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Old 09-01-2021, 10:25 AM
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Incredible. Well done, and good for you for never giving up!

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Old 09-01-2021, 10:44 AM
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Persistence paid off!

I found a WM engine a few years ago and am looking for the GTO. I hope I have a similar result.

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Old 09-01-2021, 12:36 PM
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That's awesome Congrats! What are the odds? I'd love to find the 72 that my 455 HO belongs to but it was probably smashed up and totaled long ago.

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Old 09-01-2021, 12:50 PM
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I have the original motor, trans and rear from a 70 T/A. I have been on the look out for the car but no luck so far.

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Congratulations Dave, couldn’t happen to a better guy.

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Great inspiring story! Congrats! NICE CAR!

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Old 09-01-2021, 06:55 PM
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While we're at it......i'm still looking for the 69 warwick blue / black interior automatic judge that the RAIV motor [code XP] I have came from. Was sold new in the Dallas Georgia area from a Chevrolet dealership. Had the saf-t-tr-hd option with 4.33 gears!!! I'm surprised that the block survived without a rod coming through it.

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Unreal!! Congratulations


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Glad that worked out for you Dave, great story!! The odds of that happening are slim.

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Hi Dave, When you replace the engines. What was in car? Was it a WM?

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Old 09-07-2021, 07:41 AM
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The car has a WM motor in it now that came out of a 1972 T/A that was totaled years ago in NY, Confirmed story throught previos owner and have PHS for motor. I had rebuilt 5 yrs ago Motor is Stoked, Over 500HP and 575 Torgue on dyno.

I put the orginal M22 transmission and 10 bolt rear end of to the side. Found, had rebuilt and install another M22 out of a 72 Formula. I also install a 12 Bolt out of a 70 T/A rebuilding it with a 3:42 Gear I install the 3:42 as this in a AC car, which I now have a AC working.

When I purcahsed car it had a 74 SW 445 engine in it.

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Old 09-07-2021, 01:52 PM
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At one time I had a 1969 Ram IV WW engine that came out of an early 1969 Ram IV Judge with a 4-spd and 4.33. It was in a 1969 Firebird at the time. The owner had no idea what the engine was since he bought the car cheap with the intention of reselling it. I was lucky enough to find the car before he adverised it. The seller was reluctant to put me in touch with the previous owner, but I managed to track him down through the address on the title (the title was open). The previous owner also bought the car with the Ram IV already in it, and he knew what a Ram IV was. He told me engine change was made after a friend of his wrecked the Judge and sold him the motor. His friend sold the body to somebody else, but the new Judge owner never registered the car and I was never able to track it down. I sold the motor about twenty years ago, but I still wonder if that car is still out there. It's my understanding the car was hit in the rear quarter pretty hard, but was probably salveable.

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