My New Project Skylark Thread

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by hubbard316, Sep 20, 2016.

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  1. hubbard316

    hubbard316 Well-Known Member

    Well the time has come where I've decided to start on my newly acquired project. After many days, nights, and weekends of scouring this site, asking questions from many members (which have been more than helpful), and purchasing goodies. I'm ready to begin. To start, I picked up this car from a local guy who purchased it for his high school kid. The kid decided upon graduation that he wanted a truck instead so it worked out perfectly for me because the car was local and I didnt have to travel far to purchase it.

    A little about the ride. Its a '70 Skylark 350. It has around 85k miles on it. The engine was recently rebuild from the block up back in late 2014. The car was in decent shape when purchased but needed my touch to get it running right. (At least that's my excuse to the Mrs.)

    A few pictures on the day of purchase....

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    Since the purchase I spent the next couple of weeks doing research on what the family here is doing to "enhance" the performance and drive ability of the car.

    First things done....Upgraded front brakes to discs and dual exhaust... (will get pics of brake setup loaded later)

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    Next on the list was the advanced timing kit, factory intake upgrade, and a new air cleaner. Ordered in a Quadrajet Stage 2 from one the vendors here on the site, found a factory 4bbl intake from another member here, and went to Summit Racing for my advanced timing kit.

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    old intake removed

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    old carb gone...



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    New setup installed

    Now its time to get the power to the ground...Ordered new gears (3.42s and a Posi Unit). Got her up in the air and installation is going well. Will cap it off with a TA Performance rear cap....

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    Should be finishing the rear up between today and tomorrow. Now just awaiting the new torque converter and i'll have her buttoned up and ready to go.

    Final parts to come for this year are 2200-2600 stall torque converter, new plugs and wires, MSD ignition system.

    After this, its on to the paint shop for a fresh new color and she's hitting the streets for some winter time fun.

    I'll play with this setup for a while to see how I like the performance enhancements before putting her up for a cam upgrade or possible 455 conversion.

    Thanks to all the members who have been a big help in educating me on this project so far. Many more things to come. Stay tuned....


    Let me know what you guys think.
     
  2. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    You've got my vote... looks NICE! Plus the fact that the AC is still all there is a giant bonus! Name it after something your bride is partial to and youll be in like Flint!! ws
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
  3. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    very cool car, nice job!
     
  4. Joe B

    Joe B Well-Known Member

    Nice looking car! I'd keep the color. I think it's a great combination, especially with no vinyl top.
     
  5. sriley531

    sriley531 Big green hunk of $#*^....

    Looks like a nice solid specimen to play with and enjoy! Congrats on a good score.
     
  6. hubbard316

    hubbard316 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. Its coming along great. Just got the call today that the bumpers are finished being re-chromed and ready to go, so i'll be putting them on this weekend. Now just a few minor things and its ready to go.

    The color is starting to grow on me somewhat, however I'm not sure if I'll keep it just yet.
     

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