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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    
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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    
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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.



 
Daleici 
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02-28-21 02:46 PM - Post#2815286    
    In response to Algoma56

Thanks, still a few more tweaks. Going to forget the LT1 and move to an LS3 W/6L80-E trans (4.06 1st gear, .67 overdrive).

The frame will more than likely be a Nerd Rods C4 frame using either a Dana 36 or a 44. If we go with the 480 horse LS3 then I'll choose the 44. I'll use the stock Vette Gear ratio.

Nerd Rods says that 245/45 R17 on the front and 275/40 R18 on the rear will fit without body mods, but I believe there is at least 1 mod the the body for fitment.

I would like to retain the spare tire hole so I believe that a 25 gallon tank will fit.



 
Algoma56 
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03-08-21 09:26 AM - Post#2815770    
    In response to Daleici

Planning it out will help you get the right combo, when the time comes.
I plan on building similar chassis; have one piece style frame, and early C4 front and rear. Will do on my own, but Nerd Rods and others are available with competitive pricing and options.



 
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03-10-21 08:41 PM - Post#2815925    
    In response to Algoma56

That is one beautiful 55! I hesitate to say this but you asked for advice. You’re plans look great but putting an additional $30k + into a 4 door won’t be easy to recoup if you decide to sell at some point. Money may not be a concern and lots of folk have good reasons for owning a 4 door which of course is fine.
We also pay huge money for new cars and see the value drop by half in a few years and think nothing of it.



 
Daleici 
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03-16-21 11:39 AM - Post#2816266    
    In response to 55_FEVER

Thanks!, Yes I am fairly sure I will never recoup the money, but with that being said the 4 door is good for my 91 year old mom and will be a whole lot easier for her to get into as compared to my 540i, or my 4wd Tacoma. And my wife and I can carry our dogs with us for weekend fun!

Anyway I am really excited to get a modern suspension under the beast.

I've changed my mind on the engine/trans combo and have decided on the 430hp LS3 with the 4L70E tranny.

Russell at Nerd Rods is building a 28 gallon tank for it and we will be running a Dana 44 IRS from a 88-97 Corvette. The 44's in those vette's came with a 3.45 gear so that should be plenty low.

The converter that comes with the 4L70E is about 2500 rpm and the overdrive gear is .7

That's about 2400 RPM at 80 mph.

Dale



 
Daleici 
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03-30-21 06:46 AM - Post#2817131    
    In response to Daleici

So, we have been having trouble finding the LS3/430 that we wanted to put in the car, so we opted for the LS7/505. It comes with a dry sump, so we are going to do a wet conversion kit on it.

Dale



 


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