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06/03/24 09:23 PM
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Which I immediately named Granny Smith, though Val Killme also gets good reactions.
'68 Valiant Signet, fairly mild 340/904, seems 3500+ stall, Ford 9" I changed to 4.11s.
"Before" is with steelies, fabbed valve covers, bench seats.
"In process" is with the shiny wheels, heater delete, better carb & intake.
Still a fair amount to do - going through brakes, interior, suspension, adding subframe ties - but people seem to like the little green box.
Hoping for low 13s/upper 12s - nothing special, just not a slug.

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Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3236598
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Where it's at so far:
I've probably taken 200 lbs out of it, with more to come from losing the PS, benches, and lighter parts where I can.

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Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3236676
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Nice!

Have you considered Soylent Green? lol

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Hey, Myron !
I've considered a couple names I shouldn't repeat, like when discovering the drum-brake MC & Versailles rear disc brake fiasco !
Hope all is well with you.

Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3236962
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Wow, thats GREEN


But I like it.

Years ago at Carlisle . We were sitting in the hotel parking lot and heard something wicked coming around the bldg. After a few seconds what pulls around is a dark green 67-69 valiant similar to this. But more like an F8 green I think.
And I will say it sounded healthy and damn fast . And Ive thought ever since they make for a very unassuming streetcar

Re: The new bracket car [Re: gtx6970] #3236985
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Hey, Bill -
Yeah, the PO wanted it to be '69 1/2 Rallye/Spring Green instead of the light metallic green it was when new.
The thing should have been on the track by now, but I want it to be presentable and run decently for the combo.
Buttoned up rear suspension yesterday; waiting on some brake stuff & carpet.
Somewhere in there it gets a RMVB, line-loc, and then...more work, but it's getting there...

BTW, I like that cling idea of yours - but in this case, the # & class.
That beats shoe polish or permanent window #s, I think.

Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3237003
06/06/24 03:10 PM
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I remember when those were semi-common around here years ago, but everybody wanted a Duster, Road Runner, Cuda, ect. instead so they got little attention. Now those Valiant sedans are super hard to find if you want a nice one. You can go to the bigger shows with close to 1000 cars and not see even one Valiant there. 67-69 Barracuda's are headed in that direction as well as I hardly ever see them anymore compared to years ago when any decent car show would have several of them in attendance guaranteed.

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as long as you look good doing it!

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Re: The new bracket car [Re: BloFish] #3237199
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Yeah, Neil, not a common body, though there are a couple that run at Firebird.
Frankly, I'm more of a Duster or A-Barracuda guy for the task at hand, but this one was a pretty good deal.
I set a budget for the project, and so far, I'm not in it much more than I had set aside for the project.
I'll update if anyone's interested, as it gets completed.

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I like it!

But I might be a bit prejudice thumbs


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Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3237710
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Originally Posted by topside
Hey, Bill -
Yeah, the PO wanted it to be '69 1/2 Rallye/Spring Green instead of the light metallic green it was when new.
The thing should have been on the track by now, but I want it to be presentable and run decently for the combo.
Buttoned up rear suspension yesterday; waiting on some brake stuff & carpet.
Somewhere in there it gets a RMVB, line-loc, and then...more work, but it's getting there...

BTW, I like that cling idea of yours - but in this case, the # & class.
That beats shoe polish or permanent window #s, I think
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Reach out to dan at dhead68@hotmail.com

Re: The new bracket car [Re: Mike P] #3238646
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That’s a neat car, if you race the Halloween classic we will see you there, we go multiple times a yr but that one we love and won’t miss. Great fun, we have a stable of mopars in the lower pits against the hill.

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Re: The new bracket car [Re: greendart408] #3238676
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I sure hope it's finished & sorted by then !

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That is awesome!


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Re: The new bracket car [Re: markz528] #3238806
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Pickle


Looks good


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It's also Our Lady Of Unintended Consequences, or Little Princess Mission-Creep...

It's the little things: drum brake MC on an all-disc car, the rear rotors blued from dragging, the fronts not as bad but definitely dragging. realcrazy
Versailles rearend the PO put in it - guess he HAD to have "cheap" rear discs - has turned into a complete re-do of the pumpkin, gears and a different set of brakes.
(And learning more than I ever wanted to know about the Versailles 9" rear axle...)
Had to fab a rear shock crossmember, and removed the 2.5" tailpipes & bologna tips, relocated the battery so its weight is useful.
Heavy bench seats turned into fabbing adapter brackets for some light Honda front buckets and fresh carpet. And it now smells a lot better ! laugh2
One mismatched valve adjuster brought the hydraulic lifter pre-load into question, and for bonus points, the aftermarket balancer markings aren't legible.
Some knucklehead mounted the tach through the bottom left dash pad, instead of any one of a few better & less-damaging places.
Still to come are PS-to-manual steering box swap, and lighter torsion bars, after which the goofy wheel alignment will get corrected.

But we're turning it into something decent, I think.

Re: The new bracket car [Re: topside] #3243267
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Anyone else out there trying to get away from the Versailles brakes, this is a Jeg's kit for under $380 that works.
There's a drum version too, but the rest of the system on the car caters to 4-wheel discs.
Need to buy axle retainer plates - widely available - because Ford used huge castings that doubled as caliper bracket mounts.
Then replace outer axle bearings, because of course, they're captive behind the retainer casting.

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Oh, forgot - the wheel-stud holes in the rotors needed a bit of enlarging to clear the stud shanks on this car.
If yours are fully threaded, no issue.
Rotors are hubcentric in this application.







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