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It has nothing you'd expect...
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:57:58 PM »
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Times they are a changin’. Not very long ago, a guy could build something radically different from what his friends were building just by dropping an LS1 into his car instead of the throwback big-block. But the LS is now the rule and not the exception, and Chad Moscrei is one of many hot rodders purposely avoiding Chevy’s latest and greatest small-block just to shake the herd. Instead, his ’66 Nova is reinforced to carry the heft of Chevy’s contemporary workhorse big-block, the LBZ Duramax diesel. This one packs a wallop to the tune of 585 hp and 790 lb-ft of torque. It doesn’t get much further from the norm than that.

The wagon also wears a motif that we are seeing more of lately: a weathered stock exterior and interior combined with modern power and suspension upgrades yielding an ultralow stance over plus-sized rolling stock. It’s neither Pro Touring nor Slo Touring. It’s tempting to call this thing a beater, but it runs too well and the fab work is too sanitary for that undignified label. For now, let’s just call it a bucket, because it’s useful and rusty.
   
The car was built in just 12 months, with the intent of slogging along Power Tour® without overheating. The backstory begins in Southern California, where the original owner drove it throughout high school and then parked it. Chad bought the car sight unseen after finding it on Craigslist, then spent $800 to ship it home to Iowa. There, he swapped in the Duramax using a Jim Weimer’s Rod Shop Mustang II front clip. The factory-style, big-block mounts bolted right up to the diesel, and the clip features 101⁄2-inch disc brakes and 11⁄4-inch round tubular control arms instead of the puny 7⁄8-inch original Mustang arms—perfect for the heavy drivetrain combo. The remaining custom work happened at 417 Motorsports in Springfield, Missouri, with Blake Hughes taking charge. A 4L80E four-speed overdrive trans was pulled from a rolled ’06 Chevy Silverado and supported with a tubular crossmember network that also extends to the back of the Nova, providing perches for a triangulated four-link and strengthening the chassis. The link bars locate a Lincoln Versailles 9-inch rearend with 2.42:1 gears and a locker, and Ridetech provided a four-corner airbag suspension system.

After dropping 40 grand on top of the initial $3,500 investment, Chad completed the build in fall 2010. Since then, Chad has logged 10,000 miles and Long-Hauled™ Power Tour® in comfort, with bench seats and plenty of room for friends and gear. The wagon goes like a bat out of hell (thanks to the torque of the diesel), stops reasonably well, and cruises without overheating. The stance gets the car noticed. The beat-down look makes most people ask why. And the exhaust note is like a tractor beam for any serious gearhead. Mission accomplished.









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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 02:17:06 PM »
HOly fuck do want
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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 08:50:50 PM »
A patina'd paint job doesn't make a car a sleeper.

I'd look at the stance and wheels and know he's got money in it. Pretty easy.


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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 10:04:06 PM »
Never called it a sleeper. You just wouldnt expect a diesel

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2012, 11:09:23 PM »
Never called it a sleeper. You just wouldnt expect a diesel

Oh, I thought you were going with the sleeper angle.

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 11:57:54 PM »
One of my pipe dreams for the Caprice was to put in a turbo duramax in it. :-*
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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 07:15:49 PM »
A patina'd paint job doesn't make a car a sleeper.

I'd look at the stance and wheels and know he's got money in it. Pretty easy.
Kind of a hokey trend. I've been seeing "rusted" cars like this in magazines and on the web. I guess the ratrod trend is dying.

A nice paint job and the traditional "muscle car" wheels and I would certainly dig this.
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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012, 07:27:51 PM »
Kind of a hokey trend. I've been seeing "rusted" cars like this in magazines and on the web. I guess the ratrod trend is dying.

A nice paint job and the traditional "muscle car" wheels and I would certainly dig this.
I dont mind the real rust in our area the cars shows tend not to have many but, the fake weathered look is the gayest thing since aids

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 11:38:13 PM »
How common are these engines in the states?


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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2012, 11:45:14 AM »
How common are these engines in the states?



Diesels? We have tons of them in trucks.

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 12:27:55 PM »
How common are these engines in the states?


Pretty much everywhere.
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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2012, 12:15:59 AM »
I've seen a tonne of these conversions over there and I'm seriously thinking it would be awesome in my HX ute.

I didnt see any power figures in that article though, so what sort of HP and Tq would a decent duramax conversion net?

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2012, 05:41:20 PM »
The wheels are like a like a herpes sore on a chick you like.

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 08:08:45 AM »
I've seen a tonne of these conversions over there and I'm seriously thinking it would be awesome in my HX ute.

I didnt see any power figures in that article though, so what sort of HP and Tq would a decent duramax conversion net?
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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012, 07:23:56 AM »
Good lord, 2.42 gears and overdrive? Is it idling going down the highway?

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012, 11:52:13 PM »
Whats it rev to maybe 4k rpm? all that torque and stuff it is probably just fine. Not to mention that engine is usually in a vehicle with 3.42 gears or so with a much taller diameter wheel/tire. So it is probably not far off from the gear ratio in a truck that the engine normally comes in.

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Re: It has nothing you'd expect...
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2012, 06:06:47 AM »
Good lord, 2.42 gears and overdrive? Is it idling going down the highway?
Good for fuel mileage.
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