Hey fellas!!! (and ladies?)
So, I just picked up a 67 LeMans with a newly balanced and blue-printed 455 motor and I wanted to show it to y'all while I was saying hello. After a semi-successful engine installation, the previous owner sort-of lost interest and threw it into a real estate deal I just took advantage of. After about a day of wrenching, I had it running (but not well).
It overheats pretty bad and I shut it down after the temp hit 230. The previous owner warned me that it might do that. The engine ran strong while it was running though. He also said there was a tranny leak that will need to be fixed. I never drove it, I just let it run for a while (too paranoid about the tranny leak
I think I'm going to just put in a bigger radiator and redo the whole cooling system. I'll put a 160 deg thermo in it and maybe even a new water pump. I've also noticed that the neck of the thermo housing leaks (because it's on of those POS aftermarket chrome ones). After that, it should be fine, mechanically...
What I'd like to do is discuss options, if that's okay. I could just leave it a LeMans but I hate the way the back end looks. I'd rather have the GTO style tail lights with the back-ups on the bumper. That, to me, looks the best. So, I'm leaning towards converting it to a GTO. I'm open to all opinions and viewpoints, so please throw some suggestions my way. My mind is by no means made up.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the pics!!!
...and here are some of the engine: