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Thought I would show my work now that I am back working on the 66. I have to do the 66 so I can clear out the garage for my 70 Jury. So, here's a pic of the car when I got it. It was "running" with a 389, which was wore slap out and smoked bad on kicking it. So, it came out. Last night I assembled, painted and installed a fresh 69 400 290HP in it. I just did the tin work and timing cover gaskets.

Here's the after pic as it's been sitting since Jan 10.

Now, I pulled the motor and installed the 69 400. The motor is fresh, but I didn't pull the heads to see the pistons, but got a nice shot from in the pan, can anyone tell what the pistons are? The motor has a nodular crank in it.


I made good progress and am getting the car ready to take to my body guy so he can weld a bunch of metal in it. I can do alot of the body work, but if he's going to do it for repayment for house rent who am I to say no. I did alot of the bodywork on it so far. He already fixed the fenders for me and they are ready for a scuff and paint. I have alot more pics in my photobucket link showing all the rust. The floor pan is good, but the rear panel and drip rails in the trunk were all fiberglass. The trunk pan is rusty. Front right rocker and left front quarter are both rusted out.

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That piston looks brand new.

Nice project!
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Engine came out of a street rod truck, they pulled it for a SBC. Got the engine and turbo 400 trans site unseen for $500. It had an edelbrock carb, intake and valve covers that were rust from sitting in the elements, valley pan was caked rust. Pulled it down and found a new motor. Still has crosshatch in the cylinders. Cam looks new, don't know the specs, will find out on start up.. Was going to do a head swap to 6Xs, but it looks so fresh I'm leaving it alone. I was trying to figure out if they were dished pistons, but the mark I am seeing is the valve relief. But, the pistons look real short and there are grind marks on the pistons and rods from balancing. I got the intake media blasted and painted for $20 and it looks like new. Carb is sitting on the shelf and may be a throw away. I got the dizzy and wires, but am using a HEI.

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Even if the engine and trans were cores, you paid a reasonable price. If the engine turns out to be anything like it appears, you got a heck of a deal. Go for it! What color was the '66 originally? Looks like it was Orange before the yellow....The second '66 I ever owned was competition orange with a blacked out tail panel and Ansen slot mags....It looked MEAN. Are you going to stick with yellow??
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I don't have a cowl tag for it, so don't know the color. Heck, it's a Georgia car and they don't even need titles, just bill of sale. The vin tag has steel rivets, so I think it was a field car for a few years, front and rear window area rotted out. It was sold at the Moultry swap meet in 02, sticker is still on it. The car was bright orange, then bright yellow, then lighter yellow. I will probably go Red or Black with the car. Guy I got the car from lived on the Gulf so he was trying to stop the rust with the last yellow paint, didn't work.

Geeteeohguy, any pics of the orange car, and the motor is already in the car. I think I did great on the motor, I'm happy. I had the valley pan, oil pan and timing cover off and all looked real good. No slack in timing chain. Water pump inner seals where even soft. Only odd thing was water pump was filled with leak stopper, hopefully they were trying to fix the heater core.

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Yeah, I can tell what those pistons are from the pic...............they're ALUMINUM..........

I'd stay with yellow......too many Black and re-sale Red cars now.

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Yeah, I can tell what those pistons are from the pic...............they're ALUMINUM..........

I'd stay with yellow......too many Black and re-sale Red cars now.
Thanks on Aluminum, ha ha.. Machine shop guy said they're forged, and motor is balanced, so can't wait to fire it up.
Yep, resale red all the way, or Black if the body work can handle it. I hate the yellow.
Today I found out that 66 PS and alt brackets don't work with a 69 balancer. I also found out that a 70 water pump is 1/2" longer than a 69 and does not work either. I don't know what years changed with accessory brackets, but I do know they are all different...
Oh, and my new battery I took out in Jan is dead and isn't taking a charge, so progress is slow..

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Got the engine running today, runs really good, no smoke or strange noises, good oil pressure. Got the flat bed here to haul the car to the body shop and it's pouring outside, so with all the work done, now I can't take the car. Anyway, heres' a couple pics of the motor, think it came out alright, still needs more sweat equity put into it, but looks good for now. I'll tidy some things up in a bit, just taking a break.


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After only 7 months the 66 GTO cloan has a new motor in it and is FINALLY out of the garage!!! It's at the body shop now to get some metal put back into it. Motor I put in is a 69 10.5 to 1 400 with a fresh rebuild, nodular crank and forged pistons. So, now it's time to clean 7 months of goo off the floor and clear out all the shelves to make it look like a garage again!!. I have a rebuildable 66 389 325 hp and a 400 w/6Xs that needs a cam if ya know of anyone, plus other Pontiac stuff. Both motors never left the garage since pulled, and they both ran fine, 389 smoked-pistons, 400 2 rounded cam lobes-lifter tap.

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the yellow engine and tranny is crazy. when they committed to a color it was on!


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