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Hot Rods The ultimate sleeper! (Repost with Ryan's approval)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by davey_shumard, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. davey_shumard
    Joined: Jun 28, 2010
    Posts: 151


    Looking for a HAMB FRIENDLY 1965 or older 2 door post car, for a sleeper. Please stay on topic!! I recently, through trade, came into a very healthy sbc. I suppose that puts me in a position to need a chassis. I really want a sneaky pete, unsuspected car for this project. I dont want the typical suspects, i need something that looks undoubtedly slow, that is capable of being deceptively fast!

    Thanks again Ryan for allowing the repost!:D
  2. Studebaker Lark

    Better yet a Lark pickup.
  3. If you didn't already have the SBC, I'd say Valiant...Wagon. Maybe a Nova Sedan or Wagon? How about a Rambler or later Studebaker wagon.
  4. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,884


    Plymouth Valiant.

  5. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,056

    ken bogren

    1962 Rambler Classic 2 door sedan.

    Even better, the 1962 Rambler Ambassador 2 door sedan.

    Good luck finding one.
  6. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Lark. The last ones came with SBC's.
  7. DeadGuy2
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 116


    There's a great priced Buick Skylark ('64 I think) on Columbus Ohio's Craigs List.

    It would make a perfect sleeper and they'll go $500 UNDER asking price.

    It even has original '64 rally wheels on it.

    good luck

  8. I like the Lark idea there still around and can be bought fair a guy in town has one with a 500 cad mill and will run real hard.
  9. raidmagic
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  10. NickJT
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 640

    from S.E. PA

    It's already been mentioned so I'll just throw a picture up here. Look at that beautifully sweeping B-pillar but it still looks slower than the Slowsky family!

  11. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Whatever car you get, there are some elements that help create the sleeper image. Basically, you want it to look and sound like Grandma's car, but still be able to hook and move like a bat out of hell. Here are some things I would do:

    1) Four doors or wagons are the best for the job, especially wagons (weight transfer/traction) A roof rack is icing on the cake.

    2) A full framed car is the easiest to swap a bigger engine and driveline into.

    3) Dull paint job.

    4) Blackwall tires with something like drag radials on the back with the lettering not prominent.

    5) Dog dish hubcaps on all four wheels.

    6) Quiet, yet unrestricted exhaust system, with one tail pipe out the back and one hidden underneath, so it looks like single exhaust.

    7) AAA bumper stickers and some of those stick figures in the back window with Dad, Mom, 4 or 5 kids, and a few dogs and cats displayed. A bumper sticker that says "I love my Yorkie" will complete the image.

    8) A NOS system with a steath purge location.

    9) Some super deep gears, like 4:88's, because you don't want to be running at 140 on the street, you just want enough launch to put lengths on the guy in the next lane and then you can get out of it.

    10) Dirt. Do not wash the car often.

    11) Lighten the car. Find 1,000 places to remove one pound each. Eliminate non essentials like heater, ac, wipers, back seat, etc.

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013
  12. I have 2 rambler american 2door late 50's round bodys that you could pick from, or both if you want. PM me if interested.
  13. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,580

    from California

    1960 Datsun unibody pickup....always wanted to build one?
  14. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    My Lark. Came with a 170 inch 6. Left with a 383 SBC. Fooled lots of BMW drivers. But they are pretty stupid anyway.

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  16. badshifter
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  18. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,538


    How about a Falcon? All the subframe connectors and go fast goodies available cheap, they are real light, and usually (no offense) thought of as the wifes/girlfriends car.
  19. This is my weapon of choice, although mine doesn't look anywhere near stock anymore...
  20. blue57ford
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 491


    As mentioned prior, a station wagon is always a good candidate. A mid 50's caddy would be different but they're pretty hefty. Don't overlook a truck. Seeing mention of a Datsun reminded me of a time about 17-18 years ago an idea my dad toyed with. He had a 396 and 4 speed out of 65 Caprice and there was a 64 or 65 Mercedes in the local classifieds dirt cheap. Thought about getting it and sticking the 396 in it but it never came to be.
  21. on! .... and bumper guards and gas filler door guard
  22. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,310


    :D Many years ago,a friend had a corvair with a custom chassis with a mid engine set up.327 with an automatic tranny.Made a pretty good sleeper.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  23. gwarren007
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  24. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 31,234

    Jalopy Joker

    on Kansas City craigslist Cars & Trucks For Sale by Owner: 64 Mercury Comet 4 Dr/289 -
    $1250 and 1951 Crosley Station Wagon - $2000. also, check towing company lots for oddball rides that they have For Sale.
  25. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 23,875


    Checker Taxi........
  26. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 5,009


    Some great ideas here. I vote Valiant or Lark . . . just didn't get any more lame than that in the '60s unless it was some foreign POS.
  27. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 5,009


    Good thinking Skip!
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  28. davey_shumard
    Joined: Jun 28, 2010
    Posts: 151


    Great Pointers! Thats the kinda info i was after for the sneaky pete side of the build!

    Can you even jam a sbc into one of those little things?!?!

    I really like this idea. Is this a full frame car already?
  29. Gotta go with Don on this one and as the jalopy joker pointed out, that '64 Mercury is very unsuspecting. I believe that to the toughest point to genuinely pull it off. And that platform should do the job given the massage, and chassis parts are readily avaliable.

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