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Hello all, I'm Blake, and this is my dream come true. I've wanted a 67-69 chevelle since I was 7 years old and this 4th of July I made it happen. my background. I was an auto tech for 5 years after graduating high school I'm now an assistant engineer on commercial fishing boats on the bering sea. I'm 27 now. the car well I've named her Rose after the song, up from the ashes grow the roses of success, from chitty chitty bang bang. i was homeless 3 years ago and had my drivers license suspended from age 21 till this past Monday(7/23) She has a rebuilt 454, 4spd Muncie, gto rear end(411 posi) gto front disk swap. and that's all I know. I don't have any specifics as I'm still in Alaska fishing and I purchased her from a guy off Craigslist, no I'm not worried about getting ripped off. I plan on running her in the 1/8mi as soon as I get home. the guy told me she's going to need a windshield(old and hazy, not cracked) and exhaust(hopefully just mufflers but not sure yet) otherwise mechanically sound. just needs interior and paint. I do have a couple questions. I don't know the specs on the rear end but I plan on doing some long road trips with her. 411s no bueno for cruising speeds. do you guys think I'd be better off swapping out a used rear end from a junk yard till I rebuild the one I have in it with a different ring and pinion set. or just bite the bullet and get the ring and pinion set straight away? what gearing should I put in? it's going to be a daily/ cruiser. I want to upgrade the cam any suggestions? also any recommendations on a good aftermarket tbi system. back when I was a tech I specialized in rotaries and would take tbi Systems off of 454s and convert 70s era 13b mazda rotary engines to fuel injected. I see now there's lots of aftermarket systems to achieve the same thing. what's your guys experiences with these aftermarket systems? any and all advice much appreciated. happy to be here Blake

(this is the exact post I put on chevelles.com)i joined there as well but would like to link up with done local gear heads....



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thanks Greg.


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Welcome Blake,

Nice choice for your first Chevelle.
The big block 4 speed might make you rethink drifting rice burning machines.
If it's your first big block be careful, especially with the 4 speed, it will catch you unaware.
You'll find they can drift easily even when going straight. ( power pulls at 40+ mph with ease.)

There are a bunch of good people on this site, with a wealth of experienced information.
Nothing against the Team Chevelle site, (there are a few mechanical geniuses on there) it's just you get a lot of look what I did crap and advice from people that can't find there backside with both hands on a flashlight giving advice, plus the money over brains mentality.
So take some of it with a grain of salt.

With that said, a couple of grains for you.
Get a 12 bolt rear end housing for starters and build it.
You could get a peg leg highway geared wrecking yard unit and install it for the interm while collecting parts.
The Pontiac 10 bolts are a odd duck, pretty strong but odd parts wise, it's like their half 10 bolt, half 12. (People used them for drag racing because they came without c-clips by design.)
For gear ratio you will probably want to be in the 3.31-3.55 range.

Need a little more engine info for cam recommendations.

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thanks man, i felt this was the right car for the right price. this is my first bbc also my first 4spd. I still think an old 235 straight 6 with fuel injection and a couple turbos would make a wicked powerhouse. thanks for the advice on the rear end. ill see how she drives when I get home. I might just hold off till I can get a gear vendors overdrive for the Muncie, maybe a year from now. I wanna get to know her a little bit. it's going to be a life long project. I think I'm going to focus on the interior this rotation home, take her to the track a few times to get a baseline. next summer will be time to dump a little money into her. I'm an all go no show kind of guy.

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welcome to TCNW!! keep an eye on your wallet, we spend others money very well especially when you want to go faster.

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Tazman wrote:

Welcome to TCNW!! Keep an eye on your wallet, we spend others money very well especially when you want to go faster.


 That's for sure biggrin



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Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

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luckily the only other in my life is the girl I've been with for 7 years now. she totally understands and supports my dreams for this car. plus I'm an engineer on commercial fishing boats on the bering sea, not having any kids I've got a good bit of disposable income. I'm allowing myself a budget of 50k over the next 5 years for this car. do it right once has always been my motto.

I'm back on land by the end of next week. picking her up next weekend. updates and pictures soon to come!

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Always super important to have an understanding woman. We need toys like these to keep our minds occupied.

As for bbc 4 speed, hell yes. The fun factor is awesome.

Welcome aboard.

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FRYNTYR wrote:

Always super important to have an understanding woman. We need toys like these to keep our minds occupied.

As for bbc 4 speed, hell yes. The fun factor is awesome.

Welcome aboard.


 Until you break it😞



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Welcome aboard! Love seeing more 68's around here!


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66SSFan wrote:
FRYNTYR wrote:

Always super important to have an understanding woman. We need toys like these to keep our minds occupied.

As for bbc 4 speed, hell yes. The fun factor is awesome.

Welcome aboard.


 Until you break it😞


 Opps. When you have 650-700 HP it's not if but when you hurt a muncie. To be fare it's not blown up, just won't go into third and difficult at best into 4th. Think I bent the shift fork.



-- Edited by FRYNTYR on Tuesday 14th of August 2018 12:13:49 PM

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FRYNTYR wrote:
66SSFan wrote:
FRYNTYR wrote:

Always super important to have an understanding woman. We need toys like these to keep our minds occupied.

As for bbc 4 speed, hell yes. The fun factor is awesome.

Welcome aboard.


 Until you break it😞


 Opps. When you have 650-700 HP it's not if but when you hurt a muncie. To be fare it's not blown up, just won't go into third and difficult at best into 4th. Think I bent the shift fork.



-- Edited by FRYNTYR on Tuesday 14th of August 2018 12:13:49 PM


Want to have some real fun?

Put that 650-700 HP  in front of a Saginaw.

Seen cluster gears come out the bottom.



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LaVelle wrote:
FRYNTYR wrote:
66SSFan wrote:
FRYNTYR wrote:

Always super important to have an understanding woman. We need toys like these to keep our minds occupied.

As for bbc 4 speed, hell yes. The fun factor is awesome.

Welcome aboard.


 Until you break it😞


 Opps. When you have 650-700 HP it's not if but when you hurt a muncie. To be fare it's not blown up, just won't go into third and difficult at best into 4th. Think I bent the shift fork.



-- Edited by FRYNTYR on Tuesday 14th of August 2018 12:13:49 PM


Want to have some real fun?

Put that 650-700 HP  in front of a Saginaw.

Seen cluster gears come out the bottom.


 LOL, heck 300 HP will do that with a saginaw. : )

If I put stickier tires on my chevelle it would probably do that to the Muncie as well.



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Well....  Did you get it?



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I surly did!



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Now the fun begins. We will help you spend your money wisely! biggrinwink



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79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454

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