It feels like I have been climbing an uphill battle since July. Everyone always asks me when my car will run and I can drive, and I don’t really know. I have been working on my mustang coupe for a couple of months and the end is finally in sight. I can finally shut everyone up who has been giving me crap for the past months. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand how difficult it is to rebuild and engine and get a car running when you’re only 16. I don’t have a ton of money so it’s really tough. I am seeing friends pass me by as they get their own 2006 Camry and can drive to and from school.
I finally finished my engine build, I have a 2V 351 cleveland, nothing too special, yet. I have big plans for my car, but I really need to start driving. When I first bought the car, it had a 2V 351 cleveland but it didn’t run. The engine turned over but never started. Being completely inexperienced, I didn’t know what was wrong with it. In fact, I hadn’t even seen under the hood of any car before, and my dream is to become an automotive engineer, it was pretty sad. So I decided to take the entire engine apart and rebuild it. There were major problems. For one, when ever I turned the engine over on my stand, I could hear something rattling inside. When I got the oil pan off, I discovered that a piece of the engine block had broken off. The idiots who had the engine before me over torqued a water pump bolt, that was about 2 inches longer than it’s supposed to be, and it broke off the part around the threads. The engine was new and rebuilt they said.
I got down to the inner workings of the engine, the pistons and the crank. There was a lot of scoring on the cylinder walls and the bearings for the crank were garbage. I was looking at a lot of money to get my cylinders bored over to about 0.030 inches and getting a hone, not to mention getting my crank ground. In addition, my cylinder heads weren’t in very good shape either. It was going to cost me a lot of money, so I just decided to buy a new block and start from there.
I bought a new block and it cost me about $1500 to finish the long block. Everything was really nice. It took me a while to get the funds to buy other things like the harmonic balancer. Usually, the balancers are pretty cheap, but my crank was internally balanced, so I had to get a flexplate and harmonic balancer that were neutral balance. Ya, I have an automatic. Last weekend I finally got everything together, and I found that my intake manifold is a 4V manifold, but that is okay, I can keep it for a little longer when I get some good 4V closed chamber aluminum heads. Like I said earlier, I have big plans.
My plans for this car are very ambitious and it will take a lot of time, and money. The good thing is, I will probably keep this car forever, unless I swap it for a fastback and I can put my engine in. My biggest plans are for my engine. I want to keep the Cleveland as both of my first two engines were Clevelands and it has a lot of potential. I want to turn it into a 408C stroker with 4V heads and twin turbos. The reason for the turbos on a muscle car is that the Cleveland is meant to run at high rpm, and turbos are the same way, so at high rpm my engine will be a beast like this.
However, a supercharger would also be a good idea, because as a daily driver, I need low end power, and a supercharger provides that. As a matter of fact, my orthodontist has a Pantera with a twincharged 351 Cleveland, which means he has a supercharger AND twin turbos, it makes 1000 horsepower. He is pretty rich. I also want to get a nasty camshaft and make my engine sound like a beast when I’m idling at a stoplight. This might be my first purchase as I can show it off when I drive to school. Here is what a nice camshaft sounds like.
I put a lot of work into it and I want people to know that. It is something I am very passionate about. I also know that a lot of people love cars just as much as me and know a million times more than I do. I really want to learn more from others so I can be good at something I love doing. I’m hoping that restoring my Mustang the way I am teaches me a lot more as it already has taught me a lot. My dream is to work on cars or even design them as I love art too, and I will be posting some drawings of cars I am doing. I will post another update when I get my car running!