This picture was taken the day I retired this 360 motor from the line of duty! It had served 86,000 miles of my daily performance addiction.
This 360 engine I built, was assembled using all the parts I listed below, but was never balanced. It was originally a joke between myself and my friend Darryl, I was wining about my 390 engine wows and he said "just look around" and then something about putting together a fairly decent motor with spare parts I had just laying around the shop. So that's exactly what I did and after it ran extremely well. it kind of turned into an experiment to see how long it might stay together. Much to my surprise it would turn out to be one of the best motors I had in this car. This engine got a total of 86,000 miles on it in approximately 12 years of daily driving. It only ever had to come out once in that time to repair the oil sump. This was the quietest car on the outside but inside it was very loud! The exhaust hugged the floor and the solid motor mounts vibrated and droned sounds from everywhere. The rumble that you could feel through your feet and the steering wheel was way cool. It truly felt like a performance car with manual steering and a heavy clutch! It was a handful to drive. This engine never slowed down or even hinted of loosing power, but it did start to make noise, so I pulled it out at the end of the season.
My last pass I ever made at the track was 13.10 @110 mph, a 360 with over 75,000 miles on the engine at the time! Not bad for a girl who built this engine herself 12 years earlier from stuff she had just laying around the shop.
• 1970 360 block
You see, nothing special, just a Rambler driven by a girl who like to shift at 7500 rpm!. Now, before you say “yeah right”, I can tell you, that a lot of extra miles were logged on this car as a result of me volunteering to take doubting folks for a short ride to see it for themselves. Just ask around and I'm sure you’ll hear about some wild times… but hey, I'm not admitting to everything they say (just to clear that up)!