The final piece of the 1965 Coronet Great Dale re-imagining is complete.
The old 361 engine has been replaced with a 383 cubic inch block bored to 494 cubic inches with a custom camshaft to produce maximum torque with the available 600 hp.
The oddball ’65 transmission has been replaced with a ’66 standard transmission. A Gear Vendor overdrive was added to provide overdrive for highway driving and 1/2 gears for mountain pulling.
It apparently has been raced against many cars during the mechanic’s “burn-in” period, and many people were surprised as they watched the tail-end of the House Car take off ahead of them.
I made it all the way home on cruise and overdrive and the engine was barely engaged. I accidentally hit 80 mph trying to pass someone on the freeway and the engine barely noticed.
Burn in on the stand
New headers and pans
We sent the dashboard to the fine folks at http://www.justdashes.com/ last winter and we should have posted the pictures then. But I couldn’t find the heater knob until recently, so here they are.
The Great Dale made an appearance at Elsewhence 2015.
I bought this car in Denver approx 10 years ago. That was just a little before the retro RV craze started and got it for $2500.
The purchase was for my friend in Southern Sweden. We shipped it and a 56 Cad House car of unknown origin at the same time. All the paper work came with the 63 including where they upgraded to a 1970 Olds 455 engine at a dealership.
I have toured Sweden in the car twice once 7 years ago and again last summer. It runs perfect and with mostly flat land there and no mountains to speak of it really gets down the road.
This is a photo from that last trip.
Benny Berggren is the current owner.
Wish I still has pictures of the day we shoved this car and another 56 Cad House car in a SeaTrain container.
The Cad was a non Dale car. It was rough and Benny has never done anything with it yet.
The Dale we were able to let his boy drive in. Then the 56 Cad we had to take tires on the wheels to drop the overall height and the. Rolll / shove it in with a forklift. It was 103 degree that day so inside the container felt like 150.
Here is my camper hookup now
1962 Buick electra front end. Mileage reads 71,242. It needs a transmission which we will supply to be included in the sale. It ran when parked but only in low and reverse. Does not respond in drive. The camper is in great condition but needs work in the bed area over the seat. One front windshield as well as the glass on the side door is cracked. Needs glass in the side window at the top. We have the title. Asking $3500.00. Buyer pays for transport. It has been stored under cover for 10 years. It is located in Columbia, South Carolina Call Pete Johnson 803 783-6002
Look at it. Look at it!!!
When we went down to Castle Rock three years ago to see the Great Dale we were going to buy, the family who was selling showed us their personal Great Dale too. It is made up of a 1960 Cadillac and a camper body which is unusual. Later on, Dale Wasinger spliced two vehicles together and stuck the camper body on top. We wanted this RV so bad. Luckily for you, it is now for sale. This classic Great Dale House Car can be had by you for only $9500.
Unlike our Dale, the vehicle had been well taken care of inside and out and is in its original color. This RV has an extra two feet in length, has more kitchen and storage space. Look at the bucket seats!
Here she is! Almost finished too. Only waiting to get the dash back. I’ve been looking for the perfect shade of turquoise for almost a year. Found the fabric in about a month.
We went to the Colorado Classic Campout at Starlite Classic Campground last weekend and saw one of the other Great Dales there. You can see it parked right behind us in the picture below.
We can see the end of the Great Dale Restoration project thanks to these fine people who helped with the interior and exterior.
The Great Dale front end was completely stripped before heading off to Larry at Retro Restoration http://www.retrorestoration.com/. Larry completely re-skinned the camper part and added a hidden bathroom before spraying the final paint job.
All of the trim was restored by Wade at http://classictrimco.com/.
The bumper was sent off to Georgia, and the guys at AMS Obsolete (http://mmpar.com) did an amazing job.
The Dale didn’t have any emblems and I managed to get the complete set of original emblems, one at a time, after searching on Ebay for months.
Ron at Auto Weave Upholstery (http://www.autoweaveupholstery.com/) did the fantastic car interior and hooked me up with a specialist who could give it the final shine it needed, and fix the drivers side door.
And I can’t forget the fine folks at Mopower Masters (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mopower-Masters/134126706638040)who are responsible for all the mechanical work that allows us to actually cruise down the highway reliably!
Here are the results:
Here is a chart to compare the changes
Larry at Retro Restoration (http://www.retrorestoration.com/) is finished and the Great Dale looks fantastic. The bumper (AMS Obsolete 706-337-5620) and trim (http://classictrimco.com/) are all back and look fantastic. Now it is up to Nick at Flatliner Rod Shop to put it all together (http://flatlinerrodshop.com/).
Here’s the pics.
Larry at Retro Restoration http://www.retrorestoration.com/ works amazingly fast and is ready to skin and paint the Great Dale.
Out new slide-out bathroom
Storage pod cover to keep the look and feel
Re-enforced gas filler
Removed and replaced the rotten wood