Build Sheet - 1954 Pontiac Tempest

Here's the build sheet for my 54 Pontiac Tempest Custom:

Engine and Transmission

  • 1978 Small Block Chev 400 cid 0.040" over (409 cid)
  • 9.7 to 1 compression (small chamber heads and 0.040' over up compression )
  • Ported and polished 62 cc heads
  • Edelbrock Performer intake
  • Edelbrock Performer cam and lifters
  • Silvolite stock compression pistons (8.5 to 1)
  • 400 crank undersized main journals to 350 size (one bad journal)
  • 1973 Quadrajet carb
  • HEI ignition
  • Dual exhaust
  • Stock exhaust manifolds
  • Dual ram air air cleaner (1980 Van air cleaner housing and 2 1976 2 bbl carb snorkels)
  • Chassis Engineering SBC engine mount kit


Transmission and driveshaft

  • 1976 Turbo 350 transmission
  • 1982 Chev Caprice Wagon driveshaft
  • Chassis engineering tranny crossmember kit
  • 1976 Camaro Muncie 4 spd rubber tranny mount


Front Suspension and steering

  • Custom tubular control arms
  • Machined to balljoint suspension
  • Shortened 1986 Buick Park Avenue rack and pinion
  • 1980 Chev Van shortened steering column
  • 1990 Chev Firefly steering universal joints
  • Custom made shift mechanism for column shifter
  • 1976 Camaro steering wheel
  • 1970 Nova spindles and drum brake hub assembly (bearings: BR2, BR6 and CR17187 oil seal)
  • Custom machined dropped uprights
  • 1970 Nova upper and lower balljoints
  • 1973 Ford Courier steering arms
  • Volkswagon Jetta tie rod ends (TRW ES3014 and ES3015)
  • P205-70R15 Tires
  • 1977 Grand Prix 15" steel rims with custom offset
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO poverty hub caps
  • Monroe gas shocks
  • Stock 53 Pontiac front coil springs


Rear Suspension

  • 1976 Camaro 3.08:1 posi rearend
  • Custom 1 1/2" lowering blocks and shock mounts
  • Monroe gas shocks
  • Custom 15" steel rims with 2" offset
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO poverty hubcaps
  • 1954 Pontiac rebuilt 1 3/4" wide leaf springs
  • P255-60R15 tires


4 Wheel Disk Brakes

  • 1985 Toronado disk brake rotors and calipers
  • 1985 Toronado rear caliper bracket used on front brakes
  • 1985 Toronado master cylinder, booster and pedal assembly
  • 1985 Toronado emergency brake cables, loop connector and adjustment bracket
  • 1954 Pontiac hand operated parking brake assembly and cable and custom lever


Body

  • 1956 Cadillac rear fresh air vents used for passenger air on front fenders
  • 54 Pontiac front park light housings
  • 54 Pontiac chrome grill
  • Shaved front and rear bumpers tucked in tight to body
  • Shaved door handles
  • 3" roof chop
  • Rear center brake light made with 4 Mid 80s Olds Ninety Eight rear passenger reading lights mounted on roof
  • 1954 Chev 210 side chrome
  • Double peaked hood ridges
  • 1962 Pontiac Tempest logo
  • 1953 Chev 150 rear window
  • Custom aluminum side mirrors
  • 54 Chev rear taillight chrome
  • 1980 Chev Caprice front and rear bench seats
  • Custom oval shaped halogen backup lights
  • All corners have been rounded
  • Square gastank door has been replaced with mid 80s GM round door
  • Traditional 50s 2 tone paint


Electrical

  • 1968 Plymouth side marker lights converted to superbright LEDs
  • Repackaged (to put it mildly) 1983 Olds Custom Cruiser gauge set with blue LED backlighting
  • 54 Chev chrome bezels with dual high intensity brake light bulbs
  • 1954 Pontiac park light housings
  • Custom made wiring harness, fuse block and relay panel.
  • 1976 Camaro wiper motor
  • 1950s International pickup wiper mechanism mated to 1954 Pontiac wiper transmissions

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