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Right now my 57 is really more of a cruise night special as it needs a lot of cleaning before it is show ready. But my ultimate goal is for it to be show ready! Have a ways to go but will have alot of fun on the street before (and after its show ready!). Ya gotta drive'um!!
 

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Iccody, any undates or are you just waiting for spring? The town bully had a '57 2 dr hardtop that same copper/lwhite (lightcream) color, one of the nicest on a '57. Too bad he was dick. But always liked that color combo. Good looking car. Mark L
 

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Hi all I stay active on the Web both here and on Tri-Five. Had a rough winter (Not in San Antonio) but he Family, so the 57 has sat still for awhile. The good thing is I have kept the parts rolling in so I have lots to do when the weather does get better (The Family is also doing better!). No real update yet. Waiting to get the car registered in Texas as the Maine plate I had have expired. Still debating whether to rebuild the whole engine or just the top sode! and leave the bottom end alone.
 

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That's just a great looking '57! I have always loved that color combo since I had a friend who had a '57 sedan back in 1970 with that color combo on it.
 

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Well I have decided to go with a plan of attack..... This was brought about by trying to start the 57 after a few months of sitting in the garage. I went out to start it and the Fan Belt was squealing away..Then I smelled Gas and looked under the hood and the Holley Carb was spewing gas from about every gasket on the carb!! So I shut it down and came into the house and worked on a plan of attack...and here it is:

Let me start by saying that the current engine (1969 4 bolt main 350) has a knock that might be a timing chain or rod or even badly ticking lifters so I am just going to rebuild it, but I have a business trip planned that I leave on tomorrow, so this plan will start when I get back in two weeks.

I have already have a dual quad Edelbrock tunnel ram manifold that I am eventually going to run, but for the time being I am going to order a dependable Edelbrock 600 CFM Carb to replace the leaking like a sieve Holley Carb! Thats so I can get the car back on the road with a minimal cash outlay! I already have a new Gas Tank and Sender as well as a new (from Tank to Fuel Pump) gas line that I will install as well! That will enable me to have a clean fuel system and a drivable car as soon as I get back. I also have a new Alternator setup to replace the stock generator that I want to install and make sure it works as well before I tear down to rebuild! I called a friend that lives about 30 miles away (that's why I needed to gt the car running) who has a nice garage with a lift and cherry picker that said I can use some space to pull my engine.

So in two weeks I plan on removing the Dog house (Whole front-end), Pulling the 350 and taking the heads and block to a local machine shop. I have a new Comp Cams Thumper Series Cam and Lifters that I will install and I also have the matching set of Valve Springs that I will have the machine guy use when he does the heads. I also have a loud timing gear set to give them as well. While the engine is out getting done I will be able to clean and detail the firewall and the front frame rails. The Machine shop charges about 800 dollars to put together the short block and another 200 for the heads and to install the heads on the short block and do the valve adjustments a set the timing at TDC for ease of dropping in he new MSD Distributor I already have (along with the new MSD 6AL box I got for Xmas!!). That way I just need to bolt on the manifold (It already has an edelbrock aluminum manifold), and install the newly rebuilt engine and start her up (Sounds easy when ya say it...LOL)! Once the engine is broken in I will then replace the Stock exhaust manifolds with the fender well headers I have as well as replace the single edelbrock carb and manifold with the dual quad tunnel ram I have using 2 450 cfm holley tunnel ram carbs!

So thats the plan....what do ya'll think? Cant wait to get started..I will add some build photos once I get started..especially some before and after shots. But dont worry there will also be some during shots as well!!!
 

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Icody,

That sounds like a good plan. It should sound good and have plenty of grunt. Car Craft did a build of a motor like this and it made about 420/420. You'll probably have more power with the single carb, but the dual quads have the look!

The combo that you picked is almost exactly what I built except I put on aluminum Vortec heads and an air gap intake with a 750 e-brock. I am in the process of putting it on the break-in stand and will post a video.

Are you going to have to cut a hole in the hood?

Later,

Mike
 

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Yes I will have to cut a hole once I go with the Tunnel Ram but not before. I do have a pretty nice blower scoop for the tunnel ram setup!

Icody,

That sounds like a good plan. It should sound good and have plenty of grunt. Car Craft did a build of a motor like this and it made about 420/420. You'll probably have more power with the single carb, but the dual quads have the look!

The combo that you picked is almost exactly what I built except I put on aluminum Vortec heads and an air gap intake with a 750 e-brock. I am in the process of putting it on the break-in stand and will post a video.

Are you going to have to cut a hole in the hood?

Later,

Mike
 

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Thats a good idea but i have never had any luck rebuilding a holley, figure i can sell the new holley and used edelbrock manifold and recoup most of the cost!


Icody I think I would just put a gasket kit in the holley, a lot less than buying a new eldebrock sense your changing intakes anyways...
 

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Hey all thanks for the Compliments...I plan on taking the 57 to the Lone Star 29 Classic Chevy Convention in Dallas Texas over Memorial Day Weekend. So I have a lot to get done. Looking to install the new Gas line, Tank, Filler tube and Gas Pump.. Ordered a new set of ET Mag as Cast finish 15 x 8 . Going to run a 225 rear tire...wish I could go bigger but no time for the mini tube kit. Probably not going to have time for the Header insatll as well!
Am currently on a business trip so by the time I get home will only have a few weeks to get everything ready for the dhow..Its about a 4 hr drive from San Antonio. Will take plenty of pictures at the show and the progress leading to the show!
 
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