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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to introduce myself.
I'd been looking for a family classic cruiser and a local businessman that fell into some financial problems and had exactly what I'd been looking for it was a true 1964 SS with a 327 backed with a power glide. The 327 developed a knock and he located a truck 409 that he had rebuilt to replace the 327. He also acquired a TH400 to put behind the 409 and never got to put the combo in. The car has the body restored but needs some front suspension items replaced such as control arm bushings and power steering has a slight leak. I enjoy doing mechanical work and it will be a great project that my boys and I can work on together. I'm planning on installing front disc brake kit, possibly more modern power steering gear and eventually air ride.

I've found great info on this forum.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 10:45 AM
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Welcome to the site. Always good to hear of father/son projects and especially ones using the famed W-motor! woot-woot

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 05:36 PM
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Back when I was running (and blowing up) a 409 regularly no one wanted a truck block because of the notch in the block the kills compression. With today's gas quality a Truck block is ideal as it allows a lower compression than obtainable with a car block, with the added bonus of a truck block being tougher (more nickel added to the cast iron to make it stronger and last longer). The car and truck 409's all look alike on the outside, unlike the newer Mark IV BBC engines that actually used a taller block to hold an extra piston ring on their truck blocks.

Best of luck.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 08:48 PM
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It sounds good to me swap it over to a 4 speed
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 08:40 AM
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Keep the 327, it will hold the value of the car better as original.
I can come get that 409 out of your way any time...

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