In search of more power, I went down to the local salvage yard in 29 Palms, California and was able to pull a 455 Cubic Inch Rocket out of a 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado. My buddy and fellow Jarhead Mark Jawonowich drove me in his Dodge 4×4 Pickup to get the motor back to my home in Cathedral City, California at the time.
When we arrived at the salvage yard I was a bit confused because the motor still had the front wheel drive attached to it and I had no idea of what that looked like prior to this moment.
The motor was as grimy as you would expect but no worries, plans were to completely disassembled and hot tanked.
As if I knew what I was doing at the ripe old age of 21, I started tearing down the motor for two reasons.
- I intended to build as much of this car that I could myself
- To study more how a motor is put together