This is a build thread for my 63' that I've just been blessed with the time and space to be able to work on a bit. This car was originally a Missouri car =(
It was a 223 /6 with 3 on the tree. When I acquired it, it had already had a 904 put into it and the column shifter oddly hooked to shift the 904 and had no clutch pedal.
I decided to take this car down the road of a 5.2 magnum swap and retain the kegger manifold with fuel injection. This requires a bit of extra fandangling compared to putting in a 5.2 LA but the magnum blocks are very available and the wiring was also basically shot in this car. I do believe someone at some time hooked a battery up backwards in it causing a wire mess.
Also, this means the distributor should fit without modifying the hump.
The 223 was still points and I did get it to run before dismantling it (after an oil change) and it was not happy needless to say. Upon head removal, one of the pushrods had a cracked cup and the oil was likely not flowing correctly anywhere due to clogged passages from age/muck.
Going to clean out the intake and shorten the runners as much as possible for quick flow. These intakes are truck intakes, much like the /6 with very long runners. Aside from that, the 318 is just getting resealed, new timing chain and sprockets and brass freeze plugs. I am also giving this motor a paint job even tho it appears to have been ran low on oil at some time. I did run this motor for about 1 min after an oil change and no evidence of top end noise or knocks.
Next step in getting the swap in, channelling the frame. Going full box and thru the floor with it and tying the floor to it. I will be okay with my rear passengers (if ever) needing to look where they step so they don't trip.
I have every bush/joint for the front to redo all of that as well. =)
This thread will likely be mostly photos but if anyone has any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to pm me or post below.