This was my first restore, my father was a gifted mechanic and would make me do my own minor repairs when I was a teenager, so I know how to work a wrench, read the tech book and ask questions.
It has the 304 with the A998 Torque Command transmission (Chrysler), two barrel carburetor (Ford Autolite series). The transmission was on its way out, forward only - no reverse. The carburetor was squirting fuel out the front diaphragm and the exhaust was held on with a pair of vise grips.
I cleaned the engine off and pulled the carburetor, a rebuild kit for a 72 Javelin is $32 and had to be ordered, a little research found that the same 2100 series carburetor came in the 72 Mustang, that kit sells for $7 and was in stock. I just replaced this carburator with a Holly 500 cfm with manual choke, runs much better.
I then replaced ignition hardware, points, wires, coil, etc... I found a petrified wasp inside the distributor cap. Some splash with chrome valve covers, Aluminum breather, blue vacuum hoses, etc...
The exhaust connection to one of the headers was held on with a pair of vise grips, little WD and they still work. Removing the original headers was tough but not as bad as I thought, some of the bolt heads were missing and one had to be chiseled off. The front off the car had to be raised 36" to Install the Hooker Headers, 3" to 2 1/2" dual exhaust, I had two pipes made for $40, two Holly flowtech mufflers and turn down stainless steal tips that dump just before the rear axle, sounds just the way I want it, not loud, a nice rumble. I pulled the transmission and was ready to do my first rebuild, but I came across someone selling one out of the same year and model for $75. The radiator had seen better days and I don't think it was the original, I ordered a new radiator that was designed for the 304 Gremlin, $160 and the last in Michigan, I decided to install an external trans cooler as well.
The book has this car with 150 Net HP, 210 free hp; I have no way of knowing what it has now, but with the minor mods and nothing dragging on the engine like AC, it has to be 200 or more, plenty of power for what I want, like spinning the rear tires. I was going to and may still find a 401 and build it out with performance parts; a 727 transmission is more common than the 998 to find.
First time out of the garage running A few of the neighbors came out and gave a thumbs up as I pulled out of the driveway. With the car drivable, I was able to move it to a friends garage that is heated and happens to be a top notch body guy, It looks like someone started to restore the body 10 years ago, the old primer was an eighth inch thick in some spots, a chemical strip was done to the roof and some of the hood, sanding and grinding on the rest, this is a buddy of mine helping out. I order NOS door bushings and springs, $60 and $64 for some repro door sills, that guy was laughing all the way to the bank.
The drivers side rear quarter was shot, I ordered a new quarter from JC Whitney, $99 and $60 for 6 week delivery, the panel was flat - no bow around the wheel well, my friend had a guy he knew that was good with plasma welding and they got it on, this is what it looked like with the cancer knocked out, they ended up cutting most of the quarter out.
A small area under the front passenger rocker panel, under the carpet along the vertical edge was cut out and new metal welded in.
The wheel well lips were shaved back a 1/4" for wheel clearance.
First go round at the paint shop - no trim.
The paint job looked good 10 feet away, paint shop had it for 3 weeks and did a rush job on it, I had to work with the owner and rejected the job two more times, they had it for 4 months total.
I picked up some used Classic Cragers, nice driver condition.
Page 1 - Present condition
Page 2 - Model shots
Page 3 - Restoration process
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