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Old 11-28-2014, 03:04 PM   #15
Tom T
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Find out what caused the failure first, so you can get a plan to go from there. After the engine autopsy, you may find that heat was part of the problem, & that you needed far more cooling for engine & trans.

.... I remember all those pull over water stops on the highways back in the 1950s & `60s - so even the Buick with the factory tow package was heat stressed back then on Southwest desert grades!

The racer cam probably made it run even hotter I would think, while the towing/hauling cam & other suggestions above would keep it cooler by staying in range.

My uncle in the 1960's had a hot rail dragster with a GM 400 bored, cammed up, blown & pushed to its limits - and he rebuilt the motor just about every race or 2 or 3!!

PS - when you go back into the 50's & 60's - it also opens up a whole new arena of vintage kin which are still silver twinkies, but with different features & often better built that AS, such as our Avion, Silver Streak & a bunch of others from the TT heyday! So maybe look at some other options too.

Tom T (janabanana48's other half )
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