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My avatar is a picture of my 1946 Olds model 76. I have been building hot rods for about 50 years, although I don't do much anymore. My favorite build (and the one I spent the most time on) was my '46 Olds. I bought it stock in 1960, complete with a flat head six. Over the years I had it it slowly evolved. I won't take up too much time now, but some of the things I did were:
Extensive body mods, including making new parts from fiberglass, Installing the all leather interior from a '66 Buick, tilting and telescoping steering column from a Caddy, disc brakes from a Corvette, highly modified Turbohydro transmission from a Caddy, hand made dash complete with Stewart Warner instruments and much more. I built the engine from parts of several different engines, had pistons, cam and rods made to my specs and made extensive modifications to all parts. I built the tuned intake and headers from scratch, using only hand tools. I ended up with 451 cubic inches and about 600 HP. The rearend was from a '64 Pontiac, with Zoom 4.10 gears, and I built the wheels myself 'cause I couldn't find what I wanted.
I have attached some pictures. They are old and faded but you can get the idea of how it looked.
It was very fast, both acceleration and top end. I never did know how fast it would run, I drove it up to only 150MPH.