When I was in high school, I found this 54 Pontiac 2 door. A straight eight that I had the heads shaved, John’s popup pistons, fire ring piston rings, Holly trips, a three speed from an old Essex and an Olds posi-rear.
It took me and a few guys an entire summer to put together, but when she came together, I did pick up a lot of pocket change “running” the dirt service roads. The straight eight fooled a lot of guys. Also the three speed Essex trans was quick and responsive as was the Olds rear combination.
But, my lack of experience in the dynamics of automotive frame and suspension, finally caught up to me, …… well my father really. Dear ole dad left his local Teamster Hall one night, trying to beat some on- coming traffic and ended up about a ¼ of mile down the road before he knew it – fishtailing all the way.
I ended up getting rid of the thing. Got myself a 58 T-bird, 352 horses bored out, ISKY ¾ race cam, HURST shifter, dumps exhaust with LAKERS, and a lot of other goodies. The 50’s were a great time to grow up, stuff was cheap and we didn’t need a lot of computers and gadets, just know how and hard work.