Originally Posted by Nashville Beth
I don't believe his distributor is the problem.
2.73 gears and a muncie 4 speed is a lousy combo unless you want to run 90 mph on the interstate all day.
Beth - you are correct, the 0-40mph is nothing spectacular but kinda fun - she will break free if you push her. 60 to 90 is wonderful. No problem taking the speedo for all its worth. Worst of all, it is a 3 speed Saginaw not a Muncie. With the 2.73 I am reducing my axle torque almost 25% vs the 3.55. And of course, this puts a magnifiying glass on minor carb/timing issues.
The thing is, I don't want to change the rear yet. You see, my dad bought the car new in 67 - it was the cheapest domestic he could buy ($50 less than the Firebird). He didn't have much money, and had 3 kids. So the car was a simple coupe, 230 inline 6, no options except an AM radio (which might have been standard). Of course I got the seat belt in the center rear, which was later subject to a recall (car was only designed as a 4 seater, even though dealers added the 5th belt).
So, I wanted to restore the car just the way he bought it. I made some changes along the way. Like putting a RS front end on it in high school cause I just liked the look, and some lady took the front end off the car for me. Engine, wheels/tires, power discs, and exhaust are the changes that took place during restoration. Colors are all original (deep water blue and light blue) except for ghosted deck stripes. Since it was a late 67 car, and subject to the changes for 68 some of the interior pieces are medium blue (like the dashpad to reduce reflection). Folks look at it and think its wrong, but I know that was the way she was delivered.
Later, I'll head towards at least a 4 speed, and gears in the neighborhood of 3.23 or 3.55. I have a 3.42 in my truck with an OD tranny and really like the combo.
Anyway, I am just trying to get the most of what she has to give at the moment.