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Project 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Engine Swap - F-85 Street Fighter

Our Low-Dollar '64 Olds Returns With A New 455, Better Brakes, And Better Steering All As Part Of Our . . .

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The Fun Part
Once we chased all the surface rust away and sprayed the entire engine compartment with Rust-Oleum rusty metal primer topped with satin-black paint, it was time to start the construction phase. Much like with our early Chevelle, we also discovered that interlocking safety motor mounts wouldn't clear the stock frame mounts, necessitating the use of our original mounts. We also learned that the headers would fit from underneath if we lifted up one side of the engine about 3 inches using the engine hoist.

On The Road
With the engine nestled in place, the front sheetmetal details took a little time to align. During our junkyard tours, Moore discovered an excellent '88 Monte SS steering box that was a perfect fit for the Olds to upgrade that one-finger '60s power steering. We bolted in a new rag joint from Rock Auto to complete the deal and also upgraded to a 11/4-inch front sway bar that had spent a previous life on a second-generation Firebird. Complementing this steering and suspension upgrade are the Wilwood D52 twin-piston calipers we had previously installed. Combined with a 15/16-inch iron master cylinder and an adjustable proportioning valve, we now have excellent brakes to whoa the lumbering Olds.

With the goodies all bolted in place, the best part of the whole story was warming the big 455 and then hitting the boulevard. If you've ever built and then fired up a brand-new engine, then you know that cooking paint/smoking oil smell as all those new parts get acquainted. They say aromas are some of the most potent memory triggers, and every time that smell hits us, it's always a fun time.

"Well, whose junk pile piece of Chhhh-evelle is this? Did you boys come here to race-or just kiss?" -Kathy Mattea's song 455 Rocket

PARTS LIST
DESCRIPTION PN SOURCE PRICE
Mark 7 aluminum radiator custom-built Mark 7 Radiators $650.00
Dick Miller headers, 17/8 inches DMR-6822RP Dick Miller Racing 692.94
DMR small starter DMR-510 Dick Miller Racing 217.94
Spal twin 11-inch fans 30102052 A1 Electric 259.95
Wilwood D52CB calipers 120-10937-RD Summit Racing 164.99
Wilwood disc brake pads 150-8939K Summit Racing 52.94
Rust-Oleum dark-gray primer 2089830 Home Depot 3.44 (4)
Rust-Oleum semigloss black 7798830 Home Depot 4.98 (4)
Ames Performance radiator cushions P120A Ames Perf Eng. 19.00
HyperKuhl coolant additive see website Applied Chemical 12.95
Monte Carlo steering box N/A Junkyard 35.00
Sway bar, 1 1/4 inches N/A Junkyard 15.00

SOURCES
Glasstek
Naperville
IL
630-978-9897
www.glasstek.com
Dick Miller Racing
214 Sunrise Drive
Science Hill
KY  42553
662-233-2301
www.dickmillerracing.com
Rust-Oleum
11 Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills
IL  60061
847-367-7700
www.rustoleum.com
Mark 7 Radiators
Bay City
MI
989-922-7335
www.mark7radiators.com
SPAL USA
1731 SE Oralabor Road
Ankeyny
IA
800-345-0327
www.spalusa.com
Ames Performance Engineering
Bonney Road
Malborough
NH  03455
603-876-3345
Painless Performance
2501 Ludelle Street
Fort Worth
TX  76105
817-244-6212
www.painlessperformance.com
Applied Chemical Specialties
Omaha
NE
847-477-9262
www.Norosion.com
Wilwood Brakes
4700 Calle Bolero
Camarillo
CA  93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
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