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8:71 Supercharger install on 454ci powered '55 Chevy

by kustombitz on 30 May 2022
You would think a supercharger kit install would be pretty simple .... well no, is the short answer. A wise man once told me a 'kit' is not a solution.  And having worked on a few of these set ups now these words keep ringing in my head and I remember this old man who at the time I didn't think was that wise at all .... now I am older and I see.   In this install I had to port match the heads to the intake as there was a substantial lip into the head port because of the large intake manifold ports. If not corrected would have led to fuel puddling and fouled plugs and drivability problems that would have been hard to diagnose once assembled.  Also the distributor hole at the back of the manifold was off centre and way too big for a standard chevy dizzy and any aftermarket dizzy too. So I had to make a boss to take up the slack and provide a stable boss for the dizzy clamp to work properly.   To add to the woes, the engine assembler failed to pick up that it was a tall deck block and required a longer oil pump drive shaft .... that was hard to diagnose when a new engine loses oil pressure for no reason.   I got there in the end with modded accelerator links, better fuel line route, boost referenced carburettors and a proper harmonic balancer for a blower application.  The install was challenging on this one but the end result was a sweet running engine with monster amounts of torque to hall this heavy full size sedan around the hills .... and cool looks of course.  

41 Willys Coupe Gasser Chassis

by kustombitz on 30 May 2022
41 Willy Coupe chassis fabricated to original dimensions yet extra strength provided in the depth of the chassis and via tubular centre X member and many tubular cross members to take the weight and torque of a big block Ford drive line.  This chassis will have an original steel body fitted to it and the owner wants the whole car to resemble an early 60s drag car, right down to the rear radius rods that look like ladder bars, however it has to have nice street manners and pass ASRF construction guidelines for safe street rod engineering.  Now many may argue a leaf sprung front end and rear end is not the best handling street car and I would agree, but there are always trade offs for the look you want and the right combination of parts installed with the correct geometry can still yield a very nice driver with a really cool look.  When driven responsibly this 41 Willys will provide hours of enjoyment for the owner cruising around.   Chassis by Kustom Bitz [our custom designed rails], Engine Ford Hemi V8, T400 auto, 9" diff installed on leaf springs with diff housing floaters designed by Kustom Bitz for street use [so we have flexibility and suspension give], Super Bell front I beam with disc brakes cleverly mounted to parallel leaf springs without any mods to I beam and not relying on welded parts.   See our section on Hot Rod Chassis construction for more images of our various Willys Coupe chassis that Kustom Bitz has built.  
  
Kustom Bitz has full workshop facilities in Croydon Victoria to build custom fabricated headers and exhaust systems for your Hot Rod or Street Machine. for more details click here
 
Performance exhaust and custom made headers for hot rods muscle cars street machines
 
Hot Rod chassis builders. From the chassis fabrication to a turn key finished car Kustom Bitz has the skills and engineering experience to build you a quality and practicle hot rod or custom. To learn more about the chassis work we do click on the photo below. To learn more about how we can fit the body and set up the rest of the car click here. For engine swaps, engine fitting, engine modification and performance engine assembly click here.  For a complete online resume of our current projects and previous work you can look at our FaceBook page click here were you can scroll back a number of years now and see the quality of our work and the varied work we take on.
 

 
Supplier & Stockist of AussieSpeed Equipment ~ Factory outlet
 



AussieSpeed VIC is the Victorian branch of the AussieSpeed performance products, Our range of speed equipment is manufactured at our head office in South Australia & is shipped from our centrally located AussieSpeed Victoria factory outlet. We operate from the KustomBitz warehouse in Croydon Victoria, that offer the full range of AussieSpeed street & race performance products, Crow Cams Valve train components and camshafts. 
 
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Featured Products
Air Cleaner 14 inch Polished Raised Fins - Holley diameter 5' 1/8' inch neck & 3 inch tall element & Flat base
$346.00
Beehive style ignition coil cover - AussieSpeed Polished
$69.00
Chevy 292 inline six cylinder 4 barrel AussieSpeed intake manifold - Holley Flange.
$580.00
Custom Header heat Shields - Custom fitted so it doesn't look like sheilds
$2,250.00
Custom Headers - Custom made extractors in polished stainless steel
$5,600.00
Exhaust hanger - Side Drop - Side pipe attach - 4 Bolt design - for 2 1/2
$65.00
Ford 302 351 400M Cleveland V8 Valve Springs - Crow Cams Performance Double Spring 125lbs [CC-7333]
$290.00
Ford 302 351 Cleveland Rocker Covers AussieSpeed - Finned Polished
$480.00
Ford Hot Rod Chassis construction 1932 new reproduction Street Rod chassis with IFS
$18,500.00
Gasser Axle - Drag Car axles - custom length Gasser axles - gasser straight axle kit
$440.00
GT Shaker - Black version
$300.00
Header Plate Extractor Head Side Flange 10mm - Ford Windsor 289 302 351 V8 - SVO J302 Ford Motorsport heads - Stainless Steel - 1 5/8 inch pipes
$105.00
Header Plate Extractor Head Side Flange 10mm - Ford Windsor 289 302 351 V8 Stainless Steel - 1 5/8 inch pipes - OVAL PORTS
$90.00
Header Plate Extractor Head Side Flange 10mm - Ford Windsor 289 302 351 V8 WORLD PRODUCTS & AFR Mild Steel 3
$55.00
Header Plate Extractor Head Side Flange 10mm - Holden Chevy LS1-2-3 V8 Mild Steel - 1 3/4 inch pipes
$45.00
Holden 253 308 ICE Ignition Kit - High Energy Ignition system - Street Series 7 Amp Vacuum Advance 7640MV SMALL CAP
$1,290.00
Holden 6 Cylinder 186 202 Red motors AussieSpeed Blower Intake Manifold - will suit Eaton M90 or Terra Charger Superchargers
$825.00
Holden 6 Cylinder 202 Blue & Black motor AussieSpeed Blower Intake Manifold - will suit Eaton M90 or Terra Charger Superchargers
$825.00
Holden 6 Cylinder Rocker Cover 186 202 Red, Blue & Black motor - Finned Raw Shot Blasted
$370.00
Holden LS2 Engine Mount Plate - blank, Bolt to block, 8mm thick mild steel
$26.40
Holden Red, Blue, Black motor Distributor Clamp suit 186, 202 6 cyl - Race Clamp
$28.00
Holden V8 253 & 308 4 barrel intake manifold Single plane - AussieSpeed Stripmaster
$1,040.00
Holden V8 253, 308 Alloy Rocker Covers suit early heads - Finned Polished
$470.00
Hot Rod Chassis Crossmember Front Plate - 43 OD Tube, Triangle, Drop, 8mm thick
$26.40
Hot Rod Cycle guard bracket kit - Front Wheel - I beam or IFS - Mild Steel
$120.00
Hot Rod Cycle guard bracket kit - Rear Wheel - solid axle - Mild Steel
$150.00
Leaf Spring Diff hanger
$54.00
Oil Catch Can Polished Alloy 2 litre capacity with breather - Round
$65.00
Radiator Mounts 28 to 32 Ford with IFS - universal weld on or bolt on
$30.00
Tunnel Ram Carburetor linkage - Twin 4 barrels - mounted east west
$580.00
Universal Kick Down Cable Bracket for Kustom Bitz accelerator throttle cable carb brackets - Zinc Passivate
$115.00
 


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