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Username Post: Starting a 55 build        (Topic#364366)
Daleici 
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02-17-21 10:03 AM - Post#2814456    

Hello all,

So I purchased an all original 55 bel air with the intent of making it a daily driver. I will keep all the original parts on a pallet, but will replace quite a few.

We plan on a "Connect and Cruise LS3(430hp)/4L70-E", Currie 9" With 3.0 gears. Disk brakes all around. A Ridetech StreetGrip kit, someones A/C kit, and someones power steering setup.

I have only purchased the car at this point.

Any suggestions you folks may have are appreciated!

Thanks,
Dale


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02-17-21 10:06 AM - Post#2814458    
    In response to Daleici

Nice car,good luck with the project!

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02-17-21 03:46 PM - Post#2814476    
    In response to rcr3

Looks like a great start. Sounds like the right systems to go for.

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Daleici 
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02-18-21 04:49 AM - Post#2814506    
    In response to Tony

I hope so, still trying to figure it all out. Like what brakes with which wheels, what steering gear, hydro or electric, if hydro 20:1 or 14:1, do I need headers or do I have enough clearance with the stock manifolds.
Other questions in my head:
Should I go coil over or stay with the leaf's
Do I need a in tank pump, or is an external system quiet enough.

So before I go on anything I will hopefully have a good understanding of the finished product.

I'm reading posts and I appreciate everyone's knowledge here.

Dale


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Algoma56 
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02-21-21 03:20 AM - Post#2814771    
    In response to Daleici

Nice car, nice plan. If you do go with an overdrive transmission, put some lower than 3.00 gears in the back. Say 3.70, you'll enjoy the car a lot more, and it will still run well on the highway.



 
Daleici 
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02-25-21 12:18 PM - Post#2815071    
    In response to Algoma56

Thanks for the reply!.

We have been changing our build plan a bit, and have decided to put a new frame under the body. Looks like I'm leaning toward the Roadster Shop REVO setup. We are also going to change our powertrain choice to an LT1/8L90-e connect & cruise setup. I'm going to leave the rear gear at 3.00 for the 8L90 since it has a stump puller 4.56 first gear. With the rear tire being a 245/50/17 that will allow an 80 mph cruise at 2000 rpm.

Still tweaking this.
Dale



 
Algoma56 
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02-26-21 08:37 AM - Post#2815128    
    In response to Daleici

Good! You have to look at both ends-effective first gear and final drive. The 8-series transmission changes decision on rear gear ratio. You're planning it right.



 


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