This car has been in my family’s possession since 1997. My father had bought the car from a family friend and to my understanding, the car ran, but not very well. It came equipped with Weber carburetors (DGVs) that were old and gummed up. Regardless of this, my dad did his best at the time to keep it on the road. As I recall, the car had its ups and downs (mostly downs!) and finally found its resting place in our garage where it sat for a good part of ten years. During my junior year of high school, the thought of selling the car came up, but I disapproved. My father agreed that if we worked on the car together, he wouldn’t sell it. This was a perfect opportunity for a little father-son time. Keep in mind that both of us come from very little to no automotive experience regarding the kind of work we were set out to perform on car, so it has been a very steep learning curve for the both of us to say the least.
Somewhere between then and now, the car’s stock L24 received Weber DCOEs, an MSA header an optical Mallory distributor, and a new head gasket on the stock long block. With our little experience with the L series, we didn’t have the patience to master the art of carburetor tuning, the old L24 seemed oh so tired, and we were looking for more power than a triple weber L24 had to offer. So what were we to do? We searched for alternatives and finally came to the decision that we wanted an L28ET swapped into the car. A couple weeks later, we had the motor delivered on a crate and it has only progressed from there.