Here Goes Nothing -66 Coronet

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    Hi everyone,

    Figured this would be the place for getting my 66 coronet basket case up and going. A little backstory, I’ve always been a GM guy, but just couldn’t shake how much I loved classic B bodies. Casually browsing I came across a 66 coronet 440 factory A/C car for a price I’ve never seen a classic mopar for. So naturally I jumped on it and asked questions later. It’s a good car, only 1 actual spot of rust concern on the passenger floorboard, pretty solid everywhere else.

    details about the car:
    Oklahoma car it’s whole life. Originally a 318 poly it now as an 87 truck LA360 and short tail shaft 727 roughly bolted in. 8 3/4 rear end, with god knows what rear gear.

    plans:
    Really wanted a 4 speed, but I think the conversion would just eat too much of my 7k mechanical (not paint&body) budget.
    First off is performing mouse delouse and clean then some headers since it has no exhaust system at all, probably a set of Doug’s long tubes and one of the 68 b body exhaust kits from jegs that are cheap. Then ditch the quadrajet and get Holley sniper, maybe hyperspark, but that’s a maybe at best. Figure out a transmission linkage, there’s nothing there so I’m flying blind. Get the seats all reupholstered convert to discs up front and change the pistons for the rear drums. Get a custom slip joint drive shaft to run the short tail trans and redo whatever wiring needs it. Rebuild the suspension and From there it’s hotrodding with whatever money I’ve got left until I have to saving again.

    thanks for reading and I’ll take whatever advice you’ve got!

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    • Don Frelier

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      Welcome from NY.
      Nice looking project keep us posted with a members project and restoration thread.
       
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      • 68sprtsat383

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        Welcome! Looks like a fairly solid project!
         
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        Welcome from NH sea coast. Good choice. Love 66-67 b-body style.
         
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        Welcome, love the ride!
         
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        Welcome from North Florida!!!
        Cool car :thumbsup:
         
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        welcome and glad your here. Hope you post more on this project. Now lets see how fast that 7k can get spent. :lol:
         
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        Oh it’s going to go QUICK! I just need to make sure I don’t get ahead of myself and buy something not necessary before I really verify the drivetrain is good. And let’s be honest I’ll probably spend the most time of all wiring.
         
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        YearOne is the place to get the wiring,Ive done 2 cars that way. I always replace the dash harness.
         
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          Welcome to the best mopar site on the ‘net.

          Great looking project car, that should be fun!
           
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          Love those 66/67 body lines.
           
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          Breaking news everyone.

          First purchase for the car was a huge success. The “super victor” (pun intended) rat trap overthrew the rat king living under the dash. He was so gnarly he actually ate about a 1/4 of a regular mouse trap the other day. The big boy trap worked great, so now I can actually clean and it won’t continue to fill up with turds. Headers/exhaust are on order and looks like there’s a broken off exhaust bolt/stud on the right bank cylinder heads (thankfully the most forward one). I’ll suppose I’ll start a regular build thread once I get to work on it, probably tomorrow.

          thanks everyone for the warm welcomes! Good to know the car forum isn’t a dying medium like I was afraid it was.
           
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            No Pictures of the deceased? :lol::lol:
             
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              A state funeral will be held by the local sanitation department tomorrow morning. He was (hopefully) preceded in death by ALL his friends and family.
               
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