Hot Rod Magazine 1984 Project Car-Junk Yard Dog-1969 Cutlass S.avi
The Real Deal: Back in 1984, Marlan Davis, Tech Editor for Hot Rod
magazine, wanted to do a feature on building up an inexpensive Street/Strip
warrior utilizing a 1969 Cutlass S as the foundation for an A-body and
equipping it with a basic Big Block engine for power.
They obtained a one-owner Rocket 350 two barrel equipped Cutlass S (Power
Disc Brake and Power Steering, air-conditioning equipped) they found
locally in California, and removed the small block as well as the
Oldsmobile specific 12 bolt rear differential, along with the
In the September 1984 issue, they covered the construction of a 1968 F-2
high nickel content Rocket 455 big block, equipped with the high performing
"C" casting cylinder heads, and layed in a "N" nodular iron crankshaft.
They installed a Crane camshaft with a tremendous duration, at 314 degrees
gross duration. This cam allowed a fairly high compression, yet enough
overlap to make it run on the poor gas of the eighties without detination.
The car itself was modified to accept the fresh engine, as well as a feshly
rebuilt Chevelle 12 Bolt rear end sporting a 4:10 ratio gearset. The
October issue detailed the remaining modifications, and the basic all white
paint job. Then it was off to the strip for testing/timing. This project
car was nicknamed "The Junkyard Dog"-attributing to the fact that you could
build a 12 second street/strip car for cheap, using salvage yard cores and
desirable parts (available readily back in 1984-good luck NOW)
Marlan Davis kept the car for a few years himself, further making
modifications that included Dick Gouldstrand and HO Racing suspension, to
go canyon racing against the unsuspecting Porsches, while in the hills of
When I purchased the car, it was fairly well equipped, now sporting Hooker
Competition Headers, MSD Ignition system, Moroso Oil Accumulator, a shift
kit-equipped TH700R4 with a Corvette Torque Converter, as well as a Black
with SS stripe paint job, a real W-25 option 1969 Hurst Olds 3 piece Rear
Wing and updated interior.
I replaced the cracked Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold with a new clear
powder-coated Edelbrock "Torker" Manifold, replaced the cracked "C" Heads
with freshly rebuilt ones, replaced the ill-fated (TV Cable was missing)
Transmission with a pro-built TH-400 coupled to a new 3400 RPM stall
Converter, installed a new Driveshaft to tie the TH-400 to the 12 Bolt
rear, and completely rebuilt the brakes, electrical system (only one
external light functioned) and Trick-Kit modified the big Holley 4160
This thing launched Hard!