My old man picked up this car as a wrecker, to make a little cash.
But after I took one look at it, there is no way you can wreck this car. It's 98% complete and what rust it does have is so easy to repair its not funny. All the doors are straight and rust free and the chrome on the bumpers is still good after 42yrs and 248000miles. There is no major dents either. Maybe 3 shopping trolley wounds.
All that's really needed is a drive line a front seat and carpet to get it going.
Not too bad for $250.
Nothing a 318ci and a 4spd wont fix!
Last edited by soop; 05-01-2011 at 03:39 PM.
Oh yeah, Ill be watching this!
I can't get over how awesome those wheels look though, they're still perfect.
It was going to be crushed!!
Them hubcaps an wheel trims are absolute gold , those old Vals are worth a quid these days ......to think we used to paddok bash em .....damn . All them cars ..............F#@K man i could kick myself stupid
At 43 a wealth of info , but still heaps to learn
This one cost $250!!!!
I reckon to buy those wheel trims these days would cost you about that. All the chrome work but a small portion on the interior door trim is in perfect condition.
Yeah that's the plan, Although it will bet getting at minimum a 318 and 5spd.
Subscirbed also, does it have the front end? And what's you're plans?
Yeah the whole lot is there, was packed into the car. The front seat was toast, but big deal.
The front clip is actually just sitting there, I put it there for the photo's.
Plans are an original restoration, so it can be used as a cruiser. Lumpy arse 318 and 5spd for some slight semblance of economy. Chrysler V8's shit all over Holden V8's in the aural ecstasy department.
fireball, fireball, fireball
sooo jealous. so questions, exterior colour? interior colour? gonna go flashy or stock? fuzzy dice etc
ever since the day he was born, fluffy knew that he was not like all the other 454's. "GO AWAY and play in your silverado C3500" they would all say to him, laughing and snickering as he slowly loped away in his truck with his lowly 530NM of torque. but one day, one day, Fluffy knew he would grow up to power a 66 impala, and would be the talk of all the other 454's.
Great project Soop. Might only be a Valiant but anything from local manufacturers from the 60's is worth restoring. The beauty of those old girls is that they are so simple to work on and repair. No exotic steels, panels that actually had more than 1mm thick metal, no flash electronics - can't go past them. And Valiants are getting pretty rare these days - probably because they were so poorly regarded once the factory stopped making them.
And screw the "Fireball". 318 cubic inches of nothing.
340 ex Charger E55.
LOL how long has it been since you've seen a 340 that doesn't need a rebuild?
Problem with them is they're great motors. So they've been used as such!
The 318 "fireball" (unfortunate name for a motor) can be made to go really well. With a really nice aftermarket support from the states as well.
The main reason I got it, was because you just don't see them any more. Kingswoods and old falcons are a dime a dozen in comparision and really the Valiant was right up there as far as being the alternative vehicle, its not as if they were just some quirk. As for being simple, well... That's an understatement. The Regal model is the equivelent to a Calais. Guess what's so special... It has a heater. I'm serious.
As for exterior and interior idea's. LONG way off at the moment, quiet a bit of body work to be done (more pics a little late). But a first idea is sting red (vx red) with black bumble bee stripes over the rear end like the Chargers/Pacers.
And maybe a black interior like the Pacer?
I'm just looking to keep it looking standard but clean with a little personal touch to it.
Very much open to idea's though, I've never spent much time with the Chryslers, So I'm not really up to date on what works and what doesn't.
Nice. I have a have a soft spot for local mopars
Anything A series engine is plenty strong from factory. If you can find one at the right price I would go a 360 myself
Awesome project indeed
Trying to find one is the issue.
To be frank, I don't even know what models they came out in.
99% of the Valiants had slant sixes. (Still go as hard as an injected 304 most of the time!)
I'm old enough to remember when the first Pacers were released. The colour scheme that sticks in my mind was a white one with the red stripes running along the sides and over the boot, but that might have been a VG colour scheme. The Pacer was also the first local car with "tombstone" buckets - it was quite a shit-hot deal for its time.
Regarding the 340 - well, to be honest, being a Holden man, I have never followed the progress of the Mopar line development but I recall that, when new, the E55 Charger, with the 340, was a honker, considering it was just a stocker with a four barrel Carter (I think). The 360 that Mace mentions was only a 2 barrel and in standard form back then, was a real slug for its size, but obviously, the more cubes the merrier if you can find one.
Still, the 318 has the basis and the US aftermarket range for them is huge, so whatever you choose should make it a neat unit and something different.
Just make sure the front end stays stuck to the firewall and there is no rust behind the steering box. I can remember MANY Valiants separating at the firewall in prangs so it must have been a potential weak spot.
yeah... this is going to be nicee.
Yeah, I've noted through my brief research that the Valiants like to rust through the plenum and its almost a given that it will have rust there, but mine doesn't!!!
It has some substantial rust in the front corner of either sill but thats it!!
HAHAHAHA, yeah I know the one.
Very much aimed at wogs in the late 70's.
I'll see if I can find a dead Chrysler by Chrysler and go from there. Its easier and cheaper to buy knackered cars for parts then to source them seperately.
I've got a VF wagon coming next weekend that is totall munted but still has some handy parts on it. I'll even pinch some of the sheet metal to repair the sedan.
Feel like a hot rodder now! (You just don't bother with shit like this on a Commodore)
I love six pack suprises, Im going to be different and say go the slant 6, or better, a hemi 6
Nahh, I mean that would be easier. But I love V8's and the Chrysler V8's sound so damned sexy.
I could get a slant 6 for about $3.50. The car originally had a 240 slant six I think? Badge on the back says 160hp. which is probably more then a Buick powered VN and it would weigh allot less too!
Soop, make sure you finish it off with cushions with the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge embroided on them.
One in each corner of the rear shelf.
1970's wog style.
Hahaha, yeah I don't think so!