my favorite drink is synthetic oil


1966 Chrysler Newport Project

original sales manual 

The model shown in the sales manual, above, is my exact model: The rare 6-window sedan. This here's a big car with lots of room under the hood... for more power! To satisfy that need, I've been collecting parts and building up my perfect engine. Here's what that means right now:

Stock 383 block. Plenty of displacement to serve my needs once I get through modding it, and having been rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago, it should be plenty stout to handle what's to come. We're at a lull in the excitement right now due to a summer full of teaching, the Campbell Conference, a motorcycle accident, and so forth, so let's just check out the resting monster:

The most obvious update is the set of Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, which flow more than any racing-ported stock set of big-block Chrysler heads, weigh 50 pounds less, have better combustion chambers (for increased power and efficiency), and dissipate heat better (allowing for greater horsepower without worrying about additional heat), among many other great things. Thus we have an excellent foundation.

What's lurking inside, you ask? The brain of an engine is its cam, and to take advantage of those heads, I switched directions and ditched the XTreme Energy cam for a nice, big, hydraulic-roller Thumpr cam. It's right below the limits for these heads and springs, so all should be well.

Supplying air and fuel is an awesome Boss EFI fuel injection system by Retrotek. This baby allows for custom tuning, improved fuel mileage, easy starts both in the cold and hot, and protection against lean or rich fuel conditions. A bit more complicated than a basic carb, but I'm pretty thoroughly sick of dealing with carburetor issues. If you're not yet sick of 'em, you probably haven't owned a lot of old cars and driven them throughout the year ;-)  Looks like this:

Because I'll be using this and recent articles in the hot-rod mags got me thinking about the myriad benefits of E85 in a souped-up engine: Because E85 has octane ratings well over 100, one can run high compression without pinging, bolt on a supercharger without dropping compression ratio, all while burning (cheap) fuel that - instead of being sent to us from foreign countries - is made right here in the USA... and hopefully very soon made with crop waste instead of corn. Hm!

Keep an eye out for how I'll accommodate this opportunity. But first, a few other updates.