K9hotrodder409 "W" project

k9hotrodder409

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Hi Gang, Jim Kwaitkowski had asked me to post some pics of my '57 project the other day. While going through my album pics of the '61 build for my son's site I found the documentation pics of my '57 build from day 1 back in 1994.
I decided that some of you might enjoy seeing how I went about the build doing it"OLD SKOOL " with what ever I had laying around my garage and feebaying a lot of STUFF to pay for whatever I didn't have .
There's a lot of photos so I am going to do this approx.10 pictures at a time in weekly installments. Hope you enjoy. I did all this except for machine work and with the help of my wife when she had time


AUGUST 1995 " THE BEGINNING "

The 1st 11 pics are explained as follows;
#1 This is my son in a contrast photo of my avatar 13 years later.
#2 This is the parts car that was needed for all the incidentals I threw away when I built the drag car.( Light= Fast )
#3 This is the drag engine that gave me the time of my life for all those years.1967 327 from a vette. The chain was to keep from ripping out the motor mounts.
#4The little woman stripping off the Joint Venture Decals to prep the fenders for sandblasting.
#5 All the bolt ons for the motor sandblasted,primed and painted while waiting for the long block to come home from the machinist.
#6 At last !! She's home all prettied up. This was a stock build with all new stock guts.
#7 333 heads came home also with a fresh triple angle valve job
#8 The '61 409 Winters aluminum intake also recieved the treatment
#9 Here she is starting to look like a "W"
#10 The '68 Camaro 12 bolt rear also got the treatment with a 5:57 to 3:73 gear swap. The gear set was from Speedway. The sale of the 5:57's paid for the 3:73s.

Now to see if the pictures will post. ENJOY !!!
 

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61belair348

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Ha! I have been trying to put the set you sent me into some semblance of order! Thanks. I can use these to make a parallel rebuild album.
 

k9hotrodder409

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That rear end has been through the mill with 3 different sets of gears through the years 6:17 / 5:57 and now 3:73's. Never even cracked that housing.
Who da thunk a '68 Camaro 12 bolt would last that long. 41 years & counting.:dunno

:crazy:cheers
 

mark johnson

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Some great photos! "JOINT VENTURE"..........great name and I've always wanted to name a Drag car that same exact name for obvious reasons I'm really don't think I need to get into right now! I can imagine that it's probably a great name while we're in our 20's but requires some tricky explanations when children grow up into their question-asking phase.
 

k9hotrodder409

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#12
Hey Mark, When I was drag racing back in the day I would sometimes come up against a 1968 Barracuda with a 383/tourquflite and the name on that car's fenders was "JOINT EFFORT " He had a cartoon character smoking a joint on his fender under the name. Back then us local drag racers didn't copyright car names. I don't remember anyone being offended by name similarities. My son understood the name as a bunch of friends building a race car. Hence "JOINT VENTURE " Obviously a lot later than my avatar picture.
:crazy:cheers
 

k9hotrodder409

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k9hotrodder "W" project

Hey guys, I can't wait till next friday !!! Here are 10 more pics of my build. Enjoy

#1 Race motor is finally removed to make room for the "W"
#2 Camaro rear with new 3:73 gears back under the car
#3 This was the trunk area in drag race trim Battery tray and 4 holley fuel pumpsThey gave me approx. 9 lbs on the pressure gauge throughout the race.
#4 This is the firewall that had to be redone. The rectangle hole in the center was for the vertex magneto I had on the old 427 engine I ran for 1 season. That motor got trashed chasing a Camaro.The hole on the left is for the stock heater box.The small hole is for the heater valve. Another lite=fast moment.
#5 This the firewall piece from the parts car to repair the firewall holes.
#6 Here is the piece installed. It was sandblasted,primed and painted.
#7 This is not going to my son's house in Florida:cry:pray so it needs a heater & defroster,also removed from the parts car.
#8 Also sandblasted,primed and painted.
#9 New firewall interior pad from "Danchuk"Couldn't believe how simple that install was.
#10 New steering column seal also from Danchuk
 

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61belair348

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I think it was that popular baby blue color/white combo from back in the day. I recall that I might have seen it on a door hinge or something...
 
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