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Old 06-25-2019, 10:24 AM
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I picked up a 69 442 today for a 5 speed swap. He doesnt like driving it cause it doesnt go down the freeway.

Upon further inspection someone should have there thumbs removed!!!
No vac advance hooked up, missing bolts intake, throttle bracked broke and 2 fans!!
Gorgeous car but no wonder it didn't run properly... just needs a lil Minter magic rubbed on it!!!
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:27 AM
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I picked up a 69 442 today for a 5 speed swap. He doesnt like driving it cause it doesnt go down the freeway.

Upon further inspection someone should have there thumbs removed!!!
No vac advance hooked up, missing bolts intake, throttle bracked broke and 2 fans!!
Two fans work just fine sometimes, but you don't stack them like that. If he really wants the flex a lite, it should be a pusher on the front.

Wow, there's some sketchy stuff on that car. I bet when you're done it runs great!

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I read once that 442 stood for 400 cubic inches, 4 barrel carb, dual exhaust. At the time GM had a ceiling of 400 cu in on mid sized cars. That was the reason the first GTO's were 389's, and the SS Chevelle's were 396's. Olds just happened to have an actual 400 in their lineup.
You're right that GM used to have a displacement limit, however I had heard it was higher but can't find anything to support that. Buick had a 430 CI engine from 67-69, olds started using a 400 CI engine in 1965, and cadillac had the 429 in 1964.

I read the other day that the BOP 455's were just under the limit, but that doesn't account for the 500 Caddy. Don't know.

You're right that they changed the definition of 442 when the 400 was released in 1965. That's what I read too.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:04 AM
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Trans is in!!!! Not done, but installed!!
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:54 AM
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Snopro, the limit was only on the mid sized cars. Full sized were the sky's the limit.
John Z. Delorean, head of Pontiac at the time, was the one who pushed the limit first with the 389 GTO.
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Snopro, the limit was only on the mid sized cars. Full sized were the sky's the limit.
John Z. Delorean, head of Pontiac at the time, was the one who pushed the limit first with the 389 GTO.
Yeah.That was back before he tried to push Coke...

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Old 06-26-2019, 09:21 AM
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Yeah.That was back before he tried to push Coke...

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Agreed. when I was fresh out of high school a girlfriend traded a rotted out barracuda for caprise in great shape that fouled plugs used trans oil and ran like crap. One modulator valve, a set of plugs and wires later and that 403 ran like a scalded dog.
I once purchased a 70 Impala convertible with 350 motor. 90 bux.

Car had a brand new top. Body and interior had normal wear. But the car was trying to run but mostly running on two cylinders. These two cylinders were next to each other on the distrib cap, opposite cylinder banks. Very confusing.

Then, after examining the rotor for the 5th time, I discovered that the dark smudge underneath was actually a burn spot. The spark was arcing inside the distributor, but when it got to the space where the vac advance was, bingo, it would spark those two cylinders!

Car hauled ass and it cruised Lauderdale beach all summer before I sold it for a healthy profit.
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:28 PM
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Snopro, the limit was only on the mid sized cars. Full sized were the sky's the limit.
John Z. Delorean, head of Pontiac at the time, was the one who pushed the limit first with the 389 GTO.
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