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  1. "Stand up" depends entirely on how often you lay down the rubber. Even a strong R3 does not make 300 lbs/ft of torque low down on the RPM. An adult-street-driven R3/World-ClassT5 combination would last forever. A season of drag strip use with side-stepping the clutch above 3,000 and flat-shifting might kill it. jack vines
  2. Yes, No, Maybe. How it's been stored and in the humidity of MN, makes estimating worth a real crapshoot. Pulling a number out of the etheric without an examination assumes too much. FWIW, I was given a similar NOS Packard 320" fitted block and pistons which was from CA and was still usable as was. A customer sent us a fitted Champion block which had been stored in Alabama and nothing in it was usable. The rings had rusted to the cylinders and corroded into the pistons. The block had to be bored .060" over to clean up the rust pits. Suggestion; wipe down a cylinder with an oily rag, knock one piston out and show the prospective purchaser the condition of the cylinder, rings and pistons. jack vines
  3. So yes, Chevrolet V8s of that vintage were known for flattening the cam lobes. And yes, the cam can be replaced with the block in the frame, but as mentioned, there are tradeoffs. jack vines
  4. Well, there's no way around needing a bell housing, a flywheel, a pressure plate, a clutch disc, a pilot bearing and a hydraulic clutch kit. How much you pay for them, whether you use OEM or aftermarket is up to you. jack vines
  5. At a guess, the intent was to lower the car and the air shocks were to stiffen the suspension to avoid bottoming. Lowering the suspension also requires lengthening the radius rods. And yes, I'd return it to original configuration and fit new spring eye, sway bar and radius rod eye bushings and the best gas shocks I could buy. jack vines
  6. Over the years, I've driven Avanti II with the original SBC 327". 350", 400" and 305". Today, there have been so many engine swaps, it's anyone's guess which engine and transmission is in a given car. jack vines
  7. If one is going to all that work, suggest adding a direct reading O2 meter to confirm the jetting is optimum for your use, altitude and temperature. Of course, on an R2, it can never be optimum. The jetting which would give the best MPG at cruise would be terminally lean at WOT under boost. The jetting which will give max power and be safe under boost will be too rich at cruise. Knowing where it is now is the first step to getting it right. Also, confirm the correct intake manifold gaskets are being used. The R2 gaskets restrict the exhaust heat crossover. Personally, I block the passage completely with thin stainless steel plates. jack vines
  8. Yes, the Saginaw is a better steering box by most every measure. jack vines
  9. Since your body is off the frame, consider spraying the entire underside and inside with LizardSkin Spray-on Heat and Noise Insulation, or the OZ equivalent. The Avanti is incredibly noisy and hot inside by today's standards, so anything done to keep heat and noise out is a worthwhile investment. https://lizardskin.com jack vines
  10. Close, so old stogy instead of new cigar. The OD was the Hone-O-Drive. But yes, because of the X-member, there is no overdrive which can be added to the rear of the B-W tranny. FWIW, if one changes the rear axle ratio to a 3.07 and gets used to shifting the B-W through all three gears, it works OK. Jack Vines
  11. The block serial number should be from a '63 Lark. The chrome parts were available from SASCO as leftovers from R-series and Avanti production. The cylinder head castings were 1957 low compression heads, but who knows was was on production shipped to OZ in '63? The crankshaft should be the long snout, but again, dealing with export and bitsa, who knows? jack vines
  12. Congrats on solving two problems in one go. Now, it's time to do the same to the front firewall. It's Swiss-cheese full of holes originally plugged with rubber grommets and bellows. Sixty years later, most of those flimsy barriers are "perished" as you would say. A day spent removing the carpet, re-sealing the firewall and then layering it with Dynamat will make for a great reduction in heat, noise and fumes. jack vines
  13. Do not believe most internet parts searches. The Summit/Jegs/Rock Auto, et al, pay that cheap whore Google to put their listing at the top, regardless of whether they have ever stocked that part. Then, when you click on it, the closest random collection of junk pops up. (Do I feel strongly about this? Yes, as they waste hours of my time when I know exactly what I'm trying to buy, but they hijack my search.} jack vines
  14. That's a new one on me and one I'd never have considered attempting. Close-up photo? jack vines
  15. It's not just appearance. Seat engineering has improved as much as every other area. The OEM seats in my '63 were ahead-of-their-time buckets, but way out of date forty years later. I installed a pair of heated leather six-way-power seats from a Japanese luxury car and they transformed the feel of the car. Through the inner ear, we feel the motion of the car. Changing where the inner ear is positioned within the car changes how we perceive the ride and handling. The OEM buckets are bolt upright and close to the steering wheel. The replacement seats allow moving rearward, reclining slightly and downward; feels like a different car. jack vines
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