We also added a couple more underhood details to convert Jake into a fully dependable daily driver. First, we bolted in an Optima red-top battery for excellent hot-weather starting power. We also spent most of one day under Tim Moore's hoist bolting in a B&M 4L60-E shift improver kit, choosing the least aggressive heavy-duty version and also installing a B&M trans cooler to take some of the heat out the transmission. We also added a Trans Dapt air inlet kit that replaced the factory air inlet silencer and included a high-flow K&N filter and a chrome lid. You can get the lid separately as well. This whole process required a little longer than just three months to assemble, but now that it's completed, we couldn't be happier. Jake has gone from Cal-Trans freeway parolee to a stylish version of a Southern California cruiser. It tows our trailer and 3,500-pound '65 Chevelle with ease and can handle a serious payload without complaint. It runs great, looks good, handles better, and has been an all-around budget-based success. We bought Jake at an auction for $2,600, and for a total investment of under $8,500 we have an outstanding pickup that can manage 14 mpg while towing a car, makes a perfect junkyard parts-chaser, and yet can also look good at the neighborhood car show. This has been such a fun project that we can't imagine our car-crafting world without Jake. Power Pulls Configuration HP LB-FT Test 1, baseline 140 @ 3,850 200 @ 3,850 Test 2, after-cat exhaust, tune-up 168 @ 4,100 229 @ 3,800 Test 3, above w/headers 167 @ 3,500 237 @ 3,500 Test 4, above w/Hypertech chip 176 @ 4,050 260 @ 3,300 Test 5, above w/Power Charger 184 @ 4,100 268 @ 3,400 Total improvement 44 68 Percentage gain overall 31% 34% Component Manufacturer Part Number Wheels, Billet Rally Wheel Vintiques 90-780505 Billet disc brake cap Wheel Vintiques 1047 Tires, Ventus ST Hankook 255/50R17 Locking lug nuts McGard 24109 Steel cowl hood Goodmark 4146-200-881 GM TBI fuel regulator Turbo City 630-130 TBI injector spacer Turbo City 630-105 Air cleaner kit Trans Dapt 2452 Throttle-body spacer Trans Dapt 2534 Truck cover Covercraft see catalog Shift improver kit B&M 70239 Trick Shift ATF B&M 80286 Trans Supercooler B&M 70266 Hi-temp hose kit Summit/Goodyear GTR-5005 Battery, spiral cell Optima 8004-003 Carpet, black Auto Custom Carpet see Web site SOURCES Auto Custom Carpets PO Box 1350 Anniston AL 36202 800-633-2358 www.accmats.com McGard Inc. Covercraft Industries 100 Enterprise Blvd. Pauls Valley OK 73075 Optima Batteries Inc. 3-03/-340-7740 www.optimabatteries.com Earl Scheib Paint & Body Summit Racing P.O. Box 909 Akron OH 44309-0909 800-230-3030 www.summitracing.com Goodmark Industries 625-E Old Norcross Rd. Lawrenceville GA 30045 770-339-8557 www.goodmarkindustries.com Trans Dapt Performance Products Hankook Tire America Corp. Turbo City Inc K&N Engineering 1455 Citrus Ave. Riverside CA 92502 800-858-3333 www.knfilters.com Wheel Vintiques 5-59/-251-6957 wheelvintiques.com « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!