At LACR, the Olds ran a rather anemic 2.07 60-foot time on its way to an altitude-corrected 13.94 at 97.35-mph pass. At LACR, the Olds ran a rather anemic 2.07 60-foot time on its way to an altitude-correcte Road and Track In typical car-crafter fashion, the Olds had perhaps 50 miles on it when we drove it to the starting gate of the Anti-Tour this year. At first, all went well. But after two bouts of full electrical-system failure, Moore discovered a weak pin at the fuse-box connection at the firewall. Later that night at the RaceLegal (racelegal.com) drags at Qualcomm Stadium, the Olds spun the tires to a 9.69/76.53 mph in the eighth-mile, comparable to a 14.80 pass in the quarter. On the road, the Olds is fun to drive, although way soft on the springs and shocks. Mileage sucks at around 11 mpg on the freeway even with tall rear tires. An overdrive TH200-4R would be an excellent move in the future. On the road, the Olds is fun to drive, although way soft on the springs and shocks. Mileag A couple of weeks later, we wandered up to Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California, to get a true 1,320-foot evaluation. On its best pass with absolutely no tuning other than setting the timing at 16 degrees initial, the Olds ran an observed 14.40/94.17 that altitude-corrects to a sea level 13.94 at 97.35. This was with the rock-hard, used rear 255/60R15 tires. We tried a set of sticky Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires just for fun, but the car ran exactly the same, so clearly we have some work to do on enhancing the Olds' low-speed torque, which was exactly the opposite of what we thought we would face. This is all part of the fresh-off-the-jackstands work that any new buildup faces. Our latest theory is that it's either the carburetor or the stock converter is lame. We'll let you know what we find. Buildsheet Description PN Source Price '64 Olds F-85 Used $450.00 Olds 88 w/455 and TH400 Used 200.00 Rebuild TH400 (friend) N/A 200.00 Converter,six-cylinder Used 50.00 Rings, bearings, gasket set PAW 244.95 SSI cam 10334 PAW 49.95 Hydraulic lifter set PAW-951 PAW 49.95 Performer intake 2151 Used 50.00 Hedman headers 58150 Summit Racing 75.00 Radiator Used 25.00 Shifter, B&M Used 25.00 Coating for headers 100.00 Disc brakes CH24821 OPG 549.95 Wilwood prop valve 260-8419 Summit Racing 41.88 Dashpad Just Dashes 500.00 Tires, ($30 frt., $70 rear) Used 100.00 Wheels ($50 frt., $100 rear) Used 150.00 Holley 750-cfm carb eBay 53.01 Posi 8.2 455.00 Ratech install kit 309K Summit Racing 85.99 Gear lube, 2 quarts 90W 5.00 Seat covers, OPG 384.99 Carpet set, used used 20.00 Total $3,865.67 Refund Checks ’73 Olds sold for scrap $100.00 Tires from Olds 50.00 Front seat from Olds 50.00 Refund Subtotal $200.00 Grand Total $3,665.67 Camshaft Specs Cam Dur.Adv. Dur.@ 0.050 Lift(inches) LobeSep. SSI, Int. 280 214 0.472 112 Exh. 290 224 0.496 SOURCES Flip's Tire Center Dept. 5.0 7745 Sepulveda Blvd. Van Nuys CA 91405 818-786-8686 www.flipstires.com Xtreme Performance Heat Coatings Camarillo CA xtremeperformanceheatcoatings.com Moser Engineering 2-60/-726-6689 moserengineering.com Jack Weimer Upholstery Sun Valley CA Performance Automotive Warehouse Chatsworth Ca ARGET="_new">www.pawinc.com Just Dashes 5941 Lemona Ave. Van Nuys CA 91411 818-780-9005 www.justdashes.com Ratech 11110 Adwood Dr. Cincinnati OH 45240 5-13/-742-2111 Wilwood Auburn Gear Auburn IN 2-60/-925-3200 Auburngear.com Original Parts Group (800) 243- « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!