So my junkman calls one night, says "found someone with a '69 Chevelle Convertible in their driveway
she has get rid of so she can repave it". Without hesitation I say "I'll take it", figure
I'll unceremoniously cut it up and sell it on ebay. I get there and the woman is talking
to her son, the owner of this beyond a parts car rust bucket. Swears it's got a "DZ302"
in it - yeah, and I've got a 13" schlong too.
Wondermotor, the 302
Yes that is garden hose holding up the flywheel of this 11:1, mechanical roller cam, 4 bolt main, steel crank ultra rare of chunk of Chevy iron. Doesn't even hold piss since the drainplug was missing. Offer them $100 for it as a *couresty*. Also told 'em I'll take the carb-to-pan, fan to tailshaft complete '70 350 behind it no charge. Calls me back 2 hours later - "it's yours".
As you can see above, the complete 350 runs perfect on the ground. Looks like it's never been
apart in it's 35 years it spent powering Grampa's caprice somewhere in upstate NY. Did toss a timing chain in, even though the factory plastic gear one only had one slight crack in it. Yanked the fresh doubleroller of Wondermotor and installed it. So much easier to do a chain out of the car on a bench. I'm sure the neighbor's enjoyed the 4:45am open exhaust "let's see if the chain is installed right" test startup.
Didn't waste any time yanking out Wondermotor:
Well, might as well drop in the complete 350:
Nothin' like a crusty motor for a crusty car. Used original h/w I'm always tripping over so you can't tell if the motor has been in there 18 years or 18 minutes. Still running on the tuneup that was on it.