Cooling system prep:
Wrap wire around the radiator to hold it down if the bolts or welds break. Wrap duct tape around both radiator hoses for
extra strength. Take out the thermostat and cut the guts out of it. This will leave about a 5/8" hole for the water
to flow through. Install the thermostat back to its location. The reason that you don't leave it completely out is that
if it is left out it allows the water to flow too freely. This doesn't allow the radiator to cool it down as much. Cut the
heater hose about 4" above where it hooks on to the block. Find some old metal tubing and connect the two pieces of
heater hose together or you can just unscrew the pipes from the block with vise-grips and plug them. I have been doing this
on my last 3 cars. It leaves less things that can break or get pushed into the distributor. One thing that I always do is
to leave the air conditioning cooler in front of the radiator for protection. If the car doesn't have one, find one and put
Take the air cleaner assembly off and cut the air intake off at about 1" from the air cleaner. When it is put back on,
turn it as far towards the firewall as possible. This will help to keep water out if the radiator hose bursts. Wire the
choke wide open, or take it completely off. Turn the throttle up so that the engine will not die on hard hits. Run an extra
hand throttle through the firewall to the driver's area. The cruise control cable works well for this. Retard the timing
so that the car starts easily when hot. Replace all spark plugs. Use a silicone sealant spray and coat the distributor and
all plug wires. I also put silicon on all of the plug wires where they connect to the distributor cap. A big glob of it
works best. Be sure to chain the engine down on both sides. If there is a lot of space between the fan blades and the radiator,
use the fan. I cut the blades down a little bit to prevent them from hitting any hoses or belts. Disconnect anything that
is not directly related to the engine's running. Leave the air conditioning and alternator brackets to protect the distributor.
I change the oil and add one quart of Duralube to each engine that I run. I have never had engine troubles to this point.
Get rid of the stock transmission linkage and install a floor shifter. Chain around the transmission at the cross member
that it is connected to. Wrap an old innertube around the transmission before the chain is put on. Tighten it snug, but
let it have a little bit of give. Run the lines to a tranny cooler of some type. I also put a Duralube transmission treatment
in. I've never had transmission problems, either.