Although they're quickly becoming collectible, the late second-gen Trans Ams and their Z28 cousins still frequent the yards, and they make great donors for GM street-machine projects. This is a '76, but the later they are, the better the parts. For example, '79-'81 T/As with the WS-6 package have rear disc brakes that bolt on to other muscle-era GM axles; close-ratio steering (14:1) was another part of the package that can swap to any GM car with a Saginaw steering box. The fat front sway bars also fit '64-'67 A-bodies as well as '77-'96 B-bodies (Caprice). Don't forget to check the rear for an 8.5-inch 10-bolt with Posi-traction. Easy Big-BlocksTechnology is great, but there's still something really cool about the killer torque that can only come from a mammoth engine. The popularity of big-block Chevys and Mopars has driven up their value and their scarcity, but you can still go big for moderate cash if you're willing to step out of the mainstream. Check out these frequent yard inhabitants for ideas. The most common big-block in any yard we go to has to be the 429/460 Ford, probably one of the most underrated engines in the musclecar realm. We built one in the Feb. '06 issue and easily made 514 hp. Even if you can't find mid-'70s barges like this, 460-powered trucks from the '80s are super plentiful. Build the short-block, swap on some aluminum heads, and you've got 500 hp and 500 lb-ft without even trying. It pains us to see so many Buick and Olds 455s go to the crusher, but we can't save them all. Every trip to the yard turns up at least one, probably because Buick and Olds both offered a few models that came standard with the behemoth V-8s. This '74 Riviera is among them, as is It pains us to see so many Buick and Olds 455s go to the crusher, but we can't save them a Of course, the king of cubes was Cadillac, and 500-inch versions of its V-8 are also pretty easy to locate. Early versions were only found in the Eldorado, but later, the 500 was used in all Cadillacs through '76. The '70 version was rated at an axle-twisting 550 lb-ft, and reportedly, with the available aluminum Edelbrock intake, the big Cad weighs a mere 40 pounds more than an iron-headed small-block Chevy. Of course, the king of cubes was Cadillac, and 500-inch versions of its V-8 are also prett « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!