurpose classic that will never go out of style GR Auto Gallery is pleased to offer a piece of true American muscle in the form of this 1972 Chevrolet El Camino. This multipurpose classic is believed to have been fully restored by the previous owner and is has both show and go. Feel free to make an offer here. Clad in a red paint job complemented by black racing stripes and a black vinyl top, the exterior looks to be in excellent condition. A strong 350cui V8 features a mild camshaft and shifts smoothly via a TH350 automatic transmission.

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