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1964 Chevrolet 300 Wagon - Sassy Grass V.3

Bart Beuter Silences Color Snobs With Massive Horsepower.

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Tech Notes
Who: Bart Beuter
Where: Solon, Iowa. There's a Solon, Ohio, too. The author is from Ohio.
What: '64 Chevrolet 300 wagon.

Engine: The foundation for Bart's crazy wagon is a 454 big-block that was bored 0.060 inch. Combine that with a stock-stroke, forged crank from Ohio Crankshafts and you've got 468 ci to play with. He stuffed those inches with forged 7.7:1 JE Pistons on Bill Miller connecting rods. The cylinder heads are vintage GM aluminum BBC heads with 118cc combustion chambers he sent to AFR for some serious CNC porting. Valves are stainless steel Manley Racemasters measuring 2.30/1.94 inches. K-motion springs are held in check by Lunati titanium retainers. The cam is also from Lunati and specs out at 260/268 degrees duration at 0.050-inch tappet lift, and 0.639/ 0.636-inch valve lift through 1.7:1 Harland Sharp roller rocker arms. Lawrence Machine in West Branch, Iowa, machined the block, and Bart put it all together. He also machined his own pulleys. It's nice to have your own lathe and mill at home.

Supercharger: That's a vintage GMC 6-71 supercharger poking out of the hood. It was prepped by R&P Blowers in Waterloo, Iowa, and is mated to a BDS blower manifold. He has it set up to deliver 7 psi of boost. Bart's never had this thing on any kind of dyno but estimates the whole package should be making somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 hp.

Fuel: Bart's big-block is fed by a BDS electronic fuel injection system that's programmed with FAST's software. It uses input from a MAP sensor and feedback from wide-band oxygen sensors to trigger the 60 lb/hr fuel injectors to deliver the correct amount of fuel at the right time. An Aeromotive fuel pump keeps the fuel rails full.

Ignition: Bart plugged in an Accel DFI distributor that fires an MSD coil and wires, and Autolite plugs.

Exhaust: Those are custom headers Bart welded together out of a Stahl tubing kit. The primaries measure 2 3/8 inches and open up into a 3 1/2-inch collector.

Transmission: Fountain Transmission in Iowa City built the TH400 trans, and Bart hooked it to the engine with a 10-inch TCI torque converter that stalls at a lofty 4,200 rpm. Needless to say he also runs with a TCI transmission fluid cooler. He controls it all with a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter.

Rearend: With all this power, you're going to need a stout rear axle to handle the load. Bart has a narrowed Ford 9-inch tucked between those massive rear tires. It's been beefed up with a Strange centersection with 4.10:1 gears that twist Moser 31-spline axles. Bart modified the stock Ford housing, welding in a reinforcing brace. A 3-inch Nitrous Ready driveshaft from Denny's Driveshaft completes the drivetrain.

Suspension: When his car was nearly totaled in the accident, Bart took the opportunity to rebuild it with a Chris Alston tube frame, complete with a tubular Mustang II front suspension kit that includes Koni coilover shocks and rack-and-pinion steering. The rear suspension is a coilover ladder bar setup, also from Chris Alston.

Brakes: Wilwood four-piston calipers grip 11-inch rotors front and rear.

Wheels/Tires: This wheel and tire combination is awesome. Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires are mounted on Weld Prostar wheels. Up front, 26x7.5 tires are mounted on 15x3.5 rims, but out back the wheels are 15x15s and carry 33x19.5-15 tires.

Interior: Bart kept things pretty basic inside, adding a few Auto Meter gauges to the gutted instrument panel. The seats are from Chassisworks, and Bart had Griff's Upholstery in Iowa City stitch up some black vinyl to match what the car would have come from the factory with. He also bent and welded the 14-point rollbar.

Paint/Body: As mentioned before, Bart wanted a green car, and boy did he get one. He did all the bodywork and sprayed the paint at home in his garage.

Thanks: Bart wants to thank his wife, Connie, who is his copilot and even helps work on the car, and longtime friends Doug Cilek and Chad Connelley, who also helped with the build.

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