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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by scotty t, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. IMG_4760.JPG I've recently "inherited" Dads 57 vette. It's a cool old car, but it needs some direction, it currently has an 80's TPI 350, O/D 4spd and a 3.36 posi. It has a nice black pleated vinyl interior, needs paint and is missing the bumperettes. It runs and drives nice. I would appreciate some ideas on what direction to take this project. I've got several engine options including factory dual quads and a 671! A Muncie and a couple rear gear choices. Please don't suggest a fake gasser or even worse a full restoration.
  2. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,260


    I like the way it looks right now. As far as engine a 283 with the dual quads would be my choice, with a mild solid lifter cam it would be fun, coupled with 3,70 to 4.11 gears you could have a ball.

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    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 884

    from Western PA

    Looks pretty good to me just the way it is now.
  4. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,448



  5. The paint looks a LOT better in the pic than it really does. I grew up with this car, it's been black and silver since the mid 80's I love the color but since it needs paint now is the time to consider a change. The motor has been in since it was the newest and coolest (80's) looks nice and runs good but it's time for a change
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  6. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,830


    It looks Great, you could send it to me anytime! It could be less engine and trans too! Have fun with it! Gary:)
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  7. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,445


    Put a carb on it and drive. Don't screw it up. Dad left you a great car just enjoy it. I'd put the bumpers on in case somebody gets careless.
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  8. Here it is in about 1970 or so. I'm the little guy with my arm on it( claiming it)
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    The only thing I'd do to that car is drive it. For an older Vette, it's perfect.
  10. The 283 is a natural high-winder- Dad regularly had his 270hp dual quad up to 7500rpm when he raced stock class, so that would be my choice :D

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017
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  11. Here it is in1962 when Dad bought it. 270hp 3spd open rear

  12. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,975

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Love it!
    Since you asked..install bumpers, repaint same colors, dual quads or three deuce set up.
  13. if it were mine i'd just enjoy it as is. and keep an eye open for the bumpers. maybe yer dad tossed them into a box somewhere. besides the bumpers didn't offer any real protection anyway. i did the same thing to the '56 i had. thats one car i shudda kept. but that was back in 1974.
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  14. I would leave this car just like it is except for the drivetrain! I would change the TPI for dual carbs, maybe change the tranny, and put at least 3.73 posi in the rear. I wouldn't paint it, or change the interior. Maybe put the bumpers back on, maybe.... Or build nurf bars.
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  15. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,787


    I'm 76 and had a 59 in college that I hot rodded with American Magnesium wheels and 270 hp. I think you are a lucky man to have this car. As you know they command big bucks restored, but then you wouldn't be here on the HAMB if that was your plan. Play with the motor but don't mess with the body in case someday you need some big dollars for something. Save all original parts as they are gold.
    Lynn 32 1983 2.jpg
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  16. When I was in high school it had a 365hp 327 with dual wcfb's I keep thinking about going back to that. I've got the major components for that mill
  17. I had a 60 that looked like a twin to your car
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  18. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Carb it up and drive it! There is a local guy who inherited his fathers 40 Ford Coupe that was done in the 60' it perfect? No, but a timeless tribute to his Father.
    Cannot think of a better reason to leave it mostly as is.
  19. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,490


    327 of some sort....dual quads, 6-71, all kinds of possibilities. And a four speed manual.
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  20. Have you been looking at my parts stash?
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  21. Yep, Um hmm:eek:
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
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  22. cometman98006
    Joined: Sep 4, 2011
    Posts: 223


    I think it looks great, if the paint needs work do it and put the bumpers back on. Whatever engine you decide on it will make that little car go and a warmed over 327 would be my choice. Drive it and enjoy it.
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  23. 56 my V2.jpg I would go for a mid-sixties style. Solid lifter cam in a 327, Muncie 4-speed, lowered stance, roll & pleat interior, Traction Masters. No, wait, don't do that. It would be too much like my car.
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  24. I've got a small journal 327 and 2.02/1.50 screw in studs with guide plate 461 heads, a Set of factory vette dual quads, various 350 rebuilders a 671 with a sbc intake, numerous alum intakes and carbs, have access to a 427. A small pile of close ratio muncies. Etc etc etc
  25. I like the little flares!
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  26. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,109

    big duece
    from kansas

    I would use the factory 2x4 carbs only with the correct vette intake. If you use the blower, use correct blower carbs. It would be hard for me to put a hole in the hood for the 671.
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  27. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,223

    Bandit Billy

    I've had a lot of vettes and I'd leave it the hell alone and have fun with it. I love it! Leave the hood closed at shows. Duntov would be proud.

    Trade you a nice convertible 62 nova...just sayin
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  28. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 721

    from TX

    anyone else think value would be affected if went with 283 dual 4's.
    I doubt would run any better then it does now, value might go up a bit *shrug*
    Awesome car.
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  29. Value is no concern. also there is very little left that would be considered original. Even the front clip has been changed out with a one piece reproduction, no bonding strips. The wcfb's are on the correct intake plus I have the correct distributor. All the missing chrome has been missing since the 60's.
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  30. The last time it had a blower we found a hood that had already been cut. They were fairly cheap then!
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