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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: September 04, 2018 06:48PM

Thanks vairy much for posting those photos of your setup, Jim.

Ken had told me about taking this approach when we began discussing the conversion from race car to street car.

Your pics do a wonderful job of illustrating Ken's advice.thumbs up

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: September 08, 2018 06:18PM

Built the rolling platform (using moving dollies and 80" x 30" 3/4 inch plywood) for the test stand and started mounting all the cooling items:









Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: September 15, 2018 05:52PM

First run of the rebuilt Buick 215 was fantastic! smileys with beer

The audio does NOT do justice to the sweet sound of those SuperTrapp exhausts!

None of this would be possible without the dedication, expertise, and most of all, the true friendship of Ken Arnold!

Next step is to build the control panel, find a suitable location for the fuel tank and neaten up the wiring so that this baby can be easily started and run once a month until the 65 coupe body is ready for the power train installation.




Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: September 15, 2018 05:58PM

Very Vairy COOL ! ! ! cool smiley

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'66 Monza Coupe - 4spd, 140 Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - PG, 140 Daily driver beater

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: September 15, 2018 06:08PM

That thing sounds great! Love the Buick 215. Have one in its stock location in a 62 Buick. Always wanted to have one in a Vair. Very nice work!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Jim Stukenborg ()
Date: September 16, 2018 12:42PM

Dean, before you put the engine in the car don't forget to turn those exhaust manifolds around and point them the other way. Jim

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: September 16, 2018 01:32PM

Looks and sounds great!

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Oklahoma City, OK

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: September 16, 2018 01:38PM

Sweet

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: September 16, 2018 05:50PM

Completed the following on the Test Stand:

Built a fold-up platform for the shop fan that cools the radiator.

Built the Control Panel that includes switches for the Fuel Pump, the Water Pump, the MSD Ignition and a push button Start.

Strapped the Fuel Tank to a moving dolly and modified the fuel line to allow easy disconnection so that the Fuel Tank can roll separately from the Test Stand.

Completed another test run and made two more videos.














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Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: September 17, 2018 06:12AM

How long until the body is ready to reinstall the powertrain?

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Oklahoma City, OK

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: firevair66 ()
Date: September 17, 2018 11:55AM

Out the bottom is the only way to go.

John Shoemaker,Riegelsville,PA.
1958 Impala Sport Cp. 348 ,pg/ac
61 Rampside full custom show truck
65 Monza 110/4 vert driver
65 Full Custom Monza 140 Cp
66 Monza 110/PG Vert
66 Corsa FITCH SPRINT Documented ( in Process,recondition)
66 CorV8 350 "firevair"Custom Show




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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: September 17, 2018 06:38PM

@Jim Stukenborg: Thanks, that is on the checklist for powertrain re-install

@Spectre (David Clamp): Don't really know for certain. Probably a year or more depending upon time and money, as always...

@firevair66 (John Shoemaker): Thanks for the photos. Are you using a stock fuel tank and what path did your coooling lines take from the engine to the trunk? Does it have AC? if yes, then where did you place the condenser?

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: October 14, 2018 06:03PM

Dropped the torque arms this weekend, removed the hubs & spindles ands started the powder coating process.

The hubs and bearings will be checked and refurbed and/or adjusted as needed.

The plan is to install disc brakes all around...

Picked up the freshly power-coated front cross member and will begin reassembly once the new front suspension parts arrive.

Powder-coated the steering box in preparation for the final assembly and check.











Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: October 14, 2018 06:44PM

looking good.thumbs up

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
65' Monza MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block
86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

NFCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: October 21, 2018 07:29PM

Had to work on Saturday, so that only allowed 1 day of progress this week.

Installed all the ball joints and bushings on the upper and lower A-arms

Powder-coated the tie rods and clamps

Powder-coated the rear torque arms

Installed the upper A-arms onto the front crossmember

Powder-coated and/or painted control rods, the tie-rod ends and a bunch of nuts, bolts and washers









Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 21, 2018 07:58PM

@firevair66 (John Shoemaker): Thanks for the photos. Are you using a stock fuel tank and what path did your coooling lines take from the engine to the trunk? Does it have AC? if yes, then where did you place the condenser?

I'll chime in here since I have a rear mounted BOP V8...

My coolant pipes start at the left frame rail next to the engine, cross over the transaxle, then follow the path of the old Corvair heater duct in the tunnel.

The coolant pipes, still in the tunnel, go up the toe-board then turn into the trunk and go over the fuel tank shelf and over to the right frame rail to the radiator.

Note the last picture was taken before the trunk floor was removed and before the air ducting was added.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 21, 2018 08:10PM

First picture: How it looks with the fan shroud. The A/C condensor is mounted 1" in front of the radiator. It's as large as I could fit and it works well.

2nd: Like John's, my air intake is entirely below the front bumper.

Note: I had to install high-pressure surge tanks in the trunk and at the rear. There are also bleeder-valves at several high points. I had to plug the radiator overflow because it was sucking-in air every time the car cooled off and that was messing up my coolant bleed.

3rd and 4th: I've had three iterations of heater, the latest works pretty well: It's a heater core in the trunk with its own built-in fan. (third picture)

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts




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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: Corvair 95 V8 ()
Date: October 21, 2018 09:40PM

Great build. The engine sounds great. I would love that the builder of our Rampside used your techniques to put the V8 in it instead of what he did.

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 21, 2018 09:54PM

That's pretty slick! I wonder if you could put an a/c condenser on that stack and still have room for a compact spare?

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: 65 V8 Coupe w/Buick 215 - Racecar to Streetcar Build smoking smiley
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: October 22, 2018 05:09AM

Craig,

Thank you VERY much for posting those photos and information.

I have a couple more questions for you:

1. Are you using the stock fuel tank?

2. Why did you cut out under the bumper instead of between the headlights?

3. What did you use to make the grille under the bumper?

4. Do you have photos of the following:
a. Radiator mounting?
b. The condenser installed?
c. Showing how much trunk floor you removed?

Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia


1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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