We happened across this exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center
One of the downsides of not having a trailer is transportation when we get to the destination. We have a Mini Cooper with a standard transmission that makes for a great pull-behind dinghy-tow vehicle, so we decided to see if the new torque-monster couls pull it.
We took a test drive to Cherry Creek State Park Campground and the toruqe-monster can pull both vehicles with ease. There’s a small stability issue that may be a problem. We’ll see what happens on further trips this year.
If it does work out, we’ll probably paint the Mini to match the Dale
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.